Kate Danaher and Amy Cloud were introduced to the crowd at the Lower Brandywine Storytelling Festival in 2007, making the 2010 Festival their fourth with us. And this year is very special for them because they are releasing not one, but two CDs this week! The first is ‘Portraits,’ a journey through life which celebrates the highs and laughs at the lows. The second is a collection for children titled, ‘Just Kiddin,’ which draws on the power of imagination and encourages them to sing songs, play music, and be the tellers of their own magical tales.
At Lower Brandywine, we feel like we have a special bond with this delightful duo, because we feel like we ‘discovered’ them. (Yeah right! They’d already been performing together in various forms for more than 20 years, notably as the founders of the children’s entertainment troupe, Fiddlin’ and Foolin.’) But they did receive rave reviews for that ‘first’ 2007 performance, including one from the Wilmington News Journal, which proclaimed: “Danaher and MacCloud absolutely stole the show.’ Darned right we’re pleased to have them back.
Kate’s complete character immersion in stories from the collection of her friend, the late Eamon Kelly, of Dublin, Ireland, is a beautiful thing to behold. She delivers delightfully riveting, poignant and humorous tales of Irish country life and the Irish American experience.
But the symbiotic relationship of these two performers is what makes Kate’s stories resonate. The relationship is as comfortable and natural as what you’d see on the front porch of Amy’s mountain home. Point and musical counterpoint. Kate’s County Sligo style Irish fiddle meets Amy’s Russell County Virginia autoharp, guitar, banjo, and mountain dulcimer. The result is a joyous celebration sparkling with harmony and wit. And one you won’t want to miss.
Kate is also a professional screenwriter and actor. She studied with the great Sligo fiddler, John Vesey, and has been a song and fiddle competitor in All-Ireland Championships. Amy has served as Music Director of the Delaware Shakespeare Festival and is also the lead vocalist in the jazz ensemble, Cloud 9.