Rachael Kilgour is an award-winning songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work bravely walks the line between personal and political.  The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and at the Sundance Film Festival. She was also chosen as a winner in the 2017 Kerrville New Folk Contest. 

Kilgour released her newest album, Rabbit in the Road, in March of 2017. Billboard called the work "...a heartfelt slice of master crafted indie folk brimming with the battle-tested capacity to endure the worst in others."

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It's LIVE!!
My Kickstarter Campaign is up and launched! Here's how it works: I need to raise $15,000 in order to finish recording, manufacturing and releasing my new album and Kickstarter helps me do that. If you visit the site you can watch a short video about the project, read my story, donate/preorder a CD and choose from a variety of delightful rewards. The trick about Kickstarter is that I MUST reach the total amount by October 28th in order to receive ANY of the money, otherwise it will be returned to the donors. That means that your support is critical to the success of this campaign!
This has been a big year for me - both emotionally and professionally. I feel alive! I have some pretty intense gifts to share with the world right now and I need your help to make it happen.
After four days in the studio, I'm confident that this new album is going to be INCREDIBLE!!!! I can't wait to share it with all of you. Check out the Kickstarter video for a sneak peak of one of the songs! It features Duke Levine - a guitar legend who plays with the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Aimee Mann and Roseanne Cash...to name a few. Holy buckets.
Please take a look, give what you can, and share it with everyone!


Thanks for believing in me!

Advance Tickets Available! 

I just returned from a fabulous trip East! It began with my first ever Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale, NY and ended with a sweet songwriting retreat in Maine led by my dear friend and mentor, Catie Curtis. I'm feeling refreshed and ambitious.

Back in Duluth, MN I am gearing up for my August 28th concert at The Underground. The performance of new and old original material will be recorded and, if all goes well, released on a live album ASAP! Tickets for the show are $12 in advance (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2152836) $15 at the door. Join me at 7pm on the 28th and add your laughter, tears and applause to the record. Feel free to leave screaming babies at home...

On September 12th I head back East to open for Cheryl Wheeler (yahoo!) in MD and then travel north to Boston, playing tunes along the way. If any of you have leads for folks along the East Coast who may want to host a tiny living room concert, please pass them along! 

Looking further ahead, I return to NC in October to play for the LEAF Fall Festival as the winner of this year's LEAF Newsong Contest. Again, if you or your friends are interested in hosting a small house concert in the Asheville or Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, let me know!

Save the Date! 

Welcome to the new website! Please sign up for the mailing list and check out upcoming events to your right! I am headed out to NY the weekend of July 30th for the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and then off to Maine for a songwriting retreat with the fabulous Catie Curtis! Save the date for my show at the Duluth Underground on August 28th - we will be recording the live show and *hopefully* releasing an album of your uncontrollable applause, laughter and tears when it's all over...

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February 2018