Cat Taylor

What I Do

I guess you could say I’m a Renaissance woman (pun intended), I’m a QuickBooks Advanced Certified ProAdvisor, entertainment director for the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, a professional musician, created a Celtic dance stage show and was vice president of Aeronaut Productions, LLC, creators of the museum exhibit “Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination”.

As a violinist I learned to blend the right brain with the left, the analytical with the artistic. I think this is why I enjoy helping arts-oriented micro-businesses put their business puzzle pieces together, figure out their finances and stay on top of them. Much the same can be said of the Dickens Fair, where I put together the stage schedules and budgets and at the same time work with directors and performers to create our immersive version of Victorian London.

And I’m just beginning the creation of LifeFaire.org to help all these folks and more put together the puzzle pieces of the business of life.

Cat Taylor Bookkeeping

QuickBooks Advanced Certified ProAdvisor specializing in de-panicking micro-businesses with QuickBooks. More than 20 years helping small businesses on PCs and Macs stay on top of their finances.

As a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor since 2004, I support multiple versions of QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks for Windowsand Mac OS I’m skilled at setting up new businesses, reconstructing existing ones, training, account reconciliation, and maintenance bookkeeping. I offer clear, easy to understand explanations, training and a smooth interface with CPA’s and Enrolled Agents.

Member of the Woodard Alliance, AIPB and ICBUSA.

Musical Projects

I’m excited to be returning to my performing life and have re-joined forces with Avalon Rising for gigs at The Bistro in Hayward on May 29th and The PEERS Star Trek Academy Ball on June 4th. (Did I mention I’m also a big nerd?) Looking forward to more musical adventures!

As a violinist and and electric violinist, I performed and recorded with many ensembles including Avalon Rising, seminal Celtic fusion band Phoenyx, the funky blues-folk-rock band Amazon Queen, Celtic-Middle-Eastern- tribal-trance-dance ensemble Haunted By Waters and Symphony Parnassus.

Fiddler’s Fancy showcased the talents of Celtic musicians and dancers for faires, festivals and weddings and included the critically acclaimed Celtic dance show “Shanachie: The Challenge of the Sidhe”, which combined the ancient Celtic storytelling tradition of the Shanachie with the music and power of Irish hard shoe dancing.

My (mostly) complete discography can be seen here.

Avalon Rising

Avalon Rising

Shanachie: The Challenge of the Sidhe

Shanachie: The Challenge of the Sidhe

Great Dickens Christmas Fair

I am transitioning out of my role as entertainment director for the Great Dickens Christmas Fair,  which I have loved for the last 22 years, and returning to performing music. Here’s the announcement.
See scheduled performances above and stay turned for more.

The Heart of the Holidays
Held at San Francisco’s Cow Palace every holiday season, visitors enjoy three acres of Victorian holiday delights – gifts, food, drink, and entertainment galore!

Avalon Rising
Avalon Rising

Writing

I’ve written for various music technology magazines, including Electronic Musician, was the Dickens Fair social media manager for five years and edited the Dickens Fair in-house email newsletter from 2000 to 2022.

Past Project

Aeronaut Productions created the museum exhibit Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination! which explored the origins, influences and artistry of the steampunk aesthetic – a Neo-Victorian movement inspired by a fancifully re-imagined Age of Steam. It was the most popular exhibit ever at Anaheim’s Muzeo when it completed it’s run in 2012.

There were great articles from the Orange County Register and NBC Los Angeles, among others.