Spice on Snow Festival
Montpelier, VT - January 23-26 2020
Molsky's Mountain Drifters, The Old Fashioned Aces, Young Tradition VT Touring Group
The Moonshells, Turning Stile, Mark LeGrand, Lask Train to Zinkov, Two Cents in the Till, Chaque Fois!, Adam Agee and John Sousa, Patti Casey, Old Sky, Kick 'Em Jenny, and more!
Molsky's Mountain Drifters Tradition Steeped in Possibility
Saturday Workshops / Evening Concert at Bethany Church
Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song is delighted to present his new group already on tour in the US. Molsky is joined by Allison De Groot on Banjo, and Stash Wyslouchon guitar.
The Old Fashioned Aces From Eunice, LA
Friday night Cajun Dance at City Hall Arts Center
Saturday Workshops / Afternoon Concert at Unitarian Church
Saturday night late night dance at Positive Pie
Blake Miller & the Old Fashioned Aces are breathing new life into an old sound. It’s traditional Cajun music in a traditional setting, but more than that, it’s a powerhouse trio having fun. Whether they appear as an acoustic trio or a full electric band, finer musicians playing Cajun music cannot be found. In a world where it seems everyone is continually stretching the boundaries of Louisiana French music, the Aces nest comfortably inside the well worn tracks of Cajun Music. From old fiddle tunes, to classic dance floor packers, to bilingual country classics, their music is comfort food for the Cajun music fan.
Young Tradition Youth Commission Ensemble Youth Trad. Ensemble, members of YTV Touring Group
Saturday Evening Concert at Bethany Sanctuary
The Youth Commission Ensemble is one of 30 programs managed by Young Tradition Vermont. Each year a current or previous member of the Young Tradition Touring Group is selected for the YTV commission. This person is charged with creating a small ensemble and a program of original compositions/arrangements with mentors/master artists of their choosing, which is presented at performances, festivals and other events. Romy Munkres is the commissioned artist for 2019/2020, and has created an ensemble that includes her brother Ben Munkres and musician friends Abi Sandy, Hadley Stockwell and Fern O’Donnell. Romy has been a winner at the Young Tradition Vermont annual contest, is an artist leader for the Touring Group, and has performed with them and her family band throughout VT as well as with the Touring Group in Ireland, Cape Breton, Scotland, Japan, and metro New York/New Jersey. Click image below for video of a rehearsal!
Friday at 5:30pm Honky-Tonk at Sweet Melissa's
“One of the last, best examples of the oral tradition in American folk music.” Marc Michael, Pulse Magazine
Matt Downer, from Chattanooga TN, performs traditional old time music on fiddle, banjo and guitar. Growing up on Sand Mountain, AL, he learned to play music from his grandfather and the elder musicians of the area. A veteran performer, he has played at various venues and festivals including - Rock City, Tivoli, Nightfall, Riverbend and the International Stringband Festival, performing with legendary artists such as - Carolina Chocolate Drops, Pokey Lafarge, Jack Rose, Michael Hurley and Norman Blake. His most recent album was recorded without electricity, directly to wax cylinders, on a 1906 Edison Gramophone at the MTSU Center For Popular Music. A performance by Matt is a trip back in time to the "good old days" of early American music.
Kick 'Em Jenny Hometown Old-time
Thursday Festival pre-party, 8pm at Charlie-O's
Kick 'Em Jenny plays volcanic Appalachian fiddle tunes alongside deep groove songs and shouts. Git out yer dancin' shoes...or settle in for the ride. Alec Ellsworth/fiddle, Ted Ingham/banjo, Chris Hollis/guitar, Kathleen Moore/bass.
The Moonshells From Brooklyn, NY
Friday Old Time jam, Saturday dinner concert
The Moon Shells are a project from Maggie Shar, Brian Slattery, Laura Murawski, Molly Merrett, and Charlie Shaw, who connected through the Appalachian fiddle community and started playing together as often as they could. Maggie Shar, Laura Murawski, and Brian Slatterymet in 2015 and were drawn to each other by a shared sense of rhythm and improvisation, grounded in the Appalachian fiddle tradition but drawing from the many kinds of music they love from Louisiana, West Africa, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere, to create a sound that’s emotional and groovy at the same time.
Saturday 1:30-3:30pm venue TBD
Two Cents in the Till is a contemporary Vermont string band with shades of bluegrass and old time. Noted for the authenticity of their homegrown original compositions on their 2018 debut record Greenland, Two Cents in the Till exhibits a reverence for roots music infused with a fresh, modern perspective. “It takes a lot of lonely hours in the woodshed to sound this effortless … Two Cents in the Till are legitimate heirs to the Vermont tradition of great porch music” (Boland, Seven Days).
