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18 October 2012

Finest Kind to benefit Champlain Valley Folk Festival: 10/28/12

Finest Kind, long among the folk world’s most stellar attractions, will make a rare appearance in Burlington in a ‘Get Out of Debt’ benefit for the Champlain Valley Folk Festival. The Canadian vocal trio, London-born singer and concertina virtuoso Ian Robb, multi-instrumentalist Ann Downey, and folklorist-songwriter Shelly Posen, will take the stage at the Contois Auditorium at Burlington City Hall on Sunday, October 28th at 7pm.  This benefit concert is sponsored by Burlington City Arts.  YTV is supporting the event as well.  Tickets are $20.
Finest Kind will be joined by Vermont’s renowned fiddler and songwriter Pete Sutherland, singer Deb Flanders and young friends in selections from the Flanders Ballad Collection (featured on Deb’s new CD, ‘The Female Highwayman’).  Robert Resnik, host of Vermont Public Radio’s popular ‘All the Traditions‘ folk music show, will emcee.
Since 1991, Finest Kind have thrilled audiences around the world with a vast repertoire that ranges from British come-all-ye’s to Hank Williams.  Their close harmonies have been called ‘hair-raising.’  In the trio’s own words: ‘In our arrangements we hear the harmonic strains of the Copper Family and Young Tradition, barbershop quartet and Sacred Harp, doo wop and country brother duos, and many more.’
This ‘Get Out of Debt’ benefit event is expected to retire a $40,000 deficit and restore the Champlain Valley Folk Festival to solvency.  The concert will also feature an instrument raffle and CD sale.