Ambassador of the rich and creative living tradition of songs and tunes from American roots and the early days of country music, Kate Lissauer is a leader in the United Kingdom old-time and country scene, as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and composer. As well as being a solo artist, Kate is the founder and leader of three sought-after acts – Buffalo Gals Old-Time Country String Band (recipient of the “Old-Time Mountain CD of the Year” award from Iowa’s Rural Roots Music Commission) the percussive dance company Buffalo Gals Stampede and Sonic Silents–an homage to black and white Oscar-winning Hollywood movies featuring live performance of her original old-time based scores to silent films.
Kate and the Sonic Silents trio of fellow master Bluegrass and American old-time musicians Jason Titley and Leon Hunt, completed and premiered ‘Beggars Of Life’ to much applause and a standing ovation just days before ‘lockdown’! Having had to cancel spring and summer events, plans are underway to re-start the Sonic Silents tour in 2021 and in the meantime you can see a taster of ‘Beggars Of Life’ by clicking on the link to the right.
This extraordinary show reveals a thrilling, moving new approach to a legendary silent movie, starring iconic actress Louise Brooks. A poignant glimpse of a bygone time, their evocative, live music reawakens and accompanies the 1928 work with drama, tenderness and of course Kate’s trademark humour. Sonic Silents also tours their Frank Borzage show, featuring three very early short films from one of Hollywood’s directing pioneers.
Kate Lissauer also serves as the “old-time design consultant” for Fairfield Banjos, teaches and runs La Fuente de Musica old time music workshop weeks in Spain.
To learn more about Kate’s projects please click on the links to the right of this page.
To listen to or purchase Kate’s solo or Buffalo Gals music please take a look and click here
If you are interested in Kate performing at your venue please get in touch here.
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