The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 24 August is from Katie McNally with her work called ‘Flourish’.
Bold and exquisite fiddle bursting from the Scottish and Cape Breton traditions, the CD also features Eric McDonald, Corey DiMario, Neil Pearlman, Ariel Friedman, Hanneke Cassel and Michael McLaughlin.
Katie was first introduced to Irish music by her classical violin teacher at age 10 and immediately found in the Celtic traditions her musical home.
From the earliest, teachers remarked on her natural style that was authentic, yet her own and identifiable. Years of study at fiddle and Celtic music camps from Atlantic Canada to Boston and from Nashville to California followed, feeding the excitement and laying the rich traditional footing from which her own uniquely roots-based modern compositions and playing style would be drawn.
Katie would go on to study Scottish fiddle for several years with Hanneke Cassel, winning several US National Junior titles and in 2009, the New England Scottish Fiddle Championship.
She first appeared at the legendary folk venue, Club Passim at age 13, where in January 2013, she debuted her first CD “Flourish” to a sold out audience. “Flourish” can be bought here.
Katie McNally attended both the University of Glasgow and The National Piping Centre in Glasgow, where she studied ancient and modern Scottish Literature and Scottish traditional music.
Katie graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University in 2012 with concentrations in Music, English and Child Development where she earned The Etta and Harry Winokur Award for Outstanding Contribution to Performance.
Album of the Week, Monday 26 August at 6.00pm.