Celtic Music in Strafford – July

August 4, 2008 by  
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Wind that shakes the barley - group 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.