The Lasses and Kathryn Claire
“A pearl in the crown of folk music” – OOR MAGAZING, NL
Kathryn Claire, met Margot Merah and Sophie Janna (Amsterdam based folk-duo, The Lasses) at a singing session in Amsterdam in 2013. Sharing a love for harmony singing and story-telling through music, they soon realized that together they could deliver both heartfelt ballads and foot-stomping songs with equal measures of joy and musicality. After playing several concerts together in The Netherlands and Germany in 2014, Kathryn offered to help bring The Lasses to the Pacific Northwest for their first US tour in the Spring of 2015. It was a huge success and the three realized they had begun not only a strong musical collaboration, but also a network of touring between the US and Europe.
By 2016, the Pacific Northwest tour and the European tour had established fans not only for the co-bill of The Lasses and Kathryn Claire but for the music they created as a trio. After being asked frequently when they were going to make an album together, they decided to finish their European tour in 2016 with a sold out live album recording at De Parel van Zuilen in Utrecht. The result is a deeply personal and heartfelt album featuring original and traditional songs. The album highlights each woman’s unique style of songwriting and singing while weaving in the trio’s highly acclaimed three part harmonies and engaging performances on guitar, fiddle and bohdran. The album has been praised in the UK and Europe as “a treat for the audience” (Irish Music Magazine), “a pearl in the crown of folk music” (OOR), “sublime” (fRoots).
photo by Theo Looijmans
Kathryn Claire with Allen Hunter
“The kindness and positivity that this duo exudes is contagious and can also be found in their music” – KEYS AND CHORDS MAGAZINE, BE
Bassist Allen Hunter and a frequent collaborator with Kathryn Claire has joined Kathryn to tour in Holland and Belgium several times and together they have created a devout following. This duo blends their different musical styles delivering their own unique brand of harmonic folk-pop. Allen has been playing live and recording with Portland area songwriters and bands for the past 20 years and has been touring internationally for the past 10 years with LA-based band, Eels. He has also recorded with the Eels on Vagrant Records, Michael Dean Damron & Thee Loyal Bastards on Rosa Records, Black Angel, James Low, Alan Charing, The Vibrasonics, Jim Mesi to name a few.
Photo by Image of Light