The Katie McNally Band
featuring Ryan McKasson and Neil Pearlman
with guest Opening Act, The BC Fiddle Orchestra
Join Boston-based fiddler Katie McNally for an evening of bold and exquisite tunes bursting from the Scottish and Cape Breton traditions.
Described as “the new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA,” Katie McNally grew up steeped in the vibrant Scottish and Cape Breton music community in Boston and is the 2009 New England Scottish Fiddle Champion. She was a student of Hanneke Cassel and has performed at venues such as the Freight and Salvage, Benaroya Hall, The Barns at Wolf Trap, Symphony Space, and various folk venues throughout the country. Katie performs regularly with all-female Celtic band Long Time Courting, has been a member of the New England ﬁddle supergroup Childsplay since 2009, and joined world-renowned Galician bagpiper Carlos Núñez on his tour of North America in 2012.
In her first tour of the Pacific Northwest, Katie will be teaming up with two of the most innovative voices in Scottish music in the US, local legend Ryan McKasson on viola and Boston-based pianist Neil Pearlman. Katie’s evocative and melodic playing combined with Ryan’s powerful harmonies and counterpoint—all anchored by Neil’s rhythmically driving piano accompaniment—creates a uniquely arresting take on traditional music.
Guest Opening Act will be, “The BC Fiddle Orchestra.” Now in it’s 20th season, the BC Fiddle Orchestra began in 1994 when Daniel Lapp gathered his students and several BC
‘mentors and accompanists’ for a performance at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, BC. Since then it’s been a breeding ground for many of Vancouver Island’s top young violinists interested in ‘fiddle music’ to get a hold of this unique art form and learn about its great depths and traditions found around the world. The BCFO has performed extensively around BC at festivals and recorded 3 albums, the most recent, Fishcakes & Oranges released in 2013.
Saturday, April 5th, 2014
Doors at 7:00 pm, concert at 7:30 pm
Knox Presbyterian Church
- Adults: $15
- Seniors, Students, VFS Members: $10
- Available at Larsen School of Music, Long and McQuade and Ivy’s Bookshop
For more information please contact Ceri Osborne at (250) 415-3898