29th Annual New World Festival September 5th 2021

By , April 27, 2021

We will once again gather at the Chandler Music Hall to celebrate Vermont’s Celtic and French Canadian music and culture. Details are still in the works, but the plan is for a festival from 2-10 featuring 3-4 stages. le Vent … Continue reading

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29th Annual New World Festival September 5th 2021


We will once again gather at the Chandler Music Hall to celebrate Vermont’s Celtic and French Canadian music and culture. Details are still in the works, but the plan is for a festival from 2-10 featuring 3-4 stages. le Vent du Nord is booked to close the night. We will continue to plan the festival based on recommended guidelines from the State and CDC

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.

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

Right Around the Corner: Chandler’s 21st New World Festival!

This year’s New World Festival launches our third decade of bringing the best in Celtic and French Canadian music and dance to the region!

Early in the Festival’s history, Robert Resnik, host of Vermont Public Radio’s “All the Traditions”, recognized elements that have contributed to our success.

A classic example of a small festival! Top-notch music, one-of-a-kind stages, delicious food, appreciative audiences, smiling people … the positive adjectives can go on and on.”

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce recognizes the excellence of what we do and once again has designated the New World Festival as a Top Ten Fall Event.

Planning for another great festival is in the works, with new up-and-coming bands, old favorites, and another pub sing. We’re even stretching the musical boundaries a bit in recognition of the many ways Celtic music has influenced traditional music from other regions, such as Appalachia.

We hope you’ll join us! If you haven’t experienced the Festival yet, we encourage you to give it a try. We think you’ll echo the sentiments of a new patron at last year’s festival –

Why, oh why didn’t I get myself to the NWF years ago???”