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Kate Wolf (born Kathryn Louise Allen in San Francisco, California, USA) (January 27, 1942 – December 10, 1986) was an American folk singer and songwriter.

Wolf didn’t get her recording career going until the mid-’70s, by which time she was well into her thirties. Prior to emerging as a solo artist, she had headed the band Wildwood Flower (who backed her on her first two albums), and organized folk concerts and festivals in Northern California. Very much a self-starter, her first two albums were released on her own Owl label; thereafter, her catalog was handled by Kaleidoscope.

Over the next few years, Wolf built a strong following on the folk circuit with a series of fairly similar but remarkably consistent albums. Her recordings always benefited from first-rate instrumental support from various small bands; guitarist Nina Gerber was her most important associate in this regard.

She was still at her peak when her life was tragically cut short by leukemia in 1986.

The Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival has been celebrating her music for many years now in northern California.


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  • blutos

    Her voice makes me feel warm and fluffy inside

    6 Sep 2012 Reply
  • semionato

    always so so so stunning. CLOSE TO YOU is by far my favorite of her albums.

    11 May 2012 Reply
  • orunaidh

    I can't help but say something here. She brings me to tears sometimes. Cornflower Blue. Here in California. I grew up surrounded by the same brown hills and feel every word ever so deeply. I'm madly in love with her if you can't tell.

    13 Apr 2012 Reply
  • No3made

    yes, that's good!!

    23 May 2011 Reply
  • semionato

    so wonderful. so wonderful. so wonderful.

    2 Mar 2011 Reply
  • mellocone

    yatasaurus, I was lucky to see her concert in Austin in the early 80s

    21 Feb 2011 Reply
  • stripedpurples

    Such a beauty, her music is such a treasure.

    27 Jan 2011 Reply
  • semionato

    after two indelibly beautiful covers (lucinda williams, "here on california" and nanci griffith, "across the great divide), i'm listening to the original versions for the first time today. be still my heart. just two plays in my library and i'm hooked for life.

    15 Aug 2010 Reply
  • kecoughtan

    I just downloaded her "Safe at anchor" album from emusic. Really love her too sad she died early from leukemia.

    14 Aug 2010 Reply
  • yatasaurus

    Pacheo, The Red Tailed Hawk, live in Austin.

    17 Apr 2010 Reply
  • IamFlood

    I just found Gold in California on vinyl. It's a beauty..

    1 Aug 2009 Reply
  • anders_sporrong

    why no more last fm, miss you so much, who's doin' this & why,I really like to know.

    14 Jul 2009 Reply
  • alchemyiam

    Cds and DVDs are available at the official website: One of my favorite artists....

    19 Apr 2009 Reply
  • pjanina

    does anyone know where can i download her music?! thank You

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • maulofsound

    i was born on the same day as jeff buckley, also not by chance.

    21 Sep 2008 Reply
  • flavatar

    She was born on the same day as Mozart. Not by chance :-)

    30 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Alhutch

    yeah that's great. they have Some Kind of Love :)

    26 Mar 2008 Reply
  • straea

    i'm so so happy so many of her songs are streamable on here now! i hope it leads to more people finding out about the awesomeness of kate and her music :)

    27 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Cankerio

    Too Right, She died too young

    12 Jun 2007 Reply
  • Alhutch

    more people need to know about Kate Wolf! her music is amazing

    14 Nov 2006 Reply
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