Cate Taylor is an indie-folk/alt-country singer songwriter from Melbourne who has worked with a swathe of talented musicians including Nina Rose, Justin Brady, Matthew Arnold, Greg Hamilton, Jason Bunn, and Nicola Bell. Her most recent claim to fame is winning the 2022 Maldon Festival, Roddy Read Songwriting Award!
Cate’s music is described as rich, natural and grounded in heartfelt, spacious lyrics with a performance style that is authentic and engaging. Her songs reflect social, personal and environmental themes moving between raw, stripped-back arrangements to fuller compositions.
Her debut album, Red Dirt, released in October 2019, features some of Melbourne’s finest musicians including David Bridie on piano, Nina Rose on vocal harmonies, John Beddgood on mandolin and fiddle and Nicola Bell on drums. Launched to a sold out show at The Wesley Anne in March, 2020. Red Dirt received a 4 star review from Divide and Conquer.
Cate has performed at venues and festivals such as POME, The Brunswick Ballroom, Thornbury Theatre, Merri Creek Tavern, The Selby Folk Club, The Kindred Bandroom, Gemco Theatre, The Wesley Anne, The Taproom, Wesfest and Keep It Live festivals.
Currently Cate is working on her second album, performing in regional Australia and inner Melbourne venues and embarking on various collaborative projects with other songwriters and musicians.
“Red Dirt is an impressive album in myriad ways. Everything from the drums to the strings seem organic, warm and rich… brimming with human emotion.⭐⭐⭐⭐” Divide and conquer
The prospect of another album from Cate is very exciting, we look forward to hearing it with great anticipation. David Miller The Dotted Line 3MDR 97.1fm
Cate’s work is an important contribution to the folk music output of Melbourne and her songs contain important messages for the themes of our time. I have been working with Cate since 2017 and our styles complement each other well. Jason Bunn, violin/viola
Thoughtful songs with spacious production make for a very good album from Cate Taylor– Kavisha Mazzella, Composer and folklorist.
A truly beautiful album, Taylor writes contemplative songs accompanied by soothing instrumentals that complement the very observant, reflective lyrics. –Maja, singer/songwriter and spoken word artist.