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Saturday Evening Waltz Party with Katie McNally & Neil Pearlman
January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Katie McNally grew up playing Scottish and Cape Breton music in Boston, Massachusetts and currently tours with her own projects, Fàrsan and the Katie McNally Trio. She is also a member of the cross-genre fiddle supergroup, Childsplay. McNally started her professional career at age 12 playing contra dances at her local town hall in Massachusetts!
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. His contradance band, Party of Three, is a high energy group that brings together three innovative and experienced dance musicians. Combining high energy Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle music with Latin and Funk influenced piano and drum grooves, Party of Three has been enthusiastically received by dancers across the US.