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"Prom Night for Grown-Ups w/ Kate Callahan, State Troubadour"


On this special night at The Packing House, all are welcome for Kate Callahan's heartfelt folk songs, familiar favorites, and a chance to dance or dress-up if you care to! It's "Prom Night" for grown-ups. We'll also have a photo station available to make memories of the night!

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Kate Callahan is Connecticut’s 16th State Troubadour. Connecticut is one of the only states in the nation that honors a singer-songwriter with a formal position. She will serve as the ambassador of song for two years. Kate is a beloved singer-songwriter in her home state where she’s emerged as an award-winning artist.

The Hartford Courant named her a Woman of Character in 2005, when she received an award at the historic Bushnell Theater, meeting and sharing the stage with Jane Fonda. She took home the Best Singer-Songwriter award at the Connecticut Music Awards in 2013, Featured Artist of the Year by the Greater Hartford Arts Council in 2014, was a nominee for Best Songwriter of the Year at the New England Music Awards in 2014-15. (Kate Callahan)

Join us for a fun-filled evening of original works by this talented artist! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase.  Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.


More about Kate Callahan:

Kate writes mainly from inspiration, giving her songs spiritual, social, and emotional weight. "Kate Callahan has garnered an appreciative audience with her easygoing vibe and inspirational, at times mystical lyrics" (The Boston Globe).
“When something feels soulful to me, I sing it or say it or write it down,” she says. WNPR host Colin McEnroe praised a performance of Kate’s saying, “Kate Callahan is the only performer I’ve ever seen who occasionally seems to be channeling something vaster and far more ancient than herself, something more easily understood by Emerson than by any modern person.”

“I’ve come to understand,” Kate says, “that my voice can help me and others experience the mystery of life.” She adds, “I believe all voices hold that power. My voice is far from perfect, but I’ve persevered to use it and I
think audiences can sense that.”

Kate’s stage credits include appearances at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artists Showcase, the New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas, and the CT Folk Festival. She was a finalist in the South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Competition 2014. In 2015 she studied vocal improvisation and Circlesongs with Bobby McFerrin and his incredible staff. She has opened shows for folk legends Judy Collins and Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul, and Mary), troubadours Aztec Two-Step, John Gorka, Mustard’s Retreat, and the late Bill
Morrissey. She has also shared stages with folk-rock artists Rachael Sage and Regina Spektor. Stookey calls Callahan "real" and says her lyrics are "Zen-like."

The Packing House  |  156 River Road, Suite 1301Willington, Connecticut 06279  |  (518)791-9474