Virginia Kathryn writes music at the intersection of folk, blues, and jazz. In 2012, she started performing in coffeehouses and restaurants. Over the years, she has produced original compositions for local filmmakers and videographers, recorded medieval music for a traveling museum exhibit, and played her original music at house concerts and neighborhood bars.
In 2016, she was selected as a participant for the Silkroad Ensemble’s Global Musician Workshop. During the 2016 and 2017 workshops, she performed alongside Abigail Washburn, Aoife O’Donovan, Bruce Molsky, and many more artists who are part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble. In 2018, she received a scholarship to attend Richard Thompson’s Frets & Refrains Songwriting Camp.
Her experience at these workshops inspired her to write about folk music from a new perspective. She was invited to speak and perform at TEDxUNO 2017. There, she made a case for folk music as a medium through which contemporary stories can be told: turning back to our history to express the voice of the global community.
In community involvement, she has volunteered with Omaha Girls Rock since 2015 as an instrument instructor, workshop leader, and band coach, as well as teaching for the after-school program. She was nominated by the Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards committee for Best Blues Artist in 2017, and Best Folk/Americana in 2018.
Her debut album, Vintage Sepia, was released in June 2018. It is available on all streaming services. She is currently working on her second album, Restless Young Thing, and planning for an independent release in 2021.