Katie McNally and Hannah Sanders & Liz Simmons
August 27, 2014
Katie was first introduced to fiddle music by her classical violin teacher at age 10 and immediately found in the Celtic traditions her musical home. From the earliest, teachers remarked on her natural style that was authentic, yet her own and identifiable. Years of study at fiddle and Celtic music camps from Atlantic Canada to Boston and from Nashville to California followed, feeding the excitement and laying the rich traditional footing from which her own uniquely roots-based modern compositions and playing style would be drawn.
Katie tours, teaches, and performs at concert venues, music camps, festivals, and dances throughout the United States. She has studied Scottish dance and is a much sought-after musician for Scottish Country dances, balls, and camps for her lively, warm and infectious playing. 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 with concentrations in Music, English and Child Development where she earned The Etta and Harry Winokur Award for Outstanding Contribution to Performance.
HANNAH SANDERS (The Dunns) from Old England, and LIZ SIMMONS (The John Whelan Band, Annalivia, Long Time Courting) from New England, join forces to create a harmonic blend of voice and guitar. Their music draws from English musical traditions as well as American old time, blues and contemporary folk. Even though these gals grew up with an ocean between them, they had similar childhoods spent traveling with musician parents, and were exposed to many different styles of music, among them traditional folk and rock and roll. A transatlantic pairing of two seasoned performers who stay busy with other projects but just love it when they get to tour together, Hannah and Liz have impressed audiences with their unique, haunting vocal blend, their guitar chops, and their witty stage banter. They have toured in the northeastern US– opening for Karan Casey & John Doyle and The Wiyos and sharing shows with Laura Cortese & Jefferson Hamer among others, in addition to headlining their own shows– and they completed their first tour of England last summer. Currently they are touring in support of their new EP "World Begun".