Join us for the hometown release of Rachael’s new record ‘My Father Loved Me’: an intimate memoir concert chronicling the life, trials, and triumphs of her late father.
Rachael Kilgour is a Duluth-born, Canadian-American songwriter and performing artist whose plain-spoken, heart-centered work and intimate performances have endeared her to listeners and fellow artists alike. The 2015 grand prize winner of the international NewSong Music Competition and winner of the 2017 Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center, at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and at the Sundance Film Festival.
Her new album, My Father Loved Me, is a tribute to her late father and was produced by JUNO Award-winning songwriter Rose Cousins and recorded in the senior Kilgour’s native Canada. In the spare, often gutting language for which she is known, Kilgour gives us a complex portrait of a man as seen through his daughter’s eyes. With unwavering acuity, she poses questions about identity, inheritance, and grief, and affirms the value of one ordinary working man’s life in an often indifferent world.
With this album, Kilgour has revealed something about what the living owe each other. “In our mourning rituals, I think we’re really convincing ourselves that our own lives matter, that we will have an impact and be remembered. My father had a very average life for a man of his time, a small life that didn’t involve grandeur, of any kind at all.” Kilgour thinks before speaking again. “I needed to prove to myself—and to the world—that lives lived like that are still worth celebrating, still worth living.”
“Kilgour’s unapologetic lyrics are a real treat” (Rolling Stone)
“…a heartfelt slice of master crafted indie folk brimming with the battle-tested capacity to endure the worst in others” (Billboard)