Songs for a Winter’s Night: Kitty Donohoe in Concert

Kitty Donohoe

Celebrate the new year with Songs for a Winter’s Night: The Music of Ktty Donohoe. The Ann Arbor based songwriter and Michigan Emmy recipient Kitty Donohoe will be performing at Sleder’s on the Porch Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 5 p.m.  Tickets are available online at

Iconic WFMT-Chicago folk DJ, Rich Warren put Kitty on his list of the 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 years, saying she is “far above and beyond most singer-songwriters.” Kitty writes music described as “earthy, luminous, and compelling” (The Weekender), and she’s been praised by the press equally for her voice, her musicality, and her songwriting. Sing Out!, one of the oldest and most respected folk music magazines in the industry, describes Kitty as “one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mesmerizing fabric.” 

Since the late 80’s Kitty has recorded six CDs, all to critical acclaim. Kitty is currently touring in support of her latest CD, The Irishman’s Daughter: “It was important to me to not try to sound like a traditional artist, but like myself, which is a third generation Irish American with a love of the music.  My choices of material for this project are either my own take on trad music or my own compositions entirely, but still with an Irish vibe to them.”

Kitty grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, the oldest daughter of a non-Catholic Irish American family of 8 children. She picked up the guitar at 16 and, tapping into her innate ability to rhyme and make melodies, her original songs began to take shape and she was soon going to open mic nights and local  coffeehouses. As well as being excited by the emerging folk scene of the 60’s, Kitty was equally influenced by music on the radio, and she went through eras of loving Motown, the blues, the British Invasion, California country rock, and bluegrass.  Kitty learned to sing by singing – in choirs, belting along with records, and by being the “girl singer” in bands. 

Kitty’s Emmy winning song, “There Are No Words,” written on 9/11, was featured in a documentary, which led to her singing it live at the Dedication of the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial in 2008—an experience she calls “profound.” Also in 2008, Kitty and sideman David Mosher took the stage at an Obama rally just before Bruce Springsteen. Over the years Kitty has performed in countless clubs and festivals around the country and in Canada and has opened for a variety of artists such as Doc Watson, David Bromberg, Bruce Cockburn, and Cheryl Wheeler.  

Songs for a Winter’s Night will be a special mix of both her old and songs. The Lansing State Journal says Kitty “can set an audience on fire.”  This show will surely warm your heart.  

Tickets for Kitty Donohoe

$20 in advance 

$25 at the door


Advanced tickets are also available at these outlets:

  • Oryana Food Coop, 260 E Tenth St, Traverse City, MI 49684
  • Brilliant Books, 118 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

For more info call Connemara Concerts (231) 941-8667 or Sleder’s at at 947-9213.


  • Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.


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