Events downtown

Jul 14

Hildaland + Katie McNally & Neil Pearlman
Location: 181 State St, Portland, Maine 04102, US
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Orkney (Scotland) born fiddler Louise Bichan and Indiana (USA) mandolinist Ethan Setiawan present a collaboration and meeting of their musical worlds. A path steeped in the fiddle traditions of their respective sides of the Atlantic, the journey taken wends through Scottish, old time, and Swedish-inspired music intertwined with contemporary compositions. Bichan’s fiddle is a melodic foil to Setiawan’s counterpoint and harmonic depth, and the two weave in and out seamlessly.

Setiawan has won such accolades as the 2014 National Mandolin Championship, the 2017 RockyGrass Mandolin Championship and has shared the stage with the likes of Julian Lage, Darrell Scott, Bryan Sutton, Mike Marshall, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, Casey Driessen, the Steel Wheels, Don Stiernberg, Matt Flinner, and Jacob Jolliff.

Bichan has won awards for her compositions and playing, and has travelled far and wide to perform in various line-ups since a young age. She has appeared at the likes of the BBC TV’s Hogmanay Live show, Edinburgh Castle, Reading Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Lorient Interceltique Festival, Milwaukee Irish Festival and Sligo Live festival. In 2016 she released her first solo album, Out of My Own Light, to great acclaim.

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Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman are a fiddle and piano duo playing Cape Breton, Scottish and New England folk music with a contemporary flair. They’ve performed as aduo all over North America and Europe and appeared at major festivals including the Newport Folk Festival. Katie has been called “the new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA” in Living Tradition magazine and is in high demand for concerts and workshops around the world. Inaddition to her own projects she has toured withKaran Casey, John Whelan, and Galician bagpiper Carlos Núñez. Neil is recognized for his signature approach to Celticpiano accompaniment and was described on BBC Radio Scotland as “a tremendous pianist.” He keeps a busy schedule collaborating with the top musicians in Celtic folk music and beyond, such as Kevin Henderson, Darol Anger, Natalie MacMaster and, of course, Katie McNally. Both Katie and Neil are members of the New England supergroup Pine Tree Flyers.