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25 April 2021

Young Tradition Vermont Festival

The 2021 Young Tradition Vermont Festival is ON (line) for 2 days – Saturday May 1 and Sunday May 2.
It’s one of our most public and ambitious events every year – typically a week-long celebration of the multi-generational mentoring relationships in the diverse trad music and dance communities in Vermont and beyond.
Young people are the major focus, with the teachers, mentors, friends and families who support them. It’s an attempt to cultivate and feature young musicians and dancers and intergenerational inspiring, learning, performing and serving.

This year, the festival focuses on 3 events

  • Saturday, May 1, starting at 1pm: Contest Finals, featuring 10 finalists, and guest performers
  • Saturday, May 1, starting at 6pm: Showcase Concert focusing on young musicians and their mentors, teachers, parents, from across Vermont and beyond
  • Sunday, May 2, starting at 3pm – a tribute concert focusing on the masters and apprentices involved with the Vermont Folklife Center’s Apprenticeship Program.

The weekend will include over 30 contest entries and over 2 dozen teacher/student combination performances. Teaching artists will include Sarah Blair, David Gusakov, Oliver Scanlon, Pete Sutherland, Becky Tracy, Brian Perkins, Joanne Garton, Sarah Hotchkiss and others.

Apprenticeship Program: Established in 1991, the Vermont Folklife Center’s ‘Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program’ (VTAAP) was created to support Vermont’s living cultural heritage. This program brings together master artists and apprentices dedicated to keeping traditional arts vital and relevant to the communities who practice them and beyond. In addition to supporting communities in retaining and invigorating their cultural identities, VTAAP focuses on assisting individual artists in achieving their goals.

Young Tradition Contest: Young folks who do trad music or dance submit a video performance to be eligible to compete for up to $2,500 in prizes. Ten finalists are featured during the festival on May 1st. Previous winners of the contest include Mayfly, Pale Fire, La Croisée D’Antan, The Irregulars, Alash, Tristan Henderson & Hazen Metro, Maunder Trio, Windborne Trio, Appalachia North, Nora Rodes, Spintuition, Addie Herbert, Eric George and Romy and Ben Munkres. More information about the contest including all video entries here:…/young-tradition…/

Sponsors for the festival include a variety of organizations, businesses, friends, and neighbors including the Vermont Folklife Center, the Turrell Fund, the Nelson Family Foundation, the Chandler Center for the Arts, Bee Boys Raw Honey, and more.

For more information contact Young Tradition Festival manager Yasi Zeichner at or YTV Executive Director Mark Sustic at