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Talented Celtic Duo Mixing Tradition With Modernity During Energetic Shelter Island St. Patrick's Day Show

Julia Braat

Neil Pearlman and Katie McNally. (Courtesy Photo)

After you've noshed on a traditional Irish meal, join Sylvester Manor Educational Farm at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church this St. Patrick's Day for a musical fête featuring Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman. Living Tradition called McNally "the new face of Scottish fiddling in America" while BBC Radio Scotland said her partner Pearlman was "a tremendous pianist."

"Sylvester Manor's 2017 concert series continues with an exciting evening of Celtic music featuring renowned fiddler Katie McNally and pianist Neal Pearlman," shared Tom Hashagen, Musical Events Producer at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm. "Celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Friday, March 17 at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m."

This musical duo is based in Boston, Massachusetts and is growing in international recognition for bringing a fresh face to a traditional field. McNally brings a background of teaching fiddling classes in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Scotland, England, and France. She regularly features her talents as a soloist, but has also collaborated with guitarist Eric McDonald and an all-women trad group, Long Time Courting. Impressively, she accompanied Galician bagpiper Carlos Núñez on his first North American tour in 2012.

Pearlman is becoming one of the music scene's most innovative artists. He maintains Cape Breton traditions but also draws on more contemporary latin, jazz, and even funk influences, bringing a truly unique style and sound to his work. Also well versed in traditional Cape Breton step dancer and mandolinist, Pearlman brings a tremendous amount of talent to the pair.

This St. Patrick's Day, don't miss the incredible opportunity to witness this talented duo, who recently returned from recording a brand new album at the iconic Lakewind Sound in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and their high-energy performance.

Tickets to Sylvester Manor Educational Farm's Concert Series featuring Katie McNally & Neil Pearlman are $25.

Shelter Island Presbyterian Church is located at 32 North Ferry Road in Shelter Island. For more information, call 631-749-0626 or visit www.sylvestermanor.org.

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