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Kate Callahan / Davey O
May 20, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT$15
The Buttonwood Tree is proud to present two noteworthy singer/songwriters!
About Kate Callahan
Kate Callahan is the 16th Connecticut State Troubadour. Connecticut is one of the only states in the nation that honors a singer-songwriter with a formal position. Callahan will serve as an ambassador of music and song and promote cultural literacy among Connecticut citizens.
Callahan is a beloved singer-songwriter in her home state and has held many titles. The 16th State Troubadour has been named a Woman of Character by the Hartford Courant, Best Singer-Songwriter by the Connecticut Music Awards, Featured Artist of the Year by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and Best Solo Performer by the Hartford Advocate.
In March, Kate’s fans created a campaign to get her a cameo appearance on the Gilmore Girls revival for Netflix. Kate is currently appealing to the show’s executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino.
Also a 2015 New England Music Award nominee, Callahan, has five albums including her 2014 release Two Doors, which was featured on WNPR’s Where We Live. The Boston Globe says, “Kate Callahan has garnered an appreciative audience with her easygoing vibe and inspirational, at times mystical lyrics.”
About Davey O
It’s no surprise that Buffalo, NY born and bred songwriter Davey O. has been described by Buffalo News critic Jeff Miers as having “a journalist’s eye for detail and poet’s ear for the well-turned observation”. Embarking on a decade-plus journey that has resulted in a collection of justly-earned, highly introspective songs, Davey crafts pure Americana that is not of the social and political consciousness, but drawn from the deep well of experience and human emotion – no hackneyed story lines, no insincere polish, just an unflinching poet’s look at life with the characters woven in seamlessly.
Armed with his Gibson guitar, a battered straw cowboy hat and a no apologies rust-belt work ethic, Davey puts rubber to asphalt, entertaining attentive, diverse audiences at listening rooms, coffeehouses, nightclubs, festivals, colleges and universities throughout the Northeast, Midwest, and Atlantic U.S. – performances that result in engagement and communion between performer and audience through story and song.
The hard work has paid off with recognition by way of a New Folk Finalist Selection at The 2013 Kerrville Folk Festival, an Official Showcase Selection at the 2011 Folk Alliance Conference, a 2015 NERFA Suzi Wollenberg DJ Showcase Selection and coveted opening act slots for Amy Speace, Tracy Grammer, Eilen Jewell, Cheryl Wheeler, Elizabeth Cook, Suzanne Vega, Eric Andersen, The Kennedys, Kim & Reggie Harris, and Poco.
In September 2014, Davey release a 7 song EP, “No Passengers”, co-produced by Neale Eckstein at Fox Run Studios in Sudbury, MA over the course of a day and a half. Like its predecessor “Testing For Rust”, “No Passengers” has also captured the hearts of folk DJ’s around the country, debuting as a Top 20 album on the Folk DJ Charts for September 2014 and remaining a Top 25 Contemporary Folk CD on the Roots Music Reports for the better part of five months. “No Passengers” also received critical acclaim in the form of inclusion on the “Best of 2014” lists of no less than six radio stations – WHRW (Binghamton, NY), WAMC (Albany, NY), WMSC (Montclair, NJ), Radio Crystal Blue (Tacoma, WA), WVPE (Elkhart, IN) and The Sundilla Radio Hour (Auburn, AL). “No Passengers” was also graded among the Top 100 Contemporary Folk Albums of 2014 on the Roots Music Reports, landing in the #26 position.
Davey O. and his songs are Buffalo, NY. They are your hometown. Songs born from a work ethic instilled by a factory working father; steeped in time, then written like a conversation with your next door neighbor and as comfortable as a well-worn pair of shoes. These are the stories of American life. Songs of labor, love, laughter, sorrow, life and death, baptized in waters drawn from a deep and timeless well.
His is a journey dedicated to the craft of drawing the line that connects our common humanity. With each tale another slice of life examined.