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17 December 2018 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm TreeWild House Concerts
6pm community potluck, 7pm music
$20, all proceeds go to the musicians!
Nova draws inspiration from both sides of the Atlantic, pairing their roots in American dance music with new repertoire from Scotland, France, Belgium, and more. This concert tour will present new songs and tunes inspired by the group’s recent travels across the States and around Europe.
Kathleen spent a year in Ireland absorbing as much music as possible and now lives in the Netherlands, Everest spent 5 months in France, and all three bandmates have found a new passion for European folk dance and music at such world famous festivals as Festival Interceltique de Lorient, le Grand Bal de l’Europe, and Gennetines. We will be debuting new material developed for concerts and dancing, bringing the vivaciousness and energy of dance music to a more subtle and intimate environment. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this far-flung group playing exclusive concert repertoire that *gasp* may find its way onto the next CD (spoilers).
Nova is known as one of the hottest contra dance bands in New England, but they have a lot of music they love to play that is not for dancing. Come get ready to be swept away by their extraordinary sound, full heart and sweet melodies!
Hailing from New England, Nova is a contra dance band that weaves the sounds of fiddle, accordion, and guitar into a rich tapestry of sound. Nova draws from both traditional repertoire and original compositions to create versatile, high energy and driving dance music.
In the spring of 2013, Kathleen Fownes (Fiddle) introduced Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin (Accordion and Piano) to Everest Witman (Guitar and Feet). The trio’s undeniable chemistry became apparent as soon as they started playing. They continued to play together informally whenever possible, until 2014 when Nova began performing and playing dances. Nova plays local dances, dance weekends, festivals, concerts, and weddings throughout New England and beyond.
Fiddler Kathleen Fownes plays with a fire and versatility that shows her deep passion for the music. Beginning as a child, Kathleen studied both folk and classical playing. Her lyrical playing, coupled with her fearless improvisation, create a powerful and dynamic musical range which makes her one of the most sought after young fiddlers on the scene. Besides playing in Nova, Kathleen also plays in a duo, with her father Jim Fownes, called Light Reaction.
Everest Witman’s guitar playing is energetic and full of life. Heavily influenced by the playing of his former teacher Keith Murphy, he provides a compelling and driving backup guitar style. He found the traditional music scene in in his early teens growing up in Brattleboro, VT and quickly fell in love with music and dancing. Everest plays in the DADGAD tuning and draws from a variety of musical traditions, especially Irish, to create a versatile and satisfying sound. When not playing music, he studies computer science and French at the University of Vermont and also works as a web developer.
Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin draws on jazz, traditional, and world music to play with an expressive and dynamic style melding the worlds of accompaniment and melody. A singer and pianist, he picked up the accordion in 2012 and, under the tutelage of Jeremiah McLane, found his way to the folk music scene. He studied computer science and music at the University of Vermont and is currently a systems administrator and teacher at The Putney School, as well as a freelance web developer.