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Do you have any acoustic musical instruments languishing in an attic or closet? Would you be willing to help us get that instrument into the hands of young people who might otherwise not have the opportunity? Would you enjoy having the chance to inspire a young person to make playing music part of their life?


Ukulele Class with Brian Perkins Starts January 8th
Brian Perkins giving a taste of uke

After school activity for IAA students only. Not open to the public.

The class will be taught by musician, performing artist, educator, and YTV board member Brian Perkins. Brian has recorded and performed with countless brass and traditional string bands. (more…)


Irish Music Essay by Hilari Farrington

hilari farrington

YTV asks individuals familiar with its activities to write an essay about their experiences with the organization, its events and presentations, and related topics.  This one is from Hilari Farrington….. musician, teacher, promoter, organizer and all around wonderful person at the heart of traditional Irish music in Vermont and throughout the Northeast.  Hilari and husband Benedict Koehler organize and lead the weekly sessions at Bagitos in Montpelier, host some of the most amazing, small scale Irish music performances found anywhere at the Four Corners Schoolhouse in Montpelier, and for many years have consistently taught, nurtured, supported and mentored a strong, high quality Irish music scene in Central Vermont.  They will be returning in 2015 for the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival program at the Fletcher Free Library on March 14, which YTV co-sponsors. This was written as an associated essay for the Paddy O’Brien and Nathan Gourley concert at the Burlington Violin Shop on Friday November 21st, but it is applicable well beyond the promotion of that single event.  If you’ve got a perspective on young folks involved with traditional music and dance, we’d love it if YOU could write an essay for us!  

You walk into a pub in County Clare. The air is thick with conversation, children are running underfoot, drinks are being served. After awhile, someone picks up a fiddle and starts a jig at a stately pace. Heads turn. For a time, the fiddle player is alone. Then a concertina joins, then a wooden flute, and an accordion. The plaintive sound of uilleann pipes adds depth to the sound and the rhythm picks up slightly as the musicians find their groove. A dancer, at the urging of his friends, stands up and tries out a few steps in time to the music.


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Why should young folks be interested in traditional music (or dance)?

When you hear this traditional music you hear where you’re from.
—Cedric Watson

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