Colleen Kattau


Joe Hill would be proud. Great singer and organizer at the same time”, Pete Seeger says of Colleen, a bilingual singer songwriter of New Song and Nueva cancion. She performs original alternative acoustic music in a mix of poetry and rhythm. Her voice can be both strong and tender and has been likened to that of Joni Mitchell, Natalie Merchant, and Shawn Colvin. Colleen has performed for diverse audiences at colleges and universities, women’s festivals, environmental festivals, and Latin American and labor solidarity events. She solos and also plays with her band, Night Skies.

Nationally, she has toured with the acclaimed multi-media project Sing it Down!, a music/video/discussion show designed as a part of the movement to educate about the infamous SOA (school of assassins) in Ft. Benning, GA. Folk legend Pete Seeger has called this struggle to close the school “the singin’ist movement he knows”.

Colleen combines music and activism, recognizing the quitarra armada or ‘armed guitar’ concept of Latin American troubadours like Mercedes Sosa and Silvio Rodriguez who know that the guitar and voice are mightier than the gun. Her recordings include About Time, Wideland, and Sing It Down: Songs to close the SOA, co-recorded with the compa’ Jolie Rickman. Recently she has sang out against Fracking in NY. Her songs can be found on the anti-fracking compilation “Singing Clear”. Colleen lives in Central New York and when not strumming her guitar and composing she is teaching Spanish or growing vegetables.