As I write this, Vermont is experiencing several nights of single digit temperatures. The night sky has been clear and the vast expanse of space open above us. Stars beckon the imagination. This is the deep of winter. A time when those of us in the northern hemisphere begin to feel antsy. A condition compounded by the restraints of a global pandemic. We’re eager for change, to get outside, and mix up our routine with something fresh. Fear not traditional music lovers, we have something special to share with you while you’re hunkered down. Think of it as the light of a warm fire to bring you joy and hope while we wait for the promise of spring.
As we exit February, keep a spot open on your calendar for the return of Village Harmony‘s Northern Harmony singers. The Northern Harmony Show dates are March 9-14. Larry Gordon and the vocal ensemble will treat you to:
- South African songs and dances
- Contemporary shape-note songs
- Traditional songs from Georgia, Corsica, Bulgaria, Albania and Greece
- French baroque Nisi Dominus by Charpentier
Also coming up will be our first joint benefit concert featuring musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. The benefiting organizations are Cabot Arts (Cabot, VT USA) and Féile na Tána (Carlingford, Co. Louth, Ireland). So save the date for Celtic Equinox 2021, March 19-21! This show will feature videos from several different musical groups from the northeastern United States as well as a compilation video featuring some of the top Irish musicians and performers of Ireland. Plus there will be workshops – live and recorded – from many of the performers participating in the videos! And an added bonus, there will be videos of youth performers from Young Tradition Vermont and Féile na Tána!