Katie McNally has been called “The New Face of Scottish Fiddling in the USA" by The Living Tradition. She has made waves in both the American folk music scene and abroad since the release of her debut album, Flourish. In 2016, Katie combined her elegant and powerful fiddle playing with the talents of pianist Neil Pearlman and violist Shauncey Ali to record a CD. For this, Katie curated tunes that drew inspiration from raw, mid-century recordings of Cape Breton fiddlers both in Nova Scotia and Massachusetts.
Recent covergirl for Fiddler Magazine, Katie has performed and taught fiddle courses in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Scotland, England, and France. A member of the cross genre fiddle super-group Childsplay since 2009, she appears on their CD and concert video release. She has collaborated with guitarist Eric McDonald and all-woman trad group, Long Time Courting. In the fall of 2012, she accompanied famed Galician bagpiper Carlos Núñez on his first North American tour. A student of acclaimed fiddler Hanneke Cassel, Katie has performed at the Newport Folk Festival, The Freight and Salvage, The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and many other folk venues. She is a devoted educator whose teaching style was molded by years of attendance at fiddle camps where learning music is about joy and community and fun!
Katie attended The University of Glasgow and The National Piping Centre in Glasgow Scotland where she studied ancient and modern Scottish Literature and Scottish traditional music. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University in 2012 with concentrations in Music, English and Child Development.