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Cate Clifford is a powerful voice in the traditional folk genre whose moving performances leave audiences spellbound as she seamlessly alternates between strong, clear lead vocals and sensitive, compelling harmonies.  She has performed in house concerts and festival showcases across New England and New York, and is featured on Lynz Morahn’s EP, Kick It Off.  Her repertoire of traditional and trad-adjacent songs across styles and regions from Appalachian to English, children’s rhymes to songs of the sea, ballads to protest songs is a treasure trove that will captivate audiences of all types. Whether she’s singing in an intimate venue or a large space, Cate never fails to make a performance feel personal, and her connection to the music always shines through. Let Cate welcome you into her world, where haunting and heartwarming tales and rousing anthems of old and new each have their turn, and there will always be flowers after the snow.

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Cate Clifford began her folk life as a child enamored with traditional Irish music.  That love carried her to Ireland for a semester abroad in 2009 and later landed her in Rhode Island, where she has since embraced the social singing tradition and its community with both arms. She quickly became a fixture at her local pub sings and a gleeful attendee of annual festivals across New England, including Old Songs Festival, New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA), Mystic Sea Music Festival, Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival (PMFF), and Northern Roots.  Cate also avidly attends immersive music camps such as Traditional Music and Dance Camp (TradMaD) week at Pinewoods Camp and Youth Traditional Song Weekend (YTS).  Today, her repertoire teems with a wide range of traditional and trad-adjacent songs across styles and regions, from Appalachian to English, children’s rhymes to songs of the sea, ballads to protest songs. 

Cate has performed solo and in a number of collaborations at venues and homes throughout New England and NYC. She has performed in Pawtucket’s Downtown Rising Festival (with the Quahog Quire) as well as the Fox Point Folk Fest in Providence. She joins forces with The Vox Hunters and Westeryear each October for an annual thematic concert of devil songs. She is featured on Lynz Morahn’s EP Kick It Off, as well as Sarah Murdoch’s forthcoming EP Original Iconoclast.

When she’s not singing, Cate collects songs about Robin Hood and King Arthur, love songs beyond the romantic or libidinous, and little songs (with Ben Gagliardi), and serves on the board of Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival (PMFF).  She is proud to say that no set list is immune to a dash of Sondheim or a sprinkle of Shakespeare.

Cate Clifford is a powerful voice in the traditional folk genre whose moving performances leave audiences spellbound as she seamlessly alternating between strong, clear lead vocals and sensitive, compelling harmonies.  She has performed in house concerts and festival showcases across New England and New York, and is featured on Lynz Morahn’s EP, Kick It Off.  Her repertoire of traditional and trad-adjacent songs across styles and regions from Appalachian to English, children’s rhymes to songs of the sea, ballads to protest songs is a treasure trove that will captivate audiences of all types. Whether she’s singing in an intimate venue or a large space, Cate never fails to make a performance feel personal, and her connection to the music always shines through. Let Cate welcome you into her world, where haunting and heartwarming tales and rousing anthems of old and new each have their turn, and there will always be flowers after the snow.


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