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27th Annual New World Festival

1 September 2019
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Chandler Center for the Arts


Now in its second quarter century, Chandler’s New World Festival will present a diverse array of the finest regional and international performers from the Celtic and French Canadian music and dance traditions on Labor Day Sunday, September 1. A stellar line-up headlined by Irish singer and guitarist John Doyle and Quebecois traditional power trio Genticorum marks the 27th anniversary of one of Vermont’s most beloved annual cultural heritage events.

The New World Festival began with the recognition that northern New England, Québec, and Canada’s Maritime Provinces share a lively cultural heritage from the Old World, specifically Ireland, Scotland, and France. Performers and audiences alike appreciate the magic that happens when these traditions come together.

In the midst of Randolph’s historic village center, more than 50 of the best regional and international musicians play concerts on five all-weather stages, participate in dance bands, and share tunes and traditions at this family-friendly festival. Audiences flock to the Festival from all over Vermont, and even Boston, southern Canada, and New York, because of its intimate, joyful atmosphere and its musical focus, unique among a field of notable summer festivals in the state.

Several groups make their festival debut this year. Harpist Maíre Ni Chathasaigh and guitarist Chris Newman have created one of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music, a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, swing jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit.

Two of Cape Breton’s most renowned fiddlers, Wendy MacIsaac and Mairi Rankin, have made individual appearances at past festivals. This year they appear together with step dancer and keyboard player Mac Morin.

Prince Edward Island musicians Anita MacDonald and Ben Miller blend Scottish Lowland pipes with Cape Breton fiddle, Gaelic song and step-dance. Acadian multi-instrumentalist Zakk Cormier adds guitar accompaniment and the driving rhythms of Acadian foot-percussion.

This year’s first-place Young Tradition Vermont winners Spintuition blend creativity and tradition into tight harmony and joyous rhythms. Three young musicians with varied musical backgrounds united their creative and artistic forces to form the group É.T.É., offering a dynamic and modern vision of Québec traditional music.

Other popular New World Festival artists make return appearances. Name many of the most notable recordings and/or performers in Irish music and it’s a fair bet that Irish singer and guitarist John Doyle had something to do with them. This year John is joined by multi-instrumentalist Mick McAuley and fiddler Oisin McAuley.

Vermont’s own trad roots power trio Pete’s Posse returns with fiddles in tight, wild harmony, high-powered guitar and pounding foot percussion, with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jaw harp, rocking keyboards, and soaring vocal harmonies.

This year’s festival also showcases the talents of Keith Murphy, fiddler Sarah Blair, young Quebecois musicians Nicolas Babineau and Alexis Chartrand, and Vermont’s Zeichner Trio.

In addition to stages in historic Chandler Music Hall and Bethany Church, popular venues include the Dance and Family Tents. The biggest outdoor venue is the Dance tent, where all afternoon and evening, various kinds of dances, from called contras to freestyle are accompanied by the Festival’s bands. Master step dancer and caller Pierre Chartrand step dancer and street performer Mélissandre Tremblay-Bourassa, and caller David Millstone will share their talents here. Mango Jam closes the festival in the Dance Tent with the music of the southern US, Louisiana and the Caribbean.

As always, the Family Tent will be filled with music and activities. Performances by the No Strings Marionette Company and young musicians and an array of crafts activities make the Festival a destination for young families. Children 12 and under are free and highly discounted tickets for students are available.

In the Food tent, festival-goers will find beer by Central Vermont craft brewers, Bent Hill and Brocklebank Breweries. Their unique beers will complement a wide variety of food offered by local restaurants, caterers and non-profit organizations.

The New World Festival has been designated a Time-Honored Top Ten Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce in recognition of having received this award more than ten times. The New World Festival is sponsored by Chandler Center for the Arts and managed by an all-volunteer committee.

For tickets and more information about these artists and others who will be performing on the Festival’s five stages, visit www.NewWorldFestival.com or call the Chandler Box office at 802-728-9878. Discounted adult tickets are available through Friday August 23.

The New World Festival has generous sponsorship support from National Life, Northfield Savings Bank, Ben & Jerry’s, the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, the Lamson Howell Foundation, the Turrell Fund, GW Plastics, Inner Traditions, and Ameriprise.

For addition information about performers or the event please contact:
Karen Dillon – Executive Director director@chandler-arts.org or call 802-728-9878

Tickets and information: 802-728-9878 or www.NewWorldFestival.com

Adults – $39 advance, $44 after August 23
Students, age 13-18 – $12
Children, 12 & under – FREE!
After 6 PM – $31