Catamount Arts announced Thursday after a conversation with representatives from local healthcare organizations that First Night North will not proceed as planned. Executive Director Jody Fried spoke with officials from Northern Counties Health Care and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, and while hearts were heavy, the decision was unanimous and unambiguous. Live in-person performances of this scale are not safe at this time.
“The omicron variant is so contagious and is moving so quickly,” says Fried, “that we need to act with an abundance of caution. In the case of First Night, that means cancelling the in-person event and exploring a last-minute pivot to a virtual alternative. ” VIRTUAL SCHEDULE AVAILABLE HERE.
Arts Connect Juried Show
ABOUT: After a year marked by a pandemic and forced closure of numerous arts organizations, Catamount Arts is pleased to announce its 2021 Arts Connect at Catamount Arts Juried Show as an opportunity to feature new and exciting work by emerging and established artists.
Work will be on view in the Fried Family and Rankin Galleries in St. Johnsbury’s Catamount Arts Building from December 22-December 30 from noon until 9 pm, from noon until 7 pm on December 31, noon to 4 pm on January 1, and January 8-April 10 on Wednesdays-Sundays, noon until 9 pm.
Due to the pandemic, an in-person reception will not be held. Instead, the public is invited to join us on Friday, January 21 for a virtual tour of the gallery and presentation of artist prizes and awards!
Shortly after 8 pm Catamount Arts will draw the winning ticket for this year’s All Wheel for the Arts JEEP raffle. You can view the drawing live on Catamount’s Facebook page.
January 1 Dance Circle
Welcome the New Year with a Circle Dance. All are welcome to dance 3 to 5 on January 1 at Universalist Unitarian Church, 47 Cherry Street. All dances are taught. No experience or partner is needed. Face masks required. For further information email email@example.com. Please park on the street or in the lot before you get to the building. We can not park in the lot next to the ground floor door.
Bob & Sarah Amos
The popular father-daughter duo Bob & Sarah Amos present an exciting and varied program of Americana, Folk and Bluegrass original and traditional songs, with intricate guitar work, and soulful and soaring vocal harmonies. Bob Amos is an award winning and chart topping songwriter who has recorded twelve albums and performed throughout the USA and Europe. His songs have also been recorded by other top national Bluegrass performers. Fifteen years ago Bob began performing with his thirteen year old daughter Sarah, who has since developed into a vocalist of remarkable power and sensitivity. Together, their vocal blend is mesmerizing. Performing at 7:00 pm. Watch here.
The Barnyard Incident
This 5 piece acoustic band wraps its variety of instruments vocals. Musical and styles around the talents of seasoned musical veterans. The Barnyard Incident is Deb Sullivan on lead vocals and percussion, Perry Williams thumping his upright bass, Barry Moore picking his array of dobro,and guitar, as well as blowing some harp, Dean Bakes on mandolin and electric guitar for a rock set James Sullivan playing fiddle and guitar, and everyone singing in solid harmony. Together they create a rhythmic sound ranging all the way from toe-tapping barn-burners to smooth ballads. Expect music covering alt country, rock,some bluegrass, Celtic, and blues, along with band originals. And you might just hear some tales of the of the original “incident,” the ashes of which gave rise to their name. Performing at 10:00 pm. Watch here.
Caledonia Jazz Ensemble
Getting their start as the house band at Salt Bistro, Caledonia Jazz is now a Northeast Kingdom fixture. Playing jazz standards and many original tunes, they like to keep it full of energy and experimentation. The trio is Linda Warnaar on trumpet and drums, Micah Carbonneau on the bass, and Kevin Colosa on the keys, all three sharing vocals. Performing at 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Watch the 4:00 show. Watch the 5:00 show.
The Chamberlain Sisters
Big Sister Autumn, with twin sisters Lauren and Sadie sing harmonies that are as close as their family relationship. With guitar and keyboard and Autumn’s gift of perfect pitch, the Chamberlain Sisters sing their pop classics and original songs right in tune. Performing at 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Watch the 5:00 pm show.Watch the 8:00 pm show.
Inspired by the high-energy Gaelic music of Nova Scotia, Footworks is a dynamic, Vermont-based instrumental band whose goal is to bring to audiences the powerful rhythm and beautiful melodies of Cape Breton music. Members have played nationally at such venues as the Boston Celtic Music Festival and The National Old Time Music Festival, as well as at local venues. Performing at 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm. Watch the 10:00 pm show.Watch the 11:00 pm show.
