The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra under the directorship of David Kaynor will perform its annual Spring Concert on Saturday, April 13 at 7 PM at the Barre Opera House. Special guest soloists will be Katie and Corie Pressley. The orchestra will perform traditional music as well as compositions by David Kaynor and Katie Pressley.
The Pressley Girls were born and raised in Brasstown, North Carolina. They are an authentic Appalachian duet that focuses on tight harmony and lyrical meaning. The Pressley Girls perform a wide range of music including Folk, Bluegrass, Gospel, and Country. Corie Pressley plays the guitar and mandolin while singing harmony with her sister, Katie, who plays the fiddle and piano while singing lead and both girls are also cloggers. David has made annual trips to Brasstown for many years and the VFO is excited to welcome the Pressley Girls to Vermont.
David Kaynor, VFO’s beloved director, was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in the fall of 2018. This concert is a celebration of his musicality and a tribute to his wonderful personality. The concert is general seating and by donation, thanks to generous grants from the Northfield Saving Bank and Vermont Mutual.
The VFO is a community orchestra of musicians who enjoy learning, playing and sharing the traditional fiddle music of New England, Appalachia, Down South, Quebecois, Swedish, Irish, Scottish and lots more. The VFO also plays contemporary fiddle music and has an ever expanding repertoire of tunes by Vermont composers, including some members of the orchestra.
The orchestra is open without auditions to all ages and abilities. The musicians span several generations in age (teens to 70s) and with various skill levels from beginners to professional soloists and fiddle contest winners. The orchestra is not limited to fiddles either, but also includes viola, guitar, cello, bass, banjo, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, recorder and accordion players.
David Kaynor, the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra’s Musical Director, has made annual trips to Brasstown for many years, and now we’re excited to welcome Brasstown natives Katie and Corie Pressley to Vermont!