After meeting with their mandolins at the Swannanoa Gathering of 2014 in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Kate and Scott knew that they were witnessing the birth of something special. Two years later through endless love for the art and determination to be heard, The Barred Owls have truly taken flight as one of the Triangle's adored and anticipated acoustic duos. Their music has been described as "the colors of classic 60's folk music, shaded by bluegrass, on a post rock-and-roll palette" and effectively mixes folk, alt-country, Americana, Scots-Irish/Celtic, British Isles, Bluegrass, and other influences. Their debut album, "Hoo Cooks for Y'all?", flew out of the nest this Spring.
Through their "Hoo Cares" initiative, the Owls are deliberate in contributing to philanthropic causes that they feel passionately about. Portions of their proceeds from shows have gone to organizations such as the Carolina Raptor Center, and Hurricane Matthew Relief among others. They hope to expand their base of causes as they perform in the future.
Growing up in family-run pubs in England, Kate was exposed to a strong sense of English folk and traditional music from the likes of Maddy Pryor, Steeleye Span and Kate Bush, but also loved North American songstresses Joni Mitchell and Carole King. Since then she has let the voices of many shape her performance style and brings these influences to her role in The Barred Owls. Kate brings a strong sense of depth and earnestness into their music.
Scott got serious with his guitar in his twenties and has collaborated with many different groups over the years. His influences include a tight-knit group of bands such as Pentagle, instrumentalists like Pierre Bensuson and Emory Lester, and singers such as Scottish troubadour Archie Fisher and operatic tenor Nicolai Gedda. He has always be unable to resist the gravitational pull towards creating art.