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!

4 thoughts on “A festival to remember

  1. Love the music, the setting, the volunteers. Hate how loud much of the music was. Sometimes painful, and always distracting. The worst offenders were the shows in Chandler and the dance tent. The best were smaller settings like the sessions tent and the upstairs gallery.

    The term “acoustic music” should not be ironic– should not imply that we are suffering a damage to our hearing when we listen to it. It is fine to amplify traditional music. But not to blare it. Thanks.

    • Hi Daniel, thank you for the feedback. We’re always working to improve the festival, and hopefully we can make the sound better next year.

  2. We just got back from this year’s festival. The rain didn’t help, but most of the music was great. That is, when the performers could be heard. Both Coig, in the Bethany Church, and Les poules a Colin, in Chandler, were delayed for half of their performances by the inept doings of the people in charge of the sound systems. Each time, it took fully a half hour (!) before the performances could begin, because the techs couldn’t set up the (Wi-Fi based?) sound systems. At Chandler, one of the techs got into a verbal argument Colin Savoie-Levac, the percussionist. I hope future Festivals will have better technical staff. Also, the schedule for the Sessions Tent at 6 pm listed two people, Telford, and Houghton, who we could not find in person. Those two are not anywhere in the performers’ descriptions of the program or on the website. Can you find them and tell me more? Finally, as always, Coig and Wendy MacIsaac were wonderful.

    • Hi Ray, thank you for the feedback. I’m not sure why some of the set-ups took so long to work out, but we apologize for the inconvenience.
      Beth Telford is a Randolph-area fiddler and teacher. She doesn’t have a website I can link you to but a bio is pasted below.
      Dan Houghton plays the bagpipes, flute, whistles, guitar, bouzouki, and sings with Cantrip. They were not at the festival this year, I’m not sure if he was there with another band or on his own.

      Beth Telford is one of Vermont’s prominent fiddle players, specializing in Cape Breton. Originally classically trained, Beth transitioned into playing the fiddle in her early twenties. She was sponsored in part by the Vermont Folk Life Center while studying under the legendary Cape Breton fiddler, Jerry Holland. Since 2002 Beth has run both summer and winter fiddle camps, including a horse and fiddle camp in conjunction with the Hitching Post Farm. She has played in numerous groups and duos, playing everywhere from weddings, dances, & concert halls.

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