Yasi, Oliver, and Louli Zeichner are three siblings who have grown up in the hills of central Vermont. They play traditional Irish music, and Old-Time/Appalachian music – with Louli on 4 and 5 string banjos and Celtic harp, Oliver on the penny whistle and the uilleann pipes, and Yasi on the fiddle. When they first began playing traditional music, the Zeichners didn’t intend to become a family band. However, in 2012, they became involved with Young Tradition VT (YTV), a non-profit organization providing opportunities for young people in the state to learn and perform traditional music. Through YTV, the Zeichner Trio began to play music at different festivals and benefit events across Vermont. Their first gig was at the Tunbridge History Expo, and since then the trio has played at events such as the Burlington International Festival, the New World Festival, the Celebrate Vermont Festival in Stowe, the Big E in Springfield MA, and Farmer’s Night at the Vermont Statehouse.
Throughout their musical journey, the siblings have been lucky to live in a state with a vibrant traditional music network and community. They have had support from many local, well-known musicians and session/jam networks in the state, and through organizations such as YTV and the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture in Montpelier, VT.
The Zeichner Trio has gained a reputation in the community through word of mouth as a young, up-and-coming traditional band. In addition to festival performances, they have played farmers markets, concerts, weddings, and private parties and housewarmings.