McKinley James is a cellist living in the Boston area. She has performed across the Northeast with her band, the Irregulars. Performance highlights include performing at the Dance Flurry weekend and New World Festival. The Irregulars also won First Place in the Young Traditions Vermont competition in 2011 and recorded their CD, Waiting for Wisdom, in 2013. She has also performed with Isabel Oliart on the national radio show Says You, and opened for the Irish band Teada at the Burren.
McKinley plays both classical and traditional music, studying classical music with Terry King in Boston. Last summer, she toured with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra through Germany and Switzerland.
McKinley has studied with the traditional cello-fiddlers Tristan Clarridge for many years, as well as working with Natalie Haas and Rushad Eggleston in workshops.