Cal Folger Day


I'm an American songwriter and performer currently based in Dublin, Ireland.

Dead Lady is the production outfit for my long-form dramatic musical narratives which exhume another voice. There are separate pages on this site with information for each of those projects.

A full-length soundtrack album of my verbatim pop-opera The Woods and Grandma was released in December 2018. It was mixed and mastered by Forest Christenson (Dunkirk, Bladerunner) in Los Angeles. Musicians include Daniel Fox (Girl Band) on bass, Philip Christie (O Emperor, The Bonk) on keys, Ailbhe Nic Oiraichteagh (Cian Nugent, Josephine Foster) on viola, Naoise Roo and Bob Gallagher on vocals, Nick Boon on guitar, and Ben Engel on mandolin and percussion. Most of that band played two weeks of tour dates in the US in January 2019.

The Woods & Grandma was nominated for three prizes and awarded the Little Gem at the Dublin Fringe Festival in September 2017, with a supported run at Bewley's Theatre. RTÉ Lyric, the Irish national arts and culture radio station, aired an hour-long feature on the piece, which was nominated for the Prix Italia and Prix Europa programming awards. We have also recently performed at the Dunsink Observatory as part of the Festival of Curiosity, and at the national heritage site Coole Park as part of Culture Night. At the Roots of the Stars, from a play by Djuna Barnes, is another long-form musical narrative which we toured around the US and Canada for 20 shows in August 2016.

I've played with Angel Olson, Jeffrey Lewis, Sean Nicholas Savage, St. Lenox, Sidney Gish, and the comedian Jena Friedman, as well as many tours of my own around Ireland, the UK, and US. My EP Adornament was released by Reeks of Effort (UK)/Trout (IE). This year I completed a masters in composition at Trinity College, Dublin.


"A guitarist and chanteuse with jazz leanings, whose vocal control and stage presence command attention" (The New Yorker).

"At the Roots of the Stars is one of the finest pieces I've ever seen. Fun, reflective, beautiful, important" (Scott Holzman, Chase Public).

"There is a sense of self and personality to the music... Adornament is a work of subtle and considered songwriting" (The Last Mixed Tape).

"Conjuring the syncopated, subtly bombastic alt-pop alchemy of artists like Field Music via mid-era Joni Mitchell, [Apples from The Woods and Grandma is] a typically tangential and contagious effort from Day (and friends)" (The Thin Air).