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Nora Rodes & Owen Kennedy at The MacArthur House

19 October 2019
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The MacArthur House

I am so excited to announce our upcoming house concert at the MacArthur House! On Saturday, October 19th, we will be hosting 2 extraordinary young traditional artists- Nora Rodes and Owen Kennedy!  The show will begin at 7, and all donations at the door will go to the Vermont Folklife Center, which played a role in supporting Nora’s musical path. Please RSVP to hold your seats!  Contact mml.wellness@gmail.com

Here is what they have to say:

At 16, Eleanor (Nora) Rodes is a dedicated musician and aspiring ethnomusicologist, developing a specialization in women folk collectors. Nora began learning folk music when she was ten, attended Augusta, and began visiting the American Folklife Center the next year. Since then, she has pursued her interest in folk music at Folklore Society of Greater Washington Getaways, TradMaD, Swannanoa, Youth Traditional Song weekends, and other programs and festivals from North Carolina to Vermont. In June 2018, Nora presented on Helen Hartness Flanders at a University of Sussex symposium on Women in the Folk. Last year she completed a major paper on the AFC’s Eloise Hubbard Linscott Collection. With the generous support of the Vermont Folklife Center Flanders Award for Traditional Vermont Music, she was also able to visit the AFC and Vermont Folklife Center MacArthur holdings, and come to know Margaret MacArthur through her words and music.

Nora combines her love of folk scholarship with her love of folk music by studying voice, ballads, and claw hammer banjo. She enjoyed expanding her a cappella repertoire while in England. More recently she performed in the Library of Congress’ Showcase at the Folk Alliance International in Montreal, and tied for first place in the 2019 Young Traditional Musicians Competition in Vermont. Nora hopes to continue discovering and giving voice to the traditional music that arises from and sustains community.

Owen Kennedy is a fourteen year old fiddler from Maine whose love of traditional music and enthusiasm for performing has captivated audiences from Cape Breton to San Diego to the Shetland Islands and all over Maine. He began playing the violin at four years old as a Pineland Suzuki School student, learning music by ear; his first violin was a box with ruler stuck in it “played” with a wooden dowel rod. He continues to study classical violin with Betsy Kobayashi and is a member of several chamber & orchestral ensembles. However, his first love is fiddling, which he began at the age of seven with Ellen Gawler.

Though young, Kennedy is a seasoned performer – entertaining at the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors dinner and kicking off their National Conference in San Diego with an audience of several thousand, to performing solo at The Big Gig, the final Shetland Folk Frenzy concert. He has opened for Pete’s Posse and an Acadia Trad Festival concert in Bar Harbor, and has shared the stage with Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, The Outside Track, Genticorum, and Andrea Beaton & Troy MacGillivray. Whether jamming with friends, playing with the Pineland Fiddlers, the Maine Folque Co-op or the Young Tradition Vermont Touring Group, performing solo, or offering music at church and retirement communities, Kennedy’s love of sharing fiddle tunes charms the audience with his artistry, authenticity, and infectious grin. Trad fans can follow his musical journey on his website, www.fiddlerokennedy.com, or on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram as fiddlerokennedy.