ERIC MCDONALD & KATIE MCNALLY AT SANDYWOODS
FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013 - ERIC MCDONALD & KATIE MCNALLY
8 pm, doors open 7:30 pm
BYOB & food allowed
$12 advance, $15 at the door
"Eric and Katie create a magical acoustic blend of sound that soars sweetly above the listener, swirls to new heights, and then drifts softly back down to earth. You're left with the inescapable desire to press repeat!" (Lissa Schneckenburger).
Katie McNally and Eric McDonald seek to functionally push the envelope of traditional music, using original music and modern sensibilty to add new color to the familiar style of tunes that have been passed down for generations. While based heavily in the Scottish tradition, their music is infused with influences from two diverse and educated musical backgrounds, where carefully arranged traditional pieces seamlessly give way to original compositions.
Katie and Eric found each other in high school as like-minded musicians in the Boston traditional music scene. Over the years and many impromptu musical moments, this musical relationship congealed into a cohesive unit. Every set provides an enthralling dynamic intensity, jerking the listener's emotional chain back and forth with an ultimately satisfying blend of feeling. Having always been two of the busiest players around, these two have amassed a reputable list of experience, currently including the Scottish powerhouse Cantrip (McDonald) and the fiddle supergroup Childsplay (McNally). This practiced musicianship shines in the melodic texture and murky tones that linger long after a McNally/McDonald performance.
KATIE MCNALLY grew up steeped in fiddle music. She is a former New England Scottish Fiddle Champion and a two time runner-up for the national title. She recently graduated from Tufts University, where she studied traditional music from many cultures (including a semester abroad in Glasgow, Scotland). Katie is quickly becoming a renowned instructor. You may often find her leading workshops for the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club or teaching at Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School. She also performs with the fiddle supergroup, Childsplay, alongside many of the nation's finest acoustic musicians.
ERIC MCDONALD is known for his tasteful playing on both the mandolin and the guitar. A former student at Berklee College of Music, he cut his teeth touring with acts such as Matching Orange and The Dave Rowe Trio. He has studied with some of the best mandolinists in the world, including John McGann, Joe Walsh and Sean Staples. As a guitarist, Eric is an in-demand accompanist, performing with acts such as Brendan Carey Block and Kyle Carey. He is on staff at Passim School of Music and Maine Fiddle Camp, and tours with acts such as Rebecca Wudarski, Cantrip and Pesky J. Nixon.
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