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Kathie Touin

News about Kathie

Kathie Touin is a Californian musician, songwriter and recording artist who now lives in Orkney.

On this page you can find the latest news about Kathie's music and work.

New Year 2019...

In February Kathie's song The World And You (Green Man) from her Dark Moons & Nightingales album features in The Folk Pilot episode 54 with Neil Vessey on Deal Radio - thank you Neil!

Summer 2018...

In June, DJ Steve Conway plays Kathie's song Safe As Houses from her Butterfly Bones album as part of his A-Z Of Great Tracks on He says: "Safe As Houses is a great track." This is the fifth time one of Kathie's songs has featured in Steve's A-Z so it is a great honour - thank you Steve! Listen to Safe As Houses on this player...

New Year 2018...

Recording vocals at Starling Recording Studio

Kathie Touin is working in her own Starling Recording Studio on the follow-up to her Dark Moons & Nightingales album. Kathie explains the challenges of recording the vocals in her blog entitled Moving to the pink room.


Orkney Nature Festival

Kathie's Starling Recording Studio supports an event at the 2017 Orkney Nature Festival - a Songwriting Workshop with Jenny Sturgeon at Mull Head, Deerness on 16 May. Jenny is a former bird ecologist, so her knowledge and passion for nature seeps effortlessly into her work. Find out more at the Orkney Nature Festival website and on Jenny Sturgeon's website.

Spring Concert

Kathie's piano students perform a free Spring Concert at the Old School, Quoyloo, Orkney in March 2017. About 60 folk come along and thoroughly enjoy themselves. Thank you to everyone who performed or attended the concert, and thank you to the Old School Managers for their help with the raffle and refreshments.

In March 2017, for the fourth time, one of Kathie's songs features on Steve Conway's A-Z Of Great Tracks on - this time it's Little Bit Of Blue from the album Dark Moons & Nightingales. Other artists appearing on the same episode include Robert Plant, Fleetwood Mac, Prince, Nirvana and the Doobie Brothers. Steve describes Kathie as "a real hidden treasure" (blame her PR person).

Winter 2016 & New Year 2017...

Brough of Birsay

A view of the Brough of Birsay, Orkney taken in September 2016 (image: Graham Brown)

In February Kathie posted her version of the 1938 Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson song, September Song, on SoundCloud. In fact, she recorded the song because it is one of her Mom's favourites. Awww!

Meanwhile, Kathie is busy on her next album release and taking full advantage of lots of new studio software - but still no promise yet about a release date.

Just before Christmas Starling Recording Studio welcomed an established musician who needed to mix some music while visiting Orkney.


Kathie attends a two-day songwriting workshop at the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh with Grammy nominated, Nashville singer-songwriter - and writer of CMA Song of the Year Independence Day - Gretchen Peters.

Kathie plays at the Orkney Folk Festival in May as part of Frank Keenan's band at the Finstown Ceilidh in Finstown Community Centre.

DJ Steve Conway plays Kathie's song Home from the Dark Moons & Nightingales album as part of his A-Z Of Great Tracks on Previously Steve's A-Z has featured Kathie's songs Clarity and Does It Really Matter...

Steve tells listeners: "The music is just so simple, it speaks to you directly."

Kathie and Keith Emerson

Keith Emerson and Kathie Touin at Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles in 1993 after an Emerson, Lake & Palmer concert (photo ©Kathie Touin)

Kathie writes a heartfelt blog about her friend Keith Emerson, who died in March.

Kathie's Starling Recording Studio gets a spring clean. And, after a trip to Red Dog Music in Edinburgh, there's an exciting new keyboard.

Kathie is working on two exciting recording projects with Orcadian artists in Starling Recording Studio: one is getting overdubs on the basic tracks; the other is almost ready for release. Sorry we can't tell you more about the artists at this stage - please watch this space for developments.