Kathryn Claire has asserted herself in a new generation of traditionally-inspired musicians. Her violin-playing exhibits a technical grace which is matched only by her truly captivating voice and she possesses the rare ability to move seamlessly across genres. Her deep love and respect for traditional music has long been a driving influence and those roots can be heard in her own original music.
Early classical training naturally gave way to her own creative inclinations. Kathryn taught herself guitar at a young age in order to explore her own voice as a songwriter. She has spent years cultivating her unique style and approach to music as a violinist, singer and songwriter.
A consummate lover of harmony she has collaborated with the likes of Portland pop-rock stalwarts JONAH, Sassparilla, all-star Pogues tribute band KMRIA and The Portland Cello Project, as well as Hanz Araki, Ezra Holbrook, Chris Kokesh, Zak Borden, Heather Christie, Bryan Free, Matthew Hayward-Macdonald, Timothy Hull, Victor Johnson, Colleen Raney, Peter "Spud" Siegle and Skip von Kuske. She has performed her music around the US and Canada, Europe and has done several tours of Japan.
Kathryn is preparing to release her new album, Morning Comes Too Soon, in April 2011. It features Jeff Baxter on piano, Jules Holbrook on bass and Scott McPherson on drums with guest performances by Hanz Araki, Ezra Holbrook, Andrew Lorish, Matthew Hayward-Macdonald and Skip Von Kuske. The album was recorded in an intense few days at the Secret Society in Portland, Oregon (with engineer Jordan Leff and co-producer Andrew Lorish) and has a very live, dynamic quality. Explored in the 11 tracks are themes of transition, loss and discovery. The songs retain the narrative and personal quality that she is known for while allowing a more mature sound to develop around them.