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Touring Group

It was a busy weekend for Young Tradition Vermont, with 7 events. Besides the Saturday Touring Group rehearsal and evening performance at FlynnSpace, on Friday we had the instrument petting zoo at the Vermont International Festival, Inner Fire District at Edmunds Elementary School, and Just for Kicks at Integrated Arts Academy. On Sunday it was Fiddleheads at ‘Deck the Halls’ at Shelburne Museum and the Zeichners at the Deborah Rawson Library in Jericho. Even for us, that was a lot!

We had a rehearsal on 12/1/18 at Elley Long Music Center in Colchester.  rehearsal photos here:: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1DT0WcOH533GVciyIrT8JwTSnw1i4gHBx?usp=sharing….. rehearsal videos here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1a9Dir54QbWGBgCzIBabFK2ZudM5Ajs3U?usp=sharing

Moira Smiley – singer, teacher, organizer, performer, world traveler, grew up in Addison County – did some warm up vocal exercizes and lead/taught some songs at the beginning.  Gaelen Kilburn and Shamus got some footage including a bunch of interviews for the documentary film they are making about the Touring Group – both attend BHS, Gaelen is Greta’s older brother, and has been involved for many years with YTV, Fiddleheads, Trad Camp, etc. Nora Rodes visited for the day with Hilary, classmates at the Putney School….. she also sang with everyone for the Voices of the World concert at Flynnspace that evening. Nora was recently awarded the Flanders scholarship from the Vermont Folklife Center, and Pete and Mark are her mentors for that.

Tony Demarco – fiddler, recently on the cover of Fiddler Magazine – who is hosting us when we visit NY for a pizza night and an Irish session in Little Italy, and was at Carnegie Hall at Carnegie Hall a few days prior, taught 3 tunes that are part of the repertoire at the session: Gallagher’s Frolics (jig), Man of the House (reel), and Plaines of Boyle (hornpipe). Though not labeled, all 3 tunes are on the 12/1/18 rehearsal video page here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1a9Dir54QbWGBgCzIBabFK2ZudM5Ajs3U?usp=sharing.  Tony also shared a list of over 60 tunes that are commonly played at that session, which you can find here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1V6cJnegcndeOneh90bma_GZLTcO9x0Q6CA4MPUmfeJY/edit?usp=sharing

All rehearsal and performance dates and locations are linked here:

Young Tradition Touring Group Rehearsal

Everyone who was there (14 in all) sang ‘Let the Life I Lead’ as part of the Voices of the World concert, an amazing variety of music, dance, stories. Thanks to Maeve to taking the leader role.  Video of the performance here (not great quality or stage orientation): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ns0Mx9xXmjML23RC2X53EbTQdu02kOG?usp=sharing

Everyone has 10 pre-tour CDs to sell, the first of the fundraising projects for the group. Most were distributed at the 12/1/18 rehearsal. Contact mark.sustic@gmail.com if you’re interested in purchasing one.  If there’s a place we can drop them off in the Burlington area, that would be ideal. We work hard to get these out before the holidays, as they make good options for gifts, for group members to buy and give, and/or others to buy to give. We try to finish up this fundraising project before launching the next one in January, so do what you can to sell/buy them in December.

Do you know…… that the total cost for each person going on the trip to New York and New Jersey is about $2400? $750 of that amount is paid by each group member and adult traveling. The rest of the money comes from a combination of the fundraising projects and grants.

The 12/26 (start at 12 noon) through 12/28 (end by 12 noon) retreat/rehearsal is intended for some important practice, learning, getting to know each other. Because its a couple of overnights, its also a chance to get to know each other more than just in rehearsal mode i.e. meals, some non-learning activities (e.g. a hike/walk, games, etc.).  We invite amilies, friends, neighbors to come to the public performance the evening on 12/27 (7pm), at the Bishop Booth Conference Center in Burlington, to see and hear what’s being worked on.