The mission of Young Tradition Vermont is to ensure that children, youth and young adults have opportunities to be inspired by, learn about, and perform traditional music and dance, and to use traditional music and dance to serve their communities. Parents of minors have granted Cabot Arts & CommArts permission to publish their photos.
Owen Kennedy is a fifteen-year-old fiddler from Maine whose love of traditional music and enthusiasm for performing has charmed audiences from Cape Breton to San Diego to the Shetland Islands and all over New England. Kennedy has been playing the violin for eleven years, and performs solo as well as with the VT-based Young Tradition Touring Group; the Pineland Fiddlers; and the Maine Folque Co-op; he is a student of Seán Heely and Ellen Gawler. Whether capturing the jazzy bounce of a Maritime reel, mimicking the bagpipes in a Scottish march, or driving a good ol' New England contradance tune, Kennedy’s powerful playing, clean articulation, and artistic ornamentation are a delight.
Hilary Weitzner is a fiddler from Brattleboro, Vermont with roots in Irish, Québécois, and Scottish traditions as well as Old time, contemporary and bluegrass styles. She's been exposed to the music through contradancing since she was very young, but really fell in love with the traditions and the music when she started playing at age 8. She hopes to share the joy and happiness of her music with others while both upholding the traditions and making room for new sounds!
An Arcanist can be defined as an artisan possessing the knowledge of a manufacturing secret, and with some ensorceling trickery, you get a multinational trio blending Scottish and Breton traditional music with arrangements full of twists and turns. The swirling bagpipes of Matthew Brouard, the melodic flute of François-Xavier Dueymes, and the harmonizing guitar of Everest Witman fuse together to create a rich landscape of sounds inspired by old masters and new inventors. Arcanist combines musical mysteries to entice the listener on an auditory journey unlike any other.
Ava White is currently a junior at South Burlington High School. She’s been playing the harp for almost 7 years, and has had the privilege to be taught by both Dominique Dodge and Maeve Gilchrist. She’s attended the Somerset Folk Harp Festival in New Jersey, Acadia Trad School, and won the Open Harp Competition at the New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival in 2019.