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Pine Tree Flyers


Pine Tree Flyers
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About the Band

Four of the finest voices in New England's traditional music scene shine a renewed light on the tunes of the Northeast with excitement and respect. From festival stages and concert halls to raucous August nights at fiddle camp, the Flyers are here to make sure New England music has a seat at the table as a distinct and vital American tradition. All residents of Portland, Maine, Katie McNally (fiddle), Emily Troll (accordion), Owen Marshall (guitar), and Neil Pearlman (piano) cut their teeth playing for contra dances and learning from the greats. Individually, they've toured the world playing Irish, Scottish, and Quebecois music and they bring this wellspring of knowledge and technical prowess to the American music that was born from these traditions. 


Each member of the band brings years of experience and dedication to their craft: Marshall and Pearlman have taught at Maine Fiddle Camp since they were teens, Troll plays in the acclaimed contra dance band Anadama, and McNally performed for over a decade with New England supergroup Childsplay. Momentum is growing for the Flyers and in their first year as a band, they’ve toured internationally and domestically, gracing the stages of festivals such as Celtic Connections, Celtic Colours, Festival of Small Halls, Ossipee Valley Music Festival and playing concerts and dances across their home state of Maine. 


In the liner notes of their debut album, Amelia Mason writes "Practically every aesthetic choice the Pine Tree Flyers make is in service to New England music’s fundamental accessibility and appeal. In essence, they are repaying the music for its gift to them: a sense of joy, communion, and one’s place in the world." While New England tunes may not be well known outside of the Northeastern United States, the Flyers are proving that their musical heritage is as vibrant and vital as any American folk tradition. 


Make way for...THE PINE TREE FLYERS!

"Inspirational" (The Strad)

"Infectious" (Strings Magazine)

"a lightness of being, a sweet soulful exuberance and palpable delicacy" (Songlines)

"...delightful speed and ferocity." (Kithfolk)

"Striking" (Boston Irish Reporter)


Tour Dates

Sept. 7, 2024

Lincoln, VT

Burnham Presents

Album Release Concert

Sept. 14-15 , 2024

Rockport, MA

Rockport Celtic Festival at the Shalin Liu

October 20 , 2024

Cumberland, RI

Blackstone River Theater

Album Release Concert

Feb. 3-5 , 2025

Bar Harbor, ME

Acadia Trad Festival Residency

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