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12 August 2012

Young Tradition Musicians at the Calais Concert, 8/19

On Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm, the 14th Annual Calais Concert will be held at the Old West Church in Calais, Vermont. This year, Young Tradition Vermont is co-sponsoring this event which highlights traditional music of New England in honor of Vermont song catcher Helen Hartness Flanders.  
For 14 years, the Calais Concert has been organized by singer Deb Flanders in honor of her great-aunt Helen Hartness Flanders, one of the pioneers of folk music history in the United States.  Helen Hartness Flanders, a native of Vermont, was an internationally recognized ballad collector and authority on folk music found in New England and in the British Isles.  Today 4,500 of her field recordings are housed at the Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College.  This Collection is consulted frequently by folklorists and musicians locally, nationally, and internationally.  The premiere of some of the tunes from Deb’s new album The Famale Highwayman will be performed at this concert, honoring her great-aunt.

Deb Flanders, who has organized this concert series since the beginning, is a well-known vocalist in Vermont. Her musical background is wide-ranging, singing rock classics with the Burlington-based a cappella group Mixed Company and classical with the Burlington Choral Society.  She currently is a member of Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont and has performed in Europe as part of this group.   However, Deb’s musical path has been dedicated to performing many of the songs collected by her great-aunt Helen Hartness. Deb will release her second folksong CD this summer called the Female Highwayman, featuring the songs from the Hartness Flanders Collection.

This year’s Calais Concert will feature alumni of Young Tradition Vermont including:

  • Members of The Irregulars ages 13-16, who play traditional tunes from Ireland, Cape Breton, Appalachia, Quebec, New England, and Scotland. Members include: Oliver Scanlon on mandolin and fiddle, Eileen O’Grady on Fiddle.  The Irregulars won 1st place at the 2011 Young Tradition Weekend in Burlington and have been featured at festivals like the Dance Flurry and the Champlain Valley Folk Festival.
  • Hannah Beth Crary, who at age seven started learning classical violin, but soon made the commitment to become a fiddler. Since then she has been working on developing her own style of fiddling. Fiddler Hannah Beth has performed at Middlebury Concert on the Green, Flynn Space, Sheldon Grace Church, New World Festival, Champlain Folk Festival and John Moriarty’s Pub, in Dingle, Ireland. She has recorded several albums.
  • The Zeichner Family, Yasi, Oliver, and Louli Zeichner are three home schooled teens who live in the hills of central Vermont. They have been playing traditional music for several years, and have been involved with the Summit School of Traditional Culture in Montpelier.  They play Old-Time/Appalachian as a trio (Yasi on fiddle, Louli on claw hammer banjo, Oliver on tin-whistle). Yasi and Oliver also play sets of Irish tunes.  Their appearance is one of a series of traditional music and dance events Young Tradition Vermont presents at concerts, dances, festival and other events throughout New England and Quebec.
  • Deb’s niece, Esther Nemethy will join her on-stage during the concert.
  • Folk icon Pete Sutherland and Vermont Symphony Orchestra cellist John Dunlop will round out the line-up for another afternoon of memorable music making.

This concert is co-sponsored by Young Tradition Vermont and is part of a series of traditional music and dance events Young Tradition Vermont presents or co-presents at concerts, dances, festivals and other events throughout New England and Quebec. Young Tradition Vermont tries to ensure there are opportunities for young players, singers and dancers to be supported, and have opportunities to learn and perform with minimal interference.

A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the Vermont Folk Life Center, in

For more information please call 802-233-1015.  Tickets are $15 and are for sale through the Flynn Box office at www.flynntix.org802-863-5966 and available at the door.