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Young Tradition Youth Commission

The 2019/2020 Young Tradition Youth Commission was awarded to Romy Munkres. She assembled a small group of young musicians who focused on learning about the histories of different traditional musics and about the historical links between styles. Since they already knew a lot about styles of trad music common in Vermont – including Irish, Cape Breton, and Quebecois – they invited local artists to teach about some of the traditions they were less familiar with.

Pete Sutherland – Burlington-based multi- instrumentalist and singer – brought Oldtime music to the group. Alex Kehler – Quebecois fiddle, nyckelharpa and cittern player – taught them Swedish music. Jeremiah McLane – accordionist and pianist – showed them music from central France. Joanne Garten – fiddler and dancer – taught them about different Scottish traditions.

With new knowledge and new tunes – as well as a few of their own – they put together a program designed to show the interconnections between these forms of traditional music through their shared histories. More info to come about an end of year project during the summer.

Anyone interested in the Commission, including criteria and process for selection, should contact mark.sustic@gmail.com.