KTG has steadily become a rising star to acknowledge over the last 3 years of her emerging music career. Hailing from Ballymahon in Co. Longford, she is proving her sturdy resolve as a force to be reckoned with on the independent music scene. From headlining solo gigs in her own right to supporting Cork’s very own folk stalwart Mick Flannery. Under the banner of contemporary folk-pop she also displays many other genres that influence her song writing.
She has been described as a very mature lyricist and melody maker, keenly noted on Man On A Mission, Catch Me If You Can, Need, Let Me Know, Aphra’s Song, Blue and Home Farm to name but a few. Her words are uniquely inspired, like previous contributions from heroic craftswomen Joni Mitchell and Carole King. Her airs carry elements of Suzanne Vega and Wallis Bird combining warmth, drive and humour into every chord she delivers from her infamous red guitar. She’s very perceptive with her audiences and improvises during her gigs to please any set of ears.
KTG embarked on her first nationwide tour in 2018 with her Man on a Mission single release, performing in reputable venues such as Roisin Dubh in Galway, Harbour Bar Live Lounge in Bray and Tricky’s McGarrigles Sligo.
- Debut Single Two Runaways placed at No.16 on the iTunes Official Downloads Charts April 2017
- Tipperary International Song of Peace Contest 2017:Winner of the Mick Touhy Perpetual Memorial Cup for Best Irish Song Borders
- Second single Man on a Mission placed at No.17 on the iTunes Official Downloads Charts February 2018
- Third single Blue placed at No.2 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter Charts for 3 weeks behind George Ezra – Shotgun August 2018
- Pure M Best Irish Solo Act Nominee 2018
- Longford Unite Project: Most Inspirational Singer of the Year 2018
- 14,000+ social media followers
“I’m bowled over by the amount of stellar debut offerings from Irish artists. Keep an ear out for Katie Gallagher from Ballymahon, Co. Longford. Her debut single Two Runaways is really beautiful, showing genuine songwriting and vocal talent.” Ruth Smith RTE Radio 1 Apr 2017
“To me, Katie has great potential. She writes very well, sings beautifully and is a very sweet person.” Mick Flannery Nov 2017
“Her song Blue is gorgeous. It really highlights Katie’s vocal and songwriting abilities.” Emma Langford Feb 2018
“We close with a singer-songwriter I’ve heard many plaudits of over the last 12 months, and was curious to hear recorded, Katie Gallagher‘s ‘Man On A Mission‘ was released just yesterday and it’s quite an ambitious mixture. Gallagher swoops relentlessly across the track’s almost 4 minutes, from film score to jazz club moods via piano, her warm, assertive yet soothing voice, there’s a lot happening, and it leaves a positive mark.” Remy – thebestofmusicandfilmblogspot.com 24/02/18
“KTG, of Ballymahon in Longford, has a mature and understated vocal style that lets the powerful lyrics speak for themselves. Her live performances showcase her magnetic and friendly demeanour while including some choice covers alongside her growing back catalogue to let her personality shine.” Adrian Lyons Galway Sounds – thisisgalway.ie 20/03/19
KTG talking about Man on a Mission:
“This is a devious song but it also has elements of fun and mischief. It simply tells the story of a typical ‘lad’ that everyone meets on a night out. I felt a strong Latin vibe with the melody which has even shown me a different side to my writing. It’s an energetic song that everyone can dance to and it has always been well received at my gigs.”
KTG is proud to be releasing new singles very soon from her upcoming debut album Searching For Magpies due out in September 2019.
She has been performing these tracks as part of her live sets recently. The audience feedback has provided a very significant boost to her already rising profile. She is collaborating with Dublin based musicians Rohan Healy, Al Quiff and David Virgin of Beardfire Production Studio on the album.
