New Acts for 2014!

Plans are underway for this year’s festival on Sunday August 31. Once again the New World Festival has been designated a Top Ten Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce; this time a Top Ten Summer Event since Labor Day Sunday falls in the month of August. Here’s what’s confirmed to date. We’ll keep you posted as performers are confirmed.

We’re delighted to announce that Irish-American fiddler extraordinaire Liz Carroll will make her first appearance at this year’s New World Festival. Born in Chicago of Irish parents, Liz is a junior and senior All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, and has toured as a solo artist and with the Greenfields of America, Trian, String Sisters, and as part of the duo Liz Carroll & John Doyle. She’s featured on ten albums and has appeared on many more. Liz is a recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship Award (1994). In 2009 she became the first Irish-American musician nominated for a Grammy. In 2011, she became the first American born composer honored with the Cumadóir TG4, Ireland’s most significant traditional music prize. She’ll be joined by world-class dancer Nic Gareiss and guitarist Jake Charron, who is featured on her newly self-released album, “On the Offbeat.”

De Temps Antan brought down the house at the 2012 New World Festival. They’ll be back in 2014 with their boundless energy and the unmistakable joie de vivre found only in traditional Québécois music. Since 2003, Éric Beaudry, André Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis have been exploring and performing time-honored melodies from the stomping grounds of Québec’s musical past. Using a vast array of musical instruments, including fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, and bouzouki, these three virtuosos combine stunning instrumental prowess, driving rhythms, and a wonderful sense of humor in captivating performances.

Music Director Kevin Dunwoody is enormously excited to bring Ten Strings and a Goat Skin to this year’s festival after seeing the band perform at The Crossroads Celtic Festival in Maine last fall. Their stage presence and musical expertise belies their young age. Rooted in the traditional, members of this award-winning trio celebrate the music of the Irish and Francophone cultures they share. Original and traditional standard tunes are infused with modern and world rhythms.

Boston-based Matt and Shannon Heaton play traditional and updated Irish music with voices, Irish flute, accordion, guitar and bouzouki. Winner of Live Ireland’s “Trad Fusion Album of the Year,” the Heatons move seamlessly from harmony singing to driving flute tunes, to lush guitar lines, creating a big, layered sound.