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Kat Eggleston: Bio

Kat is one of the most accomplished guitarists and singer/songwriters in the folk, Celtic and traditional music genres. Elating, moving, and amusing audiences with her beautiful blend of sweet melodies, gentle honesty and searing humor, Kat's music reflects a wide range of life's experiences with unusual clarity and authority.

In a clear alto with flawless intonation, Kat Eggleston goes straight to the lyrical and emotional truth of every word and every note. Her musings on home, childhood, and her father's garden are gems of direct, unassuming plainspokenness. Her narratives push hard at our senses and demand we return again and again to pick up the pieces we dropped on first hearing, expanding our comprehension of difficult, personal and universal experience

Kat has released five CDs to date, three of which are available from Waterbug Music, one from Redwing Music, and the most recent--Speak--in August 2009 as an independent release.

Also an actor, teacher and hammered dulcimer player, Kat has been a lead singer with The Otters and with Bohola, and recorded a duo CD with Kate MacLeod. She has played live and on recordings with David Bromberg, Bohola, the David Munnelly Band, Niamh Parsons, Jim Tullio, Tom Dundee, Dennis Cahill, Michael Smith, Brooks Williams, Andrew Calhoun, and many others.  She has toured in Europe, Australia, Ireland, England, and Scotland as well as the U.S.

After nearly 20 years in Chicago as a performing singer-songwriter and musical theater artist (including two seasons in Michael Smith's "Snow Queen" at Chicago's prestigious Victory Gardens Theatre), she returned to her home community of Vashon Island in 2008 to be close to her beloved father, an inspiration for many of her best songs.

"I was born when my parents were working on the 'Gumby' show, probably sealing my fate as a performer, and certainly making green the central color of my wardrobe." Kat's mother was Gumby's first voice, and her father was Gumby's first art director and invented Pokey. Her father is an inspiration for some of her best songs.