Upcoming Shenanigans

Alison Perkins and Nicolas Brown Concert

Presented by Champlain Valley Traditional Arts:
We are proud to present a concert of traditional Irish music on fiddle, flute, and uilleann pipes at 6 pm on Wednesday 11 October at the Burlington Violin Shop, 23 Church Street, Burlington, Vermont.
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Alison Perkins and Nicolas Brown recently recorded their debut album, which was described as ‘one of the best fiddle and uilleann pipes albums of the last ten years’ (Irish Music Magazine).

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                   https://www.youtube.com/watch ?v=TPHOtqOveZA
Alison Perkins (fiddle) and Nicolas Brown (flute & uilleann pipes) have been playing Irish traditional music together for close to a decade, and are now bringing their close musical partnership to the stage. Equally gifted solo performers, they have performed at festivals and concerts across the U.S and Canada. Together, they research forgotten settings of obscure tunes and bring them to listeners with a style that is at once unapologetically old fashioned, fresh, vibrant and spirited. In the past few months, they have already brought their signature sound to audiences across the Midwest, South, East Coast and Canada.

They have been praised as “a duo that listens to each other, responding in the moment with structure and spontaneity; blissfully at one in their loose and elastic athleticism.” (Songlines Magazine UK).

This husband-and-wife duo are an absolute joy to behold, and we hope that you join us for this very special evening of spellbinding traditional Irish music!

Suggested donation $15

Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh

Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh

Bríd Harper & Tony O’Connell

25 OCTOBER 2017
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Burlington Violin Shop

presented by Young Tradition Vermont & the Burlington Violin Shop

$20 suggested donation, limited seating, reservations suggested at mark.sustic@gmail.com

Bríd Harper is an Irish traditional fiddle player from Castlefinn, Co. Donegal and now living near Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. She grew up learning and playing Irish traditional music with her sisters in the Finn Valley area. With music on both sides of the family she is carrying on the tradition of fiddle playing. She won numerous under-age All Ireland titles and other prestigious fiddle awards including the Senior All Ireland, Oireachtas na Gaeilge and Fiddler of Dooney.


A graduate of the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance at University of Limerick, Bríd has toured extensively and has performed with many great musicians including Dermot Byrne, Steve Cooney, Donogh Hennessy, Danny O’Mahony, Arty McGlynn, Harry Bradley, Tony O’Connell and Cyril O’Donoghue.  She has been hailed as one of the leading exponents of traditional Irish fiddle playing. Bríd is highly respected as a teacher and has tutored at many Summer Schools and Workshops throughout Ireland and in France, Holland and the USA. Her first solo CD was released in 2015 and has enjoyed much success.



Tony O’Connell is from Glin in West Limerick but now lives in Co.Kerry.  Self-taught on the concertina, he has won numerous All-Ireland titles and has a steady pulsing rhythm, characteristic of the west of Ireland. He released a debut album with Leitrim fiddle player Andy Morrow in 2005 and in 2008 ‘Rossinver Braes’ with Ben Lennon.



Benedict and Hilari
The 6-week fall session will begin at the Waterbury Congregational Church on September 27th.
Our theme this fall is: “The Music and Musicians of East Galway”

What do famed musicians like Mike Rafferty, Jack and Fr. Charlie Coen, Aggie Whyte, Vincent Broderick, Breda Keville, Sean McGlynn, Patsy Touhey, Joe Cooley, Dinny Delaney, Lucy Farr, Paddy Carty, Paddy Fahy, Joe Burke, Conor Tully, Father Kelly, and a host of others all have in common?

They all have musical roots in East Galway, one of the richest and most musically interesting regions of Ireland.  The influence of East Galway musicians on the music repertoire played in Irish sessions today cannot be overstated.  And anyone who has attended an event like the Catskills Irish Arts Week will hear the East Galway influence in almost every session.  

Without generalizing too much, the music of East Galway has been described as, “stately”, “flowing”, “wistful”, “relaxed”. Of course, this may depend on whether you are listening to the compositions of Paddy Fahy or the lively sets played by the Ballinakill Ceili Band.  But here is a video of fiddler, Breda Keville to give you a taste of just some of the beautiful music to come out of East Galway.

https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=lCUS1WCw1pw

We’re looking forward to passing on some wonderful East Galway recordings to you, and to sharing this music which has been a touchstone for both of us throughout our musical lives.

Levels: Tunes to be taught will be appropriate for either intermediate or advanced players.  As we have done recently, the class will be divided into several groups, depending on which tunes you have had the time and inclination to work on in a given week.

Dates and time:  Six Wednesday evenings, Sept. 27th through November 1st, 7:15-8:45 pm

Location: Waterbury Congregational Church, 8 North Main St., Waterbury, VT

Tuition: $150.  (Musicians 18 years and under are taught for free, and partial tuition breaks are also available).

Proficiency: All students need to have some command of their melody instrument (fiddle, flute, concertina, harp, pipes, accordion, tin whistle, tenor banjo, etc.), even if they are new to Irish music. 

To register:  Respond by e-mail to benedictandhilari@gmail.com

A note about out-of-state students:  We have occasionally offered the class to musicians who do not live in Vermont upon request.  The word has gotten out and now we find that we are getting many requests from out of state musicians who want to join us via Dropbox.  Because the recordings we give to students cannot be shared, and we feel that we can offer no more than 5 slots to “distance” students in order to have some control over this. Please contact us immediately if you are interested.

And finally a footnote for beginners:  Benedict will be teaching an 8-week “Introduction to Irish Tin Whistle” class for beginners on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Summit School in Montpelier.  If you or someone you know might be interested, check it out here:

http://summitschool.wixsite.co m/summitschool/evening-classes


This online  MA from University College Cork may be taken full-time (one year) or part-time (two years). Access to all reading materials and electronic library sources is provided. No prior knowledge of the Gaelic language is necessary. For more information, contact Professor Padraig O Machain, p.omachain@ucc.ie.


Irish History and Heritage tour with Dr. Gearóid ÓhAllmhuráin

Our friend, the noted scholar and musician, Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, will be offering a 10-day tour of Ireland next August. Honestly, we can think of no better person to accompany you to Ireland, and we expect that this tour will fill up quickly. See Celtic Crossings for more information.