Catherine will sing with acclaimed jazz composer and pianist Darrell Grant on January 22 at The Alberta Rose Theater to benefit the Portland chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Feeny and Grant join a diverse cast of artists that includes Mary Flower, Tony Furtado, Mic Crenshaw and others. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased on the Alberta Rose web site.
Catherine and the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble are teaming up again, this time to present a diverse bill of powerful songwriters with work arranged by area jazz composers at the Old Church in Portland. PJCE executive director Douglas Detrick asked Catherine to play and curate the event, which will feature five Northwest artists of international acclaim backed by the PJCE jazz chamber orchestra. Tickets will be available at the PJCE web site soon.
Tahirah Memory tours extensively abroad and has performed on England’s most cutting-edge radio station, BBC Radio 1. Her album, “Pride” was released to acclaim in 2015. Johanna Warren’s album ”Numun” was named among the top 10 of the year by Stereogum. Warren started independent label Spirit House in 2016 to amplify female and non-binary voices. Haley Heynderickx is a rising star of the Northwest. Willamette Week says her debut EP is, “ a dark and delicate balance of Elliott Smith and Angel Olsen, steeped in Nina Simone.” Annalisa Tornfelt sings and plays fiddle with Americana sensation Black Prairie. No Depression calls her 2015 album “The Number 8,” “...the kind of album most songwriters try to make.”
Catherine will lead a Coastal Songwriting Workshop & Retreat at the Sou'wester in Seaview, WA, July 12-14. Feeny’s songs have been placed in film and TV, and she has co-written with platinum-selling artists, as well as sharing the stage with The Indigo Girls, Suzanne Vega, John Prine and Wilco. The course will focus on getting past creative blocks, honing skills and finding income avenues for your music.
The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble has released the first live video from its collaboration with Catherine Feeny and Chris Johnedis. Reed Wallsmith of Blue Cranes created a 5-woodwind arrangement for "I Don't Know if I Am," from the duo's debut.
Catherine will be performing 10 solo dates in support of New Zealand folk duo The Bollands on their home turf, starting on February 26. Dates will be added to the web site shortly, but you can check out the Facebook event now: The Bollands and Catherine Feeny: Summer Trail Tour.
The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble will write and perform wind arrangements of songs from Catherine Feeny & Chris Johnendis for a special performance on Nov. 24 in Portland, OR. This will be the first time the organization, which promotes original jazz by local composers, has teamed with a singer-songwriter. Composers include: Joe Cunningham, Reed Wallsmith, Barra Brown, Kela Parker, Noah Bernstein and Douglas Detrick. Blue Cranes will open the show at the Alberta Street Pub at 9 P.M. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 day of show.
Magnet Magazine has premiered the new video for "Against You," by Catherine Feeny & Chris Johnedis. Directed by Keith Rivers of Workhouse Creative (Seattle, WA), the moody visual tone of the piece captures the essence of the song, finally portraying the slow motion explosion of a betrayal. Read what Magnet has to say, or watch the video by clicking below.
Roots music blog The Bluegrass Situation has named "Carrier Pigeon" its song of the week for the last week in March, 2015. "Some of the most beautiful songs are the ones that make you feel like you should hold your breath -- songs that are so delicate and intimate that you’re scared to interrupt their suspended magic," says writer Allison Hussey. Read more and listen to the track here.
Influential Roots music blog Alt Root placed "Harm" -- the lead track from Catherine Feeny & Chris Johnedis' recent EP -- in its top ten songs of the week! See what Alt Root has to say about the song that is keeping company with tracks from Ivan & Alyosha, Robert Earl Keen and Alison Moorer.
Catherine and Chris will kick off their festival season in March with a show at Treefort Music Festival in Boise, Idaho. Their set -- at 10 p.m. Friday March 27 at The District (219 N. 10th Street) -- will be bookended by Seattle songstress Whitney Lyman, and Boise natives 208 Ensemble. Keep an eye out for other pop-up performances from Catherine and Chris thoughout the festival!
Critics are loving the collaborative debut from Catherine Feeny & Chris Johnedis. "As moving and enjoyable as it is socially and politically relevant,” says Examiner.com.“Infectiously listenable and like nothing you’ve heard before,” says Glide Magazine."A strange and powerful sound,” says American Standard Time. Click here to visit the new press page.
Portland folk label Fluff & Gravy (Nick Jaina, Anna Tivel, Harmed Brothers) will release the eponymous album from Catherine Feeny and Chris Johnedis in vinyl/cd/digital formats on April 21, 2015. Tickets for the vinyl release show, which will feature Portland luminaries Sama Dams and Like a Villain, are available now. In advance of the release, F&G has made a digital EP available -- "The Harm EP" -- which features a live performance of standout track "I Don't Know if I am" with a string quartet.
The newly released "Empress of the Blues: A Tribute to Bessie Smith" features Catherine's performance of "St. Louis Blues" alongside contributions from Tift Merrit and Abigail Washburn. She collaborated with Daniel Dixon (Greylag) and Mel Baker (The Breaking Yard) to put a new spin on the classic blues tune for Reimagine Music. Here, she talks about Smith and what she loves about the song.
Catherine and Chris are in the midst of a month-long tour of the Western U.S. States! The duo are taking their uncommon brand of acoustic R&B to audiences in Washington, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, California and Oregon. The new album is exclusively available at concerts. See the 'Shows' page for dates in your area.
In support of their forthcoming album, Catherine and Chris Johnedis will tour the UK in June! See the 'Shows' page for dates. And check back for dates in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria and Germany, coming soon!
