new single – lí Ban

Released on bandcamp on 3 February 2022


Lí Ban.

Hidden in the Irish manuscript Lebor na hUidre is the story of Princess Li Ban (paragon of women) who becomes a mermaid (half salmon) surviving the flood, with her faithful lapdog who becomes an otter.

And then…

There is so much to say.

Her story has held me captive for about 9 years. From wells and lakes to library archives… church fonts and seacaves to castle ruins. My sore feet and dazzled mind have journeyed like a winding river, while my heart and soul were softly torn to ribbons and woven anew.

Li Ban is the transformer. Enter her mythology and your life begins to shapeshift..

Where words fail, music always arrives.

This is the longest song I have written, a 9 minute composition in several parts ~ the well/ lough, the river and the sea .. and an otter appearance.

It emerged all by itself, as songs and poems seem to do, springing from my journey into the lore of Li Ban and my affinity with her symbolism.

I wrote it on the lyre, made from cherry wood by Sam Irwin on the North Coast, and a 100 year old mandolute (birthday gift from Dad 8 years ago).

The ocean sings on here too, below Dunluce Castle. These field recordings informed the piece, as Lough Neagh informed the initial lyre melodies and the River Bann the mandolute section.

Thierry Michel journeyed to the sea with me to play with sound in Mermaid’s Cave ~ you can hear his beautiful flute (low whistle) which expresses so much so purely. Thank you for the magic Thierry.

I recorded and engineered the rest in my home studio, setting up microphones next door in a candlelit bathroom ~ wetting the tiles just so to make space for a watery song to flow.

Then it sat on a computer hard drive for 5 years, as things do.

Fortunately my brother is a sonic wizard and mastered the recording for me this week ~ brilliantly, delicately and quickly so I could release it now on this cross quarter day of imbolg 2022 !

Check out Genie Mastering, thank you Jon.

There is an in-depth book about Li Ban/ Muirgen sprawled inside my computer. 5 parts 44 chapters so far. Writing a book is possibly beyond me, we will see.

For now, this song carries essences of Li Ban. Feelings and movements which can’t be expressed in a book. The book and the song are like twins, seemingly similar but in truth very different. They need each other.

I hope you enjoy the music. Personally the last year has been the most intense year of my life. The spiritual work of many lifetimes coming to a boil without warning (please give humans advance notice of your flaming Heart) putting me back in the psychiatric ward (twice!) and pulling me from loved ones.. I’m amazed to have survived and to be able to organise the release of this song. For Her.

The song is distributed to all music stores (apple, itunes, spotify, amazon etc) so go forth and stream the mermaid ..

I have previously released three albums of home made music. My last album which this was intended to be part of is called ‘Sea Star’.

By tooth and claw.

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released February 3, 2022

new album : sea star

i have new release for you ‘sea star’ a handful of songs from 2010 ~ 2013sea-star-final-yes

there was a recurring experience of loss over this period, and a growing affinity with the sea at night.

like much of my music, the songs are somewhat spontaneous and track five and seven were entirely improvised.

i recorded ocean sounds inside a sea cave (with response from voice and flute) . . . these sounds are a preview of a larger project i have been working on which i hope to share with you next year.

i recorded the rest at home on my old piano, blue guitar and borrowed ukulele.

listen and navigate waves of loss by the light of the sea star,


love catherine








photograph by danielle madsen


new album out now

the faeries are out on 1st may and so is my second album



a nine song story available on cd and download


like my debut ‘sweetcorn‘ i self-produced ‘lost and found‘ at home:


download from BANDCAMP (player above)

 and receive a rainbow cd tied with a gold ribbon


or click here to buy from iTUNES or AMAZON


the songs are from 2006 ~ 2010:

the first one when i met my love and the last one when we married


i make songs on impulse and they can seem random so when i realised these songs were connected i put them together as one record.


needing specific string sounds, i asked four musical friends to join me:

tom hughes on cello , úna monaghan on harp , angie o’reilly on violin and rohan armstrong on double bass


self-producing ‘lost and found’ taught me a lot ~ it is a document of my skills at the time and an insight into my experience of love / self sacrifice


we have performed it live in the menagerie for belfast music week, and in the lyric theatre for the bounce arts festival


thank you to the arts council of northern ireland who supported the project with an arts and disability ireland award.

hello goodbye

out with the old and in with the new year

catherine hatt

HELLO WEB and good bye 2014


a wonder ful year for my songs and i

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but now to forget it all and make new music in new ways


~ out with the old and in with the new ear


you are most welcome to leaf through pages of this web site ( from the menu ) it took me ages

and there is news coming soon