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Katie McNally & Eric McDonald - Celtic Concerts at Historic Loring-Greenough House, JP

Since June 2, 2007, notloB has presented close to 100 folk, old-time, string band, Celtic and acoustic blues concerts to audiences throughout the greater Boston area. Our primary venue is the historic Loring-Greenough House (built in 1760, 40 intimate seats, unplugged) in Jamaica Plain. The concerts are volunteer-run and not for profit. 100% of the patron donations go to the artists and production expenses.

notloB Parlour Concerts presents
Katie McNally & Eric McDonald
Friday, January 18, 2013
Doors 7:30, Concert 8:00
Preceded by separate admission workshops*
"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!"  -- Fiddler and notloB alumna Lissa Schneckenburger
Welcome back Katie McNally and Eric McDonald have multiple notloB performances on their resumes. Katie performed at the Newton Kitchen Concert (5/16/09 @ the Jackson Homestead); Eric was a part of two Dave Carter tributes (8/11/07 @ Loring-Greenough & 8/13/08 @ Johnny D's) and supported the Rowan Brothers (11/2/07 @ Loring-Greenough); they performed together 3/2/12 @ Loring-Greenough).
Katie McNally and Eric McDonald found each other in high school as like-minded musicians in the Boston traditional music scene. Both sought to functionally push the envelope of traditional music, using original music and modern sensibility to add new color to the familiar style of tunes that have been passed down for generations. Over the years and many impromptu musical moments, this musical relationship congealed into a cohesive unit. Now the music, while based heavily in the Scottish tradition, is infused with influences from two diverse and educated musical backgrounds, where carefully arranged traditional pieces seamlessly give way to original compositions. 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. 

has grown 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 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.

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 McGannJoe 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 WudarskiCantrip and Pesky J. Nixon.

Katie McNally & Eric McDonald's website:
Prior to the concert, from 6:45 to 7:45pm (you can arrive at 6:30) Katie will teach a Scottish fiddle workshop.
Eric will teach an Irish and Scottish accompaniment concepts for guitar, mandolin and bouzouki workshop.
For both, class size is minimum of 4 and a maximum of 20. 
Each workshop will be in a closed, private room.
$10/person, payable directly to Katie or Eric.
Reservation required, email
Suggested donation $10-15 plus $1 preservation fee. 20% discount for Loring-Greenough museum members. 
Reservations are strongly recommended for the concert, email notlobreservations at gmail dot com
Doors 7:30pm.
When making your reservation, specify if it is for the workshop, the concert, or both, and the number in your party.
Coffee from JP Licks
Pastries from Fiores Bakery

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