Young Tradition Touring Group

March 24

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 8-month, late September through early May session, most often culminating in an April performance tour.  Group members learn from and are supported by guest musicians and dancers/dance leaders, in addition to musical exchanges with young musicians and dancers while on performance tours.  Touring Groups have traveled to Cape Breton, Northumberland in England and Scotland, and the West Coast of Ireland.  

“Tradition” means so many different things to so many different people, and is itself in a constant state of evolution. Every style of music and dance has a tradition, but traditional music and dance in the context of Young Tradition Vermont, as opposed to other styles of music and dance, refers to specific approaches to learning, sharing, creating.

In general, “traditional” means songs, dances and other material that is primarily transmitted orally, and from unknown composers and creators. It is material that most often evolves through a process of oral transmission and most often performed by a particular cultural group over a long period of time. There is an emphasis on participation rather than performance. Most often what is produced has a functional purpose…. something you can use, something that tells a story orally, something carries an oral tradition forward in the absence of or as a supplement to a written narrative or system. Instrumentally, traditional music is most often associated with dance. At its core, it’s an attempt to reproduce what came from a previous generation, and the generation before that, each attempt at reproduction inevitably adds to or takes away elements so that it fits an individual’s current experience and circumstances.

The group is supported by artist leaders Pete Sutherland, Dominque Dodge and Andrea Beaton, youth leaders Rose Jackson and Oliver Scanlon, and manager Mark Sustic, the 2017/2018 Young Tradition Touring Group includes 24 auditioned members ranging in age from 12 to 20. Though most Touring Group members are from throughout Vermont, the group also includes members from Massachusetts and the Adirondacks in New York State.

The evening will include 2 sets with an intermission. The first half will feature artist leaders and youth leaders with members of the Touring Group. The second half will feature the full Touring Group.

$20 + ($2 preservation fee)