Consistently going to sessions has definitely improved my playing over the years. But there is nothing like hitting some workshops and festivals to get you excited about your music, meet new people and learn new tunes. This weekend (June 14-15) marks the 7th Annual Carolan Festival in Worcester, VT.
The festival celebrates the music Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738), Irish harper and composer. The weekend kicks off with an English Country and contra dance at the Montpelier Grange on Friday night and workshops, sessions, dancing and concerts on Saturday.
Here’s the full schedule of events:
Friday evening, June 14
English Country & Contra Dance to Carolan Tunes at the Montpelier Grange Hall
7:30 pm English Country Dance basics (optional)
8 pm English Country & Contra Dance
*** David Millstone, caller ***
Music by visiting Festival musicians; others welcome to sit in.
$8/person, $5 student
Saturday, June 15th:
7th Annual Carolan Festival
Mallery Farm, 108 Norton Rd., Worcester, VT
10 am – Dark
Open Sessions, Music & Song Workshops, Dance (English Country, Ceili & Irish Step, Morris, Rapper, Waltzing); Performances/Concert
$10/person, $20/family (family=max. 2 adults).
Visit the Carolan Festival Website for more information or call 802.229.9468.