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2020 Young Tradition Contest Winners Concert

23 June 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Facebook Live

Presented by Young Tradition Vermont. Suggested donation. Info at mark.sustic@gmail.com.

Andrew Caden, Sebastiaan West/Abigail Sandy, and François-Félix Roy perform from their homes to your’s.  Live on Young Tradition Vermont’s Facebook page and available after the concert on YTV’s You Tube Channel.

$10-$20 donation suggested.  Donations at https://paypal.me/YTVermont.

Performer bios and video samples

Andrew Caden is a senior in high school from Bethesda, MD. He is the 2017 All-Ireland fiddle champion (15-18), and has won multiple All-Ireland medals in fiddle slow airs as well. Andrew plays in the old Sligo-style of traditional Irish fiddle music made famous by Michael Coleman in the 1920’s and 30’s, and he studies with the acclaimed Irish fiddler Brian Conway from New York. In 2014, Andrew received the Frankie Kennedy Memorial Scholarship awarded to traditional Irish musicians by the Greater Washington Ceili Club. He has performed with the Chieftains at Strathmore, at the Kennedy Center, the Irish Embassy, and for a variety of political dignitaries in the Washington DC area. Andrew will be attending Boston College in Fall 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlsojhpJt8o&feature=emb_logo

Abi Sandy (19) is a choral singer by trade, but she has been surrounded by folk and traditional music her whole life, traveling to Ireland with the Way of the Bard Touring Group in 2017 and playing guitar with the Young Tradition Youth Commission in 2019. Looking to branch out from his classical/jazz background, pianist Sebastiaan West (18) began to explore traditional Celtic music with the YTV Touring Group in 2016, and has since dived into the VT trad community, picking up the piano accordion as well as the Québècois foot tapping style. Abi and Seb joined together in 2019 and began making music that drew from a wide variety of traditions, primarily Irish, Scottish, and Québécois, and have been working to refine a dynamic repertoire that ranged from plaintive Gaelic and French song to soulful marches and jigs to high-energy polkas and reels. Learning from local trad masters such as Jeremiah McLane, Moira Smiley, Nicholas Williams, and Pete Sutherland, their music strives to connect with the people they’re playing for as much as the people from whom the music originated. They recently returned from a gap-year trip where they busked and learned tunes in Edinburgh, Brittany, and the Netherlands. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P52rf8pWOI&feature=emb_logo.

Although François-Félix Roy (20) was born in Missouri, he spent almost all his life in Quebec and developed a strong interest in Québécois/French-Canadian traditional music and other related styles. He is now studying traditional music full-time with Éric Beaudry at the Cégep de Joliette, deepening his knowledge of the guitar, the mandolin, the tenor banjo and the Irish bouzouki. On the video he plays his arrangement of a traditional song (accompanied by the guitar and typical Québécois foot-tapping technique) where a young man tries to meet his loved one, but she finds excuses and ends up sending him away. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0x_K9N4ALg&feature=emb_logo