Songwriter. Currently focused on The Bright Siders, JKLOL and Miles of Music Camp. More about each of those. The mission of teaching and sharing and supporting the emotional and mental health of children. Grammy-nominated feet, waiting to call a square dance.
Past projects include Uncle Earl, Shift, Sometymes Why, Footworks. Songwriting work with Jefferson, Caitlin, Michaela Anne, Joy Kills Sorrow, Sweetback Sisters, Peter Stampfel and more. Has played or worked with John Paul Jones, Dirk Powell, Jeffrey Lewis, Mipso, Noam Pikelny, Dawn Landes, Black Prairie, etc. Some TV and radio notables.
Kristin combines award-winning songwriting and percussive dance in performances that have been heralded “inventive” by the New Yorker and “haunting” by NPR’s Folk Alley. Since coming of age with two of America’s most beloved traditional music ensembles (Uncle Earl and the clogging company Footworks) as well as the "folk noir" songwriting trio Sometymes Why (with Aoife O'Donovan and Ruth Ungar), Kristin has turned her deep knowledge of timeless roots music into a knack for creating original songs with a similar kind of staying power.
Following the release of her second solo album Gondolier, Kristin toured solo in support of Black Prairie, Dawn Landes, Aoife O’Donovan, Mipso and Noam Pikelny. This spring, she'll share works-in-progress from new trio recording made with guitarist Chris Eldridge and producer, percussionist and banjo player Shane Leonard. The northeast tour will feature Leonard as well as long-time collaborator and New York-based singer, guitarist and BBC Folk Award winner Jefferson Hamer.
A Portland, Oregon native, Kristin made her way to Tennessee via Montreal, Cape Breton Island, the Canadian arctic, Maryland, and Brooklyn. As a founding Artistic Director of the popular all-ages Miles of Music Camp, she facilitates life-long learning and community, enjoying nothing more than teaching a pile of square dance beginners how to do a Grand Chain.
PRESS FOR KRISTIN & GONDOLIER:
– The New Yorker
"Sublime. Like a watercolor painting set to music."
– The Boston Globe
“Ethereal folk tunes, jangly Americana and indie-heavy pop... Gondolier is nothing short of a stunning collection of songs.”
– The Bluegrass Situation
"At the start of any year, it’s always a challenge to pick a handful of artists who could break out of the musical pack to make a big impact. This deeply soulful artist is easily one of those."
– The Morton Report
“Heartfelt sensitivity gave way to the most wonderful, brilliantly phrased tap dance solo.”
–The Herald Scotsman (Glasgow)
“Gondolier is a beautiful piece of art.”
– Sirius XM