St. Patrick's Fiddle Frenzy

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BELLOWS FALLS >> Wear green and attend the 11th annual St. Patrick's Fiddle Frenzy on Friday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m., when Stone Church Arts celebrates St. Patrick's Day. As always, this will be a foot-stomping good time, filled with music from Celtic countries and the regions inspired to carry on the musical traditions. Help us celebrate at the stone Church on the hill, Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St.

This year we feature Vermont's own Pete's Posse. The show will be opened by fiddler Sarah Blair and guitarist Flynn Cohen.

Pete's Posse is twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over hi-powered guitar and pounding footwork with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jawharp and rocking keyboards adding their voices to the mix. Old songs and tunes, lyrical and driving, alongside brand new ones. That's the multi-generational heart and mind of Pete's Posse, at work and at play.

Sarah Blair began playing Irish music in Rhode Island's thriving traditional music community and honed her playing as a sought-after session leader in Boston and in the world of American contra dancing. She has played at festivals, concerts, and dances from Alaska to Quebec to Florida, as well as performing at the US Embassy in Dublin as a member of a mission led by Senator Patrick Leahy. Her most unusual gig was filling in for fiddler Liz Carroll on tour with The Eagles' singer Don Henley. She has been featured in a Fiddler Magazine cover story and is included in "Handy with the Stick: Fiddler Magazine's Best of Irish Fiddling," a Mel Bay book profiling top Irish fiddlers.

Acoustic Guitarist Flynn Cohen has performed all over the world with many notable acts in traditional and contemporary acoustic music. He can be seen in concert with the American folk band LOW LILY (formerly known as Annalivia), and legendary Irish Accordion player John Whelan, as well as solo and duo shows playing music from his four solo albums.

Flynn has also performed with Ruth Moody, Halali, The Sevens, Aoife Clancy, Cathie Ryan, Lawrence Nugent, Skip Healy, Joe Derrane and Frank Ferrel, John McGann, Matt Glaser, Brian Wicklund, Tony Watt and Southeast Expressway, Adrienne Young, Jake & Taylor Armerding, Gail Davies, Jilly Martin, Malibu Storm, Bruce MacGregor, Lissa Schneckenburger, Laura Cortese, Mark Simos, Women of Ireland, The Vancouver Symphony, the Orchestra of Indian Hill, Revels, and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, among others.

Join Stone Church Arts at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St.,the stone church on the hill in Bellows Falls. Tickets are $17 general admission and $13 seniors in advance ($20 and $15 at the door). Further information and tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, by calling 802-460-0110, and online at www.stonechurcharts.org.


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