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YTV Contest winner Eric George and YTV board member Bill Ellis!

The Round Church Summer Concert Series finishes their season with a YTV double-header……. board member William Lee Ellis ‘internationally recognized blues guitarist’ and 2014 contest winner Eric George.  The date is Friday September 5th and things get started at 7pm at the Round Church in Richmond.  Hoping we’ll see and hear some from Eric’s debut CD that night.

Admission is a $5 suggested donation (children 10 and under free).  All proceeds go to continue the Round Church Concert Series and the upkeep of the Round Church. For more information contact Tim Whiteford at 802-434-4565 or

Chris Dorman on Baird 5
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‘Mister Chris’ does the monthly music session at Baird 5 at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care on August 18th, 6:30pm to 7:30pm.  These sessions are designed for children and families currently spending time at the hospital….. it is not a public event.

Young Tradition Vermont provides opportunities for young people to participate in, learn and present traditional tunes, songs and dance and supports families with children with life-threatening illnesses. With the Child Life Department at Vermont Children’s Hospital, young and older friends like Mark Sustic, Gary Dulabaum, Katie Trautz, Julia Wayne, Fiddleheads, the Irregulars, Longford Row, Cynthia MacLeod, the African Children’s Choir, Rik Barron, Julia Plumb, Jokers  Wild, Chris Dorman and many others sing and play music on Baird 5 Pediatrics for listening, singing, and laughing, using fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, voices and more. Families with children on Baird 5 join us once a month in the activity room, or they ask and we come to them in their rooms. The Baird 5 sessions are one of a wide range of activities Young Tradition Vermont helps present throughout Vermont, New England and Quebec. (more…)


YTV Essay by Erich Zeichner

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YTV has asked several individuals familiar with its activities to write an essay about their experiences.  This one is from Erich Zeichner, father of Oliver, Yasi and Loula, often referred to as ‘the Zeichners’.  We’ll cross paths again next when the Zeichners will be hosting the Instrument Petting Zoo when they are not performing at the New World Festival in Randolph on 8/31/14.  Hope to see (and hear!) you there!  If you’ve got a perspective that might work as an essay, we’d love to hear from you!  

When we landed on Vermont shores from Budapest in early 1998, we had never heard it said that Vermont is a good place to raise children, although we have since heard it many times, and seen the statistics published for Vermont’s standing as a safe and healthy place to live in national studies as one of the best places from the stand-point of a whole host of generic criteria, to both live and raise a family, and to be growing up. Music of course is never mentioned statistically as a reason to live in Vermont, but our family, once entering that vein, discovered that truly, musical nurture should be added to the list of great things happening here, available here, for those who need it, seek it, or would like their children to have the opportunity of a rich musical experience, to enhance and color their lives, for now, for their futures, for their delight, & to exist inside of them as a well-spring of inner happiness. Something to which no monetary or paper value could ever be assigned.


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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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