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Leslie A. and Harold E. Greene Fiddle Program

Annual Report: October 2014

The program was initiated by Judith G. Allan of Rutland in the fall of 2009 as a way to honor the memory of her musical father and grandfather. Judy’s collection included full-sized fiddles her late father had received from his father, in addition to instruments he created or acquired during a lifetime interest in playing, building and restoring fiddles.

The instruments are maintained as needed by Steve Bean of Bean’s Violins of Georgia, Vermont, and cases, bows, and strings are matched and/or acquired. Several instruments have been added to the loan activities since 2009, donations from individuals and purchases, including fractional-sized instruments best suited for young musicians not ready for a full-sized instrument.


YTV Annual Meeting
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Thanks to everyone for a productive, important, deep and wide annual meeting on 11/2/14 in the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn.  Thanks especially to Rima Dael for traveling to and from western MA and walking the talk about strategic thinking and all the possibilities that follow.  Welcome newly elected board members Joe Cleary, Nowa Crosby, Laura Harris, Nijaza Semic, Migmar Tsering and Yasi Zeichner, who join continuing members Nancy Bove, Bill Drislane, Bill Ellis, Alison James, Brian Perkins, Rachel Schattman, Mark Sustic and Julia Wayne.


Irish Music Essay by Hilari Farrington

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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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