It has been a busy few months! After a successful Kickstarter campaign for her album collaboration with drummer Chris Johnedis, Catherine and Chris travelled to LA to record. The album is nearing completion, and should be ready for the local release celebration in Portland, Oregon at Mississippi Studios on May 7! The bill that night will also feature creative powerhouse Amenta Abioto, and Afro-cuban drum/dance group Axé Didé.
Catherine launched her first ever Kickstarter campaign in the wee hours of Tuesday morning -- click here to see what she's cooking up, and how you can get involved.
Catherine's song "Map of America" has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the 2014 International Songwriting Contest! Judges include Tom Waits, Mccoy Tyner and Imagine Dragons, and last year's winners included Josh Ritter. Check back for more news soon!
Catherine performed for the Ballard Sessions at the Freemont Abbey in Seattle this week -- check out the first video, shot by curator/videographer Eratosthenes Fracknall.
At long last, here are the winners of the Cover Art Competition Contest! Entrants were asked to do a cover of Catherine's song "Marginalized Limb," or to make a music video for it. Thanks to all who entered!
Leah Samuels won in the cover category:
Lorenzo Ortiz won in the music video category:
Catherine will share the stage with the gorgeous complexities of Killrockstar's Horse Feathers on Friday, Sepetember 13 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver. The concert will benefit UUCV/Red Ribbon Congregation & Unitarian Universalist Global Aids Coalition. Tickets are $12.
Laurie Heath captured this video of the Catherine Feeny band playing "Fourth of July" at a sold-out show with The Oh Hellos at Eddie's Attic in Decatur Georgia.
The long-awaited documentary about Catherine's two-and-a-half-month house-show tour across America will be screening in Portland, Oregon on May 31st at the historic Hollywood Theater! Get your tickets for the exclusive screening plus a Q&A with Catherine, husband/co-star Sebastian Rogers and director Wayne Watson Jr.
Catherine's song "United" has won the Peace Promotion Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest! She will be performing the winning song, among others, at the Abbey Road by the River Festival in Lousiville, Kentucky on May 26.
Catherine and her band, who have been preparing for their West Coast tour, played an excellent hometown show last week at Mississippi Studios. 1859 Magazine was in the house to hear it -- check out the review music blogger Laurel Brauns posted here. Wish you could have been there? Here's a great performance of the song "Police State," captured by audience-member Andrew Linker.
Check out Catherine's forthcoming U.S. West Coast dates here. Don't live on the West Coast, but have friends who do? Include them on the Facebook invite, so they find out when they can catch Catherine and her tourmates Sama Dams in a town nearby.
For the release of the new single, "The Marginalized Limb," Catherine -- in collaboration with Cover Art Competitions -- is inviting fans and creators of all kinds to get involved! Enter the competition by making a video of yourself doing a cover of the song, or by making a homemade music video! See the contest page for details and a free download of the song!
Catherine is very excited to be returning to the stage at Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon on March 14. The evening will open with the artfully arranged woodwind and strings of local faves Alameda. Catherine will take the stage with her angular 3-piece at 10 p.m. The enchanted, ethereal folk of Harlowe and the Great North Woods will close out the evening. Get tickets in-person at the venue, or buy them online here.
Listeners can now get a window into the creative process and characters behind Catherine's latest release! A new short documentary captures the two-week recording session that took place in February 2012 in Portland, Oregon and resulted in the artist's finest work to date.
Having returned from a successful UK/Europe fall tour, Catherine had a relaxing Thanksgiving at home. Thanks to all of those who came out to the shows!
She is now planning a West Coast tour (March 29-April 7) in cooperation with the excellent Sama Dams. Check back frequently for new show dates!
Founded by writer/activist Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues), One Billion Rising is an organization that calls for an end to the violence that effects 1 in 3 women on this planet. Listen to the track that Catherine created and find out why one billion women are rising on February 14, 2013.
Portland's KZME has released a podcast of Catherine and her band's gorgeous performance on the station's "Hello Cruel World" program. Also includes interview about the new album "America" and Catherine's experience at Occupy Wall Street. Download the 10/10/12 session here: KZME Podcast.
In honor of the first anniversary of the Occupy movement, Catherine has made a digital download of her highly anticipated new album "America" available today!
In the fall of 2011, singer-songwriter Catherine Feeny travelled from her home in Oregon to the financial district of New York City to sleep in a small privately-owned public park as part of the Occupy Wall Street protest. She staid for 5 weeks, getting to know some of the other hundreds that were there, sharing ideas, and gaining new understanding. It was a roller coaster -- from the dizzy excitement of communing with thousands of people in Times Square and Washington Square Park, to the frightening confrontation of brute force as she was arrested in Zuccotti Park.
This galvanizing experience inspired Feeny's fourth solo album. A bold and haunting statement about a nation on a precipice, "America" deftly juxtaposes the fragile beauty of hope with the menace of arrogance and corruption.
The album is available for download now at Bandcamp for just $7. Includes lyrics and making-of photos not available elsewhere.
Shot primarily on a Flipcam during a December 17 Occupy Wall Street action, the new video from Catherine Feeny captures the artist in a boisterous crowd in lower Manhattan near Duarte Park, a small piece of land owned by Trinity Church. The action was designed to draw attention to the conflict between the church's status as a non-profit and its huge corporate land holdings in New York City.
Last month, defendant Mark Adams was sentenced to jail time as a result of his participation in the event. Feeny's own trial relating to the November 15 Zuccotti Park eviction is still pending.
"United" features drum samples and atmospherics recorded in Zuccotti Park last fall. It is from the forthcoming album "America" and is available now as a free download at CatherineFeeny.com.