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Open mic at 7:30 followed by featured performers

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Saturday June 4th  

Jeremiah McLane w/ Tim Cummings and Christine Bellec, Owen Marshall and Corey DiMario

Come hear an evening Celtic, French and original music by accordionist Jeremiah McLane, bagpiper Tim Cummings (aka Wheezer & Squeezer) and special guest direct from Brittany France, flutist and singer Christine Bellec.
Cory DiMario will join on bass and Owen Marshall on guitar.
The quintet will play dance tunes and songs from Brittany, France as well as traditional dance repertoire of central France and the British Isles. The group’s arrangements establish the connections that extend from Northern Europe across the Atlantic to Northern New England and the Canadian Maritimes. 
Accordionist and pianist Jeremiah McLane plays a mix of musical styles from France, the British Isles, Eastern Europe and North America. He has appeared at numerous festivals in the U.S. and in Europe including the Royal Festival Hall in London, England, the Picolo Spoleto Festival, the St. Chartiers Festival (France), and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. He has composed numerous pieces for film and theatre and has received National Public Radio's “favorite picks” award for his second solo recording, Smile When You’re Ready, and French music magazine Trad Mag’s  “BRAVO” award for his fifth release, Hummingbird. He has played many times at First Night Burlington.

Multi-instrumentalist Timothy Cummings shares an uncommon hybrid of traditional folk styles—primarily Scottish and Appalachian, which occasionally expand beyond traditional boundaries. Tim has been a member of the highly-competitive Manawatu Pipe Band (New Zealand), and also served as the Artist in Residence at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts (PEI, Canada).  He is an experienced performer, teacher, and workshop leader and frequently combines music, humor, and informative talks to enliven and educate his audiences about the refreshingly odd world of bagpiping. His first solo album, The Piper in the Holler, will be released this summer.

Christine Bellec studied classical flute at the University of Paris, and in 1990 discovered the wooden flute playing of Jean-Michel Veillon. Since that time she has immersed herself in the world of traditional music from Brittany, Ireland, Scotland, Quebec, Bulgaria, India and Japan. She has traveled in Quebec and the United States giving workshops and concerts that highlight the connections between traditional Breton singing, dancing and instrumental music. 

Double-bassist Corey DiMario is one of the most sought after accompanists in the acoustic music scene. He has performed at major festivals and concert venues across North America, Europe and Australia.

A diverse musician, Mr. DiMario adds rock solid, low-end accompaniment and driving rhythm to any musical situation. A founding member of the string band sensation Crooked Still, DiMario brings a diverse musical palette and energetic approach to an ensemble.  He has also performed extensively with New England fiddler and singer Lissa Schneckenburger as well as being a part of the Brittany Haas/Dan Trueman Band, performing original music in Old-Time and Scandinavian styles. Most recently, Mr. DiMario was in the”house band” for Bela Fleck’s New York Banjo Summit featuring banjoists Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Pete Wernick, Eric Weissberg, Richie Stearns, Noam Pikelny and of course Bela Fleck.

Owen Marshall has performed and recorded with many of traditional music’s top performers including Aoife Clancy, Liz Carroll, Darol Anger, John Doyle, Andrea Beaton, Jerry Holland, Ari & Mia Friedman, his own traditional Irish trio “The Press Gang” and the acoustic trio “Haas, Walsh and Marshall”. His music has appeared on NPR’s “Thistle and Shamrock,” BBC television, and the back of his left elbow has appeared on MTV. In addition to being a respected performer, Owen is in demand at music camps throughout New England and the U.S., where he shares his approach to accompanying traditional music.

 Saturday July 2nd

The DuPont Brothers

Two brothers are reunited after years of geographical separation by a resonant collaboration in music. Since the formation of the group in March of 2013, the Burlington, VT based indie-folk duo has honed in on their kindred synergy, living on the road while developing a large palette of material. In two and a half years, the brothers managed to play over 400 shows, covering 50,000 tour miles in support of their debut, self titled EP and first full length release, Heavy as Lead. The songs have taken them all over the country, making tour stops in the Northeast, Mid Atlantic, Mid West and South. Versatile songwriting modes, blood harmonies and fingerstyle guitar arrangements have opened doors to support a wide variety of national acts including Grace Potter, Sturgill Simpson, Bahamas, Jerry Douglas, Langhorne Slim, Blake Mills, Howie Day, The Lone Bellow, Ben Sollee, Horse Feathers and Chris Eldridge and Julian Lage.  

