Megan is a founding member of WILLOW DOWN, a Boston-based band of four talented multi-instrumentalists & songwriters: herself, Kat McLevey, Casey Murray, and Emilie Rose. Meeting and forming at Berklee College of Music in the Spring of 2017, they recently performed at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Albany, NY. Here's WILLOW DOWN performing one of Megan's original songs, Wild Horses.
"Here's a tune called "Goin Across the Mountain" that my good friend, Kat McLevey, and I have been working on. We learned this one from Appalachian folk duo, Anna and Elizabeth, who picked up the tune from the singing and playing of Frank Proffitt of Beech Mountain, NC. He sings of an ancestor who walked North to join the Union army in the civil war." - Megan February 2017
Kat (guitar) and Megan (fiddle) in February 2017 performing live at the Red Room in Boston, MA. "Black Diamond" is one of Megan's original tunes, written in memory of her grandfather and his Black Diamond Coal Co.
"This semester (Spring 2017), I'm in the 21st-Century String Band, playing the music of David Grisman under the direction of Joe Walsh. This class has been the best kind of challenging for me, and I feel that I've grown a lot as a fiddle player from studying this music. Here's a video of us performing, "Waiting on Vassar" at the Roots Roadshow Ensemble Showcase in March 2017." -Megan
"With the help of some really great people & musicians, I've founded a student organization called bASTA (The Berklee Chapter of the American String Teacher Association) this semester. This club is geared towards the professional development of strings teachers, instructors, and directors! On Friday, April 7th, 2017 we had our first event: "String Swap!" - Megan (Founder & Chairperson)
This event was open to all Berklee students as an opportunity to learn more about a new stringed instrument and gain some hands-on teaching experience. Students were paired off to spend 20 minutes teaching each other a new instrument. The event concluded with a super fun jam and a discussion!
Megan (banjo) & Kat (guitar) playing their arrangement of Amelia Curran's beautiful tune, "Hands on a Grain of Sand." "We worked this song out on our snow day this week after making a big ole' breakfast together...what a lovely way to spend a day off from school!" - Megan March 2017
"In the summer months, I return from my apartment in Boston to my home in the Pennsylvania Wilds to teach workshops & private lessons and perform with my dad, Chris. Here's the two of us playing an original tune of mine called, "Rimrock," live in August of 2016." - Megan "Rimrock," named for the Rimrock Overlook in the great Allegheny National Forest, is one of Megan's original tunes. It is featured on her debut album.
"I had the amazing oportunity to work with Bruce Molsky on the traditional tune, "Midnight on the Water," and perform it at The Red Room in Boston, MA on March 25, 2015. Bruce is an artist in residence at Berklee College of Music for the American Roots Music Program, an distinguished musician in the industry, and one of my absolute-favorite musicians!" - Megan March 2015
McKain Webb-Lakey (banjo) and Megan McGarry (fiddle) play the traditional tune, "Fall on My Knees," at the Spring 2015 Roots Roadshow. March 2015