Biography

Catherine MacLellan in front of blue sky

“I was born to do this, and my father [the late Gene MacLellan] taught me the ways of a songwriter. I first used songwriting as a way to find out who I was. Now with every song I hope to find truth in inspiration and light in the dark.”

After releasing her debut album in 2004, Catherine MacLellan earned immediate critical acclaim, labeled Critics Favourite New Discovery by Penguin Eggs magazine in 2008. Since then, she has toured internationally extensively and her music has been a perennial fixture at the top of Canada’s Roots Music charts, winning acclaim from international media including The Austin Chronicle, The Boston Globe, BBC Radio, Maverick Magazine and Q Magazine.

“Gauthier playing electric Dave Rawlings to her acoustic strum. Gauthier’s tones wound richly around MacLellan’s crystallized vocals, whether cutting low blues or in delicate trill on tunes like ‘Isabel’s Song.’ Perhaps most remarkable is the sheer effortlessness with which MacLellan and Gauthier unravel the songs…”
— Austin Chronicle, SXSW Review

Her latest release, The Raven’s Sun, takes the listener further along Catherine’s journey in song, delving deeper into the territories of life, death and transformation. Produced by her long–time musical partner Chris Gauthier, The Raven’s Sun shines a light on their musical chemistry and catches them both at their best.

“When it came to recording this album, I wanted to represent my long-time collaboration with my guitarist and partner Chris Gauthier. We went to Woodstock for the sounds that only Danny Blume seems to be able to produce.”

Recorded in the woods outside of Woodstock, NY by GRAMMY Award–winning Danny Blume, it features stellar guest performances by Nashville fiddler Andy Leftwich. This album is another reminder that Catherine’s songwriting and musicianship are unparalleled among performers of her generation.

Touring Canada, US, UK and Europe in Fall 2014–Spring 2015.

2-Time Winner at the 2012 East Coast Music Awards

• Folk Recording of the Year
• Solo Recording of the Year

5-Time Winner at the 2012 Music PEI Awards

• Album of the Year
• Songwriter of the Year
• Video of the Year
• Female Solo Recording of the Year
• Roots/Contemporary Album of the Year

Winner at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards

• English Songwriter of the Year

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