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Location: Catamount Outback Artspace
Northern Vermont Songwriters is a new organization for songwriters to share knowledge and maximize creativity. Membership and meetings are free. We meet at 6:45 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month in the wooden octagonal building behind Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury. Songwriters from Vermont, New Hampshire and anywhere else are invited to attend, and all genres of music are welcome. Songwriters may bring a song to share. The song may be performed live for the group, or a recording may be played (an iPhone dock will be available). Songwriters are encouraged to bring 6 copies of lyrics to share with the group. They may also bring lyrics only, or choose to simply listen and comment on the songs of others. Members might be invited to participate in public performances, including a Songwriter Round at Catamount Arts and at First Night. Another exciting benefit is occasional workshops hosted by music industry professionals, designed to help songwriters improve their craft. Please join us for our next meeting. Any questions should be sent to email@example.com; or phone: (802) 467-9859.
Saturdays, July 14, 21 and 28, August 4, 11 and 18, 9:00am-1:00pm
St. Johnsbury Farmer's Market
behind Anthony's Restaurant in downtown St. Johnsbury
In partnership with The Family Place at St. Johnsbury School and St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce, Catamount Arts will offer family make-and-take art activities with local teaching artists each Saturday at the Farmer’s Market. Teaching artists include Sharon Kenney Biddle, Heidi Lague, and Thea Storz. Activities are geared toward children aged 6 and under, but all are welcome to participate.
Saturday, August 18, 10:00 am
Highland Center for the Arts
2875 Hardwick St.
Tickets: $30 all seats ($5.00 early registration discount if purchased before August 3)
Explore Cameron McKinney’s NAGARE technique – which activates oppositional forces and contrasting sensations to achieve fluid transitions – in this two-hour workshop that combines the grace of modern dance with the speed and fluidity of streetdance, capoeira, and house dance. Focus on how to move smoothly from high to low to high again through dance phrases that involve every part of the body while rediscovering “the down” through floorwork from contemporary dance forms. By shifting the focus from an internal dialogue to creating movement that tells a story, the class will delve deeper into the cathartic potential of sweat and exhaustion, while offering a new and active method of expression. This workshop introduces a unique approach to contemporary floorwork, while also exploring the rawness of underground streetdance.
Open to dancers of all levels, 16 years old and up
Monday, August 20 - Friday, August 24, 9am-noon
Location: Catamount Outback Artspace
Early Bird registration: $85 per student by July 9
Camp fee after July 9: $95.
This camp always sells out, so register early! Claymation Camp is limited to 9 students.
Please call Anne Campbell at 802-748-2600 x108 for information on scholarships or payment plans.
After paying the class fee, please register here: http://www.catamountarts.org/education/enrollment
Instructor: Meredith Holch
Learn how to use a video camera to shoot animation one frame at a time. Campers will write original scripts, sculpt their own characters, and create soundtracks with music, narration, dialogue and live sound effects. No previous experience is required. Non-violent, gender-neutral themes will be explored.
Meredith Holch is an award-winning Vermont filmmaker and teaching artist whose work has been broadcast on PBS and screened at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, the National Art Gallery in Washington, DC, and at international film festivals, art galleries, and community spaces. She has taught filmmaking and animation to children and adults for over a decade.
Presented and produced by Catamount Arts
Monday, September 3, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fairlee Town Hall
75 Town Common Rd
Master Session: $50 (includes Ceilidh & Potluck from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm)
Seasoned musicians will learn traditional tunes and songs from the Highland repertoire taught by members of the "Gaelic Super Group": Daimh. A traditional ceilidh will end the evening with tunes, drink and potluck! Beer available for purchase. No outside alcohol permitted. (The ceilidh is open to the public and is ticketed separately.) For more information please contact Molly Stone firstname.lastname@example.org
Presented by: Catamount Arts
Sponsored by: Fairlee Community Arts, Lake Morey Resort, Vermont Institute of Celtic Arts
Participants must bring their own instruments.
Instructors and students will break out into small groups:
- ROSS MARTIN: Guitar
- MURDO CAMERON: Mandola/Mandolin/Accordion
- ELLEN MACDONALD: Gaelic Song
- ALASDAIR WHITE: Fiddle
- ANGUS MACKENZIE: Pipes/whistle
New Album Out NOW: https://www.daimh.net/merchandise/the-rough-bounds/
Daimh – Gaelic Supergroup and un-challenged champions of straight in the eye Highland music are based around West Lochaber and the Isle of Skye.
Formed around the turn of the century and taking the name from the Gaelic word for “kinship” Daimh (pronounced Dive) have taken their contemporary take of Highland and Gaelic music to over 20 countries, setting audiences alight from Moscow to San Francisco.
With a reputation as giants of the Bagpipes and Fiddle, Angus Mackenzie and Gabe McVarish lead the melodic powerhouse with fellow founder member Ross Martin underpinning the groove on the Guitar. The Band are joined by “new guy” Murdo “Yogi” Cameron on Mandola and Accordion to complete the instrumental line up.
Daimh have always had the renown and notoriety of working with some of the finest Gaelic singers in Scotland and the current line up only serves to cement that distinction with the addition of the Gaelic firmament’s most rapidly rising star, Ellen MacDonald on vocals.
Recent accolades include last year’s award for the “Best Folk Band in Europe” at the prestigious Folkherbst competition in Germany and most recently winner of “Folk Band of the Year” at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards.