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Trad Camp Instructor Showcase at Shelburne Farms 7/24

This concert is presented by Young Tradition Vermont and is free and open to the public. For more information, email mark.sustic.@gmail.com


The instructors from this year’s Trad Camp will be performing an evening showcase concert at Shelburne Farms on July 24, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. that will showcase the many diverse talents represented at Trad Camp this year. Bring a picnic and join Young Tradition Vermont and many trad camp students and families in the farmyard at Shelburne Farms to see these instructors, who are among the best and most respected musicians and teachers from New England and beyond.

Performing at this concert will be: Pete Sutherland, Brian Perkins, Sarah Hotchkiss, Oliver Scanlon, Jane Oxnard, Clayton Clemetson, Annika Amstutz, and other guests.

Pete Sutherland and Oliver Scanlon of the band Pete’s Posse are two of the Trad Camp instructors who will be performing at this showcase event.

Pete Sutherland is a Vermont-based singer-songsmith and multi-instrumentalist who has taught at dance and music camps coast to coast. Sutherland has played with bands like Metamora, Rhythm In Shoes, The Woodshed Allstars, Woods Tea Company, The Clayfoot Strutters, and most recently, Pete’s Posse. Pete is teaching a variety of fiddle and song classes at Trad Camp this year.

Brian Perkins is a performer and music educator who teaches traditional New England and American folk song and accompaniment on a variety of stringed instruments. He also specializes in traditional New England dance tune performance on mandolin and trumpet. This summer at Trad Camp he is teaching the beginner ukulele class in addition to sharing accompaniment techniques with all kinds of string players.

Sarah Hotchkiss is a Vermont fiddler and banjo player who has been teaching in Northern Vermont for over two decades, teaching strings in private and public schools, and directing the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra. She is a regular on the faculty at Northeast Heritage Music Camp. Sarah is teaching beginner fiddle at Trad Camp and is helping the youngest campers and newest fiddlers to find joy in their instruments.

Oliver Scanlon is a Burlington-based fiddle and mandolin player, who was first introduced to the world of traditional music from his mentor, Pete Sutherland. A former participant in Young Tradition Vermont and the Fiddleheads, Oliver was also a member of the 6-piece contra dance band The Irregulars, who took first prize in the Young Tradition Contest in 2011. After attending Trad Camp in his younger years, Oliver has returned as an instructor. He also plays with the band Pete’s Posse.

Fiddle instructor Annika Amstutz from Western Massachusetts will also be performing.

Jane Oxnard is a fiddler, singer and dancer from Northumberland in England and grew up in a strong Scottish tradition of the border counties, which heavily influences her playing, singing and dancing. She has been a member of several trad ensembles, including the Sage Gateshead’s Folkestra and the Northumbrian Ranters.  In 2012, Jane and her sister Ailsa traveled to Burlington with the Northumbrian Ranters, and 2 years later, the Ranters hosted the Young Tradition Touring Group in England. She taught at Trad Camp two years ago, and has returned to teach Scottish fiddle, song, and dance again this year.

Clayton Clemetson is a New England based pianist, singer, and composer. His contra dance piano career began at Maine Fiddle Camp, where he is now teaching beginner piano accompaniment. His passion for world choral music Village Harmony, led him to the countries of Corsica, Bulgaria, and England to study the local singing traditions. In fall 2017 he led dozens of workshops in world choral music throughout Europe and New England during a two month tour with Northern Harmony and, upon his return, he started his own choir Marlboro College, where he is getting a degree in Music Composition.

Annika Amstutz is a fiddler and elementary school teacher from Northampton, Ma.  She is the Assistant Director of the Fiddle Orchestra of Western Massachusetts and works closely with David Kaynor to support orchestra members in developing their skills.  She has performed regularly with a variety of bands in her area in a range of styles including bluegrass, country, Irish, and Zydeco and is often seen playing the 3rd Friday Contra Dances in Greenfield, Massachusetts.


Brian Perkins teaching a class at Trad Camp 2017


Trad Camp is Young Tradition Vermont’s annual summer day camp held at the Lake Champlain Waldorf High School in Shelburne, VT for kids ages 8-17. The camp is a concentrated opportunity to be inspired by, learn about and perform folk tunes, songs, and dances in a variety of traditional styles.




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