Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson
This second offering from the Katie McNally Trio comes just over four years after the trio’s debut The Boston States, the title of which gives us a clue as to Katie’s old stomping ground (who now actually calls Portland, Maine home). Flanked by Shauncey Ali and Neil Pearlman on both viola and piano respectively, fiddle player Katie McNally explores the roots of Scots and Cape Breton traditional music with a clear focus, maintaining quality throughout and under the guidance of producer Anna Massie who knows a thing or two about that sort of thing. With a title that expresses the importance of music and art in these difficult times, Now More Than Ever focuses on Katie’s dexterity as a fine fiddle player, yet also showcases Neil’s very distinctive command over the keys and Shauncey’s empathetic viola playing, which underpins Katie’s assured playing perfectly. Reviewing this album on New Year’s Eve seems to be completely apt.