Make plans to join us for the Festival’s 25th anniversary!

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Les Poules à Colin

Kevin Dunwoody and the music committee are busy planning a terrific line-up to celebrate this momentous year. De Temps Antan returns with their virtuosic blend of joyous Quebecois music. Ten Strings and a Goat Skin and Les Poules à Colin will join forces in a closing performance in the dance tent. Connla, a hot young Irish band, will make their premier Festival appearance. Pete’s Posse returns with originals alongside old songs and tunes. Wendy MacIsaac and a host of colleagues will bring rousing fiddle and piano music and step dancing from Cape Breton.

The New World Festival was awarded a generous grant from the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing to subsidize efforts to bring visitors from out-of-state to the Festival. We’re planning complementary music and dining events for Labor Day weekend. Keep posted for details!

Volunteers needed for this year’s New World Festival

Chandler’s New World Festival continues its tradition of presenting vibrant Celtic and French Canadian music and dance on Sunday September 3rd. The New World Festival has earned the distinction of being a Time-Honored Top Ten Event as designated by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

Central to the Festival’s success is its core of more than 100 enthusiastic volunteers whose only payment is the gratitude of the community and the joy brought to patrons and performers. Their cheerful assistance to visitors at all performance venues, in the food tent, at the admissions gate, and in the festival store are notable and one of many reasons long-time fans of the festival keep returning.

Volunteers are still needed for this year’s festival. Three to four hours of work – depending on the job – earn volunteers an all-day pass to the festival. Interested persons, age 12 or older, are asked to contact the festival’s volunteer coordinator, Yasi Zeichner, at nwfvolunteer@chandler-arts.org, or call 802-485-9242.

The daylong event begins at noon on Labor Day Sunday and celebrates the region’s Celtic and French American musical heritage brought to northern New England by English, Scottish, Irish and French-Canadian immigrants. With Main Street closed to traffic, the festival site is an intimate pedestrian village. Nearly 75 of the best regional and international musicians play concerts, offer workshops, play in dance bands, and share tunes and traditions.

This year’s stellar line-up includes Irish fiddler Liz Carroll, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, De Temps Antan, Còig, Connla, Les Poules à Colin, and Pete’s Posse.

Discounted advance tickets are available through August 25th online or by calling the Chandler Box Office at 802-728-6464 between noon and 4 pm on weekdays. For more information, regarding admission and featured performers, please visit the festival’s website at www.NewWorldFestival.com. All performance sites are wheelchair accessible.

New World Festival Waltz

Composer Kathy Eddy has written a waltz celebrating the Festival’s 25th anniversary! Piper Steve Eubanks will open the festival with this tune and in the late afternoon, singers and instrumentalists of all stripes can gather in the Dance Tent for its premiere! All are invited to Chandler’s Upper Gallery on Tuesday August 29 at 7 PM to rehearse this new piece. The music can be found here, and we’ll also have copies available at the rehearsal.

Irish fiddler extraordinaire Liz Carroll returns to this year’s New World Festival!

Born in Chicago of Irish parents, Liz Carroll is a junior and senior All-Ireland Fiddle Champion who has toured as a solo artist and with a long list of notable musicians in the Irish music world. Liz wowed NWF audiences in 2014 and she’s eager to return. Her warmth, sense of humor and delightful stage presence are surpassed only by her terrific fiddling. Fans will have a chance to see her perform in Chandler, Bethany Church and in the Sessions Tent, and will hear for themselves just why she is the recipient of so many stellar accolades.

“She may write and play beautifully about such eclectic topics as fishing, bar hopping, and yellow pantsuits. She may dream of fiddle heaven, fighting with grapefruits, and putting tinsel on the tree. Carroll’s fiddle transcends our verbal descriptions of ordinary visions and daily delusions into something more magical by asking us to notice the beauty of it all through her music.” – Steve Horowitz, PopMatters

A new dance floor for the Festival’s 25th anniversary

You are among the Festival’s most loyal fans. You trust our promise to bring you the best in Celtic and French Canadian music and dance and probably agree with one of the Festival’s most enthusiastic patrons who remarked years ago that a day at the festival is “like a day in Brigadoon” – a fleeting, magical day that is a gift for all who are lucky enough to be there.

On this Giving Tuesday, recognized across the nation, we are asking you to consider a gift to defray the costs of the New World Festival’s terrific new dance floor, unveiled at this year’s event.  One avid fan wrote, “Wonderful festival yesterday! Fantastic music/dancing performances and workshops. The dance floor was great this year; it was just begging to be danced on! Thank you!!!”

This was an investment in the Festival’s future. The labor for this long overdue improvement was donated by music director Kevin Dunwoody and Chandler’s technical director Seth Stoddard. Materials costs came to approximately $2500.

As we continue with exciting plans for the Festival’s 25th anniversary celebration, our priority is to present a stellar roster of fine musicians and dancers. Your gift to help cover the costs of the new dance floor will allow us to channel sponsorship funds into artist fees.

Gifts via credit card can be made securely using the button below. If you would like to donate via check or to donate anonymously, please go through the donation process on the Chandler website and send your check to Chandler, 71-73 Main Street, Randolph VT 05060.

Thank you for your consideration of this request. We look forward to seeing you on September 3, 2017.