Fiddle Supergroup Kicks Off Farewell Tour with Jamaica Plain Resident

The fiddle choir Childsplay recently released their seventh album before heading out for their national farewell tour with Jamaica Plain resident McKinley James. Led by violin maker Robert Childs, Childsplay is made up of 12 fiddlers, playing a violin or viola handmade by Childs himself, and ranging from all-Ireland and national Scottish fiddle champions to members of the Boston Symphony. Childsplay’s fiddlers are accompanied by nine all-star instrumentalists, singers and dancers who altogether create the sound that is truly Childsplay. One member of Childsplay is McKinley James, who has lived in Jamaica Plain since 2015, attending school at New England Conservatory (NEC). “The community is very vibrant musically both classical and folk music, there are great contra dances and jam sessions in JP,” said McKinley.