Cat Dowling

Cat Dowling

Cat Dowling writes beautifully dark pop songs. Her voice has been lauded as one of the most wonderful and evocative in Irish contemporary music. Her husky and achingly intimate vocals will draw you in from the outset. Dowling grew up in a conventional household though music was always playing and she was exposed to the Kinks, ACDC, The Rolling Stones, The Jam and the Beatles from an early age. She learnt piano as a child, performed in school musicals and choir groups throughout her youth, and began teaching herself to play guitar and write poetry as a teenager. Dowling went to University in Dublin and became very disillusioned soon after. "I finished the degree to keep people happy but I had no interest in it - in fact I hated it… I drifted for a few years,” Cat recalls. “I had a hankering for a life in music, but brushed it aside thinking that kind of thing was only for dreamers.” On returning to Ireland, she started to follow the dream. She began to inveigle her way into venues, gigs and bands, and slowly, she admits, “became addicted to the peace and freedom singing gave me. Music felt like a lover that I had to satisfy - even though I did other things to make ends meet, it kept gnawing at me to come back to it.

Dowling has played and fronted numerous music projects, the most recent act was Babelfish, which quickly morphed into the most successful electro/dream-pop band, Alphastates.



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