Cal Folger Day is an American songwriter and performer now based in Dublin, Ireland. “A guitarist and chanteuse with jazz leanings, whose vocal control and stage presence command attention” (The New Yorker). She released her second EP Adornament in February 2015 on by Reeks of Effort (UK)/Trout Records (IE). "There is a sense of self and personality to the music... Adornament is work of subtle and considered songwriting" (The Last Mixed Tape). She has supported Angel Olsen, Jeffrey Lewis, & the Weather Station as a solo artist, and has embarked on several tours across the EU, UK, Ireland, and the US. In January 2016 she took a one-woman-band version of her new operetta At the Roots of the Stars around the Southern US before its premiere with a full cast at the Smock Alley Scene+Heard festival in Dublin.
She composed and performed the live score on accordion for 2015 Dublin Fringe show Flemish Proverbs, which won the festival’s production award. In November 2015 she was granted a SPACE residency with the Performance Corporation at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Monaghan, Ireland. In December 2015 she produced criss-cross-mas, an immersive improvised musical theatre experience at A4 Sounds. So far in 2016 she has arranged and performed the live music for Blue Heart Theatre’s Couples & Pairs at the Theatre Upstairs and for the upcoming production of The Ref by the Acting Out theatre company in the Dublin Gay Theatre festival. In 2013 she produced an orchestral and choral ensemble performance of Béla Bartók’s 6 Children’s Choruses at the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn.
As an undergraduate Cal studied medieval vocal music under Benjamin Bagby (Sequentia), Katarina Livljanic (Dialogos), and Tom Zajac (The Newberry Consort). After studying early colloquial English literature abroad at Oxford, in her senior year she was granted a Pamela Daniels fellowship to pursue the writing and recording of an album of original material. In 2012 she was a member of Rayvon Browne, a “charming, torchy, lo-fi” (LucidCulture) project, releasing two EPs that captured “the sound of a talented act confidently presenting its quirky tunes as they are” (Wavemaker). For two years Cal hosted the weekly open stage at the Tribes Gallery on the Lower East Side.
photo: Cameron Kelly