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19 November 2012 / Read more

Donate to YTV!

You can help us continue our work!  We don’t have an end-of-year system of solliciting donations , as many are considering their annual giving, prior to the end of the calendar year.  But if you’re in that process and have something you could send our way, we would certainly love it and be ever so […]

19 November 2012 / Read more

“The Irregulars” House Concert and CD Preview

Friday November 16 in CharlottePete Sutherland introduced one of our favorite youth ensembles this past Friday evening at their Charlotte house concert.  “The Irregulars” are certainly becoming one of the most renowned and accomplished.  Pete has worked with the group since they were in Elementary school.  

19 November 2012 / Read more

YTV Performers at the VT International Festival, 11/30 – 12/02

The Vermont International Festival returns to the Champlain Valley Exposition center at the end of November.  YTV will be represented by Louli, Yasi and Oli Zeichner (pictured here), Gabo Lewis and Ceili Kronick from Fiddleheads in a 9am – 3pm program on Friday for visiting schools and home school students; a great match for our objectives and […]

12 November 2012 / Read more

Young Artist Spotlight: Pale Fire

Pale Fire is a celtic-rock band with strong roots in the Burlington area. They mix traditional Cape Breton with indie rock and even some hints of electronica and pop. They have won several awards, including 1st place at the 2008 Young Tradition Weekend contest, and are known for their energy onstage and highly original music. […]

12 November 2012 / Read more

Young Artist Spotlight: Sarah King

Sarah grew up feeling at home in the Vermont folk scene – sleeping in piles of coats in the corner at contra dances and being inspired every summer at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival.  Later, she started learning fiddle tunes and performing all over the state with Fiddleheads.  She now goes to school at Vassar […]

12 November 2012 / Read more

YTV “Grad” Spreads Diplomacy Through Music

Celia Woodsmith (past Young Tradition Weekend contest winner) and her band Della Mae have flown to Pakistan where the band is spreading diplomacy through music with the US State Department/American Music Abroad Program.  For 42 days they will perform their way through Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.  Tour activities will include public concerts, lectures, demonstrations, […]

12 November 2012 / Read more

Board member speaks: Why YTV is Important?

Brian Perkins Kids need second chances.  All too often they have only one chance to become involved in music.  If they don’t join the school band program at the right time then the door closes to them and they miss the access to instruction, to instruments and to the comradery which makes music a possibility […]

12 November 2012 / Read more

Irregulars House Concert, Friday 11/16

Come enjoy live music, refreshments and good company.  Cheer on this award-winning local teen fiddle band at a live dress rehearsal for their upcoming recording session in preparation for a CD release! Friday, November 16th, 7:30 in Charlotte Seating is limited – Admission will be by donation, (suggested donation $10)

30 October 2012 / Read more

Music for Sprouts – There’s still room for you!

Music for Sprouts is an Early Childhood Education program that focuses on music and movement for 0-3 year olds at Bread and Butter Farm in Shelburne/South Burlington, VT.  Fall sessions meet on Tuesdays.  They’re  just getting underway but there are a few spots left!  Partnered with the community farm they create a unique musical experience that takes full […]

28 October 2012 / Read more

Announcement: Finest Kind cancelled, but tonight’s show goes on!

Due to an illness Finest Kind, scheduled to perform in Burlington tonight to benefit the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, needs to bow out.  However, the show must go on!  Local musicians are rallying to ensure that this important benefit still happens.  Come see our local stars: Deb Flanders, Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, Laura Markowitz, John […]

23 October 2012 / Read more

Young Artist Spotlight: Ceól Milis

Ceól Milis (pronounced Kyol Mill-ish) is a group of traditional Irish musicians and dancers who are members of the Martin Mulvihill Branch of CCE (Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann) in Pearl River, New York.  This group, all high school students, won second place in the Ceili Band competition at the Irish Music World Competition known as the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann that […]

23 October 2012 / Read more

Young Artist Spotlight: Saline Fiddlers

Since 1994, the Saline Fiddlers have set the standard for extracurricular music programs in the US. The group began with a simple idea: introduce an alternative style of music education to public school students. It has grown into a model of instruction and motivation that is being emulated across the nation. Yet more importantly, it is an […]

23 October 2012 / Read more

Young Artist Spotlight: Strawberry Hill Fiddlers

The Strawberry Hill Fiddlers are a group of fiddling teenagers from various high schools in and around Dutchess County, New York.  Directed by Emily Schaad and Carole Schaad, the group has been evolving since 1999. The Fiddlers are now part of Stringendo, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit community music school. The group performs traditional music from across the world, and are […]

23 October 2012 / Read more

Young Artist Spotlight: Appalachia North

Appalachia North is a promising up-and-coming old time- and bluegrass-inspired trio from the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire who won 1st place at the 2012 Young Tradition Weekend contest. With bluegrass and traditional music running deep in their families’ backgrounds, they’ve been around the block, and have come together to have a great […]

23 October 2012 / Read more

Young Artist Spotlight: Les Poules a Colin

The winners of the 2008 Young Tradition Weekend contest, the five members of this young group from Lanaudière, Quebec (Beatrix Methe, Sarah Marchand, Eleanor Pitre, Mary and Colin Savoie-Levac) came together at the 2007 Festival Memoire et Racines, inspired by the traditional music learned from their parents, all well known artists in the Quebec traditional music […]

23 October 2012 / Read more

Young Artist Spotlight: The Irregulars

The Irregulars are a talented and energetic group of young musicians on Vermont’s traditional music scene.  All live in Chittenden County and have taken various pathways to each other and their common interest in learning, arranging and playing traditional music: private lessons, music camps, recordings, concerts, other types of music, Fiddleheads, playing in the Lake […]

23 October 2012 / Read more


YTV has begun a collaboration with musicians and dancers from Quebec we’re calling the TradNation Project.  It involves 15 musicians and dancers, including 6 young artists, from the Québécois traditional music scene.  It is designed to bring Québécois traditional music and dance performances, and participatory dances, workshops and more.  The project’s activities will cover

23 October 2012 / Read more

“Music for Sprouts” launched in Shelburne

The only event presentation YTV was involved in this past week was the successful launch of the Music for Sprouts series at Bread and Butter Farm in Shelburne.  Chris Dorman did his usual incredible job of making sure people knew about the opportunity, and did some great preparation.

18 October 2012 / Read more

YTV Annual Meeting Held at Shelburne Farms 09/30/2012

Had a great annual meeting at the Inn at Shelburne Farms on Sunday….. lots of recommendations and decisions about focus for the coming year.  We welcomed new board members Sophia Donforth and Darren Schibler. The primary focus of the YTV annual meeting this year was to take stock of what we’ve been doing, what we continue […]

18 October 2012 / Read more

Young Artist Spotlight: Jeh Kulu Junior

Jeh Kulu Jr. is one component of Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater, which has been teaching, performing and celebrating traditional West African music and dance in the Burlington area since 1993. In the Bambara language of Mali, ‘Jeh Kulu’ means ‘community’ and this is exactly what the group hopes to build.  They bring together […]