Cape Breton Fiddle & Celtic Accompaniment Workshops, April 30
1-3pm. Advance registration $17, $20 at the door. REGISTER
Katie McNally, Fiddle
Learn a tune and work on Cape Breton fiddle style with one of Boston’s finest Cape Breton and Scottish players.
Katie has performed and taught fiddle courses in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Scotland, England, and France. She is a devoted educator whose teaching style was molded by years of attendance at fiddle camps where learning music is about joy and community and fun! This is her approach whether working with her private students, in workshops, at fiddle camps, in musical outreach programs or at Boston’s Symphony Hall.
Katie attended both The University of Glasgow and The National Piping Centre in Glasgow Scotland 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.
Neil Pearlman, Accompaniment
Open to all instruments with the ability to play chords. Delve into the world of accompanying by ear in a Scottish, Cape Breton and Irish context.
Pianist and mandolinist Neil Pearlman is rapidly distinguishing himself as a uniquely innovative artist in the contemporary traditional music scene. Called “a tremendous pianist” on BBC Radio Scotland and “a force to be reckoned with” by WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan, Neil is recognized in many Celtic music circles for his unique approach to the piano. Rooted in traditional Cape Breton piano styles, Neil brings in ideas from many other genres and the result is an exciting new sound that remains true to its traditional roots. It was this fresh approach that led legendary Cape Breton fiddler Jerry Holland to say “watching Neil’s hands on the piano was like watching two spiders on crack!”