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Out of nine children, you’d expect at least one to forge a path in the arts and for the Hallorans, it was daughter Kathleen that was lured by the spell of the guitar. Australian Musician first came across Kathleen’s immense talent at the 2019 Melbourne Guitar Show and ever since, her career trajectory has trended upward. Recently Kathleen has become an integral part of Kate Ceberano’s stage shows, as well as dedicating time to her own music, with performances around town with her own band and a debut album in progress.

Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips caught up with Kathleen Halloran at Pat’s Music in Oakleigh South for a chat about her career and gear as our November Musician of the Month. Photos by Jason Rosewarne.

Guitarist Kathleen Halloran’s diverse array of skills are fast making her one of the countries most exciting and in demand upcoming musicians. As guitarist for Australian icon Kate Ceberano, Kathleen tours and performs all around the country. She’s performed with the likes of Felix Riebl, Iva Davies, William Barton, Jade MacRae, Jimi Hocking and Darren Middleton to name a few. As a session musician her guitar playing as been heard on countless recordings, in orchestra pits for many musical theatre productions, and on major festival stages all around the country.

Kathleen continues to impress and make a name for herself performing at events and festivals including the 2023 Adelaide Guitar Festival, The Melbourne Guitar show, Crossroads Guitar Festival, The Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz Festival, and the Melbourne International Women’s Jazz festival.

While being a passionate collaborator and side-woman, 2023 will see Kathleen push her boundaries and comfort zone, working on her debut album – set to showcase her skills as a vocalist and songwriter, as well as guitarist. As a solo artist, Kathleen has supported the likes of Tania Doko, Antoine Boyer (France) and Stefan Hauk.

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