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Young Tradition Festival 4/29/19-5/5/19

Martin Hayes

In late April and early May 2019, 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 (formerly Young Tradition Weekend), young folks are the focus, supported by their teachers, mentors, friends and families. With opportunities to interact with others, young people can use what has inspired them, what they have learned, and opportunities to perform to inspire others.

Beaton-Plasse

The 2019 Young Tradition Festival will be held April 29-May 5, 2019 in a variety of locations in Burlington, Vermont including the BCA Center, Integrated Arts Academy, Burlington Violin Shop, UVM Medical Center, and Contois Auditorium in City Hall. Host band for 2019 is Pete’s Posse. Performers will include Andrea Beaton & Véronique Plasse, Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, Genticorum, Martin Hayes, and a Martha Pellerin Tribute Concert featuring Benoit Bourque, Claude Methe & Dana Whittle, Michele Choiniere, Carmen Beaudoin Bombardier, Kim Chase and others. An internationally known band will be presenting an acoustic concert on May 1, details to be announced on March 17th. As part of this festival, the annual Young Tradition contest finals will happen on Saturday May 4 between 11 am- 3pm in Contois Auditorium in City Hall. The finals will be followed by a showcase concert featuring a wide variety of mentors and their students and special guests including Don Roy, Pete’s Posse and others (6pm start) and a reception with FREE pizza (5pm start).

Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves

YTV is now accepting video submissions to be part of the Contest Finals in May. Young folks who do traditional music or dance are encouraged to submit a video performance to be eligible to compete for $1,750 in prizes at the finals. Winners in previous years have included Mayfly (Katie Trautz & Julia Wayne), La Croisée D’Antan, Tristan Henderson & Hazen Metro, Eric George, Les Poules a Colin, the Irregulars, and in 2018, sibling duo Romy and Ben Munkres. More information about the contest and how to enter at: https://youngtraditionvermont.org/2017/03/young-tradition-weekend-2/

Pete’s Posse

Here is the schedule for the 2019 festival:

4/29/19
6pm – Concert (Andrea Beaton & Véronique Plasse) at BCA Center
8pm – Festival Club at the Half Lounge, with host band Pete’s Posse

4/30/19
6pm – Concert (Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves) at BCA Center
8pm – Festival Club at the Half Lounge, with host band Pete’s Posse

5/1/19
6pm – Concert (TBA performer) at BCA Center
8pm – Festival Club at the Half Lounge, with host band Pete’s Posse

Genticorum

5/2/19
6pm – Concert (Genticorum) at BCA Center
8pm – Festival Club at the Half Lounge, with host band Pete’s Posse

5/3/18
2pm – Friday Meeting at Integrated Arts Academy (TBA performer)
6pm – Concert (Martin Hayes) at BCA Center
8pm – Festival Club at the Half Lounge, with host band Pete’s Posse

Romy & Ben Munkres 2018 Contest Winners

5/4/19
10-11:30am – Fiddle Workshop with Martin Hayes at Burlington Violin Shop
11am-3pm – Contest Finals with a few guest sets in Contois Auditorium at City Hall
1-2pm – Baird 5 Concert (TBA performer) at UVM Medical Center
5pm – Reception with free pizza in Contois Auditorium at City Hall
6pm – Mentor/Student Showcase Concert in Contois Auditorium at City Hall
8pm – Festival Club at the Half Lounge, with host band Pete’s Posse

Martha Pellerin

5/5/19
3pm – Martha Pellerin Tribute Concert in Contois Auditorium at City Hall

Tickets for the concerts will be available to purchase by March 18th, 2019 through Seven Days. Contest Finals, Saturday reception, and Showcase Concert are admission by donation. The Integrated Arts Academy assembly on Friday afternoon and the Vermont Children’s Hospital event on Baird 5 Saturday afternoon are not events that are open to the general public.

Sponsors for Young Tradition Festival include Young Tradition Vermont, the Vermont Folklife Center, Burlington City Arts, and Seven Days VT/Kids VT.

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.