8:00 pm: The Young Tradition Touring Group
8:30pm Danny Knicely, Nate Leath and Aimee Curl with City Stompers
Concert & Square Dance
$20 Flat Admission Rate! (No fees!)
Sliding Scale admission available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
$15 admission for those attending the workshops!
Danny Knicely, Nate Leath and Aimee Curl are here direct from the hills of central Virginia to play tight, inventive bluegrass and happy oldtime dance tunes on fiddle, guitar, mandolin and bass. Workshops scheduled for voice, fiddle and rhythm.
The Young Tradition Touring Group are teen players, singers and dancers who focus on learning traditional music and dance repertoire over a year, culminating in an April performance tour.
Danny, Nate and Aimee sing and play smokin’ dance tunes for their old friend Megan Downes and special guests City Stompers. You’ll want to stay and jump around with them all night at the square dance & jam that follows!
The Young Tradition Touring Group are teen players, singers and dancers who focus on learning and performing traditional music and dance repertoire over the course of a 9-month, late September through early May session, culminating in an April performance tour. Group members learn from and are supported by artist leaders, visiting master musicians and dancers/dance leaders, in addition to musical exchanges with master artists, young musicians and dancers while on performance tours. Touring Groups have previously traveled to Scotland, Japan, Cape Breton, Northumberland in England, and the West Coast of Ireland. In late April 2019, the group is planning another tour a bit closer to home, in metropolitan New York and New Jersey.
Members attend rehearsals, participate in fundraising, perform at dances, concerts and festivals regionally, and travel as part of a performance tour. Members have been mostly from Vermont, but are not limited to Vermont……. the group has also included members from Quebec, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Maine. There are no entry, membership or participant fees other than rooms and meals costs associated with a late December rehearsal (2 overnights) and travel costs associated with the performance tour.
About the Performers
Master mandolin player Danny Knicely started out playing with his family as just a kid, going onstage with the Massanutten Mountain Cloggers, dancing and singing with his mom and playing bass like his dad. He has since performed and recorded with countless artists, playing fiddle, mandolin, guitar and singing harmony. The list includes Tim O'Brien, Aoife O'Donovan, Tony Rice, Vassar Clements, Sarah Jarosz, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Adrian Belew. He teaches intensives at Augusta Heritage Center, Common Ground on the Hill, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Millwood Blues Week, and Miles of Music. The documentary film “The Mountain Music Project” follows two American musicians, Danny Knicely and Tara Linhardt, on a journey through the Himalayas of Nepal.
Prodigy Nate Leath won the fiddle contest at Galax Fiddlers Convention in Galax, Virginia when he was just 11 years old. He grew up going to bluegrass festivals and fiddle conventions with his grandmother all over North Carolina. Nate lives in Lexington, VA where he teaches at Washington and Lee University, with a degree from Berklee College of Music in performance. Most of Nate’s time is spent as a touring musician, music educator and record producer. His many solo recordings are a glimpse at the breadth of his musical interests and skill. He has toured with David Grisman, Old School Freight Train and Love Canon, and recently released a new recording, Nate Leath and Friends “Volume 2” with guests David Grier, Sammy Shelor, Nancy Sluys, Rushad Eggleston and Danny Knicely.
A versatile percussive dancer, Megan grew up dancing in New York City's traditional Irish music community before moving south to work with one of the best bluegrass bands in the country as a principal dancer with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, directed by Eileen Carson and Mark Schatz, with Jon Glik, Danny Knicely, Matt Olwell and Kristin Andreassen. Megan is now the Artistic Director of New York's City Stompers, calling squares and teaching oldtime flatfooting. You may have danced with her over the years at the Augusta Heritage Center, Watermelon Park or Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing. You can join her every week at City Stompers classes, and every month at the City Stompers rip-roaring Hoedown.
Founded in 2004 by a public school teacher with boundless energy and an appreciation of American fiddle music, City Stompers holds regular beginner classes in American clogging and flatfoot dancing taught by Megan Downes. The free monthly Hoedown is a great way to experience the joy of live traditional music. Visit citystompers.org to find out where you can jump in!