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Northern Roots Festival: Evening Concert

January 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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The ever-popular Northern Roots Festival concert returns for its 17th year at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 27.

This annual Festival is a celebration of northern musical genres, this year including Irish, English, French Canadian, New England and Scandinavian traditions. Held at the Brattleboro Music Center, the performance will feature Eight Feet Tall, Triga, Jake Grieco and Cedar Stanistreet, Amanda Witman, and Traddleboro 2024.

Featuring instrumentalists Dan Accardi (the Ivy Leaf) and Armand Aromin (the Ivy Leaf, the Vox Hunters) and dancers Rebecca McGowan and Jackie O’Riley (2022 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellows in Choreography), Eight Feet Tall approaches steps and tunes with both intense respect for tradition and keen sensitivity to the shared rhythmic experience of music and dance. Instruments, shoes, voices, and whole bodies enter into conversation with one another to create complex sonic textures amid vibrant visual interplay.

Triga is a folk music trio formed on a Boston rooftop by Anna Breger from Vienna (Nyckelharpa), Eric Boodman from Montreal (fiddle), and Yaniv Yacoby from Boston (Irish Bouzouki). With roots in various traditions — Swedish nyckelharpa music, Québécois fiddling, Irish bouzouki, baroque improvisation — the three members of Triga bring a unique sound to old and new tunes alike.

Cedar Stanistreet and Jake Grieco met in 2022 at a local session, and discovered their shared affinity for Irish dance tunes. Stainstreet grew up listening to Irish music on the radio, and fell in love after hearing bands Dervish and Altan play live, later studying with Martin Hayes at fiddle camp.

Grieco became enamored with the music in his late teens, learning to play tunes on the flute, and drew much inspiration from summers at the Catskills Irish Arts Week in NY, gleaning from the likes of flute legends Jimmy Noonan, Mike Rafferty and Catherine McEvoy among others. The two seasoned musicians and performers blend their unique voices on flute and fiddle to create a soulful, crisp sound.

Amanda Witman is a passionate singer of songs that connect people, whether across time or across a room. Her music resonates with appreciation for old and evolving traditions, shaped by her many years of participation in the BMC’s Northern Roots program. Witman’s love of harmony led her to co-found the Brattleboro Pub Sing with Tony Barrand. She also sings regularly with local a cappella quartet Big Woods Voices. Now, after a lifetime of harmony, WItman is finding new joy in singing all by herself.

In the tradition of previous Northern Roots Festivals, Traddleboro 2024 brings together some of the extraordinary local talent in a new configuration. This incarnation of Traddleboro is a fiddle trio of Laurel Swift, Lissa Scneckenburger, and Liana Moskowitz, bringing their collective skills and creativity to bear on music in the English tradition.


January 27
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Brattleboro Music Center
72 Blanche Moyse Way
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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BMC Bravo Society

We are pleased to honor the following for their help during this past season:
Karen Becker, Crager Boardman, Deb Bunker, Lisa Cox, Walter Cramer, Cathie Creed, Rebecca Curzon, Becky Day, Bill Dixon, Kim Effron, Phil Feidelseit, Lotte Gannon-Kurowski, Greg Goodman, Marta Gossage, Bill Gottesman, Rebecca Greene-Cramer, Freddie Hart, Jenelle Harvey, Kimi Hasegawa, Cal Heile, Richard Henke, Frances Herbert, Lynn Herzog, Jenny Holan, Jon Joyce, Susan Kunhardt, Lerna, Meg Lyons, Joe Madison, Joanne McLellan, Helen Merena, Raquel Moreno, Kris Outwater, Kaylina Phoenix, Antje Ruppert, Perrin Scott, Betsy Whittaker, Pete Wilson, Tom Yahner and Louise Zak.

The Brattleboro Music Center

72 Blanche Moyse Way
Brattleboro, VT  05301

(802) 257-4523