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May 2nd Rehearsal with Claude Methe

Coming up next for Fiddleheads is a rehearsal session on Saturday May 2nd with Claude Methe. More info about the rehearsal and Claude here. Please let me know if you can plan to be there…. need at least 4 or 5 confirmed to go ahead with it.

Claude Methe

Claude Methe


Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
nordic fiddlers bloc

Thanks to Natalie, Rebecca and the rest of the crew at the UVM Lane Series, we were able to combine the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc‘s visit to Burlington with a workshop on Swedish, Shetland and Norwegian traditional music.  About 25 fiddlers of various ages and persuasions gathered at Southwick on the UVM campus and learned 3 Scandinavian tunes.  Most who attended the workshop stayed and enjoyed the sold-out concert in the Music Recital Hall before the group headed east their next appearance in Portland, Maine.



YTV Essay from Pete Sutherland

Pete Sutherland

When I left behind my growing-up world of piano and trombone lessons, the coordination issues and challenges of marching band and learning guitar from Beatles songbooks and discovered the parallel universe of traditional music, I felt like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. I had few if any actual teachers from then on, stumbling cluelessly but happily from one festival or picking party jam session to another sucking up tunes, aided by my trusty Panasonic machine and a backpack’s worth of 3/$1 cassettes. It’s a wonder those cheap tapes lasted long enough for me to learn the music off of them, but I did have two things going for me from the get-go: a strong peer group to play and learn with, and a series of mentors. These wise folk were musicians and music-lovers of my parents’ and occasionally my grandparents’ generation who were true tradition-bearers, and despite whatever feelings they might have had about my long-haired-hippie appearance, they welcomed me into their homes and their musical lives.

I was (just barely) smart enough then to value these opportunities, but over time I grew smarter. I reckoned that with the passing of my mentors a link to the living past was in danger of disappearing, and that I and my generation of unschooled amateur tune-hunters WERE that link now. Although I had been teaching music lessons off and on my whole adult life, the idea of making a much larger step into the world of active long-term mentoring slowly took shape in my mind.

What is mentoring to me? It goes beyond the transmission of tunes, songs, chord patterns. It’s giving background history through anecdotes and stories. It’s sending notices of concerts by visiting artists and links to Youtube videos. It’s calling a young person up and taking them to a show or a dance. It’s finding opportunities for kids with ability to access the stage or the bandstand at a dance. And beyond all that, it’s maintaining an active listening role for the young person when they have questions or concerns about playing this admittedly weird, under-the-radar music, or are wondering what THEIR place might be in the continuing thread of tradition. Above all it’s about EMPOWERMENT.

As an organization, and a collection of first-class mentors,Young Tradition Vermont in my mind embodies this skills set. They provide the all-important social piece, workshops, festivals, cultural exchange and camp intensives, access to performance opportunities, outreach to new communities of young learners and more. YTV too is all about empowerment. It is such a great honor and privilege to be part of the mentoring community that YTV does so much to nurture. Burlington and the Northern VT community are empowered many times over.

Pete Sutherland

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