KATHLEEN BOYLE from Glasgow, Scotland comes from a family steeped in the traditional music of Donegal. Her father Hughie is a talented musician and handed down his love of music to her. Kathleen is a talented pianist and accordion player and has won All-Scotland and All-Britain titles on both instruments.
In 1999, Kathleen made history as the first graduate gaining a degree in traditional music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She is in great demand as a teacher and lecturer on both accordion and piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music and The Irish Academy of World Music in Limerick University.
She has performed at Holyrood Palace for His Royal Highness Prince Charles and for Irish President Mary McAleese; she is also a member of the band Dòchas and has toured the UK, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Sweden, America, Canada and China. Dochas, who have released two albums to much critical acclaim were voted best new comers at the 2004 Scots Traditional Music Awards and nominated as best folk band in 2006. Kathleen's first solo album "An Cailin Rua" or "The Red Haired Girl" was released to rave reviews in 2008. Her latest recording "Back to Donegal" is an album she recorded with her father and family members.