Carolan Festival Worcester, VT

Our festival is a gathering of people who play, listen, sing, or dance to
the music of Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738), Irish harper and composer.


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*** SAVE THE DATES for the 11th Annual Carolan Festival: June 16-18, 2017 ***

Thanks to all the workshop leaders, musicians, dancers, callers, volunteers, and participants who made

the 2016 Carolan Festival one of the best ever!!


Enjoy Sharon Schenkel's wonderful 2016 Festival photo album by clicking here (you can view without having a Facebook account- just hit "not now")



Our Festival is a gathering of people who play, listen, sing, or dance to the music of

Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738), Irish harper and composer. 


Festival Founder and Host, John Mallery, was in his element in 2016 having achieved piano mobility! These photos by Sharon Schenkel say it all!

1) John in his glory 2) John & Cathryn  3) John still glowing


John in his glory John Cathryn on rolling piano John and mobile piano still glowing


Fri., June 16, 2017  6:30-9 pm

The Mallery Farm, 108 Norton Rd., Worcester, VT 05682

Welcome Gathering and Carolan Session; visit with old friends and make new ones (while not on a tight schedule for a change)!

Play, sing, or dance if so inspired! Potluck picnic & snacks (info.).Water provided.


Sat., June 17, 2017 9:30 am-9 pm

The Mallery Farm, 108 Norton Rd., Worcester, VT 05682

Suggested $15/person, $25/Family=2 adults max. (By donation)

***Meals TBD - Potluck or purchase at Festival***

Please go to the Schedule of Events page for details


Sun., June 18, 2017  10 am - ?

Clean-up, Potluck Brunch & Session in the Barn    (Free)

 The spirit of the Festival is to share our appreciation of the music. The Carolan Festival will be held, Rain or Shine. Modest donation requested to cover costs. This is a not-for-profit event.

Please contact us for all inquiries or if you would like to sign up for our latest information and announcements.

Proceeds from Tune Books and DVDs go back into funding the festival: Order Here
A list of the tunes included (tunes played at our previous Carolan Festivals in italics- which will also serve as a starting point for tunes to play at this year's Festival.We will by no means be restricted to only these tunes- 214 tunes have survived! 

Links to websites with written music and midi files are also listed in the
Carolan References link, to help explore and learn tunes, whether by sight or by ear.

(The lovely background music is a recording of "Carolan's Receipt" by Bob Paul on hammered dulcimer at the 2008 festival - If you aren't hearing the tune, just click the Active X control box at the top of your screen. To turn it off, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click on the control button.