Irish music in June

June, when the weather is warm, the days are long and music festivals and concerts in Vermont are abundant. June is the true beginning of summer and what better way to enjoy it but with some Irish music. There are a couple of Irish music events around Vermont this month that you won’t want to miss:

Irish Music Festival – June 17-19

Turalough O'CarolanIf you like the music of Irish harper and composer, Turough O’Carolan, check out the 10th Annual Carolan festival, a festival filled with lessons, workshops, concerts, sessions, dancing and more, all celebrating the music of Turough O’Carolan.

This year’s featured performers include Irish harper, Máire Ní Chathasaigh and guitarist, Chris Newman. Other performers include harper Dominique Dodge, harper Hilary Farrington, piper Benedict Koehler, The Fiddleheads and more.  See the full line-up of performers and festival events.

Deadline for pre-registration and to pay for meals is June 10.

Date: June 17-19, 2016
Place: Worcester, Vermont
Register:  Contact Us

Irish Fiddler, Frankie Gavin – June 21

Frankie Gavin, FiddlerFrankie Gavin began playing whistle at age 4 and fiddle at age 10 and by the time he was 17 he placed first in the All Ireland Fiddle Competition and in the All Ireland Flute Competition on the same day. His influences were Michael Coleman and James Morrison and helped to form the band De Dannan in 1973. He has recorded 16 albums with the band and a handful of solo albums. He’s played with Stephane Grapelli, The Rolling Stones and Earl Scruggs. Learn more about Frankie.

Date: June 21, 2016
Time: 6-8:30pm
Place: Burlington Violin Shop, Church Street, Burlington, VT
Cost: $25
Register: email

There are only 40 seats available so register today!

Upcoming Irish & Celtic music concerts

Combating Stage FrightThere is never a shortage of traditional music in these parts. Check out some upcoming concerts:

Benefit Concerts

Friends of fiddler Beth Telford are putting on two benefit concerts to raise money  for Beth to take a paid medical leave from teaching so she can be by her husband’s side in the hospital. (You can Donate here if you can’t make the concerts).

The first concert includes musicians, Patrick Sharpe, Eli Shatney,  and Catherine Landers, (to name a few) will be playing with the group, Second Wife.

WHEN: Saturday, February 6th @6pm
Seven Stars Center for the Arts in Sharon, VT.
Admission by donation
INFO: Email for more information.

The second concert features The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra and harpist Dominique Dodge.
WHEN: Saturday, February 27th @6pm
Unitarian Church in Montpelier, VT
Admission by donation
INFO: Email for more information.

Irish Music Concert

Also, check out this musical duo coming to Burlington. Dana is on the popular recording, “Live at Mona’s,” and they are both superb musicians. These days, Dana and Kyle play traditional music with a contemporary slant. Fans of Martin Hayes may particularly enjoy them.Visit for more info.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 17th @6pm
Burlington Violin Shop, Burlington, VT
INFO: Call 802.862.0349

Hope to see you all out and about. Enjoy the music!






Music is the cure for the stick season blues

Waxwing Four - male quartet

Music makes you happy. It’s true. Music causes the release of dopamine, a “feel-good” chemical in your brain. So listening to music literally makes you happy.

That’s why during this time of year when the days become shorter, cooler and we enter into what us Vermonters like to call “stick season,” I try to immerse myself in as much music as I can.

Luckily, just as fall is waning and winter begins to pop up on the horizon, the music doesn’t stop around these parts. There are still house parties, sessions and great concerts to go to that will lift your spirits and make you forget that we’re entering the dark months.

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Set Dances, Hornpipes and Mazurkas, Oh My!

I was told a story when I first started playing fiddle by one of my teachers who heard it from another teacher who basically said the following:

“When first learning Irish music, it all sounds the same. You then start to learn the tunes and it all sounds different. Then you start to really get to the know the music, and it all sounds the same.”

This Sunday, this story will be proven wrong.

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