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!
YOU FOR SUPPORTING LIVE MUSIC!
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!
2. UPCOMING NOTLOB CONCERTS
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
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
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.
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 McGann, Joe 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 Wudarski, Cantrip and Pesky J. Nixon.
Katie McNally & Eric McDonald's website: http://www.katieandericmusic.com/
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.
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 email@example.com
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
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
3. LORD GEOFFREY PRESENTS, OTHER LIVE MUSIC & EVENT RECOMMENDATIONS
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
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.
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.
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
notloB Parlour Concerts