Paul Kamm &
Eleanore MacDonald

—Modern Folk Musicians

Modern folk musicians Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald, from Nevada City, CA., have been writing and performing original, contemporary folk music for 41 years. A blend of contemporary and traditional styles, their music is graced by exquisite harmony, compelling songwriting, deceptively simple arrangements and intricate guitar work … all embraced by great heart.

They’ve been applauded throughout the US as well as overseas for the lyrical content of their songs and vocal blend…a haunting style which weaves unique harmonies into a rich tapestry of guitar work and storytelling.

They are Kerrville, Telluride and Rocky Mtn New Folk award winners, to name just a few, but the real nature of their musical voice doesn’t come into focus as easily as reciting a list of these coveted prizes.

The quiet way they live and work flows through their music like water, and washes over you as surely as the notes do. You get the impression that working for issues like peace and justice shouldn’t keep us from dropping everything to help a stray animal in need, and that ambition is nothing without love, because one thing follows another, one hand connected to the other. In an uncompromising yet comforting way their music is patient, like talking with someone who looks you in the eye, someone who reminds you to breathe, because these things might take a little time.

Their songs are filled with stories that touch us all, and whether it’s love or politics, war and peace, old farmers, old women or the earth and our children, this music brings to life both history and today with a powerful mix of inclusion and compassion.

At home in large venues like the Strawberry, Kerrville or Kate Wolf music festivals, a late ‘night in the round’ tribute to Woody Guthrie with folks they greatly admire like Jackson Browne, Eliza Gilkyson, Steve Earle and Jimmy LaFave, or in the small intimate setting of a living room house concert, Paul and Eleanore sing with the same voice. One that is personal and unguarded … a voice draped in stark and ethereal harmonies that are as welcoming as the crackling warmth of a fire.

Since 1987 Paul and Eleanore have independently produced 9 albums of original music, receiving critical acclaim from all of the various trade reviewers worldwide. Music from these CDs are played on NPR, Community, College and Public stations the world over as well as digital radio. They’ve been featured in Dirty Linen, Sing Out! Magazine, on Air America and Democracy Now! and “Josephine”, from the CD “Fool’s Paradise”, was used at a multimedia event in 2002, commemorating the events of 9/11/2001 at Ground Zero in NYC. They’ve been seen on PBS performing on a few episodes of the “California Heartland” series, have had their song “Calling on Love” used in a PBS “Visionaries” segment and their rendition of Kate Wolf’s song “Unfinished Life” is included on Nina Gerber’s CD “Good Music With Good People…Live at the Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival”.

Paul and Eleanore’s album #10, Djuna’s Lullaby, was released digitally and on CD in February, 2024. Their first recording since From the Fire, which was released in 2010, is graced by the magic of some great players (Nina Gerber, Joe Craven, Rich Stanmyre and Tom Menig). 

Djuna’s Lullaby

We are pleased to be able to say that our 10th recording, “Djuna’s Lullaby,” was released physically and digitally on February 10, 2024. We are still calling on our Music Angels, our beloved community, for a bit more financial help to enable it to find its way into the world.

As Independent artists, we have no backing from a record company and have always been self recorded and produced. 

We will be keeping our  GoFundMe campaign  going for awhile.

You can also donate easily via on our Venmo and PayPal Accounts:

Venmo – @Eleanore-MacDonald

PayPal – @eleanoremacdonald

We humbly thank you all for sticking with us throughout these last 41 years, and for continuing to attend our live shows, where the ritual of song is perhaps at its strongest.

We hope to see your all soon!

In deep gratitude,
Eleanore and Paul


Written and Performed by Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald

Video Credit:  Velvy Appleton

Upcoming GIG’S 

April 6, Saturday, Berkeley, CA

Freight and Salvage
Opening for Duo Quartet
Doors: 7:pm / Show: 8:0o pm
Tickets and info at

April 28, Sunday, Grass Valley, CA

The Wild Eye Pub
Time & ticket info TBA.
This is our annual benefit concert for the street cats of Skiathos, Greece.
All proceeds and CD sales go to the Skiathos Cat Welfare Assn.

Sometime in early June

Skiathos, Greece
Hopefully. Our 3rd on-island’ benefit for the island cats

June 15, Saturday

Davis, CA.
Private outdoor concert with Nina Gerber
If you’d like to attend, 
Email –
We will put you in touch with the venue

 June 16, Sunday

Nevada City
Raven Rocks House Concert
with Nina Gerber
Nevada City CA. Tickets & More info TBA