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Double Duos: Michael Connolly & Miller McNay w/ Prairie Wolfe
Empty Sea Studios
Seattle, WA
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Double Duos: Michael Connolly & Miller McNay w/ Prairie Wolfe
The Next Gen Folk Series is jointly presented by Hearth Music, Victory Music and Empty Sea Studios.

Please join us as double mandolin meets double fiddle in this special evening of instrumental music!

Mandolin duo Michael Connolly & Miller McNay will present music from their breakthrough mandolin duo album The Mandolin Casefiles.

To kick off the evening, fiery Celtic fiddler Prairie Wolfe will be joined by Michael Connolly on fiddle, chromatic button accordion and guitar for an opening set of Irish and French Canadian tunes.

With tunes spanning the blues, old-time, bluegrass, Irish and French Canadian genres, this is a Next Gen Folk show you won't want to miss!
Michael Connolly & Miller McNay: The Northwest's premier mandolin duo

Playing their mandolins together for more than five years, Michael Connolly and Miller McNay have traveled along and across genre boundaries, from bluegrass to old-time to swing. In their inaugural album celebrating the unusual pairing of two mandolins, Connolly and McNay share the sound they've developed as a duo: transparent and open, but warm, varied, and eminently listenable.

In The Mandolin Casefiles: It Takes Two To Mando, Connolly and McNay offer up a mix of traditionaltunes, covers, and originals like McNay's "The Grapes of Rag," which introduces the disc, and Connolly's "Mr. Pick's Blues," a chromatic, colorful adventure in 12/8. A vintage Gibson mandola makes an appearance on "Over The Waterfall" and on the duo's cover of Lennon and McCartney's "In My Life." Exhibiting an unparalleled responsiveness to each others' playing, the musicians slip effortlessly between lead, accompaniment, and even percussive roles.

Recorded live in the studio with no overdubs, The Mandolin Casefiles captures the palpable energy and moment-by-moment musical dialogue between two longstanding collaborators at play.

Michael Connolly's love affair with the mandolin began at age six. During his musically charged upbringing in Memphis, Tennessee, he delved deeply into bluegrass, old-time, Irish traditional, blues, and swing music. The result is a unique "hornlike" approach to the instrument. His deft ear and sensitive accompaniment have won him appearances touring with and performing alongside Michelle Shocked, Coyote Grace, and The Indigo Girls.

An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Connolly performs regularly on fiddle, piano, and accordion as well as maintaining a busy teaching schedule. He has recorded widely, appearing on nineteen albums. The Mandolin Casefiles is the twelfth to feature his mandolin playing.

Miller McNay's mandolin story began in his native Charlotte, North Carolina. Winner of the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival's mandolin contest, he has played with Free Roaming Buffalo Herd,and Barnyard Stompand as a founding member of Captain Gravel.

McNay's impeccable tone and rhythmic drive have led to his sharing the stage with Joe Craven, G-Love & Special Sauce, and Ben Winship as well as opening for Tim O' Brien, Danny Barnes, and The Wilders.

Prairie Wolfe

Seattle-based Celtic fiddler Prairie Wolfe never intended to play the fiddle at all. "I wanted to play the celtic harp as a kid," she reports. It was French-Canadian/Metis fiddler Anne Lederman who influenced her to try her hand at the fiddle. "I've definitely always been attracted to the raw, unrefined sound of the fiddle." It is this raw energy and the old-world accents that stand Prairie apart from other fiddlers and distinguishes her dynamic, rhythmic playing.

In 2005, Prairie's talents whisked her from her westcoast home to Europe on a tour with Irish trio Damanta. The band played Ireland, Holland, Germany and Austria, bringing to audiences what Prairie describes as their unique "Christina Ricci meets Ashley MacIsaac" sound. Following the tour, she landed in Boston and decided to stay a while.  During her stay, Prairie was quickly initiated into the New England contradance scene, playing dances at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield, MA and getting involved with teaching, busking, and frequenting the odd session or two at the Burren.

The Burren is a long way from the church basement meetings of the Vancouver Scottish Fiddle Club, where Prairie got her start and where she met her initial mentor and teacher, Juno-Award winning fiddler Shona Le Mottee, of "Paperboys" and "Lord of the Dance" fame. Before long, she was performing in Vancouver's CelticFest, doing demonstrations at schools, and hosting "Fiddlers For Funds: Tsunami Relief Benefit Concert." "I have been amazingly lucky to play with all of Vancouver's very best fiddlers and musicians, and to know them personally too. It's been a charmed life."



Empty Sea Studios
6300 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
United States

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