Hugely talented.”

— Maverick Magazine (United Kingdom)

Louisville legend.”

Kyle Meredith, WFPK/Speed of Sound

Brigid Kaelin

Multi-instrumentalist Brigid Kaelin has been a guest on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion, the BBC, has traveled the world doing speaking engagements as well as music performances. She’s played accordion, musical saw and sung with Elvis Costello many times, tours Europe at least once a year, yet remains a staple performer and utility player in Louisville, where she has received multiple "Best Singer/Songwriter" awards. Her new album, Those Who Drift Away, was produced by Grammy-nominated Steve Cooley (The Dillards, Bill Monroe) and is an upbeat, rollicking, bluegrass-infused folk record, "peppered with witty wordcraft." Brigid writes the popular blog, The Red Accordion Diaries, where she overshares her adventures in music, travel, whisky, and motherhood.  Louisville, Kentucky, is home ... for now. She recently turned down a dream role in a National touring Broadway show in order to care for her dying mother and wouldn't change a thing about that.

She is currently booking a European tour as a duo with banjo legend Steve Cooley for summer 2019 -- festival in Switzerland in mid-August already confirmed. 


AmericanaFest (Nashville)
Original Thinkers (Telluride)
Forecastle (America)
HullabaLOU (America)
Islay Whisky Festival (Scotland)
Celtic Connections (Scotland)
HebCelt (Scotland)
MusicPort (England)
Einsiedeln MusikFest (Switzerland)

Jason Isbell, Jim James, Ben Folds, Maceo Parker, Nellie McKay, Loretta Lynn, Cowboy Jack Clement, Patty Loveless, Dave Matthews & many more.

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"Genre-defying vaudeville rocker." -NPR 

"The music of Brigid Kaelin is the very definition of Americana." 
           -The Speed of Sound 

"Brigid Kaelin writes great songs, is a fine performer, plays several instruments dead well, and can even get a proper melody out of a musical saw! She is a treasure more and more people are discovering and hurry, you don’t want to be the last one to find out about this musical gold." 
          - Sid Griffin (The Long Ryders & The Coal Porters) 

"Elvis Costello and Jim James dueted with Brigid Kaelin dropping a fine musical saw solo."      -The Courier Journal

“A wonderful singer.” — Garrison Keillor 

“Hugely talented.” — Maverick Magazine (UK) 

“Peppered with witty wordcraft... bright, elastic voice, between liquid and velvety in timbre..."” — The Scotsman

“Brigid Kaelin brings a new meaning to the word entertainment. ... Can't wait till she comes back to Leith!” - Leith Folk Club