"Heart-felt folk for rainy day people"

Photos taken by Tanjeryne Studio in Edmonton, AB 

Keltie Kit Monaghan (they/he) is an alternative folk singer/songwriter and settler from Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta) located on Treaty 6 Territory. Keltie combines gritty folk songs with down-to-earth anecdotes. Influenced by the lyrical poetry of Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt, and Gordon Lightfoot, Keltie highlights the beauty and heartache of a gender-diverse life experience with compassion and self-assuredness. Playing acoustic sets with finger-picking guitar, Keltie fills the room with empowering, raspy vocals and the presence of a modern troubadour passing through town.

Cataloging their experiences of queer love in a prairie town and the bittersweetness that often comes with it, their latest single “Sweet Prairie Daydream” was recorded and produced with Jonah Morris of Jed and the Valentine, and Amanda Penner, who aided in bringing the song’s ruminative soundscape to life. The single, released in the summer of 2023, kicked off their first ever tour across the prairies, including Winnipeg Folk Fest’s Stingray Young Performer’s stage. Eager to get back on the road after the success of their first tour, Keltie set out on a house-show tour in fall of 2023 across Eastern Canada, co-headlining with Amanda Penner, which included stages such as Folk Music Ontario’s “Campsite Sessions”. Recently to Treaty 1 Territory, they've put the pedal to the metal in pursuing a more sustainable and joyful music career in Winnipeg, including much songwriting, and debuting their musical cowboy drag act “Fairy Cowboy”.

Their debut EP “Everything I Haven’t Said”, recorded with Juno award-winning producer, Russell Broom, found success on Spotify and Apple Music, and has been played on radio stations across Canada including CBC Radio. The EP would reach #1 on iTunes Top Selling Singer-songwriter Albums in Canada in autumn of 2017. The momentum would continue for the EP’s lead single “Someone Tell Her”, getting nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in the Young Performer of the Year category in 2017 and winning the Rising Star Award at the Edmonton Music Awards in 2018. An avid songwriter, Keltie is returning to recording this year to share their newest project with the world in 2025.