a few past UK venues:  

Islay Whisky Festival, Celtic Connections, MusicPort Festival, HebCelt Festival, Bluebell Festival, Leith Folk Club, Edinburgh Folk Club, Wee Folk Club, Dunfermline Folk Club, Cross Keys Folk Club, Black Swan Folk Club, Chapel Arts Centre, TinHut Sessions, BBC Cambridge, BBC Alba, and loads of pubs & living rooms in between!

Other official notable festival appearances:

AmericanaFest (Nashville), Original Thinkers (Telluride), Forecastle (US) 
HullabaLOU (US), Einsiedeln MusikFest (Switzerland)

“Brigid Kaelin brings a new meaning to the word entertainment.” -Leith Folk Club  

"She sings wonderfully, is a fine performer, has good songs, plays a number of instruments very well, and seems destined for something greater." - Sid Griffin (The Coal Porters, The Long Ryders)

"A wonderful singer." - Garrison Keillor/NPR  

"Hugely talented." -Maverick Magazine  

"Peppered with witty wordcraft." -The Scotsman 

STEVE COOLEY has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry and Hee Haw, has performed for five US Presidents and the Prince of Wales and has worked with such notables as Bill Monroe, Jean Ritchie, Mac Wiseman, Rose Maddox and toured extensively with The Dillards and Bluegrass Alliance. In 2018, he taught at Bela Fleck’s inaugural banjo camp, where Bela dubbed him a “banjo master.” Steve’s work has earned 5 Grammy nominations and plenty of other accolades, but he lives a quiet life on his houseboat on the banks of the Ohio River. 

After producing Brigid's latest solo release, Steve got talked into touring with her -- and it turns out they make quite a pair on stage. A duo album is almost finished; look out for it this summer.

Relevant to Cambridge:
Steve played the Folk Festival previously with The Dillards. 

BRIGID KAELIN is a singer, storyteller, blogger and multi-instrumentalist who has appeared on BBC, NPR and received many "Best Singer-Songwriter" awards in Louisville. With 7 albums/EPs of original alt-country-cabaret music, she's toured the world. Brigid's live show is entertaining, upbeat, but poignant. The addition of Steve Cooley lifts her originals, making the show reminiscent of old-time variety hours.

Also a sought-after sidewoman, Brigid has performed with artists ranging from Nick Keir and Adam Holmes to Elvis Costello, usually on musical saw or accordion. She recently turned down a leading role in a National touring Broadway show in order to care for her dying mother and wouldn't change a thing about that.

Relevant to Cambridge (thanks for reading!)... Brigid has shared the stage or bill with these artists who have played the Folk Festival in previous years:  Wizz Jones, Boys of the Lough, Nick Keir (of The McCalmans), Clive Gregson, Elvis Costello, Suzy Bogguss, Kirsty McGee, The Proclaimers, Martha Wainwright, Kris Drever, The Black Feathers, Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band,  Larkin Poe, Pokey LaFarge, Jason Isbell and Amythyst Kiah,  

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Brigid Kaelin & Steve Cooley promo: Steve with his 1928 Gibson banjo and Brigid with her travel accordion 2.08 MB
Brigid Kaelin & Steve Cooley promo 2: Promo shot -- no instruments, but a sassy look 2.37 MB
Brigid & Steve w/ musical saw & banjo Brigid Kaelin's favorite saw -- a Stanley 26" signed by Elvis Costello. And Steve Cooley with his 1928 Gibson banjo 2 MB

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