McDonnell zooms in to make you see and feel things you didn't even know were there - all with exceedingly fine guitar work and a mossy, alluring voice. I just love this record. Marilyn Rea Beyer, host - WFMT's The Midnight Special (Chicago)” - Marilyn Rea Beyer

— WFMT's The Midnight Special (Chicago)



Kate McDonnell, singer-songwriter, plays her guitar upside down and backward (UDB) and sings with her whole being. She has performed solo at the Newport Folk Festival, on the Mountain Stage radio show, on WXPN’s World Café, and at the Kennedy Center.  Her award-winning songwriting has been singled out for praise  by the Village Voice, Sing Out!, the Boston Globe and Dirty Linen. Kate has two CDs on Waterbug Records, and one each on Appleseed Recordings and Brambus Records, and her fifth was self-produced on her label Dog-Eared Discs. Kate took a 15-year break, starting in 2006, to earn her master’s degree at Smith College in child therapy and worked as a school therapist for children in special education programs. But since the muse never stops haunting the artist, Kate decided to go back into the studio to record her fifth CD, Ballad of a Bad Girl which was released in early 2021. Kate teams up again with her songwriting partner Anne Lindley to present a fresh batch of soulful, fierce, and engaging new songs.

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Kate McDonnell and Her Right Hand Men

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One of THE best things..your voice- front and center and clear and well as the guitar...really, great work....something I am always seeking. People should pay attention to this.” - David Tamulevich, Tamulevich Artist Management



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