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 for outstanding scholarship 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 contemporary musicological research.
Catherine has toured across NSW and Victoria playing at the National Folk Festival (Canberra), Illawarra Folk Festival, Docklands Blues Music Festival (Melbourne), Sydney Blues and Roots Festival, Northern Beaches Music Festival, Honk Oz Festival (Wollongong), Harrietville Bluegrass Festival (Vic), Newtown Festival, Surry Hills Festival and Cooks River Festival.
As one of the busiest working double bassists in Sydney, Golden performs with Sydney bands Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides and Dusty Ravens as well as a slew of diverse musical projects including 1917: Strike (PP Cranney), 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.