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Young Tradition Festival

The 2020 Young Tradition Festival has been cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns.  However, the annual contest will continue in an online format.

In late April and early May, Young Tradition Vermont brings together young people involved in traditional music and dance, and those who support and are interested in what they do, in an effort to share with the community young trad singers, players and dancers and what they bring to the world. At the Young Tradition Festival, young folks are a major focus, supported by teachers, mentors, friends and families. With opportunities to interact with others, young people use what inspires them, what they learn, and performances to be inspired by and to inspire others.

For more information contact Young Tradition Festival Manager Yasi Zeichner at yazbozz@gmail.com or Young Tradition Vermont Executive Director Mark Sustic at mark.sustic@gmail.com.


2020 Young Tradition Contest

We are accepting submissions for the 2020 Young Tradition Contest until April 15th! Refer to the guidelines below before submitting your video. If you have any questions, contact Yasi Zeichner (yazbozz@gmail.com) or Mark Sustic (mark.sustic@gmail.com)


Contest Details

For 2020, the Young Tradition Festival Contest will be an online format only.  The contest is designed to encourage young musicians and dancers to perform and support their involvement in traditional music and dance. In addition to cash prizes, the winners are provided performance opportunities in the region and linkages that would support continued involvement in traditional music and dance.

It’s a great way connect with other young people with similar interests, mentors and teachers, and has opened doors for many to other performance opportunities. We award the top three acts a cash prize ($1000, $500 and $250, respectively).  Send an email to Young Tradition Festival manager Yasi Zeichner at yazbozz@gmail.com, and to mark.sustic@gmail.com  with the following:

  • a video of your performance
  • the names and ages of all the performers
  • a brief biography of yourself or the group (3-4 sentences)

Videos must be at least one minute long and no more than 5 minutes in length.   You may send either a video in the email itself, or a link to a video posted online (at a performer website, or YouTube, for example). All contestants must be at or under the age of 25 on May 2nd, 2020.  The only exception is for groups: If the average age of group members is 25 or younger, half or more of the group is 25 or younger, and no one is over 30, the group qualifies for the contest. We post videos and biographies on the Young Tradition Vermont website for public viewing. Young Tradition Vermont board members and past winners of the contest vote for up to 10 finalists. On May 2nd prizes will be announced at the same time that the Young Tradition Touring Group violin raffle is announced.


2020 Contest Submissions

The Carter Girls: the Carter Girls are from Aulac NB Canada, and they all play multiple instruments, and play for a variety of community events. This tune is called “Mount Whatley Reel” and was written by a local New Brunswick fiddler (our neighbor) Royal Hicks. Fiddle-Madeline Carter is 16 years old. Piano-Marlise Carter is 14 years old. Accordion-Maizie is 11 years old.

The Goddard Girls: Holland Goddard is a 16-year-old fiddle player from Nicholville, NY. She has been playing the fiddle for seven years and plans to continue her musical career by going into music education when she graduates. In addition to playing the fiddle, she also enjoys running, horseback riding, and skiing. Brooke Goddard is a 15-year-old bodhran player from Nicholville, NY. She has been playing the bodhran for three years, but started her musical journey on the piano at the age of nine. They have both performed at many venues along with their duo, the Goddard Girls, and their band, Nicholfalls, including the Hammond Scottish Festival, the Remington Arts Festival, the Potsdam Food Co-op, and various local nursing homes, farmer’s markets and talent shows, where they finished as the top musicians in New York at the NY State Fair Talent Show. They have also participated in the Young Tradition Vermont Touring Group for two years, touring in Scotland and Metropolitan New York and New Jersey, and have competed in the Young Tradition Vermont Contest, finalizing for three years.

2019 Contest Finalists

Winners of the 2019 Young Tradition VT Contest were Spintuition and Nora Rodes, who tied for first place; Beinn Mhór and The Two Tones tied for 3rd place. The other finalists, who were invited to perform at the festival were: The Burlingtones, Courtney and Cordell Drew, Owen Kennedy, The Kowal Family, and Ristika Gurung.

The entire contest finals, held on May 4th, 11am-3pm at Contois Auditorium in Burlington can be viewed at this link: http://lcatv.org/young-tradition-contest-finals-2019-05-04

2018 Contest Finalists

The 2018 contest finals, held during Kids Day at Waterfront Park in Burlington can be viewed at this link: http://lcatv.org/young-tradition-contest-2018-2018-05-05 . The video submission of Romy and Ben Munkres, the 2018 contest winners, can be viewed here Romy and Ben Munkres Contest Video 2018