Saturday, January 31, 2015
Keith Murphy, Director
Southeastern Vermont’s Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival will take place on Saturday, January 31, 2015 in Brattleboro, Vermont. Now in its 8th year, the Brattleboro Music Center’s annual festival brings together local and regional musicians representing the best of various northern musical traditions. This year’s festival features over twenty musicians and the rich traditions of Ireland, Scotland, England, Scandinavia, New England and French Canada.
The annual Northern Roots Festival is a celebrated opportunity for Brattleboro's vibrant community of traditional musicians to come together to share their music with each other and the community at large. The festival also draws on the richness of talent in the broader region, with players from throughout New England coming to perform, teach and participate in informal sessions.
The Northern Roots Festival begins with a full slate of daytime participation and performance activities, including workshops, panels, mini-concerts, pub sessions, dance band prep, and a family dance. The festival concludes with an evening performance featuring musicians representing the best of the northern musical traditions.
Among the musicians featured in this year’s evening performance and daytime workshops are local favorites Lissa Scheckenburger (fiddle) and Corey DiMario (tenor guitar and bass); maritime song aficionado, Nicole Singer from Northampton; Mark Roberts returns to the festival with his Irish flute expertise and brings along Irish fiddler, Laurel Martin from the Boston area and Kieran Jordan, renowned Irish step dancer and set dance leader. For the first time, Northern Roots will bounce with the jubilant sounds of a six piece English Ceilidh band with brass, The Old Swanabees from Western Massachusetts.
Also returning for this year’s evening performance is the ever-changing, crowd-pleasing Traddleboro ensemble. With a name reflecting the rich presence of traditional players in Brattleboro, Traddleboro is a shifting conglomeration of local musicians who each year create and perform a set of music specifically for the Northern Roots Festival. This year's Traddleboro ensemble includes expert fiddler Ethan Hazard-Watkins joining husband and wife, Flynn Cohen and Liz Simmons, two great singers and guitar players.
New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat Street
Afternoon Sessions at McNeill’s Brewery
TICKETS: Day $20, Eve. $20, Both $35
Youth(under 12): Day $10, Eve. $10, Both $15
3pm family concert & dance admission $5 at door
Limited evening seating - advance ticket purchase recommended