October 7, 2003
Singer-songwriter Kane to perform during Caffé Acoustic
Christine Kane, a singer-songwriter and a powerful performer whose voice is earthy and elegant, will be the featured entertainment at the Oct. 23 Caffé Acoustic at Brown’s Office Supply in downtown Arkansas City.
Kane’s performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.
Caffé Acoustic is a partnership between Cowley County Community College and Brown’s. The concert is underwritten by CornerBank, Home National Bank, and Union State Bank.
Kane’s music is raw, rhythmic, and real. She has been touring nationally for seven years and has independently released four CDs. Her songs have been included on several compilation CDs like “Women’s Work” (Putumayo Records) and “Here We Are,” a showcase of North Carolina performers.
Her tours have included performances with a wide range of the world’s favorite artists and bands, including The Beach Boys, Los Lobos, Nanci Griffith and Greg Brown. She has headlined at Chattanooga’s Riverbend Festival, the Madison Folk Festival and Asheville’s Bele Chere Festival and was a resident songwriting instructor for the renowned Swannanoa Gathering last year.
Her humor, outright honesty and fearless “conversations” with her audiences have led her to perform at several national conferences covering such broad ranges of topics as the environment to fundraising for at-risk teens. She has performed with Concerts for a Landmine Free World and many other humanitarian events.
Kane said she relies on music to communicate with people.
“I’m just beginning to appreciate that as a solo acoustic performer, who I am on stage and who I am as a writer is mostly the same as who I am every single day,” Kane said. “I think authenticity is what reaches people—to know that basically we are all a lot the same. I believe that we are all here to help and heal each other. I do this music thing because it’s the best way I know how to do that healing thing.”
Since she first started touring and performing her own songs, Kane’s music has been a compelling vision of what’s real, what’s true and where all that fits into your average, everyday life. Her debut release, “This Time Last Year,” introduced an exceptional innocence, simplicity and uncluttered lyric style; her second release a rich and more elegant voice honed by time on the road and connecting to the world from a wiser place. In her new release, “Rain & Mud & Wild & Green,” Kane reaches an even deeper level of lyric purity and opens herself up to show the many different sides of her artistry, her personality and her spirit.
In “Rain & Mud & Wild & Green,” an organic and often raw mix of tight acoustic textures and rhythms sets down a dynamic backdrop for Kane’s earthy and elegant voice, which manages to hold within its range both vulnerability and strength at the same time—much like the whole CD itself.
“I don’t think there’s that much difference between strong and vulnerable,” she said. “All my favorite works of art and all my favorite people embody both those qualities. This CD has a lot of seemingly opposite elements on it. Hope and disappointment. Reverence and irreverence.”
Kane grew up in Fairfax, Va., taking ballet lessons and using her imagination to jump beyond the land of chain link fences and strip malls. Longing for a more peaceful environment, she moved to Asheville, N.C., after graduating from Boston College. And to the surprise of family and friends who thought she should be a journalist, she started writing songs and waitressing.
Her musical career started by accident, when a songwriter friend had to cancel a weekend of shows at a local bar and called on Kane to fill his spot. The club owner, impressed by her talent, immediately booked her into his calendar two weekends a month for the whole following year.
“My first real gig was one of the most terrifying moments in my life—but I made more money in one weekend than I had ever made waitressing or anything else for that matter,” Kane said. “There was a Shakespeare Troupe in town who wandered into my gig, and one of the actors found out it was my very first night ever playing music. He handed me a hundred-dollar bill and told me never to give up. I haven’t yet.”
In 1998, Kane was named one of the top three college performers by Campus Activities Today magazine. She was one of the winners of the Merlefest Songwriting contest in 2000. She has been a showcase performer at the legendary Philadelphia Folk Festival.