Monday, December 10, 2012

notloB Parlour Concerts Announces Two Celtic Concerts for JP

Volunteer-run and not-for-profit notloB Folk Concerts enters its sixth year of presenting local and touring old-time, traditional and revival folk, Celtic, bluegrass and blues artists to audiences at the historic (and intimate – just 40 seats) Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain. All concerts begin at 8:00pm. Admission is by suggested donation, with 100% of the proceeds going to the artists and to cover production costs. 
More information can be found at the series’ website - and its Facebook page -

notloB Parlour Concerts presents


Friday, January 18, 2013, 8:00pm

"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 supergroupChildsplay (McNally). This practiced musicianship shines in the melodic texture and murky tones that linger long after a McNally/McDonald performance.


 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 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:

Suggested donation $10-15 plus $1 preservation fee. 20% discount for Loring-Greenough museum members. 


Saturday, February 23, 2013, 8pm

Fellswater is a four piece Celtic ensemble that plays a wide range of music from Traditional to modern compositions, and draws from the heritage of all the Celtic nations, especially Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Canada. Our instrumentation changes depending on the musical selection and includes whistle, flute, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki,violin, smallpipes and border pipes.

Betsy Ketudat, Fiddle
Jim MacConduibh, Guitar/Bouzouki
Sarah MacConduibh, Flute/Whistle
Matthew Phelps, Smallpipes
Fellswater's website:

Suggested donation $10-20 + less 20% JPTC member discount + $1 preservation fee
20% discount for Loring-Greenough museum members.
Coffee from JP Licks
Pastries from Fiores

Reservations are strongly recommended, email notlobreservations at gmail dot com
More info at the notloB website -

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