Sarah Blair

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Sarah began playing Irish music in Rhode Island’s thriving traditional music community and honed her playing as a sought-after session leader in Boston and in the world of American contra dancing. She has played at festivals, concerts, and dances from Alaska to Quebec to Florida, as well as performing at the US Embassy in Dublin as a member of a mission led by Senator Patrick Leahy. She has been featured in a Fiddler Magazine cover story and is included in “Handy with the Stick: Fiddler Magazine’s Best of Irish Fiddling,” a Mel Bay book profiling top Irish fiddlers. With The Sevens, Long Time Courting, and other ensembles, Sarah has played at such festivals as Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, The Dance Flurry, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Festival Memoires et Racines, The Philadelphia Ceili Festival, Old Songs, The Champlain Valley Festival, The Anchorage Folk Festival, the Lake Eden Arts Festival, and numerous dance weekends across the country. Sarah spends much of her time teaching fiddle privately in Montpelier, and at workshops and camps, including Northern Week at Ashokan, Groove Camp, the Floating Bridge Music Camp, and The Summit School.