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.



Friday June 14th & Sunday June 16th, 2019 info.

on our Home Page (click)


(click for 2019 Chart version of Schedule)


Saturday June 15, 2019  SCHEDULE OF EVENTS  

(by Venue) 

 9:30 AM  Festival Opens



Noon- 12:45 PM Lunch Break

6:00-7:00 PM   Supper Break

Water (free)


10:00-11:00 AM  

Open Session- with John Mallery & Bob Paul

11:00 AM-Noon

Introduction to English Country Dancing- with Sharon Schenkel to live music played by Festival musicians.  (click for List of Tunes & dances) (same as in 2017). (Many modern English Country Dances have been written to Carolan tunes.) Experienced dancers available and happy to help beginners!


~~~LUNCH  Noon - 12:45 PM  (Bring Your Own)~~~


12:45-1:45 PM Session: John's Favorites- with John Mallery 


1:45-2:45 PM "Super SLO MO" Session (all instruments) for New Players and Laid-Back More Advanced Players (think "comfy") led by Cayt Norris: Sheebeg & Sheemore, Fanny Power, Blind Mary, Hugh Kelly, Captain Henry O'Kane, Mrs. Edwards, Lord Inchiquin, The Fairy Queen, Carolan's Dream, Carolan's Cup, The Seas are Deep


11:00 AM-12:15 PM  (Closed for Private Lesson)



~~~LUNCH  Noon - 12:45 PM  (Bring Your Own)~~~


12:45-1:45 PM  Song Workshop: with Gord Fisch - Learn a Scottish song, "Twa Bonnie Maidens" set to the Carolan tune, George Brabazon, 2nd Air 

1:45-2:45 PM  Tune Workshop (all instruments): with Bob Frost-  "Henry MacDermott Roe, 1st Air" #78. Click for sheet music



11:00-Noon "Carolan Standards" (easier tunes, slower tempo): Sheebeg & Sheemore, Fanny Power, Blind Mary, Col. John Irwin (59), Captain O'Kane, Eleanor Plunkett  (click for "Standards" sheet music)  & "Carolan Favorites" Session (moderately difficult): Carolan's Draught, Carolan's Concerto, Geo. Brabazon 2nd Air, Bridget Cruise 3rd Air, Lord Inchiquin, Morgan Magan, Mrs. Maxwell 1st Air  (click for "Favorites" sheet music)- with Bob Paul


~~~LUNCH  Noon - 12:45 PM  (Bring Your Own)~~~

12:45-1:15 PM  Upper Valley Music Center (UVMC) ECD Ensemble rehearsal before Afternoon ECD

1:15-2:45 PM   English Country Dancing (on the lawn): Sharon Schenkel (and possibly Don Bell) will teach English Country Dances (Many modern English Country Dances have been written to Carolan tunes)- to live music by Open Upper Valley Music Center ECD Ensemble led by Carol Compton including Katy Botsford, Martha McDaniel, Dana Wright, Dave Beaufait, and YOU (Festival musicians welcome to sit in) 


HARPERS'  HAVEN (ongoing)- Leader/Facilitator: Mary Paul


ANYWHERE (ongoing)- impromptu ensembles and partners gather!


~2:45-3:00 PM PROCESSION down the hill to open the Afternoon Performances! 


MAIN TENT (3:00-6:00 PM for all activities):

3:00-4:00 PM   Dance Performances & Demonstrations with Festival Musicians- Style of your choice, or be creative! Request a tune, or dance to whatever is being played. Irish Step Dancer Gerlisa Garrett will perform solo and lead participatory Irish Ceili Dancing, along with performances by students of the Garrett School of Irish Dance!! Gerlisa placed in numerous National & Regional Irish Step championships, plus competed at The Worlds!  Gerlisa received her Teaching certification (TCRG) in 2017.  Sean Nós (old style) Irish dance performance by Yasi Zeichner; English Country Dance demonstrations, Waltzing; Morris dancing by members of Midnight Capers.



4:00-4:30 PM  Young Tradition Vermont "Fiddleheads" & Harp students with Dominique Dodge

4:30-4:35 PM  The Zeichner Trio

4:35-4:50 PM  Benedict Koehler (uilleann pipes) & Hilari Farrington (harp)

4:50-5:05 PM  Dominique Dodge (harp)

5:05-6:00 PM   "Open Stage" Concert-  Spontaneous ensembles welcome. Sign up in advance, or during the day. Limit of 1 tune or medley of tunes **5 minutes total** per performer.


~~~SUPPER  6:00-7:00 PM (by advance reservation)~~~


6:00-7:00 PM   Open Session during Supper– all welcome to play and listen.



7:00-8:30 PM   Evening Dance- English Country Dancing to live music played by Festival musicians- Caller Don Bell 

List of Tunes for Sat. afternoon & evening English Country Dances (same as 2017) 




7:00-8:30 PM  Carolan Tune Session 


Dusk   Bonfire

ANYTIME  Swimming in the river