Young Tradition Festival

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In late April and early May 2019, Young Tradition Vermont will bring together young people involved in traditional music and dance, and those who support and are interested in what they do, in an effort to share with the community young trad singers, players and dancers and what they bring to the world. At the Young Tradition Festival, young folks are the focus, supported by their teachers, mentors, friends and families. With opportunities to interact with others, young people can use what has inspired them, what they have learned, and opportunities to perform to inspire others.

The 2019 Young Tradition Festival will be held April 29-May 5, 2019 in a variety of locations in Burlington, Vermont including the Burlington City Arts Center; Integrated Arts Academy, Burlington Violin Shop, UVM Medical Center; and Contois Auditorium in City Hall. Performers will include Beaton-Plasse (4/29); Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves(4/30); Genticorum (5/2); Martin Hayes (5/3); and a Martha Pellerin Tribute Concert on May 5th. An internationally renowned band will be presenting an acoustic concert on May 1, details to be announced on St. Patrick’s Day. As part of this festival, the annual Young Tradition contest finals will happen on Saturday May 4 between 11 am- 3pm in Contois Auditorium in City Hall. The finals will be followed by a showcase concert featuring a wide variety of mentors and their students and special guests (6pm start) and a reception with FREE pizza (5pm start).

Here is the schedule for the 2019 festival:

4/29/19

  • 6pm – Concert (Beaton-Plasse) at BCA Center

  • 8pm – Festival Club at the Half Lounge, with host band Pete’s Posse

4/30/19

  • 6pm – Concert (Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves) at BCA Center

  • 8pm – Festival Club at the Half Lounge, with host band Pete’s Posse

5/1/19

  • 6pm – Concert (TBA performer) at BCA Center

  • 8pm – Festival Club at the Half Lounge, with host band Pete’s Posse

5/2/19

  • 6pm – Concert (Genticorum) at BCA Center

  • 8pm – Festival Club at the Half Lounge, with host band Pete’s Posse

5/3/18

  • 2pm – Friday Meeting at Integrated Arts Academy (TBA performer)

  • 6pm – Concert (Martin Hayes) at BCA Center

  • 8pm – Festival Club at the Half Lounge, with host band Pete’s Posse

5/4/19

  • 10-11:30am – Fiddle Workshop with Martin Hayes at Burlington Violin Shop

  • 11am-3pm – Contest Finals with special guest sets in Contois Auditorium at City Hall

  • 1-2pm – Baird 5 Concert (TBA performer) at UVM Medical Center

  • 5pm – Reception with free pizza in Contois Auditorium at City Hall

  • 6pm – Mentor/Student Showcase Concert in Contois Auditorium at City Hall

  • 8pm – Festival Club at the Half Lounge, with host band Pete’s Posse

5/5/19

  • 3pm – Martha Pellerin Tribute Concert in Contois Auditorium at City Hall

Tickets for the concerts will be available to purchase after March 18th, 2019. Contest Finals, Saturday reception, and Showcase Concert are admission by donation.

The Integrated Arts Academy assembly on Friday afternoon and the Vermont Children’s Hospital event on Baird 5 Saturday afternoon are not events that are open to the general public.

For more information contact Young Tradition Festival Manager Yasi Zeichner at yazbozz@gmail.com or Mark Sustic at mark.sustic@gmail.com.