The Unitarian Universal Church of Strafford was filled with Celtic music last Wednesday night… for our pleasure!
This was definitely a most enjoyable evening in the very quaint and “classic Vermont” village of South Strafford. The white 1833 church which hosted the concert, is definitely authentic (even though the interior is of recent style) and stands in a really nice setting, surrounded by trees and green lawn, and longed by the old cemetery.
The local Vermont group Wind that shakes the barley played Ireland, Scotland and Brittany and even became story tellers at times. Flutes, bagpipes, fiddle, guitar, accordion and voices were all playing in harmony to an audience of around 50, all fond of this very particular music style, I am sure. The flutist Rachel Clark, from Sharon and the accordion player Bob Smith (with a really nice-sounding little black accordion) were my favorite musicians in the group, but they were certainly all delightful.
They certainly had an authentic Celtic sound to them and their program was an incredible mix from soft ballades to upbeat dances, from maritime songs to Brittany gavottes… carrying us from moments of romance to times where our feet just wanted to get onto the dance floor!
There are three more concerts in this folk concert series at the church.
For the complete schedule, see our recent article.
The next two Wednesday night concerts seem to be made just for me, the Brittany “girl” who I am… This Wednesday (July 30), at the historic Unitarian Universalist Church in South Strafford, the concert is traditional music and folklore from the Celtic lands of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and beyond, and next Wednesday (August 6) it’s sailors’ songs! Everything my childhood in Brittany was made of! It is actually pretty rare to hear Brittany songs on this side of the ocean, at celtic concerts. I am pretty excited!
And the location (we have not been there before) must be lovely. It is not in the famous Strafford meeting house on the top of the green, built in 1799, which actually was the original Universalist Church. However, as we know, the State later had forbidden ties between church and state, and the 1799 building became solely the meeting house and a new church – the one that welcomes this series of folk concerts – was built in South Strafford and dedicated in 1833.
Well, it holds the promise for an enjoyable evening… may be you’ll join us there!
Details on these 2008 Strafford Unitarian Universalist Church Summer Folk Concerts: Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm – $12.00/adult, children under 14 free
Directions: Coming from I-89 you get off at exit 2 and head north. That is a left hand turn if you have been going south on I-89 and a right turn if you have been heading north. You continue up 132 for 8 miles and come to a stop sign. The Universalist Church is directly in front of you. Parking is up by the Church or across the street in the Barrett Hall lot.
July 30 – WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY – Celtic Music with Bob DeMarco, Rachel Clark, Bob Smith and Steve Brittain. From the mountains of Vermont, Wind that Shakes the Barley presents a tantalizing mixture of traditional music and folklore from the Celtic lands of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and beyond.
August 6 – DAVID COFFIN – Maritime Songs & History. Explore the life of a sailor, a whaler, a fisherman and hear the songs that illustrate the life they pursued at sea. Sing along on a shanty as we “hoist” the sails, “haul” on the lines, and stamp around the capstan.
Aug 13 - JESSE LEGÉ – Louisiana’s Cajun Music with Andy Stewart and Mary Jo Slattery Jesse Legé (vocals, Cajun accordion), Andy Stewart (fiddle) MJ Slattery (guitar, vocals). Louisiana’s renowned Cajun accordionist and vocalist Jesse Legé joins the locally-based Slattery & Stewart duo to serve up a rousing program of Cajun two-steps and waltzes.
August 20 – LUI COLLINS – folk singer/songwriter. Lui Collins’ music, poetry and inspiring spirit have spread into the hearts and homes of people of all ages. Lui will be joined by other local musicians celebrating our community of music and friends. Benefit concert.