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Firehouse Tent

On Friday and Saturday, enjoy live entertainment at the Firehouse Tent located on the "Children's Green" at the top of the hill between the cemetery and the fire station.  This year we are combining the Dance Events and a fine selection of Concert events under a large tent and we are installing a 40 x 80' dance floor (formally used by the Champlain Valley Folk Festival) to provide a first class dance event.tween the
Seating is vintage Vermont using Sap Bucket and Plank benches.

The entertainment at the Firehouse Tent is included with the Saturday Day Pass (Saturday Daytime Events), the Saturday All Access Pass (All Saturday events including evening dance and concert) or the Weekend Pass (Access to all events).  Tickets maybe purchased separately for the Friday evening and Saturday evening contra dances. 

To purchase tickets, go to the "Tickets" page (click on Tickets at the left side of this page) and select your tickets.  

Note that all Peacham Acoustic Music Festival Venues are smoke and alcohol free! 
No audio or video recording or flash photography without the express written permission of the performer and Copithorn Productions!

Dogs - dogs are allowed at the festival, but there are some rules that need to be observed:  dogs are welcome at the festival as long as they are controlled by the owners – generally that means on a leash.  They are not allowed inside the venues which include the gym, church and library – unless they are service dogs.  Owners are expected to clean up after the pets should there be “an accident”.

Time       Performer Presentation

Friday

 6:00-7:00 pm


Aura Shards


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Aura Shards


Aura Shards is a Brattleboro-based Hand Pan duo composed of Anders Burrows and Jed Blume:
Presenting all original compositions, Aura Shards features a selection of hand pans in different keys and styles, accompanied by an assortment of percussion and drone instruments. the size and complexity of the sound belies the number of instruments involved, weaving complex soundscapes that are at once both rhythmically intricate and engaging, yet also meditative and soothing.
 

Friday

 7:00-7:30 pm

 
Pete's Posse
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Steve Zakon-Anderson
Friday Evening Contra Dance

Intro at 7:30 pm and Main Dance 8-11 pm

The first dance is a Contra Dance on Friday evening with a warm-up at 7:30 and the main dance at 8:00 featuring the music of Pete's Posse - Pete Sutherland, Tristan Henderson and Oliver Scanlon - Known across the country as one of the premier contra dance bands, the energy they infuse into the dance is incredible.  

Combined with Steve Zakon-Anderson's calling skills - this inaugeral dance is not to be missed.

Contra dances are fun for one and all, from the beginner to the seasoned expert. 
Steve will provide clear, detailed instructions and a walk-through before the start of each dance.  Should you take a "wrong turn" during a dance, you will find that fellow dancers are happy to help guide you through the tricky bits!
 
Special Note: 
For those that would like a little extra preparation, there will be an Intro to Contra mini-workshop starting at 7:30 PM, just before the main event.

Saturday

 9:00-10:00 am

Darcie Feller


Yoga Wake-Up with Darcie Feller

Start the day off right with Yoga led by Yoga Master Darcie Feller.


Saturday
10:00-11:30 am 






Carl Jones & Erynn Marshall
Saturday Morning Family Contra Dance

Family contra dances are geared towards the less experienced and younger dancers - however they are also a blast for dance veterans.  
 
Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones are old-time musicians and inspired tunesmiths from Galax, Virginia who will  provide the music for the family dance. They are married – in life and music. Southern song-duets and powerful fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo tunes comprise their diverse sets. Erynn and Carl play with spontaneity and vitality. 

Steve Zakon-Anderson will again handle the dance calling duties - the music will be great, the dances will be fun - bring the kids and don't miss this great part of PAMFest! 

Saturday

Noon-1 pm

Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko

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Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko - Demonstration and Workshop

Stuart Paton, Founder and Artistic Director of Burlington Taiko spent most of his childhood in Japan, from age nine months through eighteen years. His earliest exposure to taiko included a first-grade fascination with the drums at an Obon celebration in Tokyo, and learning "Matsuri Daiko" from the composer of the score for his high school drama production. His formal study of taiko began in 1984 during a summer apprenticeship with Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, the founder of the first taiko group in North America (San Francisco Taiko Dojo), and he founded the Burlington Taiko Group in 1986 not long after settling in Vermont.

Paton Sensei has established an artistic style for Burlington Taiko that combines movement, rhythm, voice, and the efficient and graceful movement of chi, or "energy," from the player to the drum. His affection for the group dynamic of taiko is evident both when he performs at the most advanced level, and when he instructs the most novice players.

Saturday 

1:00 pm

       Sky Blue Boys & Cookie

  
   

Here’s a special treat for you: Banjo Dan and Willy Lindner – known throughout the Northeast as the Sky Blue Boys – teamed up with a dynamic and entertaining musician who adds a new instrument (the upright bass), new styles (the blues, some funky jug band music, plus a hint of jazz), and even a new gender to “the Boys’” performances.

