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
WHERE:
Seven Stars Center for the Arts in Sharon, VT.
COST:
Admission by donation
INFO: Email bethandclintbenefit@gmail.com for more information.

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

WHEN: Wednesday, February 17th @6pm
WHERE: 
Burlington Violin Shop, Burlington, VT
COST:
$15
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

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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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Enjoying St. Paddy’s Day in Vermont

button accordionMarch is one of my favorite months. It’s the month both my mother and grandmother were born, it’s the month where the days get so much longer, it’s also the month to celebrate Irish music. And you don’t need to be Irish to partake in the festivities.

Growing up in Boston, St. Patrick’s Day was always a huge celebration with parades, music, parties, and lots of drinking. As I got older and moved to Vermont, St. Paddy’s Day became less about testing my metabolism and more about sharing this poignant music with the masses who might not be exposed to it during the rest of the year.

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Irish music the right way on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day is not just for lovers, it’s also for music lovers. And this Valentine’s Day there is tons of Irish music to love.

Grab your date and start your day at 10am with an Irish music workshop (see details below) from FullSet, then hit the Bagitos session in Montpelier from 2-5pm, and then at 7:30pm FullSet, will take the stage at the Barre Opera House on Saturday night. Here’s a little of what to expect:

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Dance away the winter blues


Cape Breton music holds a dear place in my heart for many reasons. It was the first genre of fiddle music I learned before I started playing Irish music. And I learned it from a great teacher, Beth Telford, who actually lives in Vermont. She introduced me to many a great fiddle players, composers, dancers and players including the late Jerry Holland, who was not only a great fiddler and composer but also an amazing man. He is one of many I met throughout the years.

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