There is a siren inside of songs of Katherine Rondeau on her latest release, New Hope Chateau. Her vocals are flames for fluttering moths of tenderness (“When I’m with You”), inspiration (“Raise Up Your Hands”), and fortitude (“Again”) as Katherine Rondeau draws the line (“Boyish Charms”), hangs on tight (“Off the Rails”), and asks questions of the future (“What Would You Do”). Strength and Soul in the words and a Folk musical backing is the framework for New Hope Chateau. Katherine Rondeau is a natural performer, putting the same presence on studio tracks as her live shows at Philadelphia Folk Festival (2015, 2016), and World Café Live! (Philadelphia, PA). She shows influences by putting the Katherine Rondeau brand on version of tunes from Janis Joplin (“Turtle Blues”), Melanie (“Leftover Wine”), and Odetta (“Hit or Miss”).
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