28th Annual New World Festival “Virtually Live”!

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New World Festival Fans take heart! On Sunday September 6 at 7:30pm. Chandler’s New World Festival will stream music both live from Chandler Music Hall’s main stage in Randolph and premier virtual performances from Quebec, Ireland, Cape Breton and Scotland recorded specially for this year’s festival, in addition to a small live audience event with Pete’s Posse, Dan Houghten and Rachel Clemente .
In June it was clear to the festival’s planning committee that this beloved celebration of Celtic and French Canadian music and dance had to re-invent itself. Gathered socially distanced on the lawn of Ayers Brook Goat Dairy, committee members settled on a new recipe for this year’s celebration.

Patrons can participate in one of two ways. A total of 75 tickets will be sold for the live socially distanced performance in Chandler. A ticketed virtual option will allow an unlimited number of fans to stream the live performance

Music Director Kevin Dunwoody got to work contacting musicians that had already been booked. All were eager to help.
Piper extraordinaire Dan Houghton will open the festival piping as well as performing a set of Scottish music with harpist Rachel Clemente . Then Vermont’s own trad roots power trio Pete’s Posse will perform on Chandler’s main stage.  The trio will play between pre-recorded performances and greetings from a variety of bands that have performed at previous New World Festivals. 
Pre-recorded portions will feature content specific to the New World Festival and live and virtual audiences get to see them first at the Festival on September 6. John Doyle and Nuala Kennedy, the Cape Breton trio of Wendy MacIsaac, Mairi Rankin and Mac Morin, Young Traditions Touring Group, E.T.E., Connla, and Cantrip have all agreed to record special material for this year’s festival.
Revenue will be drastically reduced this year, and sponsorship support has made it possible to offer artist fees for live performers and for those who have offered their talents for the streamed portion which is particularly appreciated in this challenging time for musicians. The Festival gratefully acknowledges support from list of sponsors here.

Tickets are $20 each for In Person or Live-Stream.

The New World Festival at Chandler – Come Join Us!

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Celebrate Vermont’s Celtic and French Canadian heritage with traditional – and sometimes not so traditional – music and dance. Each year more than 70 exceptional musicians are drawn from New England, Canada and the British Isles. Concerts, music and dance workshop sessions, children’s activities, and open dancing unfold on five continuous stages from noon until 11 PM. Food and drink provided by the area’s finest chefs and breweries.

The festival takes place in downtown Randolph, Vermont in Chandler Music Hall and Gallery, in all-weather tents on both sides of Main Street, and in historic Bethany Church. Main Street is closed to traffic, and the festival site becomes an intimate pedestrian village.

In recognition of the Festival’s designation as a Top Ten Event more than ten times, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has awarded the New World Festival status as a permanent Time-Honored Event for Vermont. Come join us. You’ll be glad you did!

Join Us for the Festival’s 27th Annual Celebration!

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Kevin Dunwoody and the music planning committee have been hard at work on the 2019 line-up. Ticket prices remain the same this year, with a discount for advance purchase. As always, kids 12 and under are free!

We are delighted to announce the New World Festival premieres of two young award-winning groups, É.T.É. and Spintuition. Three young musicians with varied musical backgrounds unite their creative and artistic forces to form the group É.T.É. that offers a dynamic and modern vision of Québec traditional music. They were awarded “Discovery of the Year 2017-2018” at the Gala des PRIX Opus. 

Spintuitionis a New England band that blends creativity and tradition into tight harmony and joyous rhythms. These young musicians have crafted a compelling mixture of spicy new tunes and glorious old favorites in the styles of trad-Irish, French-Canadian, and Old Time. In 2019, the band tied for first place in the Young Traditions Vermont contest in Burlington.

John Doyle fans will be happy to hear that he’ll be back, this year with Solas accordionist Mick McAuley and Oisín McAuley of the Irish group Danú.  

Yann Falquet, Pascal Gemme, and Nicholas Williams bring their intricate fiddle, flute and accordion work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar accompaniment to the festival. Over the past 18 years the trad Québécois group Genticorum has become a fixture on the international world, trad, folk and Celtic music circuit. The band’s six albums met with critical acclaim in Canada, the United States and Europe, assuring the band a brilliant future. Known for its energy and its stage presence, Genticorum has given more than a 1000 concerts in more than 15 countries. 

Volunteers needed for this year’s New World Festival

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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 [email protected], or call 802-485-9242.

New World Festival Waltz

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Composer Kathy Eddy has written a waltz celebrating the Festival’s 25th anniversary! Piper Steve Eubanks opened the 25th festival with this tune and in the late afternoon, singers and instrumentalists of all stripes came together in the Dance Tent for its premiere!  

The New World Festival Waltze
       ~Kathy Eddy

When the summer is turning and fall’s in the air
When the fiddlers and pipers have come
Then it’s time to go dancin’ in the hills of Vermont.
Let the mountains and the music lift our hearts!

New World, New World, world of dancing and song
Where all may have a part
New World, New World, world of kindness and peace
‘cross borders, let the nations join hands!

When the summer is turning and fall’s in the air
When the fiddlers and pipers have come
Then it’s time to go dancin’ in the hills of Vermont
Let the mountains and the music lift our hearts!

The music can be found here.

A festival to remember

The 25th Anniversary of the New World Festival was truly a festival to remember.

When the summer is turning and fall’s in the air
When the fiddlers and pipers have come
Then it’s time to go dancin’ in the hills of Vermont.
Let the mountains and the music lift our hearts!

New World, New World, world of dancing and song
Where all may have a part
New World, New World, world of kindness and peace
‘cross borders, let the nations join hands!

When the summer is turning and fall’s in the air
When the fiddlers and pipers have come
Then it’s time to go dancin’ in the hills of Vermont
Let the mountains and the music lift our hearts!
-Kathy Eddy’s New World Festival waltz, composed in honor of this milestone year

Thank you to all who came out to celebrate our 25th festival! While the weather was cold and dreary, the festival was anything but—fantastic performances, delicious food and drink, family activities, several new workshops, a world premiere, and the return of the sessions tent made it a day to remember.

We welcome your comments and photos on the New World Festival Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you next year!