Carrie Cook brought her talents to The Sky Blue Boys for a few shows in 2017, and it clicked! The trio is now an option for promoters looking for a unique, authentic, and appealing program.

“We’d been thinking of adding a bass because with some venues, no matter how solid the music is, an acoustic duo isn’t a big enough sound,” says Dan. “A bass fills that bottom register and boosts the rhythm, while Carrie’s distinctive voice really expands our vocal range and options.”

“Not just any bass player would do,” Willy adds. “We’re liable to jump from a Delmore Brothers song to a Les Paul instrumental, then swing back for some Everly Brothers, Hank Williams, or Jesse Winchester. Plus, we write much of our material, and it’s often unconventional. We needed an adaptable, flexible player who could be simple and ‘rootsy’ one minute, then take off on an adventure the next.”

“Cookie” more than filled the bill. A bassist who played with the New York All-State Orchestra at age 16, she grew up surrounded by music, learning jazz from her father, classical music from her mother, and rural acoustic styles from her uncles. She played with Pete Seeger on his storied sloop, the Clearwater, and in Vermont appears regularly on the infamous Groundhog Opry as well as Cookie’s Hot Club and Girls’ Night Out. Now she’s found another home with The Sky Blue Boys & Cookie.

“I love it!” she says enthusiastically. Willy and Dan are real pros. It’s an incredible treat to play with them.”

2:00 pm

Carl Jones & Erynn Marshall

 
 Carl Jones & Erynn Marshall
“Smokey and sweet – like the finest aged whiskey – that’s what Carl and Erynn’s singing and playing brings to mind.  A lovely touch in their playing and a beautiful melding of melancholy and cheerfulness which is exactly what I love to hear.” 
– John Doyle (2015)
Erynn Marshall is an old-time fiddler who lives in Galax, Virginia and is known internationally for her traditional music. Erynn learned the nuances of Appalachian old-time fiddling from rare recordings and visiting 80-95 year-old southern fiddlers. Still she puts her own spin on the traditional music she plays – sounding authentic, archaic and transportive while playing in a smooth and effortless way. Her tunes are becoming common repertoire in fiddle circles. Erynn won 1st place fiddle at “Clifftop” (The Appalachian Stringband Festival) and was the first woman to do so. 

Carl Jones is an American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Born in Macon, Georgia, Carl presently lives in Galax, Virginia. He studied music near Muscle Shoals, Alabama and was influenced by seeing Roy Orbison, Steve Goodman, and Mac Macanally record there. Carl is widely respected for his instrumental talents and original songs about the joys and tribulations of day-to-day life in the South. Carl’s songs have been recorded by The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Kate Campbell, Rickie Simpkins with Tony Rice, and others. 

“You can hear love, intention, generosity, humor and soul in the music of Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones. They welcome us in and awaken a deep sense and feeling for traditional music that is carved right into our bones.” – Dirk Powell (2015)

 3:00 pm Jason Bergman and the Primal Boys Jason Bergman and the Primal Boys
 4:00 pm Annie and the Hedonists Annie and the Hedonists - In Concert

5:00-6:30 pm
  Blues/Swing Dance - Music by Annie and the Hedonists
Take a little bit of folk music and mix it with acoustic blues, Western swing, and vintage jazz from the 1920s and ‘30s, and you end up with Annie and the Hedonists.

Annie is a captivating singer. She delivers a lyric like it was a cherished bedtime story; as comfortable as your favorite sweater; as truthful as…well, I can’t think of anything that honest. Her band mates, Peter Davis, (guitar, banjo, clarinet, piano, vocal), Jonny Rosen, (guitar, vocal) and Don Young, (bass, guitar, vocal), are first and foremost accomplished, serious musicians. More importantly, they each have an innate yet individual sense of childlike wonder, which is evident on every track, becoming more intoxicating upon multiple listenings, (I suggest 1,000 or more). ---Joel Moss, Producer, Managra Music 
“Annie’s versatile, vintage-tinged voice is the perfect match for the Hedonists’ ace musicianship” “Jazz, blues, country, folk, bluegrass ... it's all here."  -Times Union  Known for its dynamic lead singer and the tight harmonies and superb musicianship of the Hedonists – the band interprets the songs of the great female blues artists of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, including Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald.  

Don't miss this opportunity to dance to some of the best blues and swing music in the Northeast! 
 7:00-10:00 pm Brad and Ken Kolodner Trio         Saturday Evening Grand Contra Dance Finale  
7:00-10:00 pm

On Saturday evening starting at 7:00 PM the grand contra dance finale take place, featuring the music of the Kolodners with Steve Zakon-Anderson calling these dances.
 
The dynamic father-son team of Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo, and fiddles pushing the boundaries of the American Old-Time tradition into uncharted territory. Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and Old-Time fiddlers in North America, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner has joined forces with his son Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world. Together, they infuse their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original Old-Time tunes with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.” They are joined by bassist Alex Lacquement who is one of the most in-demand and versatile bass players in the Mid-Atlantic. 
   

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