Cal Folger Day


The Woods & Grandma to premiere Fri, Mar 3 26 Feb 2017
Wild Bells Tour (Jan 2017) dates announced! 4 Jan 2017
▷New video for new song! Song from a Party 8 Dec 2016
▷Read the libretto for my new operetta At the Roots of the Stars (text by Djuna Barnes)
▷NEW SINGLE! Rawking Chair 11 Aug 2016


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 August 2016 she toured with Ben Engel (drums) and Jenna Barvitski (violin) to present her new operetta At the Roots of the Stars around the midwest and Canada.

In March 2017, The Woods & Grandma will premiere in the Smock Alley Scene+Heard festival. In 2015, she composed and performed the live score on accordion for Dublin Fringe show Flemish Proverbs, which won the festival’s production award; was granted a SPACE residency with the Performance Corporation at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Monaghan, Ireland; produced criss-cross-mas, an immersive improvised musical theatre experience at A4 Sounds. In 2016 she arranged and performed the live music for Blue Heart Theatre’s Couples & Pairs at the Theatre Upstairs, as well as The Ref by the Acting Out theatre company in the Dublin Gay Theatre festival, which won the award for best music. 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