2024 Northern Roots Performers

The following wonderful musicians will be sharing their music with us in this year’s Festival events.


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. Cedar 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. Jake 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. Amanda’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, Amanda is finding new joy in singing all by herself.

Traddleboro 2024

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.

BMC Bravo Society

The Brattleboro Music Center relies on volunteers in the community who give generously of their time. We are pleased to honor the following for their help in recent months:
Crager Boardman, Lisa Cox, Walter Cramer, Cathie Creed, Rebecca Curzon, Becky Day, Paul Dedell, Bill Dixon, Kim Effron, Phil Feidelseit, Bill Gottesman, Oliver Greene-Cramer, Rebecca Greene-Cramer, Freddie Hart, Kimi Hasegawa, Cal Heile, Richard Henke, Frances Herbert, Jon Joyce, Susan Kunhardt Lerna, Joe Madison, Joanne McLellan, Helen Merena, Raquel Moreno, Kris Outwater, Jon Potter, Antje Ruppert, Betsy Whittaker and Louise Zak

The Brattleboro Music Center

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