Our 6th annual LEAF Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition is this weekend, Saturday, May 11! All this week we are introducing readers to our eight, talented finalists. Today we are proud to highlight California-based Cat Terrones.
Catherine “Cat” Terrones is based in her hometown of San Pedro, California. As a solo performer, Cat has been featured as a finalist in singer-songwriter showcases like Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Competition. Cat’s musical influences are diverse and far reaching. Immersed in classical and Celtic (Welsh) music from a young age, enamored equally with American Folk, Celtic, Alt Rock, and Singer-Songwriter genres, she studied classical strings, composition, and classical and jazz voice in college, while moonlighting in Blues and Irish bands.
Cat’s is one half of the Neo-Folk Americana act, Sun and Dark. Their debut album takes a personal lens and examines the topics of our time: climate change, the global refugee crises, energy extraction, our precarious relationship to and deep need for nature, and our search for genuine human connection. Anchored in Cat’s original material, with a sound based on a vocal harmony, instrumental, and songwriting collaborative with bandmate Ben Shannon, Sun & Dark’s sound is a modern fusion of Americana/Roots, Celtic, and Alternative/Folk influences.
Cat is grateful for the continued fellowship of the artists and patrons in the music community. Her hope is to spend the next 40 years (or more) contributing new, beautiful, relevant art to the American Folk tradition, through her collaborative and solo projects.