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Allison De Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves at the 2019 Young Tradition Festival

30 April 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
BCA Center

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This concert is part of the 2019 Young Tradition Festival, one of 5 early evening acoustic concerts (no sound system) at the BCA Center in Burlington (April 29, April 30, May 1, May 3 and May 3).  

With banjo, fiddle, and voice, Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves seek out unusual repertoire that catches their ear and inspires them to explore the boundaries of the tunes. Their debut album showcases a strong new voice that is both reflective and dynamic.

Allison combines love for old-time music, technical skill and a creative approach to the banjo forming her own sound – unique and full of personality.  Her collaborations with Tatiana Hargreaves, Bruce Molsky’s trio Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, The Goodbye Girls and Nic Gariess provide spaces to explore the role and depth of clawhammer banjo.  She has toured all over the world with various groups, performing at events such as Newport Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, Rockygrass, Hardly Strictly, Winnipeg Folk Festival & Tønder Festival.  The music scene in her hometown of Winnipeg, Canada, immersion in Appalachian old-time communities, a performance degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and touring extensively throughout North America and Europe have all shaped her playing.  https://www.allisondegroot.com

Tatiana has been on the forefront of an up and coming generation of old time, bluegrass and new acoustic musicians. Since releasing her first solo album in 2009, she has toured with Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, Laurie Lewis, Darol Anger, and Bruce Molsky. From being the second woman to place first at the Clifftop Appalachian Fiddle Contest, to her bluegrass fiddling on Laurie Lewis’ GRAMMY-nominated album The Hazel and Alice Sessions, she shows a musical fluency that flows between old time and bluegrass worlds with ease.  After touring as a member of Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands and finishing her degree at Hampshire College, Tatiana now lives in Durham, North Carolina where she splits her time between teaching bluegrass fiddle at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and touring with Allison de Groot.  As an educator, Tatiana draws upon her performing experience as well as her academic background to combine history with musical technique and stylistic commentary, engaging her students with more than just the tunes. She has taught at music camps including the Rockygrass Academy and the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and has presented about the history of old-time and bluegrass music at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina and El Institute Superior del Arte (ISA) in Havana, Cuba. https://www.tatianahargreaves.com

After each concert starting at 8pm and after the mentor-student showcase on Saturday there will a Festival Club at Half Lounge, across the street from BCA Center, featuring the 2019 Festival Host Band Pete’s Posse https://www.petesposse.com

Other festival events include school and hospital programs during the week, an Irish fiddle workshop with Martin Hayes on May 4 (10am) at the Burlington Violin Shop, the annual contest finals (with guest sets by National Heritage Fellowship winner Don Roy https://donroyonline.com, Pete’s Posse and others) (11am to 3pm) and the mentor/student showcase (6pm) on May 4 at City Hall.

The festival concludes with tribute concert honoring Martha Pellerin www.freedomandunity.org/vt_transition/pellerin.html on May 5 (3pm), also at City Hall.

Tickets for the evening concerts will be available starting 3/18/19 at https://sevendaystickets.com.  Limited seating for all evening concerts-purchase your tickets early!

Admission to the contest finals, the mentor-student showcase and the Martha Pellerin Tribute are by suggested donation (no advance tickets). Contact mark.sustic@gmail.com for information or to register for the Martin Hayes Irish fiddle workshop, designed for intermediate to advanced players. Questions or additional info about the festival from mark.sustic@gmail.com