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15th Farewell Reunion featuring David Greely & Zigue (Claude Méthé and Dana Whittle)

26 May 2017
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Grace Episcopal Church

The 15th Annual Farewell Reunion will be presented on Friday May 26, 2017 at Grace Church in Sheldon, Vermont.  Proceeds from the concert helps the Tom Sustic Fund, which supports families with children with life-threatening/life-altering conditions. The concert is presented by Young Tradition Vermont and Grace Church as part of the Summer Music at Grace Series.  Presenting partners include the All Arts Council and others.

The concert begins at 7pm.  Admission is a $20 suggested donation at the door (no advance tickets)…… reservations if requested at mark.sustic@gmail.com.  Everyone is asked to bring a dessert to share at intermission.

David Greely

David Greely’s French Louisiana music is opening a new wing in his tradition. David has taken the swampy syncopations of Cajun music and its renaissance French dialect to new level of sophistication without losing its urgency and texture. In solo acoustic performance, he sounds like two or three fiddles, weaving accompaniment to his vocals as if it’s someone else singing. Presenting his concerts in English or French, he embraces all the aspects of his heritage that a fiddle and voice can reach- ancient ballads, cane field blues, yearning waltzes and fiery two steps, and melds his ancestral legacy with his own adroit compositions and stories of the rich souls who kept this music and language alive.

David was born in Baton Rouge of Cajun and Irish ancestry, and learned Cajun music on dance hall stages throughout South Louisiana, in the archives of Cajun and Creole music at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, and from his apprenticeship to Cajun fiddle master and National Heritage Fellow Dewey Balfa. As a founding member of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, David toured Folk Festivals worldwide for 23 years, and was nominated for four Grammy Awards. He has received the Louisiana Artist Fellowship Award for Folklife Performance, and is an adjunct instructor of Cajun fiddle at the University of Louisiana.

Dana Whittle and Claude Methe

Since 1992, Claude Méthé and Dana Whittle have performed, composed and shared everything musical. Married in ‘real life’ (for more than 20 years), they are both dynamic singers and prolific composers in love with the Québécois trad-inspired music they make together every day. Zigue is a recipe from complimentary ingredients. Claude’s raw, emotional and authentic fiddling is seamlessly matched to the accompaniment of his longtime partner, herself a rhythmic and vocal powerhouse. Together, they deliver the kind of magic that is the hallmark of musical families – as demonstrated by their equally musical children.

Born in Québec City, fiddler-singer-mandolinist-guitarist Claude Méthé has been a part of the traditional music world in Québec for more than thirty years. A self-taught fiddler, his style reflects his influences and the eighteen years he lived in the region of Lotbinière, on the south side of the St-Lawrence river not far from Québec City. Claude is a former founding member of the legendary Le Rêve du Diable, winner of a 1983 Felix for Trad Album of the Year, and a group often credited with singlehandedly reviving public interest in traditional Québécois music. Claude is well-known for his work with other trad bands, including Manigance, Ni Sarpe Ni Branche, Entourloupe, Jeter le Pont and Dentdelion). He has played all over Canada, in Europe and the U.S. and appears on at least twelve recordings, including the soundtrack of Oscar-winning film “CRAC” by Frédéric Back (his composition is the theme). Claude’s impressive repertoire of traditional songs contains gems from Manitoba, Ontario, Québec and the maritimes, sung in a voice both textured and sentimental. He is heir to the repertoire of his longtime mentor and friend Aimé Gagnon, who died in 1997. Claude now lives in the tiny village of Ste-Béatrix, in Lanaudière, the heart of what is arguably the hotbed of traditional Québécois music (it is home to La Bottine Souriante, Norouet, Les Charbonniers, Hommage aux Aînés, Festival Mémoire et Racines…).

Young Tradition Vermont helps ensure there are opportunities for young players, singers and dancers to be supported, and have opportunities to learn and perform. YTV encourages young people to develop and experiment as part of a living tradition passed down from previous generations. The organization focusing on inspiring, teaching, presenting and supporting musicians and dancers who are young in age, but are ‘old souls’, the latest in a long line of tradition bearers at the intersection of the past and the future.

More information about Young Tradition Vermont here or from mark.sustic@gmail.com.