Ann Arbor-based songwriter and Michigan Emmy recipient Kitty Donohoe is not an Irish or Celtic singer, but she clearly draws from that part of her heritage, as well as her American roots, as an artist.
WFMT-Chicago folk DJ Rich Warren calls Kitty “far above and beyond most singer-songwriters.” She writes music that has been called “earthy, luminous and compelling” (The Weekender) and she’s been praised in 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, says that Kitty is “ one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mesmerizing fabric.”
Kitty has opened for a variety of artists, including Doc Watson, David Bromberg, Tom Paxton, Steve Goodman, Bruce Cockburn and Cheryl Wheeler, and in 2008 she and sideman David Mosher took the stage at an Obama rally just before Bruce Springsteen. Already known for years for her songwriting, Kitty’s visibility escalated when she wrote a song called “There Are No Words” on September 11, 2001. The song was featured in a documentary and she sang it live at the Dedication of the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial in 2008.