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March 31- April 1

Friday, March 31, 7 pm

Youth Showcase Concert in honor of Pete Sutherland, followed by 

Introductory Balfolk Dance, with caller and musician Nicholas Williams and his youth band

Where: Capital City Grange Hall, 612 VT Rte 12, Berlin, VT

Admission: sliding scale $5-$15, at the door


The Summit School remembers Pete Sutherland with a showcase of youth traditional musicians from central Vermont. Pete was an avid supporter of youth musicians of all ages and impacted the lives of both student fiddlers and teachers throughout his home state of Vermont. The traditions carry on through fiddle jams, trad band classes, singing, composing, and dancing, all alive and well in the community.

The showcase will be followed by an introductory Balfolk dance played and called by multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Williams from Waterville, Quebec, and a group of visiting Quebecois youth musicians. Balfolk is a fun, accessible, European-style social folk dance.

Youth musicians! (ages 8-20, with or without adults) You are invited to perform in the showcase by submitting a request and short bio to Joanne Garton, fiddler, dancer, and Summit School Board Members at

Saturday, April 1, 1 - 4:30 pm

Intermediate/Advanced Trad Band Workshop with Nicholas Williams

Where: Bethany Church, Montpelier, VT

Admission: sliding scale $25-$35 

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Intermediate and advanced youth and adult musicians are invited to an afternoon intensive trad band workshop of music in the northern traditions, led by multi-instrumentalist and talented teacher Nicholas Williams of Waterville, Quebec. All instruments are invited, both melody players and accompanists.

Register for the trad band intensive workshop by emailing the registrar at with workshop participant name(s). The workshop is $25 - $35 (sliding scale). Pay here or by sending a check made out to Summit School to PO Box 46, Barre St., Montpelier, VT 05602.

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Event held in partnership with Young Tradition Vermont at Vermont Folklife

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