A virtuoso woodwind and piano ensemble, the Heliand Consort performs engaging classical music from the Baroque through 20th century and contemporary repertoire. Hailed for dynamic performances and creative programs, this quartet upends the traditional concert experience with its unique blend of chamber music, new music and songs. The group is distinguished by its commitment to audience engagement, bringing live music to young audiences, seniors, and off-the-beaten path venues in rural areas. With Cynthia Huard on piano, Katie Oprea on oboe, Berta Frank on flute, and Rachel Elliot on bassoon, the Heliand Consort also raise their voices in close harmonies. They love interacting with our audiences and sharing our enthusiasm for live classical music. Performing at 7:00 pm. Watch here.
Dan Houghton & Rachel Clemente
Vermont based duo, Rachel Clemente and Dan Houghton bring together an unlikely pairing of bagpipes and harp. While firmly rooted in the fertile ground of Scottish traditional music, their gritty, avant-garde musical interpretations put them at the forefront of Celtic folk musicians in New England. Houghton is a member of Cantrip, Pipers’ Den and former member of Salsa Celtica. Clemente is a member of harp duo Two Shores and a US National Scottish Harp champion. They are both avid tunesmiths and their repertoire reflects this as it features many original compositions as well as traditional melodies. Performing at 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Watch 8:00 show.
Islay Mist Ceilidh
A ceilidh (pronounced “kay-lee”) is a Gaelic word usually referring to an informal evening of Scottish traditional music. Islay Mist Ceilidh is an engaging group from northern New Hampshire that is fast gaining a following as the freshest, most enjoyable collection of enthusiasts of traditional Celtic music in New England. The music is toe-tapping, hand-clapping friendly and celebrates not only the Celtic heritage of our area, but the positive, community-minded spirit as well. Performing at 6:00 pm. Watch here.
Composing music since the mid-1980s, Dan Kennedy has developed one of the more distinctive voices in the solo piano field. With a style sometimes described as “Classical Crossover,” Kennedy approaches his compositions with a conservatory-trained formal sensibility, and along the way overlays sparkling melodies and flashes of unexpected improvisation. Music has always been intuitive to Kennedy; he has always fell his music to be lyrical strives to “say something” with his melodies. Just before the Covid pandemic hit, Kennedy won the Enlightened Piano Radio 2019 Album of the Year award. Performing at 9:00 pm. Watch here.
Vermont recording artists The Kingdom All Stars rely on peer inspiration to create and record original rock, funk, soul, country, blues and alternative music that is now heard across the world on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube and many other digital platforms.
The band, which features the most talented, hard working and group oriented young musicians in the Northeast Kingdom, also performs a wide variety of popular music covers live in concert.
2021 International Songwriting Competition and Unsigned Music Competiton semi-finalists.
For more than 30 years, the Maple Leaf Seven ensemble has been bringing its Dixieland style jazz well north of the Mason-Dixon line. Under the direction of Phil Brown, these seven musicians combine clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, tuba/bass and drums to perform a broad selection of favorites from the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong and others. But it isn’t just the sound of New Orleans. Enjoy swing, traditional jazz, contemporary songs, spirituals, and gospel hymns and even some rock ‘n roll are also added to the pot with that unique Dixie spice to make maple-sweetened gumbo for a cold winter night. Performing at 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm. Watch the 10:00 pm show.Watch the 11:00 pm show.
Marko the Magician
What makes Marko’s performances so special is his ability to mystify, entertain, and make everyone laugh on different levels at the same time. Marko’s magic show truly transcends all age and social barriers to bring people together in a common state of amazement. Watch your family member’s faces as they watch Marko perform tricks, hear them laugh with sheer delight at his jokes, see their eyes sparkle, then you have seen the real magic. Performing at 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Watch the 6:00 pm show.Watch the 10:00 pm show.
Not Quite Dead
This acoustic trio that brings together three seasoned and accomplished musicians who capture the essence of the traditional and roots music that inspired the Grateful Dead. Their repertoire also includes original and Grateful Dead music. Featuring Carol Hausner on guitar and mandolin, Donovan Delabruere on guitar, and founder Jonathan “Doc” Kaplan on piano, Not Quite Dead’s strong and enduring vocals and harmonies combined with great musicianship blend together to create their full, unique sound. Performing at 5:00 pm. Watch here.
From the far eastern realm of New Hampshire, all the way out to the western borderland of Burlington, Phoenix Bazaar has delighted young and old with their fiery antics. This odd assortment of fire artists is dedicated to exploring the balance of movement and flame with a range of props that include poi, fans, staff, hoop and swords. Performing at 5:40 pm, 6:40 pm, and 8:00 pm. Watch the 5:40 show here.Watch the 6:40 show here.Watch the 8:00 show here.
Pitz Quattrone, Didgeridoo Maverick
The didgeridoo, that magical instrument from aboriginal Australia, has taken Vermonter Pitz Quattrone from the Arctic Circle to the Equator performing and passing on what he has learned about the “didge.” This master player, builder, and teacher of the “didge” creates grooves that move! Pitz writes songs from tragic to comic, and everything in between. Whether manic and hilarious, or serious as a heart attack, Pitz is as unique as the didgeridoo itself. Performing at 5:00 pm. Watch here.