 I usually take my time sorting through the submissions of opening acts because I want the audience to enjoy them as much as they enjoy me. I heard three seconds of one of their songs and said, ‘Them! I want them!’ The future is bright for these boys.”- Jerry Douglas

Together the DuPont Brothers resonate at just the right frequency. There were moments that honestly gave me chills."
-Dan Bolles, Seven Days VT

 Deeply passionate old souls with a new and refreshing take on contemporary folk-pop music.”
- Fay Aiyana Grant, The Mountaineer

Saturday September 3rd 

The Bombadils first connected in Montreal, QC, over a shared curiosity surrounding the Celtic and bluegrass traditions. They were raised Canada-wide and trained in classical and jazz performance. The Bombadils bring music and high spirits to folk clubs, festivals, and forests, allowing their diverse influences to flow naturally through an array of instruments, including flute, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and harmonized singing.

They’ve been performing internationally throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden along with throughout their native Canada and the U.S.

“The Bombadils have all the elements of a great band – a high level of musical proficiency, deep respect for the traditional roots of their material and an engaging repertoire which holds the attention of the listener from beginning to end.”

- Amy Gajadhar, Canadian Folk Music magazineSaturday October 1st

Saturday October 1
Songwriter, singer, guitarist, painter, fiddler, banjo player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Residence and signed to Tamulevich Artists Management. He’s not afraid to walk outside the trends creating his own version of magic. He’ll  surprise you and awaken the cynics.   He’s plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist.  His story songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.   
  “At every festival I hope to find the gift of one artist whose songwriting and performance stand out. Joe Crookston was that gift for me this year at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Stunning performance, great songs, and not a word wasted!  I LOVE That!”   

David Francey – Songwriter  Ontario

“With all the performers out there, an artist has to go beyond good…and Joe does.” — 

Sing Out Magazine

Saturday November 5th
Pat is one of the most listened to finger pickers in the world. Having been a songwriter and guitarist for twenty years for the “Guys All Star Shoe Band” of Minnesota Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” Pat got to show off his savvy licks and distinctive original songs to millions of listeners each week. His decades long association with Garrison Keillor’s popular program has led to some unusual gigs: There was the aftershow club date in Berlin, when Wynton Marsalis showed up to sit in with Pat and the Prairie Home band. Or playing music on camera for the Prairie Home Companion movie with director Robert Altman and stars Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Kline, John C. Reilly, Woody Harrelson and Tommy Lee Jones.
Chet Atkins has described self confessed guitar addict Pat Donohue as “one of the finest fingerpickers in the world.” Donohue responds to that in his typical self-deprecating manner: “Chet’s an awful nice guy. There are other people he might have said that about. I do take comfort in it.”

“I first heard him on the radio and got upset. Then I heard him in concert and got more upset. He thinks harmonically, improvises beautifully, and writes. If you're a guitar player, he's going to haunt you...” —Leo Kottke

“Behind the great chops and wide-ranging tastes stands another skill that gives Donohue his individual voice: arranging. He displays a smooth, swinging assurance. His arrangement of High Society is an encyclopedia of techniques and licks that will repay working through it.” —Fingerstyle Guitar.

Saturday December 3rd
Jory Nash is an award-winning singer-songwriter and storyteller who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, pop & soul into an original stew of sound. He has recorded 8 critically acclaimed albums. the most recent being his Spring 2015 release The Many Hats of Jory Nash. In 2013 his album Little Pilgrim was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award (CFMA) for Best Producer. His 2009 album New Blue Day was named Penguin Eggs Magazine Critic’s Choice Album of the Year. Jory Nash also received a CFMA nomination for New Blue Day. He is also a previous winner of the OCFF Songs From The Heart Award for his song "When I Walk Out".

Jory Nash is a past Artistic Director of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, and is the co-founder of an annual large scale, multi-artist concert celebrating the music of Gordon Lightfoot. The January 2016 concerts will be the 14th year of presentation.

Jory Nash plays acoustic guitar, piano and banjo and his warm, unique voice urges you to listen to his thoughtful lyrics and intricate melodies. Jory Nash is regularly heard on numerous CBC Radio programs, SiriusXM, BBC, Galaxie, and college/NPR stations across North America. Jory Nash is a featured artist on the new CBC/SiriusXM channel SONICA.