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Touring Group Trip in April 2015
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We are working on the possibility of a 2015 trip by the YT Touring Group, though nothing is confirmed at present.  We announced the possibility of another trip for the Young Tradition Group at the 7/25/14 Trad Camp reunion in Burlington.  If it happens it would be the common school vacation week in northern Vermont in April 2015 (week including 4/20/15 through 4/25/15).  Even though April 2015 is a ways away, a lot needs to happen quickly to keep the ball rolling….. the longer that takes, the less likely it would be to happen in 2015. If a trip happens, it would most likely be to Ireland, as that’s where we’ve had the furtherest/deepest conversations. More specifically, it would likely be in the southwest part of the country….. Killarney, Dingle, Limerick, Cork, etc.


September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Families, caregivers, charities and research groups across the United States observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S., 15,780 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year; approximately 1/4 of them will not survive the disease. A diagnosis turns the lives of the entire family upside down. The objective of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is to put a spotlight on the types of cancer that largely affect children, survivorship issues, and – importantly – to help raise funds for research and family support.


YTV Essay by Julia Wayne

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YTV has asked several individuals familiar with its activities to write an essay about their experiences.  This one is from Julie Wayne….. YTV Board of Directors member, wife of Matt Krasnow, early childhood teacher in Charlotte, Trad Camp faculty, and performer, recording artist, instrumentalist and singer with Village Harmony, Mayfly and many others….. another one of those wonderful people that makes what we do so great.  Julia participated in the early years of Young Tradition Weekend as a performer, winning 1st place with Katie Trautz the 1st year of the contest, and YTV featured Mayfly in many showcase events, near and far.  This was originally written as an associated essay for the Village Harmony concert his past July, but we thought it was 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 to talk you about writing an essay!    

My first experience with Village Harmony was during a cool Vermont summer evening at the age of 16 when I was surprised to hear a group of fellow teenagers break into impromptu song during a Brattleboro Dawn Dance break, belting out some unknown, raucous and gloriously harmonious Shapenote hymn. Seeing this group of friends, arms intertwined, contagiously moved by the spirit of song, I was instantly mesmerized. My friend, Katie, who was participating in Village Harmony (VH) camps at the time, was a catalyst for exposing me to this new and alluring music~ from West African rounds and Georgian chants, to Appalachian ballads, and Sardinian love songs. Upon returning from a camp, Katie would always share her music during weekend ‘retreats’ in her family’s home in Cabot~ over a cup of hot coco by the wood stove, swimming in the local quarry, or riding horses down the Cabot Plains roads.


Calendar of Events

This is your gateway to folk, traditional and roots music and dance events in Burlington and surrounding communities. Click the calendar icon for a complete listing.


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Every year hundreds of artists appear at Young Tradition Vermont events.  We’ve started to ask them why young folks should be interested in traditional music and dance. This month Canadian fiddler, step-dancer and singer-songwriter April Verch talks about the value of traditional dance and music.


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