26th annual New World Festival

September 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – September 3, 2018 @ 12:00 am
Chandler Center for the Arts
71 N Main St
Randolph, VT 05060
26th annual New World Festival @ Chandler Center for the Arts | Randolph | Vermont | United States

Celebrate Vermont’s Celtic and French Canadian heritage with traditional—and sometimes not so traditional—music and dance. Each year more than 70 exceptional musicians are drawn from New England, Canada, and the British Isles. Concerts, music and dance workshops, children’s activities, and open dancing unfold on six continuous stages from noon to midnight. Food and drink provided by the area’s finest chefs and breweries. The festival takes place in downtown Randolph, Vermont in Chandler Music Hall and Gallery, in all-weather tents on both sides of Main Street, and in historic Bethany Church. Main Street is closed to traffic, and the festival site becomes an intimate pedestrian village.

It’s not too early to start making plans for this year’s festival! Imagine a line-up that includes John Doyle, Connla, Le Vent du Nord, Natalie Haas & Yann Falquet, and Night Tree! They’ll all be appearing at this year’s festival on Sunday September 2.

Irish singer/songwriter John Doyle is involved in many musical projects and partnerships and has legions of fans all over the world. We know New World Festival fans will be excited to learn that he is returning after a hiatus of several years..

One of the best bands on the traditional music scene in Québec makes their first appearance at the festival this year. Considered a driving force in progressive folk, Le Vent du Nord captures the vibrant energy of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing old Québec with a breath of fresh cosmopolitan air. This band lit up the Chandler stage in 2006 and we can’t wait to welcome them back.

The husband/wife duo of cellist Natalie Haas and fiddler Yann Falquet will make their festival debut. Those who have heard Natalie perform at Chandler with Alasdair Fraser know that we’re in for a treat.

The five young Irish musicians that comprise Connla wowed audiences at last year’s festival. They, in turn, said their appearance at the New World Festival was the highlight of their American tour last summer. They’ll be back!

Night Tree’s music is rooted in original works spanning from the Celtic world. The creative young members of the sextet create original music that borrows from the Swedish, Jewish and American folk traditions. This is a group that’s on the rise and we’re lucky to have them back again this year.

We’ve secured generous sponsorship support from the Byrne Foundation for the Sessions Tent. It’s sure to be the scene of some lively musical exchanges.