Cathie Ryan

Cathie Ryan playing bodhrán

“One of the leading voices in Celtic Music.”
— The L.A. Times

For over thirty-five years, including multiple studio recordings, musical collaborations, and awards, Cathie Ryan has been in the vanguard of Irish music. She sings with luminous clarity and has a gift for unearthing gems from the Irish and American song traditions, as well as crafting originals that fit perfectly along side them.

Cathie is a captivating performer whose shows are renowned for their intimacy and power – and a typically Irish sprinkling of storytelling. “There is nothing like a live show. I love the energy, the give and take, of being with an audience. And I love to have fun up there!” she says. Cathie happily shares the stage, and the show, with her award-winning band. Featuring Patsy O’Brien on guitar, Matt Mancuso on fiddle, and Brian Melick on percussion, the band weaves subtle arrangements and harmonies around Cathie’s vocals and raises the rafters with sets of traditional tunes.

Cathie has built a loyal following by touring internationally and singing “songs of the heart” at performing arts centers, festivals, folk clubs, and with symphony orchestras. She has been featured on national and public television and radio throughout the world, Irish America Magazine twice named her one of the “Top 100 Irish Americans” and has twice honored her as “Irish Female Vocalist of the Decade.” When not singing, Cathie leads tours of Ireland that focus on Irish music, folklore, myth, and history.

“Anyone wondering what constitutes excellence in Irish American singing today need only attend a Cathie Ryan concert.” — The Wall Street Journal