Catching Sparks

Catching Sparks

Catching Sparks is a duo with Isabel Oliart on fiddle and McKinley James on cello. Catching Sparks is a recently formed band, and won the Young Traditions 2014 Youth award.  They have also played at the Burren, in Boston.  They play a mixture of Celtic and New England style music.  Isabel Oliart is a energetic fiddler. She has won first place in the New Hampshire Highland Games, and played on the Radio Show, ‘Says You’.  Isabel is also a prodigious classical violinist, and has soloed with the Boston Youth Symphony.  McKinley James is part of another band, the Irregulars, that plays contras throughout the Northeast, they have also played at the New World Festival, the Dance Flurry and the Champlain Valley Folk Festival. McKinley plays classical cello, and has won the Vermont All States Scholarship Competition.  Both play in the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra together.