11th Annual Carolan Festival

Carolan Festival Vermont

Photo credit: Artistic Approach Photography, Cynthia Lubas & Family ​

It’s that time of year again to celebrate the music of Turlough Carolan, a blind Irish harper, singer and composer who is famous for his beautifully melodic tunes, many with a Baroque influence. Some of the most famous ones include Planxty Fanny PowerSí Beag, Sí Mór, and Blind Mary to name a few.

On Saturday, June 17, musicians and music lovers from all over will gather to play, listen, sing, and dance to the music of Carolan. Below are the details:

Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017

Time: 10am-9pm

Location: Mallery Farm, 108 Norton Rd., Worcester, VT

Suggested Donation: $10/person, $20/family of four (pay what you can)

Details: Open sessions, Workshops, music & dance (English Country, Irish Ceili, Morris, waltzing) performances & concerts including Young Tradition Vermont Fiddleheads & Harp students with Dominique Dodge; Benedict Koehler & Hilari Farrington.

Meals: purchase on site from Back Road BBQ.

Please note: the event will take place rain or shine. Also, please leave your furry friends at home, for people only.

For more information

For more information, including a detailed schedule of events, visit carolanfestvt.com, email carolanfestvt@gmail.com or call 802-229-9468.

Sessions, Lessons and Dancing, Oh My…

Irish Music Festival

Photo provided by Carolan Festival

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:

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