Cate Taylor is an indie-folk/alt-country singer songwriter from Melbourne who regularly performs in a harmony-rich duo with guitarist Greg Hamilton.
Cate began writing and performing in her late teens and has worked with a swathe of talented musicians including Nina Rose, Justin Brady, Jason Bunn, Matthew Arnold and Nicola Bell.
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 Bedggood on mandolin and fiddle and Nicola Bell on drums. It was 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 The Wesley Anne, The Brunswick Ballroom, (formerly The Spotted Mallard), Thornbury Theatre, The Kindred Bandroom, POME, The Lomond, The Taproom, The Retreat, Open Studio, Freddie Wimpoles, Wesfest and Keep It Live festival.
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.
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
“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
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.