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Martha Pellerin Tribute Concert at the 2019 Young Tradition Festival

5 May 2019
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Contois Auditorium at City Hall

This tribute is presented by Young Tradition Vermont and the Vermont Folklife Center, and is the final event of the 2019 Young Tradition Festival from April 29 through May 5.  More info at mark.sustic@gmail.com 

A tribute and memorial to the life and work of Martha Pellerin.  Martha was a musician and community organizer in the Franco-American community.  She grew up in Barre with her Québécois parents and her 6 brothers and sisters. When she saw her cultural traditions slowly disappearing into mainstream American culture—even within the Franco-American community—she became an active proponent of collecting and performing the music of her childhood and connecting newer generations of Franco-Americans to their cultural heritage.

Information about the Martha Pellerin collection at the Vermont Folklife Center here: http://explore.vermontfolklifecenter.org/digital-archive/collections/collections/show/1.

Benoit Bourque

This event will be hosted by Martha’s son Ian Drury.  Participants will include a variety of family and friends, including Andy Kolovos from the Vermont Folklife Center, Mark Sustic from Young Tradition Vermont, members of the Franco American Song Class with Carmen Beaudoin Bombardier and Kimberly Chase, Dana Whittle and Claude Methe, Benoit and Antoine Bourque, Michele Choiniere, Carol Reed and Festival Host Band Pete’s Posse.