Getting Ready for NWF 2016

Astounding musical virtuosity was demonstrated at the beginning of the afternoon with grand massing of players from many different groups on stage together in one huge spontaneous offering.

Chandler’s 24th annual New World Festival celebrates the Celtic and French Canadian musical traditions brought to northern New England by English, Scottish, Irish, and French-Canadian immigrants. It has earned a reputation as one of the finest traditional music events in Vermont. This year’s festival will showcase Acadian and Cajun music, featuring tunes and songs from the Maritimes to Louisiana.

More than 50 of the best regional and international musicians will play concerts on five all-weather stages, participate in dance bands, and share tunes and traditions at this family-friendly festival.

This year’s festival features a mix of old favorites and new performers who are appearing at the festival for the first time. Performers include Vishtèn, Cantrip, the Yves Lambert Trio, Les Poules à Colin, Pierre and Alexis Chartrand; Jeremiah McLane, Sarah Blair, Owen Marshall and Bob DeMarco; Yankee Chank, and Méara Meara.

So, get out your calendar and mark down this Labor Day Sunday, September 4. You’ll want to be in Randolph from noon to 11 p.m. for the New World Festival!

Another Great Festival!

The 22nd annual New World Festival was a burst of colorful music and merriment Sunday from noon to eleven.Tim Calabro | First Light Studios

The 22nd annual New World Festival was a burst of colorful music and merriment Sunday from noon to eleven.

What a day it was! Thanks to all who contributed to another fantastic festival. We’ve got a great store of memories to carry us through the winter ahead—Chandler filled to overflowing with an enthusiastic crowd gathered to hear Liz Carroll and Jake Charron accompanying dancing by Nic Gareiss that knocked our socks off; Ten Strings and a Goat Skin bringing audiences to their feet in appreciation for their incredible musicianship; the exuberant music of De Temps Antan; beautiful vocal harmonies from Liz Simmons and Hannah Sanders, Matt & Shannon Heaton, and Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy; amazing yak burgers and flavorful curry; an incredible array of pies; closing down the dance tent with Prydein; and an array of young musicians whose dedication and talent ensures the future of traditional music in the region.

Mark your calendars for next year’s Festival on Sunday September 6. Music Director Kevin Dunwoody has some great ideas cooking!

It’s Here: Our 2014 Schedule!

Fiddler Jon Bews and piper Dan Houghton of Scotland's dynamic band, Cantrip.Bob Eddy | First Light Studios

Fiddler Jon Bews and piper Dan Houghton of Scotland’s dynamic band, Cantrip.

It’s finally here! Our performance schedule for 2014 is ready for your perusal. We have more than 20 performers ready to party from noon into the night. Click here and find out what we have in store!

Volunteers Needed for 2014 New World Festival!

Volunteers are central to the New World Festival’s success! Their cheerful assistance to visitors at all performance venues, in the food tent, at the admissions gate, and in the festival store are notable and one of many reasons long-time fans of the festival keep returning. Volunteers are still needed for this year’s festival. Three to four hours of work – depending on the job – will earn volunteers an all-day pass to the festival. Interested persons, age 12 or older, are asked to contact the festival’s volunteer coordinator, Marda Donner, at 802-276-3808 or

The New World Festival at Chandler – Come Join Us!


Celebrate Vermont’s Celtic and French Canadian heritage with traditional – and sometimes not so traditional – music and dance. Each year more than 70 exceptional musicians are drawn from New England, Canada and the British Isles. Concerts, music and dance workshop sessions, children’s activities, and open dancing unfold on five continuous stages from noon until 11 PM. Food and drink provided by the area’s finest chefs and breweries.

The festival takes place in downtown Randolph, Vermont in Chandler Music Hall and Gallery, in all-weather tents on both sides of Main Street, and in historic Bethany Church. Main Street is closed to traffic, and the festival site becomes an intimate pedestrian village.

In recognition of the Festival’s designation as a Top Ten Event more than ten times, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has awarded the New World Festival status as a permanent Time-Honored Event for Vermont. Come join us. You’ll be glad you did!