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McNally / Pearlman / Alexander

Hailing from extreme corners of the US, Katie McNally, Elias Alexander, and Neil Pearlman are three of the brightest young voices in Scottish traditional music today. Their new collaboration draws deeply on the Gaelic music of west coast Scotland and Cape Breton, weaving an unprecedented synergy of Gaelic song melodies, percussive step dance, and the ground-breaking instrumental creativity all three are known for. 

"Poised to become one of the most influential players of Scottish music," (Fiddler Magazine), Katie McNally broke new ground with her 2016 release, The Boston States. Fluent in both the Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle traditions, McNally has appeared across North America at the Newport Folk Festival, the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, and the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Cape Breton.

Elias Alexander is swiftly distinguishing himself in traditional music circles as a border-piper, singer and composer. He tours with several bands including Soulsha, MAC, and his own Elias Alexander and the Bywater Band. His debut album Bywater is making waves nationally and internationally and he has performed at many top festivals including Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland, Austin Celtic Music Festival, KVMR Celtic Festival, and Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.  

Hailed as "a tremendous pianist" by BBC Radio Scotland, Neil Pearlman tours with his own band Alba's Edge, whose debut album Run to Fly was produced by legendary fiddler Aidan O'Rourke. Also in demand as a sideman, Pearlman tours and records with the top Celtic musicians in North America including 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award-winner, Adrianna Ciccone. 

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Earlier Event: June 11
Berkley Hart
Later Event: June 16
The Freight Hoppers