Venues KTG has performed in:
Longford: Backstage Theatre, Temperance Hall, Fabiani, The Longford Arms Hotel, Torc Café, The Bog Lane Theatre, Skellys Bar, John Browne’s, Valentines
Westmeath: The Stables, The Malt House, Danny Byrnes, Clarkes, Potters
Galway: Roisin Dubh (Upstairs), The Secret Garden Cafe
Kildare: The Old Dara Cinema, The Ivy House, The Bru House, Hazel House
Cork: Coughlans Live
Cavan: The Ramor Theatre
Tipperary: The Simon Ryan Theatre, The Washerwoman
Dublin: Whelans, Workmans Club, Sin É, The Cat & Cage, The Ivy House, Bruxelles, IMRO HQ, Toners, The Globe, The Sound House, Foleys, Quinns, Baurnafea House Rathcoole, The Venue in The U DCU campus
Sligo: Tricky’s McGarrigles, The Railway bar
Limerick: Chez Le Fab
Donegal: The Chasin Bull, Balor Art Centre
Wicklow: Harbour Bar Live Lounge
Leitrim: The Landmark Hotel
Louth: The Spirit Store (Downstairs)
Festivals KTG has performed at:
Free Fringe Fest – Drumcoura City, Leitrim
Taste of Dublin – Phoenix Park, Dublin
You Bloom – JT Pims, Dublin (Headline Slot)
Teen Aware – Kilbeggan Racecourse, Westmeath
Sasta Fest – Mullingar, Westmeath
Battle for the Lake – Achill Island
Lough Ree Monster Fest – Lanesboro, Longford
Hype Festival – St. Mel’s College, Longford
The Longford Summer Festival – Longford Town
Irish Maritime Festival – Drogheda, Louth
Tidy Towns Launch – Ballymahon, Longford
The Leinster Fleadh Cheoil – Ballymahon, Longford
Izzy B’s Festival – Strokestown, Roscommon
‘Sessions’ KTG has performed at:
Purple Sessions – Boyles of Slane – 3 appearances
Folk and Soup Club – The Washer Woman, Tipperary
Ghostlight Sessions – Balor Arts Centre, Donegal
The Declan Sessions – VT recording in Declan the campervan
Crystal Skull Sessions – Sin É, Dublin
Radio Stations she has featured on:
RTE Radio 1, KCLR FM, Midlands 103, Shannonside FM, Highland Radio, Raidio na Life
Hype Festival, St. Mel’s College, Longford May 18th
CMV Folk Festival, Downham Village, UK May 19th
The Glenside Troubadour Sessions, Dublin June 6th
Longford County Show, July 7th
Bru Bar & Hostel, Cork July 24th
Katie – Student Music Teacher
Currently a final year student in The School of Music and Theology DCU, Katie balances her love of teaching and working with children, alongside the demands of a present day professional musician. Her live performances throughout her tenure in DCU have been very important in building her online presence and musical profile to large audiences on a regular basis. She has been selected as the headline act on many occasions in the Helix theatre and Mahony Hall, for scholarship ceremonies and international conferences, performing to over 1000 people at each event.
- She performed weekly at the Wellness Wednesdays on St. Patrick’s campus and held a monthly residency at The Cat & Cage in Drumcondra.
- She was the musical guest at the Annual DCU Leadership Dinner twice, the winner of the DCU Eurovision and the winner of the last ever Mater Dei Talent Show.
- Her self-penned track Yesterday was released as a charity single in aid of the DCU Dementia Research Unit. She performed it live on Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTE Radio 1 in April 2018.
- Her most significant performance and greatest honour, was again being chosen as the musical guest at the grand opening of The U (new student centre in DCU) and performing for President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins in October 2018.
- On April 4th she was part of the artist line-up for the Other Voices: ANAM Creative Arts showcase in The Venue in The U, appearing alongside spoken word artist Natalya O’Flaherty and musical acts Tebi Rex, Mango x Mathman and Delorentos.
Katie is as innovative and driven as ever as she proceeds to run her own school of music and drama in her native Ballymahon and pursue her professional music career.
Facebook VT viewing figures as per May 2019:
Don’t Tell My Mother (original) 26K
Never Go Home (original) 16K
Don’t Tell My Mother – Live at Ghostlight Sessions (original) 10K
Get Your Story Straight (original) 15K
Blue (original) 5K
Strawberries (original) 7.8K
Let Me Know (original) 8.2K
Man on a Mission – The Declan Sessions (original) 5.3K
Yesterday – Live on Today with Sean O’Rourke RTE Radio 1 (original) 14.5K
Chandelier Sia (cover) 11K
New Rules Dua Lipa (cover) 21K
Stay With Me Sam Smyth (cover) 12K
You Tube viewing figures as per May 2019:
Man on a Mission – official video (original) 2.7K
Blue unplugged (original) – 400
Man on a Mission unplugged (original) 658
Don’t tell my Mother (original) 345
Blue Newcastle Forest Session (original) 331
Strawberries (original) 279
New Rules Dua Lipa (cover) 122
As her manager and mentor, I’ve had the privilege of attending her gigs over the past two years and to say that she has raised the bar on each occasion would be an understatement. I can visualise the performing artist that she wants to be and I’ll never tire of watching and listening to her, in her most humble abode that is a live stage. She is an intuitive character and she performs so honestly and passionately, whilst growing into an outstanding live acoustic musician in the process. This appeal as a live performer has become her forte. From the delivery of her own back catalogue mixed with a few invited covers, reflects her magnetic personality and musicianship.
KTG has an innate quality of making an intimate space feel bigger and she is both a charismatic and engaging entertainer.
May 2019 Zoë Farrell ©
Photography by Shelley Corcoran, Longford