Winter Music Series airs live concerts on TV


Patrick Fitzsimmons will launch the monthly winter music series 5 Town Friends of the Arts on Thursday, January 20.

5 Town Friends of the Arts, in conjunction with the Lawrence Memorial Library and NEAT TV, will present a monthly concert series featuring stellar local musical talent.

The concerts will take place at the library, however, there will be no in-person audience. Instead, the shows will be broadcast live on NEAT TV. Programming can be accessed through the NEAT TV website For those unable to view the original broadcasts, the broadcast can be seen afterwards on the NEAT archives.

“Even though many events are returning live, 5 Town Friends of the Arts felt with the latest COVID surge that we had to be careful and do our Winter Music Series digitally,” explained Rick Ceballos, who sits on the board. group administration. “It’s a way to be safe while providing the community with quality musical entertainment. This was made possible through a Spark grant we received from the Vermont Community Foundation and a partnership with NEAT TV and the Lawrence Memorial Library.

Programming :

Thursday January 20

Patrick Fitzsimmons

Thursday February 17

daddy long legs

Thursday March 24

back and forth

Thursday April 21

Pete Sutherland and Oliver Scanlon

All shows start at 7:30 p.m.

About the musicians:

Patrick Fitzsimmons

Singer-songwriter Patrick Fitzsimmons recently released his seventh CD titled Bird Tree. It was played on many Vermont radio stations.

As a young boy, Patrick loved ’70s singer-songwriters, drawn to the works of artists such as Cat Stevens, Paul Simon and Neil Young. Although his first instrument was the drums, he eventually took up the guitar, coming full circle to follow the path of his childhood heroes.

Fitzsimmons was a finalist in the 2017 Just Plain Folks National Songwriting Contest in the Best Songwriter category, as well as a runner-up in the 2011 and 2012 Solarfest National Songwriting Contest and a three-time finalist in the National Songwriting Contest of Plowshares songs. His songs have been placed in several independent films.

Patrick has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the acoustic music scene including Shawn Colvin, Dar Williams, Roger McGuinn, Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert.

daddy long legs

DaddyLongLegs is the confluence of three well-known Vermont musicians whose talents merge to form a highly original acoustic trio. Infusing catchy folk songs, Celtic and “old school” melodies, and early minstrel and jazz tunes with passion and complexity, DaddyLongLegs is playful and dynamic. Playing fiddle, viola, banjo, calabash banjo, piano, guitar, percussion and vocals, Daddy Longlegs creates vibrant, sensitive and surprising 21st century folk music.

back and forth

The group Va-et-viens (Come & Go) from Addison County, Vermont celebrates the many colors found in the music of many French cultures.

These musicians will take you through the centuries from France to Quebec and New Orleans with lively dance numbers, touching love songs, catchy Cajun and Creole tunes and frenzied Quebec favorites. From our neighbors to the north, they bring back traditional tunes learned from elders (and young Quebecers), retain them in their own arrangements, and broadcast them throughout New England and Quebec since 2001.

The group includes Carol Reed from Leicester (vocals, guitar and mandolin), Suzanne Germain from Lincoln (vocals and percussion) and Lausanne Allen from South Starksboro (vocals, violins, flute, whistles, harmonica and mandolins).

Pete Sutherland and Oliver Scanlon

Local folk hero Pete Sutherland and his protege Oliver Scanlon met when Oliver was a shy fourth grader, where the two wordlessly bonded over fiddle music. Several years later they started performing, later teaming up with guitarist Tristan Henderson to form Pete’s Posse, a tough trio that spent half a dozen years touring nationally and internationally with its innovative mix. country dance music, thoughtful and hilarious original songs. and called soul in three parts.

The Posse spent the first few months of the pandemic largely without gigs recording a double album of new music. With the trio in hibernation due to the closure of the Canada-US border, Pete and Oliver relaunched their duo, featuring a wide variety of instrumental combinations, informed by all the musical styles and sounds the trio is known for. , and continuing to keep the Posse flame burning while adding new repertoire to the mix.


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