Singing songs charged with a sense of social responsibility in a career spanning over 25 years, legendary folk and traditional Irish singer Karan Casey has released 11albums to date. Touring extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan, she has collaborated with such diverse musicians as James Taylor, Bela Fleck, Boston Pops Orchestra, Liam Clancy, Maura O’Connell, The Chieftains, The Dubliners, Peggy Seeger, Karen Matheson, Tim O’Brien, Solas and Lúnasa.
In 2018, Karan helped to found FairPlé, an organization aimed at achieving fairness and gender balance for female performers in Irish traditional and folk musics.
“Hieroglyphs That Tell the Tale” was released on the Vertical Records Label in 2019 and her song “Down in the Glen” was nominated for Best Original Folk Song at the RTE Folk Awards. She tours with her band Niamh Dunne, Sean Óg Graham and Niall Vallely.
Karan continues to push boundaries for herself and as an artist. She completed a PhD in music in 2019. Her new solo drama performance “I Walked into My Head,” directed by Sophie Motley, premiered at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in 2021. She is currently working on a new stage show to be produced at the Everyman Theatre in Cork in 2023, as well as an album of new songs about women in the Irish revolutionary period, drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources from the personal to the historical and political, touching on themes of family, loss, love, the empowerment of women and Irish revolutionary struggle.