Kate was destined to be a musician ever since she was in the womb, when her father would play his trumpet with the bell pressed against her mother's pregnant tummy. Formal music training didn't begin, however, until Kate was 4 years old and started taking violin lessons. Her Scottish and Newfoundland heritage quickly emerged when Kate found a love for fiddle music.
Balancing both styles throughout her life, she has released two solo CDs, represented Newfoundland at the National Music Festival in 2009, completed a B.Mus in violin performance from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a Master’s in solo violin performance from McGill University. Kate also has a love for jazz music, and released a CD of vocal standards in August, 2009, which was nominated for jazz album and female vocalist of the year at the PEI Music Awards the following year.
Kate's career in violin has taken her to Russia with the Memorial University Chamber Orchestra, across Canada twice with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, to China for the World Expo 2010 with rock band Hey Rosetta!. She performed with Michael Bublé at the 2010 JUNO Awards, and played Concertmaster under Maestro Kent Nagano in 2011. Since moving to Montreal, Kate has enjoyed the many performance opportunities that have come her way. She is a member of Montreal-based women’s choir, Concerto Della Donna, and is heavily involved with the newly formed all-female string quartet, Birds On A Wire, comprised of classically trained players sharing an interest in other musical styles such as celtic, bluegrass, rock and jazz, and dedicated to stretching the boundaries of typical string quartet playing. She can also be found fiddling at Hurley's Irish Pub in Montreal playing with Solstice.
In 2018, Kate completed her PhD specializing in Irish Music on Prince Edward Island through the School of Irish Studies at Concordia University.