"Brisk and inventive...taking no prisoners." ****
- The Scotsman
"Breaking new ground"
- Strings Magazine
"Exhilarating musicianship...electrifying..." ****
- The Boston Globe
"Cracking fiddle music"
-Fiona Ritchie, NPR
-Brian O'Donovan, A Celtic Sojourn, WGBH
Katie McNally grew up playing Scottish and Cape Breton music in Boston, Massachusetts and currently tours with her own projects, Fàrsan and the Katie McNally Trio. A member of the cross-genre fiddle supergroup, Childsplay, Katie has also toured with Karan Casey, John Whelan, and Galician bagpiper Carlos Núñez.
Now More Than Ever was recorded with the guidance of producer Anna Massie (Blazin' Fiddles) and released Dec. 4, 2020. Her 2016 album, The Boston States, which explores the historic ties between her hometown of Boston, MA and Cape Breton, has been featured on NPR (The World, Thistle and Shamrock) and was hailed as “one of the best modern Cape Breton records of the past ten years” by Irish Music Magazine.
She has appeared at Celtic Colours, Celtic Connections, Newport Folk Festival, and The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, as well as countless folk venues throughout North America and Europe. In addition to her busy touring schedule, she is the artistic director of the Boston States Fiddle Camp and is a devoted educator who teaches regularly at fiddle camps across the country and gives private lessons at her home in Portland, Maine.
"...the new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA."
- The Living Tradition
"An innovative ensemble as grounded in the tradition as it is ground-breaking."
- Folk Radio UK
"As a young musician, she cultivates the tradition of Cape Breton as much as she advances the tradition through her own compositions...A fresh wind blows from Boston to Cape Breton."
- Folker Magazine
"Hits all the right notes."
Now More Than Ever, Katie McNally Trio (2020)
Westering Home, Masters of Scottish Arts (2019)
Fàrsan, self-titled (2018)
Dark Sky, Bright Stars, Julie Vallimont (2018)
The Boston States, Katie McNally Trio (2016)
Toddlerbilly Riot, Matt Heaton (2016)
The Burren Backroom Series, Vol. 1, with Carlos Nuñez (2015)
North Star, Kyle Carey (2014)
As the Crow Flies, Childsplay (2013)
Flourish, Katie McNally (2013)
Fiddler's Wish, Nancy Bell (2008)
From the Floor, Jackie O'Reilly & Rebecca McGowen (2019)
Splash!, Scottish Fish (2017)
Dragonfly, Giulia Haible and Caroline Dressler (2016)
The Parting Glass (2020)
Return of the Vanishing Cape Breton Fiddler (2017)