Grateful Fred is delighted to welcome back Brigid Kaelin and Steve Cooley to Grateful Fred’s after their previous appearance in February of 2022.
Kentucky-born Brigid Kaelin is a Renaissance woman, excelling as a storyteller, musician, writer and illustrator. Classically trained on several instruments, she’s equally at ease at a Nashville session as she is entertaining crowds in random pubs.
Highlights of Brigid’s career include opening for bands like Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Jack Harlow, Ben Folds Five, Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Loretta Lynn, being a musical guest on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, touring Europe annually, being named Louisville’s “Best Singer-Songwriter” multiple years, being offered a leading role in a national touring Broadway musical (which she perhaps-foolishly turned down to care for her dying mother), and being a vocal coach to A-list Hollywood actors.
When she’s not on stage, Brigid writes the popular blog The Red Accordion Diaries, about everything from tours, travelling, and her newest endeavour: motherhood.
Brigid plays accordion, piano, musical saw, guitar, ukulele and various other things with strings. A summa cum laude graduate of New York University, she lives in Louisville with her Texan husband and her two children, both SAG-AFTRA film actors more famous than Brigid. She adores the metric system, the NHS, pirate jokes, and she’ll do pretty much anything for a transatlantic flight.A lifetime ago, she worked for CBS News and ran the Green Room for the morning show and has all kinds of namedropping stories she could tell you over a dram of whisky including one time when 45 shoved her off a red carpet.Steve Cooley has been a fixture on the bluegrass scene since the 1970s, appearing on the Grand Ole Opry, Hee Haw, and even Carnegie Hall. He has performed for five US Presidents and the Prince of Wales and has worked with such notables as Bill Monroe, Jean Ritchie, Hazel Dickens, Vassar Clements, Jerry Reed, Mac Wiseman, Rose Maddox, Michael Cleveland, as Art Stamper.
He toured extensively in North America, Western Europe and Japan with such well-known bands as the Dillards, Bluegrass Alliance, the Cumberlands, the Goins Brothers, the Katie Laur Band. Several recordings that Steve has appeared on were nominated for Grammy Awards; he was twice featured as a soloist with the Louisville Orchestra and also been a featured soloist with orchestras in France and Spain.
The concert will take place in the cinema with its 70 individual and very comfortable seats allowing everyone to enjoy an unrestricted view of the artists.
This will be a great, fun night of songs and stories and you will have the best of times.
You can read more about Brigid on her website at: https://www.brigidkaelin.com.