The New World Festival partners with Montpelier’s Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture this year to offer afternoon workshops to festival patrons at no additional cost!

Scottish Fiddle Workshop with Joanne Garton — 1:00 — 2:15

Joanne’s workshop will emphasize listening, learning by ear, and stories of the cultural and historical background of Scotland’s traditional music. Come prepared to learn favorite strathspeys and reels as well as the chords that fiddlers (and other melody players) can use to accompany others. All instruments welcome!

Joanne Garton fuels her music with her love of dance, mixing her pervasive passion for Scottish culture with the drive and rhythms of the New England dance floor. A lifelong fiddler and dancer, Joanne now plays in sessions, teaches music and dance to children and adults, performs on stage with The Turning Stile, and of course, steps out on the dance floor. She has taught music over the last 20 years including at the Summit School, Young Tradition and Pinewoods music camps.

Old Time Fiddle and Banjo Workshop with Dana and Susan Robinson  — 2:30  — 3:45

Intermediate through advanced fiddle, banjo, and guitar players will learn a sampling of Old Time tunes, and learn how all the pieces fit together to achieve that driving sound!

Dana and Susan Robinson have been touring throughout North American and the UK for over two decades, and have released a dozen full-length CD’s of their signature blend of songwriting and Appalachian string band music.  Residents of Cabot, Dana and Sue spent 15 years living and studying Old Time String band music in Western North Carolina. 

Swedish Polska and Waltz Workshop with Sarah Isberg — 4:00 — 5:15

Intermediate through advanced fiddle players will learn Swedish dance tunes with a focus on bowing techniques and harmonies.

Sarah Isberg has studied Swedish folk music at Sjoviks Folkhögskola and the Eric Sahlström Institute, as well as numerous workshops for the past 15 years. She is eager to share her love of Swedish music and culture. Sarah was a cofounder of Mountain Top Music Center in Conway, NH, and plays also nyckelharpa and accordion.

She has performed with her husband Roger Isberg in shows featuring Music and Magic in both Sweden and the US, and has most recently performed with the Dala Fiddle Association for the Swedish Midsummer Festival in New York City.

Sacred Harp sing — 6-7 pm

Anna Mays returns to the festival this year to lead a Sacred Harp sing. Anna enjoys sharing her love of Sacred Harp singing and making this singing style accessible to new singers in a friendly and supportive setting. This is one of the many participatory activities at this year’s festival that include contra and freestyle dancing and workshop opportunities.