Songs of Kate Wolf
Don Murdoch & Marlene McCall
Despite its brevity, the musical presence of Kate Wolf, beloved Northern
California folk singer and songwriter, had a significant impact on the
folk music scene, and many musicians continue to cover her songs. Born
in San Francisco, she started her music career in the band Wildwood Flower
before recording ten records as a solo artist. Her best-known compositions
include Here in California, Across the Great Divide, the Redtail Hawk
and Give Yourself to Love.
Her songs tell stories about
the ebb and flow of life. They’re
not flashy or exciting, but they’re filled with keen observations,
comfort, wisdom, and independence. Looking at life through the eyes of
a poet, she describes people, human sentiment, and the rural life of
her native Northern California.
She died in 1986, at age 44, after a long battle with leukemia.
Don and Marlene will lead
a song circle of Kate Wolf songs. The format will be based on the same
employed in the singing room
at Faith's – that is, going around the circle and giving each person
a chance to either lead or request a Kate Wolf song. Anyone who loves
Kate’s songs, singer or instrumentalist, is encourage to come.
Don Murdoch has been a member of the folk club since 2002. Having discovered
the spiritual nature of Kate's music, he wants to do his part to keep
it alive and share it with others.
Marlene McCall is an active member of the San
Francisco Folk Music Club, an organizer of some of its monthly hoots,
and an avid believer in the
power of participatory music to bring people together. An enthusiastic
singer with eclectic tastes, she sings traditional British & American
songs (especially ballads), rock & roll, jazz standards, 50s-60s-70s
pop, folk and acoustic music.