Beautiful harmonies and foot-stomping fiddling return to the CVU stage with the 3rd annual American Roots Concert on Friday, March 29. Robert Resnik, host of Vermont Public Radio’s popular “All the Traditions,” will emcee as seven Vermont bands take the stage for short, lively sets. And, along with performing partner Martha Seyler, Resnik will sing a couple of tunes too.
This year the lineup includes The Modern Grass Quintet described by Resnik as a combination of seasoned bluegrass veterans. In addition to being great musicians, they create a natural swing which makes them stand out among many pickers.” For the first time on the Roots stage, Grammy-nominated artist, Hannah Beth Crary will sing and fiddle melodies from Scotland, Cape Breton, and Ireland.
Nationally-known and Monkton-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Pete Sutherland returns to the Roots Fest with a few of his latest local history ballads, along with lively dance tunes accompanied by his piping neighbor, Tim Cummings, and fiddling protégé, Oliver Scanlon. (As fans of his “Petestock” shows know well, other folks may turn up at the spur of the moment!)
Exciting performer William Lee Ellis among a long list of others will join this year’s crew. Ellis, the guitar-playing son of banjo composer Tony Ellis and godson of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, will perform traditional blues and gospel music styles. Called a “wizard on steel strings” (Blues Revue), Ellis has performed internationally both as a solo act and with his father, from tours of New Zealand, Belarus, and Cuba to MerleFest, the New Yorker Festival (with Steve Martin), and the Library of Congress.
Reserved seat tickets for this Access program fundraiser are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Family rates available too. Call 482-7194 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will be available at the door.