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Arlington, MA
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 notloB News, January 2013

Happy New Year!
The January newsletter is going out a bit late because a) I was having too much fun at the 10th annual Boston Celtic Music Festival (hope you got to go, too) and b) have been very busy finalizing plans for a very exciting house concert in Watertown and a new music series at Johnny D’s in Somerville!
notloB Folk Concerts is unique in the greater Boston area in terms of the model (admission is by suggested donation, all proceeds, less production costs, go to the artists). The series would not be possible without the support of our loyal patrons and volunteers. Join us and bring a friend or two or three to an upcoming concert!
notloBMusic / 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. 

KATIE MCNALLY 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.

ERIC MCDONALD 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.
February 18 - Brittany Haas, Natalie Haas, Lily Henley and Kellen Zakula w/ Rene del Fiero
February 23 - Fellswater
See website or Facebookfor details
January 22, Benefit for Sandy Sheehan at Johnny D’s
February  15-17, 28th annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Framingham, MA
February dated tba – Something very special, watch Lord Geoffrey Presents
March 5 – Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher. See Lord Geoffrey Presents
4. VOLUNTEERING. notloB is volunteer powered. If you are interested, please read the volunteer policy and apply via email to
Reservations / information.  Sending a reservation request is appreciated and is insurance against being turned away at the door if the concert sells out. It also helps as we can contact you when the occasional concert must be canceled due to severe weather or other circumstances. Please send an email to notlobreservations at gmail dot com at least 24 hours prior to the concert. Information about the concert series, the venues and the artists can be found at the website.
Keeping in touch.  There are several ways to stay informed of scheduled events:
Admission is by suggested minimum donation.  A suggested minimum donation (varies by concert) is requested. If you cannot support the artists with dollars, please consider volunteering your time and energy. Your donations cover venue rental, publicity (for amplified concerts sound system rental and sound engineer) and other production expenses, 100% of the balance goes to the artists (many of whom travel many miles).  Sometimes there are shortfalls, so extra donations are gladly accepted. And please, no credit cards or checks, cash is appreciated.
Photography, video recording, & sound recording.   No still, video or sound recording is permitted without permission of the artist and the house. If you would like to share photos of past concerts, email the pictures and/or web link to notlobreservations at gmail dot com
Since June 2, 2007, notloB Folk Concerts / notloB parlour Concerts has presented close to 100 old-time, blue/newgrass, folk, Celtic and acoustic blues artists to audiences throughout the greater Boston area. Our current venue is the historic Loring-Greenough House (built in 1760, 40+ intimate seats) in Jamaica Plain. The concerts are volunteer-run and not for profit. 100% of the patron donations go to the artists and production expenses. 
 "The concerts always have a warm atmosphere and are fun to play. From a musician's perspective, I really appreciate the effort Jeff puts into his shows. Nobody on the Boston folk scene works harder to pull a concert together."
~ Alastair Moock
"In this era of pop-driven acoustic music, notloB is keeping the folk tradition alive."
~ Jack Hardy 
Thank you for supporting live acoustic music!
Jeff Boudreau
notloB Parlour Concerts


"Those living in the Boston area would be well advised to keep an eye on the Notlob concert series..."  Joshua Farber, Cover Lay Down

"From a musician's perspective, I really appreciate the effort Jeff puts into his shows. Nobody on the Boston folk scene works harder to pull a concert together." Alastair Moock  Jonathan Perry, The Boston Globe

"In this era of pop-driven acoustic music, Notlob is keeping the folk tradition alive."  Jack Hardy, Fast Folk


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