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Catching Sparks with Isabel Oliart & McKinley James
Catching Sparks

They won the YTV Youth Contest this year, and will perform on Friday September 12th at the Compass Music & Arts Center in Brandon starting at 6:15pm. More info here.  They have also been featured at the New World Festival and at the Burren in Boston.  Isabel won first place in the New Hampshire Highland Games, and has played on the Radio Show, ‘Says You’. She is also a prodigious classical violinist, and has soloed with the Boston Youth Symphony. McKinley is a member of the Irregulars, and plays contra dances and concerts throughout the Northeast, including the New World Festival, the Dance Flurry and the Champlain Valley Folk Festival. McKinley also plays classical cello, and has won the Vermont All States Scholarship Competition.  They both play in the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.


One Day in September, Two YTV Events
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We don’t do this often, but on Friday September 5th YTV has TWO events we hope you’ll consider being part of.  Starting at 4:30pm, Cricket Blue will perform at Burger Night at Bread and Butter Farm in Shelburne (more info here) and starting at 7pm Eric George and Bill Ellis will perform at the Round Church Concert Series in Richmond (more info here).  Lots of good to see, hear, eat and appreciate!


YTV Essay from Alison James

alison james

YTV has asked several individuals familiar with its activities to write an essay about their experiences.  This one is from Alison James, YTV Board of Directors member, mother of McKinley and Anika, wife of Joplin.  Many wonderful things to say about Alison and her family….. see her profile on the ‘about our board’ section of the web page.  Daughter McKinley is a member of the Irregulars and one of the winners at this year’s Young Tradition Contest.  Associated with that, she will be appearing with Isabel Oliart at the New World Festival in Randolph on 8/31/14 and the Compass Music Arts Center in Brandon on 9/12/14.  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!    

When my daughter was young, she fell in love with the cello. Our house was filled with music, classical of course, but also traditional music that often featured the fiddle. McKinley wasn’t daunted by the fact that most fiddles tuck up under your chin. She forced her fingers to fly up and down the cello fingerboard simulating the high E-string notes a fiddler plays.

Mark Sustic, a multi-instrumentalist with a soft spot for kids, has musical connections that range from bowling with Joni Mitchell and Jackson Brown (in their cusp-of-fame days) to many of the leading Irish, Cape Breton, Quebecois and of course New England traditional musicians. In his unassuming way, he’s brought those musicians (well, not Joni and Jackson) to Burlington, set them up with concerts, and had them tag on a workshop in the afternoon for anyone learning to play tunes.


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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