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Craft Fair Stage

On Saturday, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, enjoy live entertainment at the Craft Fair Stage located under
the "Big Top" tent adjacent to the Craft Fair and the Food Court.  Performers play 45 minute sets in this oh so casual setting - some of the finest music of the weekend can be found at the Craft Fair Stage.  Feel free to sing along, or dance a few steps with your favorite partner.  Many folks say the music and atmosphere here is a gem of the festival.  Seating is rustic using the Sap Bucket and Plank benches, or bring your own lawn chair - many spread a blanket on the hillside above the tent and enjoy the beautiful setting.

The entertainment at the Craft Fair Stage 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).
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, library and Peacham Café – unless they are service dogs.  Dogs are allowed on the grounds – around the Craft Fair and Craft Fair Stage.  
Owners are expected to clean up after the pets should there be “an accident”.
Time        Performer  Presentation

 11:00 am


Aura Shards



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.

 12:00 noon

Blair-Curtin-McCaffery

Jennifer Culley Curtin | Comfort for the Comfortless


Blair-Curtin-McCaffery

Three friends coming together as a trio to produce a special blend of British Isles songs and tunes. 


Sarah Blair began playing Irish music in Rhode Island’s thriving traditional music community and honed her playing in the sessions of Boston.   She has played and sung in “The Sevens” and Boston-based “Long Time Courting”.   Currently she teaches private lessons in Montpelier and at camps and workshops. Her lauded recording “Flower of the Red Mill” was released in 2007. 


 Jennifer Curtin, now from Washington, VT, grew up in Tennessee singing harmonies with her family. Discovering a love of  Celtic music in her teens, she has been hooked ever since. She was in the DC-based duo “Clishmaclaver” in the early ‘90’s.   Taking a break for nursing school and children, Jen is happy to be back performing the music she loves.                            

Her 2011 album “Comfort for the Comfortless” won the Tammie Award for Best Trad. Album of the Year. 


  No stranger to the PAMFest stage, Colin McCaffrey is well known throughout Vermont for his singing, songwriting, multi-instrumental skills and record engineering and producing. A native Vermonter, he has been singing and playing piano, guitar and violin since childhood. He can be heard playing and singing with his current group “Stone Cold Roosters” as well as on   multiple solo recordings.

 1:00 pm  


Pete's Posse


Pete's Posse

Vermont's own trad-roots power trio! Composed of acclaimed musician Pete Sutherland, his talented protégé Oliver Scanlon and the uber-dynamic Tristan Henderson, Pete's Posse never fails to surprise and excite! Twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over high-powered guitar and pounding foot percussion with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jaw harp, rocking keyboards, and soaring vocal harmonies adding color to the Posse's sonic landscape. 


With a steady flow of powerful uplifting energy that spans their age gap, they tap into many traditions from the north to south, and east to west, to distill a distinct sound that is completely their own. The Boston Irish Reporter recently proclaimed the Posse puts forth "(a) kaleidoscope of sounds and styles with equal parts amiability and energy."


 Since 2014 the Posse has racked up over 150,000 miles of touring, released 5 albums, and played numerous festivals including Shetland Folk Festival, Festival Memoire et Racine, New Bedford Folk Festival, and more!  

2:00  pm

Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko

Sensei


Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko

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.

 3:00 pm

        Ken & Brad Kolodner Trio

  

   
Ken and Brad Kolodner Trio

“Ken and Brad are both exceptionally talented musicians and they have created a tight, top-notch sound.” –  Bluegrass Today 

The dynamic father-son team Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo, fiddles and vocals 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 and songs with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.” They regularly perform as a trio with bassist Alex Lacquement who is one of the most in-demand and versatile bass players in the Mid-Atlantic. 

Concert appearances for Ken & Brad include performances at The Kennedy Center, The Walnut  Valley Festival, The Old Songs Festival, The Birchmere, The Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival, The Champlain Valley Folk Festival, and The Creative Alliance as well as numerous live radio broadcasts, concerts and festivals along the Eastern seaboard from North Carolina to  Vermont and across the country from Wisconsin to Arizona. Prior to performing with his son regularly in 2009, Ken toured and recorded for many years with the legendary world music trio Helicon with Chris Norman and Robin Bullock.

                “There must be something special to that father-son thing." - Sing Out! 

4:00 pm

Bayley Hazen Boys

 
 
Bayley Hazen Boys
The Bayley-Hazen Boys take you on a rollicking ride from the hills of northern Vermont down through Americana to the southern Appalachians. Combining their fresh interpretation of time-tested traditional material with a wealth of original songs, these musical veterans blend soulful ballads, tight vocal harmonies, and hard driving instrumental work into a sound evoking the spirit of the early Stanley Brothers and Bill and Charlie Monroe. 

The Bayley-Hazen Boys are as authentic as their namesake - the military road constructed during the Revolutionary War from Newbury to Lowell. With an energetic and entertaining stage presence, the “Boys” add a fun element to any show. Historical stories and yarns about musicians (famous or not) provide the background to their music. Explanations of the creation of the original songs are fascinating to listen to. Audiences large and intimate, young and old will love the interaction with the band. 

Gary, Chris and Steve founded the well-known bluegrass group “Gopher Broke Bluegrass”. Gopher Broke recorded three albums, appeared at festivals, public and private performances throughout New England (and beyond) from 1999 to 2009, and were recognized as “one of Vermont’s genuine artistic treasures” by Bluegrass Unlimited magazine.

The Bayley Hazen Boys continue this level of professionalism with their distinctive old-time bluegrass mountain music, a style becoming increasingly scarce today.  Be sure to pick up a copy of their very well received 2013 CD "Another Blue Ribbon".