Legendary Irish accordion champion John Whelan teams up with the American Roots band Low Lily and Scottish style fiddler Katie McNally for a spectacular holiday mini-fest! Exploring the Roots music of Ireland, Scotland, and America, this diverse and energetic show will help usher in the holiday season. Alongside high-octane jigs and reels will be lesser-known Christmas carols and wintry classics, featuring two fiddles, accordion, guitars, mandolin, and harmonious vocals.
This will be the Turning of the Year's third annual December tour. Audiences and press have great things to say: “A memorable musical celebration…these spirited players and singers projected a real sense of pleasure in music-making and kept things lively before a large audience.” -Portland Press Herald
The show is much more than a triple bill – the artists perform separately, all together, and everything-in-between. From the sweet sound of the accordion with lush guitar textures behind it, to a blast of reels with everyone playing together, to an American song sung in three-part harmony, this show is dynamic and full of life. If you enjoy Irish and Scottish music, modern American string band music and harmonious vocals, you will surely enjoy this show.
Although JOHN WHELAN grew up near London in Dunstable, England, he was raised on the fiddle and pipe music of Ireland. Dunstable has a large Irish community, and his father, Denis, was from Ireland’s County Wexford. “Ours was a very traditional household,” John says. “My father didn’t have any major vices – his only addiction was to Irish music.” Denis Whelan carried a reel-to-reel tape recorder to many shows, collecting hours of live music. Songs of home elicited sentimental tears, even when the words were not in English. “It was not the words but the emotion of the music that moved me”. At the age of 14, already a seasoned winner of numerous accordion championships, John recorded his first album, Pride of Wexford. Named in honor of his father, Pride of Wexford was no passing fancy - the album is still is print and selling steadily. Since his debut album, John has recorded six more albums, and has been featured on numerous compilations. He recorded several albums with Narada Records, has collaborated with such luminaries as Eileen Ivers, Bernadette Peters, Johnny Cunningham, Tim O'Brien, and Kathy Mattea, and his music has been featured in numerous television shows and commercials. He appeared in the major motion pictures Ride with the Devil, The Drowning Plains, and Gods and Generals, and has performed live on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Fox After Breakfast.
The Brattleboro, VT-based trio LOW LILY explores the roots and branches of American folk music, creating a unique brand of acoustic music that is rooted yet contemporary. Low Lily is Liz Simmons (vocals, guitar) Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, mandolin) Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals, fiddle), and with Corey DiMario (double bass). They are all masterful players, composers and arrangers with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England and Old Time Appalachian sounds. The members have toured with such luminaries as Tom Chapin, Solas, Karan Casey, Crooked Still, and many more. Together as Low Lily, these seasoned musicians bring their considerable strengths, experience and history together to create an undeniably rich and versatile musical palette. Low Lily was voted #1 Most Wanted at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY), they have had two #1 songs on international folk radio, and have been nominated for two New England Music Awards.
"(Low Lily) takes roots music into areas that have not been explored fully and it sounds exceptional and refreshing..." –No Depression
"The new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA" (the Living Tradition), KATIE MCNALLY has made waves in both the American folk music scene and abroad since the release of her debut album, Flourish, in 2013. A 2009 New England Scottish Fiddle Champion and recent cover girl for Fiddler Magazine, Katie has performed and taught fiddle courses in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Scotland, England, and France. 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, where she earned the Etta and Harry Winokur Award for Outstanding Contribution to Performance. She has performed and toured with famed Galician piper Carlos Núñez (on his first North American tour), the fiddle super-group Childsplay for the past seven years, with Eric McDonald, and with her own trio. She released her sophomore album entitled "The Boston States", produced by Wendy McIsaac, in the fall of 2016.
7pm doors – 8pm show | $25 adv. – $30 day of