At live shows, audiences will also hear unique renditions of traditional favorites and surprising songs plucked from other genres. These three ladies and a gent deliver tasteful picking with three-part harmonies and have entertained audiences in venues throughout Vermont, as well as performed at New England festivals, including Joe Val Showcase, Bluegrass on the Bogs, and Rattling Brook.
Chaque Fois! VT CaJun Band
Thursday Festival pre-party, 8pm at Charlie-O's
"Chaque Fois!" performs Cajun music, from Southwest Louisiana. The name translates to "every time," and represents the fun and energy the group generates whenever they play together. The band is led by Alec Ellsworth (accordion, fiddle, vocals) and Katie Trautz (fiddle, vocals). Both multi-instrumentalists, they weave rhythms, harmonies and melodies together with their instruments and voices. They are joined by Chris Hollis on guitar and triangle, and Helen Doyle on Bass.
Friday at 5:30pm Honky-Tonk at Sweet Melissa's
Mark LeGrand and the band rip it up every Friday night and have been for over five years at this residency." It’s not easy for a band to survive on the road and Mark prefers staying local where he’s easy to find. Lovers of great songs from the American experience will find some gems here. Mark is currently working on his seventh album of original work. His fifty years of performing exclusively in Vermont brings a unique look at the world that is the Green Mountain State.
Saturday at 11am-1pm at Skinny Pancake
"Last Train to Zinkov fills your soul with heartfelt melodies that linger long...This is truly what folk music is supposed to be, reminding you that good people and good music can change your life." --Heidi Fram, Byfield Community Arts
David and Nathan Gusakov, father and son, perform original songs and old tunes about life and death and the beauty of the hills. Featuring clawhammer banjo, fiddle, and family harmonies, Last Train To Zinkov's music draws from Appalachian old-time, gypsy jazz, classical, and the klezmer of their Eastern European roots.
Saturday at 11:30am-12:30pm at North Branch Café
Adam & Jon journey through the Irish idiom on fiddle, guitar, and tenor banjo, and have been enchanting listeners on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean for over a decade. Adam & Jon put down musical roots in County Clare, where they lived together, and now make frequent visits. Their connection to their instruments and the transcendent energy in their music is guaranteed to captivate and uplift audiences of all ages.
Saturday at 1-3pm at Skinny Pancake
Old Sky is a Americana outfit located in Burlington, Vermont featuring Andrew Stearns and Shay Gestal. The two met at a local Old Time music session in 2012 and began to develop a sound influenced by their time in the bluegrass band Gold Town and working through Stearns' repertoire of country and folk tunes. The two create music with a strong emphasis on harmonies and respect for traditional music.
Bluegrass Jam, Saturday at 1-3pm at North Branch Café
Patti Casey has earned her spot as a fixture on the northeastern US folk scene through sheer talent and artistic self discipline. She is a prolific songwriter and has perfected her own New England-flavored bluegrassy style, one that shines equally with welcome, familiar sounds as well as undeniable originality. She has recorded five solo albums, and her latest, “The Heart of A Waiting Boy”, is aural testament to, “the sweetest voice and some of the finest songwriting to come out of Vermont…” (Vermont Public Radio). With an impressive roster of accompanying musicians (Pat Donohue, Gary Raynor, Pete Sutherland, Colin McCaffrey, Moondi Klein, Sarah Blair) the album is a reflection of her musical maturity and drive to constantly hone her creations. Her career has taken her to many places along the way: she has appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion” , has won Texas’s prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriter’s Competition, was a winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at the legendary Merlefest in Wilkesboro, NC as well as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Troubadour songwriters contest.
Friday at 6-7:30pm at Rabble Rouser
Featuring fiddler and dancer Joanne Garton and multi-instrumentalist and dancer Aaron Marcus, Turning Stile captivates your eyes, ears, and mind with a worldly mix of traditional dance tunes from England, Scotland, Ireland, New England, and Appalachia. Joanne mixes her pervasive passion for Scottish culture with the drive and rhythms of the New England dance floor. Ten musical years in Montreal and two in Scotland provided ample influence and inspiration. Now living in Montpelier, Joanne plays in sessions, teaches music and dance, performs on stage, and steps out on the dance floor. Aaron draws on a rich background of musical traditions including New England contra, classical piano, English country dance, West African, and Old-Time. Well-known throughout the Northeast for his performances with Giant Robot Dance, Gift of the Marcii, and Frost and Fire, Aaron brings his own energy and enormous creativity to The Turning Stile whether he’s vamping on a 16th century English tune or clogging while playing the banjo.