COVID Protocols

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As we approach the 29th annual New World Festival, here are some of the COVID PROTOCOLS we have adopted.We will continue to update you if there are any changes or updates.
*Masks are required in all buildings and the Family area.
*There are designated entrances and exits to all venues
*Sanitation Stations throughout the festival
*Additional ventilation at all stages
*Breaks in the schedule for venues to be sanitized
*Family Area crafts are individualized
*Additional spacing between vendors and seating
* Capacity in Venues will be Limited

VIRTUAL FESTIVAL is included with all in-person tickets! The virtual festival will be a continuous real time stream of Chandler, The Dance Tent, and Bethany. Viewers will be able to switch rooms at will. The link for the Virtual Festival will be sent out Saturday Evening to everyone who has purchased a ticket, in-person or virtual. If you attend part of the festival in-person you will still be able to access the virtual festival if you choose not to stay for the whole day. The Link and Password are included on your print at home ticket.

29th Annual New World Festival September 5th 2021

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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.

Thank you To This Years Sponsors!

28th Annual New World Festival “Virtually Live”!


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.

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

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.