Kate Rouse, hammered dulcimer
Kate Rouse, hammered dulcimer


From reviews for KARA's Some Other Shore

" Kate's hammered dulcimer is ethereal and brings an otherworldly feel." Bright Young Folk

"Stunning hammered dulcimer solo." R2, 4*

"Gorgeous dulcimer introduction and musical strand throughout." Folkall

"Heady marriage of stylings characterised by the musical interplay between Rouse and Underwood." Folking.com

"Virtuoso skills of Kate, who adds here own beautifully written tune." FATEA


From reviews for Ange Hardy's Esteesee album

"I should mention.... & Kate Rouse, all of whom add their own piece of magic and sparkle."

Neil King, FATEA


From reviews for KARA's debut album Waters so deep...


"The most remarkable thing is to hear someone so expert on the hammered dulcimer. Not something you often hear with folk bands these days." 

Danny McNamara, Readifolk Radio Show


"Just gorgeous, I love the sound of this. You can't have too much hammered dulcimer."

Genevieve Tudor, BBC Radio Shropshire


"A very interesting band, great instrumentalists, great vocalist." Mike Harding Folk Show


"A magical night of music from KARA - with the mystical quality of Kate's wonderful hammered dulcimer." Robin Mansfield, Cambridge Folk Club


"Kate performed an impressive solo piece on hammered dulcimer."

Bracknell Folk Club, Steve Primarolo 


"A beautifully executed piece of dulcimer playing that's just an absolute treat for the ear." 

Danny Farragher, Folk All


"...the distinctive sound of the hammered dulcimer of Kate Rouse..."

Mike Ainscoe, FATEA


"Special mention  must be given to the hammered dulcimer which perfectly relflects the album's character with its clear, ringing tone, teamed with its exotic and animated qualities."

Rebekah Foard, Bright Young Folk


"An achingly gorgeous tune (Rusalka) performed amazingly by Kate Rouse, and the oddly titled (Flying Spaghetti tune set) shows Kate's stunning skill with the hammered dulcimer."

Sal Creber, Shire Folk


Sunday Times Culture Dec 2014
KARA interview with R2, Jan 2015

NEWS: 18 Dec 2018 - New Quartet formed!      NEWS: 23 Feb 2017 - Cecil Sharp House, with Jonny Dyer, Vicki Swan, Phil Underwood and more.....NEWS: Running a family session for tunes at FolkWeekendOxford 2017. NEWS: Working on new Daria's solo album for launch at Cecil Sharp House, Feb 2017.       NEWS: Just finished KARA tour, new album on the loose!    Loved the Convent                         NEWS: Great reviews for piano & dulcimer Daria Kulesh track on Downtown Folkstock compilation.         NEWS: Duo dulcimer workshop lined up with Maclaine Colston @ FolkWeekend Oxford 2016.

Quartet info - click the photo

In order to reach me:

Email: kate.dulcimer@gmail.com

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