Julia McConahay is a seasoned performer having participated in multiple orchestral and vocal ensembles since age 6. These experiences in high-caliber group settings paved a fascinating road towards becoming a primarily improvisational contemporary fiddle player and songwriter. Julia has been living in Madison for the past 6 years and has been fortunate enough to have collaborated with an array of resident musicians, namely Mark Croft, Little Marsh Overflow, Stephen Lee Rich, Michael Brandmeier, Amy Curl, Beth Kille (Clear Blue Betty), Kellie Lin Knott, Tracy Beck, etc.
Her first solo project, "Strings Change," is a refreshing collection of tunes ranging from a traditional solo fiddle medley to a firey contemporary arrangement with backing instrumentals. Included on this EP is a smooth and groovin' acoustic rendition of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" featuring Mark Croft.
Julia began recording tracks for her new full-band album in January 2009. This project will be a movement toward another achievement of excellence in performance and recording here in Madison. The collaboration of regional musicians on this project will provide a eclectic and exciting mixture of styles to provide a glimpse of the vast musical talent that thrives in the Madison area.
Julia attributes her vast experience in musical performance primarily to the energetic and inviting musical community in Madison. Having had the opportunity to sit-in and experiment musically with such seasoned musicians has greatly enhanced her versatility and willingness to embrace creative opportunities that arise.
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