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Haley Richardson & Don Penzien

28 June 2018
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Burlington Violin Shop

Presented by Young Tradition Vermont and Burlington Violin Shop.  $15 suggested donation.

Dynamic young fiddler, Haley Richardson, began making her mark in the Irish music world when she won the MidAtlantic All Ireland qualifier in the under 12 age category at only six years old. Over the past ten years, she has amassed a long list of accomplishments and performed at venues all over the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Haley, with her highly ornamented Sligo style perfected under the tutelage of fiddler Brian Conway, is the 2017 All Ireland U15 Fiddle slow air champion, 2015 Junior Fiddler of Dooney, 2013 All Ireland U12 Champion in both fiddle and fiddle slow airs. In addition to multiple All Ireland medals, she is a 9X MidAtlantic Fleadh Solo Fiddle Champion winning every year since she was six.

Haley performs solo and collaborates with other musicians on various projects including Shared Madness and Mothers’ Pride. Haley has shared the stage with many of the most well-known names in Irish music including The Chieftains, Altan, Dervish, Mick Moloney, Pride of New York, Liz Carroll with Cherish the Ladies, John Whelan, Paddy Keenan, and is a regular member of Green Fields of American and The John Whelan Band. She has been the band fiddler in the Studio2Stage Irish dance production, That’s Dancing, from 2014-2017. Haley was also featured in an article in Fiddler Magazine’s Fall 2015 issue.

John Whelan recorded and produced Haley’s debut CD, Heart on a String. In March 2015, Haley released a CD she produced entitled Music for Mercy, a compilation CD featuring donated tracks from many of the best Irish musicians under 21 years old from around the world including two track donated by the young musicians with Young Traditions Vermont. All proceeds from the CD benefit the Mercy Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. Find out more about Haley at www.HaleyRichardsonMusic.com or Haley Richardson Music on Facebook.

Don Penzien also has long been a top-flight performer of Irish traditional music. He frequently is on the road playing concerts and festivals with Gailfean (featuring All-Ireland winners Brian Conway, John Whelan & Máirtín de Cógáin), The Máirtín de Cógáin Project, Jil Chambless, Ed Miller, Beirt le Chéile (featuring Megan Irby), and most recently Haley Richardson. He’s performed in the past with Captain Mackey’s Goatskin & String Band (Jimmy Crowley, Máirtín de Cógáin & Valerie Plested), and Legacy (Plested, Justin Murphy, & Beth Patterson). Along the way, he’s performed on stage with the likes of Randal Bays, Tim Britton, Siobhan Butler, Donie Carroll, Sean Clohessy, Pauline Conneely, Tony DeMarco, Kevin Doyle, Mike Dugger, Shannon Dunne, Bridgette Fitzgerald, Jim Flanagan, Rose Conway Flanagan, Ken Fleming, Shannon Heaton, Heather Martin Bixler, Billy McComiskey, Martin O’Connell, Brían Ó hAirt, Patrick Ourceau, and Caitlin Warbelow. It was the never-ending traditional music playing at the Irish pub he frequented while earning his Ph.D. (clinical psychology) in Athens, Ohio that inspired Don to play. It was back then that he began his exclusive use of the “DADGAD” guitar tuning with tips from such notables as Zan McLeod and Daíthí Sproule. Widely recognized for his reserved backing style, Don’s dexterous work on guitar provides solid, driving rhythms to traditional tunes as well as perceptive and sensitive accompaniments to songs and airs. When called upon, he occasionally adds whistle, bodhran and vocals to arrangements. If there’s an Irish trad session anywhere nearby, odds are, you’ll find him there.

Haley solo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-6P4ig-h0Y

Haley and her brother Dylan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnw762PHcmI

Haley with Altan and Dervish https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqXQhEFqLRI

Haley with Brian Conway and her brother Dylan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uRoas_Zv3M

Haley with Liz Carroll https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCohj1h7030

Music for Mercy project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmskQoGVWac