Kathleen Parks

Kathleen Parks

Fiddling, Old Time

Kathleen Parks is a fiddler, singer, songwriter, and dancer who brings inexhaustible energy and creativity to the stage and studio. Her lyrics and melodies lean toward pop, while her fiddle blends and reimagines traditional and modern musical styles with a great improvisational spirit. From her deep grounding in bluegrass, jazz, and Irish music springs something entirely new. A graduate of Berklee College of Music on full scholarship, Parks is one of two front-women for Twisted Pine, whose debut album is now out from Signature Sounds. Widely recognized as one of the most exciting and skillful bands in the Boston-area acoustic music scene, Twisted Pine has been nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Momentum Award and has performed at a multitude of festivals and venues across U.S. NPR Music enthuses about the “upbeat, poppy vibe; energetic, driving rhythms; virtuosic solos; tight harmonies” on the self-titled new record, which features five original songs by Parks. 

Parks has shared the stage with artists such as The Punch Brothers, Margo Price, Darol Anger, Peter Rowan, Aoife O’Donovan, Claire Lynch, John Doyle, Allison Brown, Bobby Vinton, Eugene Friesen, Dr. David Wallace, The Suitcase Junket, Michael Cleveland, John Whelan, Jimmy Sturr, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Lindsey Webster, and more. Other projects include the new Irish quintet Cat and the Moon, Elias Alexander and the Bywater Band, and the duo Kathleen Parks and Brad Bensko.

As a teacher, Parks is currently working with private students in person and via Skype. She gives workshops and group lessons on Celtic and American roots music, as well as rhythmic techniques, songwriting, and arranging. Most recently she has been teaching ensembles and workshops at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA.