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

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!

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.

 





An incredible 24th annual festival

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One of the New World Festival’s most enthusiastic patrons famously remarked several years ago that a day at the festival was like a day in Brigadoon – a fleeting, magical day that is a gift for all who are lucky enough to be there. 

Sunday was one of those days! We couldn’t have asked for a better setting for this jewel of a festival. Sparkling performances by incredible musicians, a new dance floor, a variety of delicious food and drink, and opportunities for festival-goers of all ages to enjoy this last fling of the summer under bright blue skies.

On the dance floor at the end of the night, members of the planning committee were already discussing plans for next summer’s 25th anniversary celebration. We promise it will be a stellar one. We’ll look forward to seeing you next Labor Day weekend on Sunday September 3!

We welcome your shared comments and photos on the festival’s Facebook page.

Festival footage

Scenes, voices and music from the 23rd annual New World Festival, September 6, 2015. Thanks to ORCA Media for being on site last year to create this virtual festival experience. Preparations for this year’s festival are underway, and we’ll keep you posted as details are confirmed.