Catherine Golden is a freelance double bassist/electric bassist, multi-instrumentalist, music tutor, arranger and notation copyist, composer and recognised songwriter with 20 years experience in playing live in the Sydney music scene. She is also a songwriter and was a finalist in the Indie category of the 2006 UK International Songwriting Competition.
Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Music at the University of Western Sydney in 2012, where she majored in Performance and Composition, Golden was awarded the Deans Medal and also the Marianne Rosenberg Award for outstanding scholarship in Musicology. In 2013, she completed her self-directed Honours research thesis Neoliberalism, Live Music and the Performing Arts: The Red Rattler. In addition to graduating with First Class Honours, Golden was also awarded the University Medal for her contemporary musicological research.
Catherine has toured across NSW, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania at festivals including the National Folk Festival (Canberra), Docklands Blues Music Festival (Melbourne), Cygnet Folk Festival (Tas), Sydney Blues and Roots Festival, Agnes Water Blues, Roots & Rock Festival (Qld), Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival, Northern Beaches Music Festival, Honk Oz Festival (Wollongong), Harrietville Bluegrass Festival (Vic), Newtown Festival and Surry Hills Festival.
As one of the busiest working double bassists in Sydney, Golden performs regularly with Sydney bands Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides and Dusty Ravens as well as with a slew of diverse musical projects including 1917: Strike (PP Cranney), Secrets Through A Sound Glass (Sean Botha), Amulet (Christina Mimmocchi), The Moving Picture Show (Jan Thorp) and many ad hoc music theatre shows.
Catherine teaches bass, guitar, ukulele, cello, violin and recorder to adults and children. Teaching privately and at several music schools across Sydney, Golden draws upon her own studies (AMEB and university) as well as her live music experience to formulate lesson plans for musicians of all levels.