It’s been just over 25 years since the State of Vermont marked its Bicentennial. The year 1991 saw a host of observances and celebrations all over the Green Mountain State. But perhaps nothing was more ambitious than a year-long series undertaken by Vermont’s WCAX-TV, Channel 3 out of Burlington. It was called “1st Republic, 14th Star” and throughout the year the station sent a crew of a dozen people, including their news anchors, reporters and even head meteorologist, out “on the road” to do a weeklong broadcast from each of Vermont’s 14 counties.
On Saturday, May 6, Mike Goudreau–an acclaimed blues and jazz performer from Quebec–teams up for the first time in concert with Rick Erwin and Bob Purington (who performed at the Balsams for years) for a memorable night of music.
The Great North Woods Committee for the Arts, which has brought over 300 concerts to the region, returns to Lancaster at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, April 18 with a show by the Scottish trio Cantrip. “We are pleased to have this opportunity to work again with the folks at the Rialto Theatre on Main Street in downtown Lancaster,” said GNWCA President Charlie Jordan. “It’s been a few years since we’ve sponsored a show in Lancaster. We’re hoping to have a good turnout for Cantrip and be able to bring more world-class performers to Lancaster.” In the past the GNWCA brought such performers as the Tartan Terrors, the Tannahill Weavers, the Barra McNeils, the Shaw Brothers, Newfound Road and Cantrip to the Rialto stage.
Simon and Garfunkel stand as among the most iconic popular performing duos of all time. Their memorable music will be celebrated when the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts brings to Colebrook the duo Bookends, the leading tribute performers celebrating the songbook of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.
Get ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in grand style at the Colebrook Country Club beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 17, as the region’s largest Celtic ensemble gathers to celebrate the music of the Emerald Isle.
The Great North Woods Committee for the Arts announced this week that unfortunately due to a health issue with one of the key band members of the French Acadian group Vishten, the concert planned for this Friday, March 10, at Monadnock Congregational Church in Colebrook has had to be cancelled.
"We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause," said GNWCA President Charlie Jordan. "Our next scheduled show is the Celtic ensemble Islay Mist Ceilidh at the Colebrook Country Club on St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March 17, at 7 p.m.. Visit our website, www.gnwca.org, for a list of upcoming shows."
Get ready for a different cultural spin on French-Canadian traditional music when the award-winning trio Vishtèn comes to Colebrook on Friday, March 10. “Many in northern New England trace their roots to the Quebecois culture, with its customs and distinctive music,” said Charlie Jordan, President of the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts. “But there is an entirely different strain you may be missing if you’ve never heard Acadian French music. And Vishtèn is ready to introduce it to you in a show that will celebrate a French Canadian culture which traces to the Maritimes.”
The Great North Woods Committee for the Arts is hosting two duos of noted musicians in Colebrook at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Monadnock Congregational Church. Co-sponsored by LaPerle’s IGA of Colebrook, “Double Duo” features the talents of Natalie Haas, Yann Falquet, Maeve Gilchrist and Nic Gareiss. Their performance will highlight Celtic and Quebecois music on cello, harp and guitar, with Nic Gareiss providing some authentic step dancing.