New World Festival in Randolph, VT

Celebrate Vermont’s Celtic and French Canadian heritage with traditional – and sometimes not so traditional – music and dance. Each year more than 70 exceptional musicians are drawn from New England, Canada and the British Isles. Concerts, music and dance workshop sessions, children’s activities, and open dancing unfold on five continuous stages from noon until 11 PM. Food and drink provided by the area’s finest chefs and breweries.

The festival takes place in downtown Randolph, Vermont in Chandler Music Hall and Gallery, in all-weather tents on both sides of Main Street, and in historic Bethany Church. Main Street is closed to traffic, and the festival site becomes an intimate pedestrian village.

In recognition of the Festival’s designation as a Top Ten Event more than ten times, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has awarded the New World Festival status as a permanent Time-Honored Event for Vermont. Come join us. You’ll be glad you did!

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Cello Chan Woods

The CelloChanWoods Retreat is presently the only retreat of it's kind.
Now in it's ninth year, the retreat has a successful track record of creating a many faceted
​environment that is conducive to transformation on different levels.  Cellists clarify and deepen their personal visions of what it means to be an artist, cellist, and creative person.  Commonground ​ is an inspiring setting where participants spend seven days exploring and resolving cellistic issues ranging from physical tension and technical problems to  emotional and artistic blocks. They receive one-on-one mentoring from staff and lessons daily.

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Northeast Heritage Music Camp

Established in 2005, Northeast Heritage Music Camp (NHMC) is now a non-profit, group-run organization.  The week-long camp, located in the heart of Vermont's Green Mountains, celebrates and promotes the acoustic music and folk dance traditions of New England and eastern Canada, along with related traditions from Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, France, the southeastern United States, and other parts of the world.

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Fiddleheads with Dominique Dodge

Dominique Dodge leads Fiddleheads and her harp students for a residency on 4/13/19 and 6/1/19, teaching and rehearsing tunes that Fiddleheads and harp students will perform on 6/15/19 at the annual Carolan Festival in Worcester.

Dominique is a harper and singer originally from northern New Hampshire who now lives partly in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and partly in Vermont. She earned a BA First Class Honors Degree in Scottish Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD), in Glasgow, Scotland, and earned her Masters degree at the World Academy of Irish Music and Dance at the University of Limerick in Ireland.

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Join New Century | New Voices and guest composer-curator Carlos Simon for Young Lions, a concert featuring daring music by dynamic composers of color. This program features varying views of the “American sound,” ranging from Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s deconstruction and adaptation of the blues for his solo violin piece “Blue/s Form” to Coree Dundee’s ode to video game culture in “sb3.” Jessie Montgomery’s “Voodoo Dollz” explores the explosive power of a string quartet and the charisma of winding, soaring fiddle lines while Daniel Bernard Romaine encourages you to dance with the swaggering “Fast BLACK Dance Machine.” Carlos Simon and series founder Matthew Evan Taylor will also be in attendance to meet all who attend.

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Sarah Isberg Swedish Workshop

Swedish Workshop Sat. May 4 at Vermont Violins in Montpelier

Sarah Isberg returns to us from Conway, NH to present a "Tune Tune-up" and
teach a beautiful new Swedish tune or two.

Sarah, who lives part of the year in Sweden with her husband Roger, has
studied Swedish fiddling at the Sjöviks Folkhögskola (2012-13) and Eric
Sahlström Institutet (2016-17) with Peter Hedlund and Mia Marin among
others. She has played Swedish fiddle for 15 years and is enthusiastic
about sharing her repertoire with us.

The workshop will run from 4 to 5:30 pm on Sat. May 4 at Vermont Violins'
Montpelier shop at 24 Main St., at the top of the stairs. The entrance is
to the left of the Savoy Theater.

All instruments are welcome, as are all levels, with some mastery of your

This workshop will benefit the Summit School of Traditional Music and
Culture, with a suggested $25 donation. Many thanks to Oren Kronick for
graciously donating his Vermont Violins shop space for this event and to
Sarah for her generosity to the Summit School.

To reserve a spot for this workshop please email Marge at beleaf4u at
myfairpoint dot net.

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