And just like that my summer comes to an end.
Summer 2017 brought many laughs, stories, new songs, new friends, and plenty of good times & smiles. September brings a wonderful and successful summer to a close.
But what a great summer it was! I had the pleasure of traveling to perform, teach, and play music all over the great state of Pennsylvania, up into New York, down to West Virginia, and shipping back up to Boston for a quick spell.
Here are a few highlights from the summer-
In July, I also had the honor of working at the Berklee Global String Program, a week-long string camp presented by Berklee's fantastic string department. I spent the week serving as Bruce Molsky's assistant, helping out with his Old Time Ensemble. The week mixed two of my favorite things: Old-time music and music education!
Speaking of Old-Time Music: On our one weekend off, Dad & I made our way down to West Virginia to go to Clifftop (The Appalachian String Band Music Festival). Having spent the past three years studying the musical tradition at school, it was a fascinating (and super inspiring) experience to see it all in action.
& I learned so many awesome, new tunes!
And speaking of music education: I also offered private music lessons all summer long! I had a great bunch of students studying fiddle, banjo, guitar, and voice with me. They all worked so hard and made such great strides forward! I think fun was had by all, which is one of the most important things
Just a few more highlights..
(it was such a great summer that it has been extremely difficult to narrow down my favorite parts)
In July, my Boston-based band, Willow Down, had a great opportunity to perform at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Albany, NY in July! Despite the rain & mud, we had such a good time!
Following that weekend in Albany, I brought my good friend and musical partner, Kat McLevey, down to PA for a week-long songwriting retreat!
(& I can't wait to share our songs with you very soon!)
And then there was Hickory Fest to end the summer- another one of my favorite festivals!
(And I have to say that there were many, many more highlights that I couldn't include in this update for the sake of time...got an hour to read about my summer?? Probably not!)
With all of that said and done, it does feels wonderful to be back in my little, city apartment and back to classes for my final year at Berklee College of Music.
(Although it is always sad to leave home)
This academic journey started off three years ago with much apprehension and little confidence in it being financially feasible for me to stay and complete a full degree.
I am so incredibly grateful to say that I will graduate in Spring of 2018 after finishing up my last year with a full scholarship thanks to so much amazing support around me.
I have SO many people to thank- but I plan to relate my immense gratitude on another day in order to do it justice.
This fall, I am enrolled in 9 courses, I'll be playing a handful of shows, and am making strides towards the recording of a second album (more on this later).
In all of this, I will continue to work hard to develop my artistry, my musical proficiency, and my teaching practice. #ALWAYSLEARNING #ALWAYSGROWING
For those of you that have taken the time to read this update, thank you so much for your support! I really appreciate it. I'd love to hear from you, so feel free to comment below! :)
all my best-
I've created this page to journal about the fun experiences in my music career and my life studying at Berklee College of Music!
Megan McGarry's Debut Album
On Megan McGarry's debut, self-titled album, she demonstrate her notable talents as a vocalist, clawhammer banjoist, fiddler, and guitarist. Not to mention her skillful songwriting. She blends the sounds of tradition American roots music and contemporary folk music through rich melodies and powerful lyrics.
Released: July 2015
Produced By: Eric Morelli
1. Two Roads
2. In Blue
3. Change Is Gonna Come
5. One Night on the Champs Elysees
6. Little Bird
7. Five More Minutes