The New World Festival returns! The 29th edition of Chandler’s NWF will resume as usual this September 5, Labor Day Sunday. The NWF will once again bring the unique musical styles of Celtic and French Canadian music and dance to downtown Randolph. The gates open at noon for food vendor sales, and four stages of live entertainment will begin at 1PM.
NWF was founded nearly 3 decades ago with the recognition that northern New England, Quebec, and Canada’s Maritime Provinces share a lively cultural heritage brought from the Old World—Ireland, Scotland, and France. NWF is one of Vermont’s most beloved, family-friendly festivals.
More than 30 performers from the U.S. and Canada will perform in covered tents, inside Bethany Church, and in the Chandler Center for the Arts. Featured artists include festival fan-favorite, Cantrip (Scottish music); as well as Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman (Scottish and Cape Breton traditional music); Yann Falquet (Quebec); Triton (BalFolk, Breton, and New England traditions); Séamus Egan Project with native Vermonter Owen Marshall (Irish traditional); and internationally renowned Quebec supergroup, Le Vent Du Nord, will close out the festival in the dance tent. NWF has nurtured an entire generation of up-and-coming musical talents, and kept the interest in traditional Celtic folk music alive in the region. Case in point is the Young Traditions Touring Group Commission, who will play the festival, many of them already multi-festival performance alumni. Other NWF performers this year include: Dominique Dodge, Emerald Rae, Anthony Santoro, Scott Lemire, Midnight Capers and On the Border.