Kate's Dad played French Horn in various orchestras & theatre bands, played piano and sang (He really wanted to be a musician; but ended up becoming a doctor as well). There are loads of memories around trying to shut out the sound of horn practice. Her Mum always sang. On occassion she sang Kate to sleep with 'Golden Slumbers' (way sweeter than The Beatles), she sang in choirs and continues to sing. In fact, the whole family can sing and harmonise and all have played and dabbled with various instruments, and all love music. Music was a constant – live music a presence.
Kate learnt piano throughout primary school, made up songs, and like all Australian school kids back then, learnt to play Recorder. Later she went on to play Tenor recorder because it was deeper and richer and bigger, and she even had a go at Oboe for a while. Kate's vocal ability was further developed when she was placed in various choirs in secondary school. Having given up recorder, oboe and piano, Kate decided to teach herself guitar, a method which has proven to be both free-ing and frustrating. However, it was this endeavour which enabled Kate to begin composing songs.
At Kate's first public solo performance at 18yrs old, in a coffee shop on Phillip Island, Victoria, she played three original songs, and discovered that the friend who had encouraged and pushed her to play was right – people did get something from the songs. For a number of years afterwards Kate busked, performed and co-wrote songs with Dean Lombard and later they co-founded Wild Honey with Phil Hudson – an acoustic trio of folky/pop/blues originals
Kate, Dean and Phil all sang, wrote and played guitars, swapping between lead vocals, guitar, bass, harmonicas and percussion, throwing in lots of harmonies and playing wherever they were welcome (even in some places where they weren't so welcome!). When Wild Honey folded, Kate and Dean went on to found Black Sheep with Dave Waterworth – this was another acoustic trio of folky/pop/blues originals, with drums/percussion, guitars; lots of harmonies.
A change of pace and another chapter on, Kate went solo and was offered a residency at Double Dutch Café (now known as Bar 303, Northcote). Within twelve months of making this decision Kate was moving towards recording her first EP with the generous assistance of Dave Waterworth (producer/engineer). Following the release of the EP, Kate Eve & the Moonlighters played various venues across Melbourne & surrounds.
Kate has played for patients and their loved ones while they received treatment in Day Oncology at Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre and for several memorial services for those lost to cancer. Through the hospital connection Kate was invited to play for the National White Wreath Day services in 2001 & 2002 held in Queens Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne. For this occasion she wrote and later recorded “Let Me Weep”.
During recent years Kate has continued perform in various venues, compose and record songs and played at seminars held for students in schools around Melbourne, and been a co-conspirator in a collaborative, grassroots CD compilation called 'Unmuzzled'. The self-titled EP has landed in various places around Australia as well as travelled to some curious, unexpected places such as Uzbekistan, Canada and Russia (without web-assistance).