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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!!

 

 

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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We were honored to have Special Guests for our 10th year in 2016:

Irish harper Máire Ní Chathasaigh and guitarist Chris Newman!!

(click photo to see their ground-breaking all Carolan double album & visit their website)

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Workshops (click for description) with Máire on Saturday morning & Chris on **Sunday** morning ($30 separate fee; pre-registration required. Participants get $5 off regular Festival admission when paying for any or all Workshops by Máire & Chris.)

 

All-Carolan Concert by Máire & Chris on ~~Sunday~~ afternoon

(co-presented with OMHAM, generous support from Betsy's B&B and Bear Pond Books)

(Buy Tickets on-line & at Bear Pond Books & at The Carolan Festival!)

 

 

Fri., June 17, 2016  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.

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Sat., June 18, 2016 9:30 am-9 pm

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

$15/person, $25/Family=2 adults max. (Cash or check only)

Harp Workshop with Máire on Saturday morning ($30 separate fee; pre-registration required. Participants get $5 off regular Festival admission.)

***Meals by advance order & pre-purchase only (deadline June 10, 2016)***

Please go to the Schedule of Events page for details

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Sun., June 19, 2016 

Clean-up , Potluck Brunch & Session in the Barn  10 am- ? (Free)

Workshops (click for description) with Chris Newman on **Sunday** 11 AM- Noon ($30 separate fee; pre-registration required. Participants get $5 off regular Festival admission when paying for any or all Workshops by Máire & Chris.

 

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Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

in Concert  3:30 pm:

The Old Meeting House, 1620 Center Rd., East Montpelier, VT

(co-presented with OMHAM, generous support from Betsy's B&B and Bear Pond Books)

(Buy Tickets on-line & at Bear Pond Books & at The Carolan Festival!)

Tickets $15/person, $50/Family of 4 = 2 adults max. in advance;

 $20/person at the door

 The spirit of the Festival is to share our appreciation of the music. The Carolan Festival will be held, Rain or Shine.Modest admission is charged 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.
 
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(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.