Young Tradition VT + the Instrument Petting Zoo

Fletcher Free Library235 College Street

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Mark Sustic and Young Tradition Vermont present three hours of family-friendly and educational musical experiences. This Vermont institution has been a part of New Year’s Eve in Burlington for years and we’re pleased to have them back.

1:00pm–2:00pm Instrument Petting Zoo

The Instrument Petting Zoo (IPZ) is a collection of instruments with the express purpose of letting people play them: the sign says “please touch the instruments!” Instruments can be the keys that help open doors to the world of music and dance for children, which is at the heart of what Young Tradition Vermont is about. The petting zoo is designed to facilitate the discovery of instruments, the music they can make, and the movement that goes with the music. The zoo includes a variety of traditional acoustic instruments — mostly stringed instruments like fiddles, ukuleles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, autoharps, cellos, basses, etc. Many of the instruments come with a story that will be shared.

2:00pm–3:00pm Ava White, Merry Kimble, Annabelle Creech, Shannon Adams & Rachel Hebert

Ava White, Merry Kimble, Annabelle Creech, Shannon Adams & Rachel Hebert are advanced Celtic harp students of Dominique Dodge, a former Fulbright Scholar and graduate of the University of Limerick and the Scottish Music program from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. The Celtic harp is a triangular harp traditional to several countries including Ireland and Scotland, and is known as cláirseach in Irish and clàrsach in Scottish Gaelic. Each musician will play solo and/or as a duet, and the set will finish with everyone playing a set of tunes together.

3:00pm–4:00pm Romy & Ben Munkres

Siblings Romy & Ben Munkres from Cornwall, Vermont have participated in the YTV Touring Group tours to Ireland, Cape Breton, Japan and Scotland, and will be traveling to metro New York/New Jersey in late April 2019. They are the winners of the 2018 Young Tradition Contest, held in early May each year. Both have participated in Fiddleheads, Trad Camp, and other Young Tradition Vermont projects. They have been playing music together and with their parents for the past 8 years, and have participated in school music ensembles, in the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, and the McFadden Academy of Irish Dance.

4:00pm: A drum circle is scheduled after the Young Tradition Vermont events.