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"Katie McNally’s fine, precise fiddling often takes the melodic lead....It’s a joy to listen to: smooth, fluid and with an unfussy agility to it, though never lacking in character."

- The Strad

"Brisk and inventive...taking no prisoners."  ****

- The Scotsman

"Breaking new ground"

- Strings Magazine

"Exhilarating musicianship...electrifying..." ****

- Songlines

Katie McNally grew up playing Scottish and Cape Breton music near Boston, Massachusetts and currently tours with her own projects, Pine Tree Flyers 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. 


Equally at home on the concert stage or dance hall, 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 Boston Globe

"Cracking fiddle music"

-Fiona Ritchie, NPR


-Brian O'Donovan, A Celtic Sojourn, WGBH

"...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


Pine Tree Flyers / self-titled (2024)

Celtic Colours Live, Vol. 10 / Pine Tree Flyers (2023)

Falling Forward / Lissa Schneckenburger (2023)

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 Bloom of Youth / Childsplay (2018)
Sparkjoy / Rachel Reeds (2017)

The Boston States / Katie McNally Trio (2016)
Toddlerbilly Riot / Matt Heaton (2016)
The Burren Backroom Series, Vol. 1 / Carlos Nuñez (2015)
North Star / Kyle Carey (2014)
As the Crow Flies / Childsplay (2013)

Flourish / Katie McNally (2013)
Fiddler's Wish / Nancy Bell (2008)


Late Evening's Dram / Isabel Oliart (2023)

Falling Forward / Lissa Schneckenburger (2023)

Moonlighter / Leland Martin (2022)

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)

Childsplay Live from the Zeiterion Theater (2013)

Fiddlers, Fiddles, and Fiddle Maker (2010)

"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."


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