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5 January 2019 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm TreeWild House Concerts
Three of the most perfect musicians, together at Treewild. Alex Kehler on nykelharpa, Jeremiah McLane on accordion, and Tim Cummings on pipes. What a joy!
At the magical home of Alison & Joplin James. This will be part of a larger, annual Twelfth Night celebration:
5pm – ‘The Burning of the Greens’ bonfire (optional)
6pm – potluck supper (optional)
7pm – evening concert by Triton, with Young Tradition Vermont stars Zachary Mills (fiddle) and Sebastiaan West (piano, accordion) warming things up with a short opening set
For more information, and to reserve your spot, please email Alison at email@example.com
We expect this evening to be very special, and we roundly hope you’ll join us!
The Burning of the Greens (5pm)
“For nearly 70 years, Joplin’s family has had a tradition of torching dried Christmas greens. People bring their tree, or if you don’t have a tree, bring a wish or a grudge that you’d like to send up in flames. The fire is astonishing, powerful magic at the dark time of the year.”
Since 2010, Jeremiah McLane and Timothy Cummings have been a high-powered, one-of-a-kind, Vermont-based duo sharing music rooted in the traditional dance repertoire of Northern Europe. Masters of the piano accordion and quieter, bellows-blown bagpipes, they create a beguiling, and at times orchestral, blend which utterly subverts the common stereotypes of their Old World instruments. McLane and Cummings —affectionately nicknamed “Wheezer & Squeezer”— most often draw from an ‘Auld Alliance’ repertoire that includes bourrées from central France, the hanter dro from Brittany, triple-time hornpipes from the Scottish Border region, and compelling originals reflecting these influences.
In 2017 Alex Kehler joined them as a guest collaborator, adding a plethora of strings to this reedy duo. Hailing from the Eastern Townships of Québec, Alex deepens the French connection to their ‘Auld Alliance’, as well as introducing Scandinavian flare with fiddle, Swedish nyckelharpa, and låtmandola.
As a trio, their performances are unified by their zeal and musical craftsmanship, and punctuated with brief commentary on the music and their instruments. Now known as Triton, this rare, captivating ensemble inspires both feet and spirits to dance, and is simply not to be missed.
Video from the 2017 Celtic Harmonies International Festival (Québec): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG2zg2COuRw