Grenadian-Canadian singer, songwriter and banjo-player Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: her family’s deep ties to folk music and the years she spent soaking up Appalachian music in West Virginia. Few are more conscious in their journey through Appalachian histories and the Canadian musical landscape than Kaia. Born in Montreal, Kaia has lived in Winnipeg, Wakefield and, most recently, West Virginia. She now resides in Toronto. Her old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements, and songwriting abilities have landed her in the spotlight in North America and the U.K., garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as Rolling Stone, CBC Music and The Roots Music Report. Often praised for her capacity to sound new and old at once, Kaia anchors her music in the space where tradition and innovation intersect. The award-winning performer has released three albums since her debut EP in 2013, the most recent being Grenades which was nominated for a 2019 JUNO award and long-listed for the Polaris Prize. Kaia made her Celtic Colours debut last year and we are delighted to have her performing at the Festival again this year.