Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton

Award winning folk duo

“(part) of a new generation of gifted Australian performers bringing traditional and original songs to appreciative younger audiences… capable of moving the listener to tears” ~ The Australian

"Why folk music is cool again"


~ The Australian

“(part) of a new generation of gifted Australian performers bringing traditional and original songs to appreciative younger audiences… capable of moving the listener to tears” ~ The Australian

  • The duo

    Kate & Ruth are one of Australia’s most exciting young folk acts. Since 1998 their trademark interpretations of folk songs have won them international acclaim and popularity. Their material draws on the music of Australia, the UK, Ireland and America – and incorporates the wisdom of folkloric history coupled with the forward thinking of contemporary songwriting. The duo are widely acclaimed for their musically captivating, uniquely warm, humourous and engaging performances, and have won the
    support of audiences throughout Australia and the UK. Ruth & Kate present songs of social commentary and cultural significance and are renowned for their vocal harmonies, imaginative and expressive arrangements and outstanding musicianship.

  • Kate & Ruth

    Kate Burke has been singing and performing as a multi-instrumentalist for many years, and has won much acclaim as a member of Irish / Australian traditional band Trouble in the Kitchen. Kate has recorded with many artists including Judy Small and David Ross McDonald (The Waifs), and has appeared as a soloist at the Sydney Opera House for a season of Bush Babies’ Proms. Kate loves Irish tunes and has been seen in sessions playing concertina, fiddle, button accordion, guitar and bouzouki. She is also an acclaimed songwriter, and her Song for Reconciliation was nominated for a Music Oz Award in 2003. Kate has also composed music for an audio history of the Victorian Goldfields, in collaboration with Jan Wozitsky, and composes music for the choirs that she conducts in the Bega Valley.

    RUTH HAZLETON

    Ruth Hazleton has been performing in numerous touring acts for over a decade. She has dabbled in a variety of musical genres including Appalachian old-timey, klezmer, Hungarian and Anglo-Celtic roots music. She has worked as singer, guitarist and clawhammer banjo player with numerous bands including Closet Klezmer, the Horse’s Leotard, Dev’lish Mary and as part of Bill Jackson’s Acoustic Orchestra. Alongside studying Australian folklore, Ruth has recently been working as a collector of childrens’ folklore. Ruth is a strong and agile vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, and has spent many years chasing good music and good musical company.

  • Quotes

    “(part) of a new generation of gifted Australian performers bringing traditional and original songs to appreciative younger audiences… capable of moving the listener to tears” ~ The Australian

    “I can think of no better ambassadors for Australia than these two talented young singers and musicians. I know they will charm their audiences wherever they go…” Andy Irvine .

    PRAISE FOR “SUMMER’S LONESOME TALE”

    “This album has it all, heaps of talent, fantastic arrangements and a great vibe that brought a great smile to my face. I loved it! Do yourself a favour and buy it, you won’t regret it!” – FolkRadioUK

    “A ripper of a CD, full of good folk songs delightfully performed” – The Canberra Times .

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