Vocal Harmony Ensemble, Trad. Folk & Rad Americana Ensemble, Old Time Ensemble, Bluegrass Ensemble
Born and raised in New York’s Hudson Valley, Kathleen Parks has grown up with the love of music around her and within. Her Irish heritage inspired her at an early age to become a remarkable Irish fiddler and dancer, and with jazz influence coming from her father, Eric Parks’ trumpet playing, she easily took on jazz improvisation and incorporated it into her Irish tunes. In 2012 she accepted a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music for Violin Performance, and Songwriting. Since then, she’s begun her professional music career writing, arranging, and performing with her bands, bluegrass-based Twisted Pine and new age instrumental Cat and The Moon. She has had the opportunity to share the stage with artists such as The Punch Brothers, Darol Anger, Peter Rowan, Aoife O’Donovan, Claire Lynch, John Doyle, Allison Brown, Margo Price, Bobby Vinton, Eugene Friesen, Dr. David Wallace, The Suitcase Junket, Michael Cleveland, John Whelan, Jimmy Sturr, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Lindsey Webster, and more.
With her writer she has managed to put out one completed album of original and collaborated instrumental works with, Cat and The Moon. She is currently in the process of recording two albums which showcase her original songwriting. These writings can soon be found on the albums of Twisted Pine and with her most recent duo project, Kat Parks & Brad Bensko. Her sound incorporates influences from writers such as Harry Nilsson, Paul McCartney, and Paul Simon. She has performed on numerous recordings, and most recently put out an album with Elias Alexander & The Bywater Band which features her Celtic fiddle playing.
As a teacher, Kathleen has begun teaching privately and group master classes focusing on Celtic, Americana Roots, and Rhythmic Techniques.