Adam Reczek & Johna Saltsman
Weaving together a warm tapestry of original folk music with equal parts delicate fingerstyle intricacy and danceable rhythmic guitar strumming, Adam Reczek writes songs and sings them with a purpose. A music educator by trade, Johna Saltsman was raised in a musical family, honing her chops on the violin from her earliest days. Together, they perform a personal and intimate voicing of Reczek’s songs, blending their acoustic instruments and vocal harmony to provide a warm hug of sound. Performing at 7:00 pm. Watch here.
Dana and Susan Robinson
Americana roots and folk duo, Dana and Susan Robinson combine vivid, songwriting, and storytelling, with fiddle tunes, banjo grooves, elegant melodies, and rich harmony singing. Drawing upon experiences of more than twenty years of touring, Dana and Susan craft a performance that conveys the mystery and wonders of their journey. Their unique blend of original songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage and how it relates to our contemporary lives. Performing at 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Watch the 6:00 pm show. Watch the 8:00 pm show.
Harpist Bill Tobin Is an outdoor enthusiast whose original compositions are often inspired by the peace and joy that is found in nature. Bill is the harp chairperson at the New Hampshire Highland Games where he has won numerous awards including the New England Scottish Harp Championship. In addition to his highly regarded contemporary tunes, Tobin is also playing lively jigs and his arrangements of well-known classical and sacred music. His program includes works on his Celtic harp, electronic harp, and the grand concert harp. Performing at 8:00 pm. Watch here.
Tod Pronto Trio
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Tod Pronto returns to First Night joined this year by veteran musicians Micah Carbonneau on drums and Jonny Howes on the upright bass. These best friends since high school make music that combines folk, roots music, country, rock, and blues. Thus they create a unique blend of Americana music, that also features Pronto’s originals and his humorous and energetic brand of storytelling. Pronto has shared the stage throughout New England with the likes of Ellis Paul, Jonathan Edwards, Livingston Taylor, and many more. Performing at 6:00 pm. Watch here.
With their irradiating mix of originals, traditional American, Cuban, reggae, rock, funk, blues, Tritium Well produces ecstatic musical experiences that feel like sonic excursions around the Earth! Hot guitarist Bobby Farlice-Rubio leads this “radioactive” four-member ensemble with wicked violinist Nick Anzalone, world-class drummer Linda Warnaar, and brilliant bassist Kevin Colosa. When people ask what kind of music they play, the standard answer is always “roots, rock, and reggae!” just to satisfy the need for brevity. Their varied and uncommon repertoire includes songs made famous by Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Hank Williams, Buena Vista Social Club, Leadbelly, Willie Nelson, Grateful Dead, Old Crow Medicine Show, among others. Whatever beat they play, feel free to get up and boogie! Performing at 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm. Watch the 10:00 show. Watch the 11:00 show.
J. T. Turner, Storyteller
Northeast Kingdom-based award-winning actor and storyteller J.T. Turner shares traditional global tales such as Nian and the Lunar New Year (China), The Poor Man with the Kind Heart (Kenya), The Tailor of Pinsk (Belarus) and The Three Dolls (Persia/Iran). These engaging stories bring both laughter and life lessons, and are sure to delight all ages. Actor, director, voice-over talent, historian, and educator J.T. Turner and his partner, Marci Diamond, run The Actors Company, offering live online and in-person theatrical programming of all kinds. Performing at 6:00 pm. Watch here.
United Community Handbell Ensemble
First Night occurs right in the middle of the 12 days of Christmas. The United Community Handbell Ensemble celebrates the season with a “Carol-Ring.” Under the direction of Phil Brown, their program features seasonal carols from various traditions, plus opportunities for the audience to sing along. Performing at 4:00 pm. Watch here.
With backgrounds rich in French cultures and language, through lifelong experiences living and traveling in French-speaking lands, Va-et-vient (“Come & Go”) creates beautiful harmonies. Celebrating the many colors found in music from several French cultures, Carol Reed, Suzanne Germain, and Lausanne Allen take you from 16th century France to New Orleans with lively dance numbers, touching love songs, kickin’ Cajun tunes, and rollicking Créole favorites. From neighbors to the north, these musiciennes bring back new old tunes learned from Québecois elders (and youngsters!) and re-weave them into their own arrangements. The Addison county trio accompanies their vocal harmonies on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, flute, and percussion. Performing at 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Watch the 5:00 show. Watch the 7:00 show.
In case you’re wondering, “improv” is short for improvisational comedy. It’s a form of live theater in which the plot, characters, and dialogue are made up on the spot from audience suggestions and structures called “games.”
Valley Improv is the premiere improvisational comedy troupe in this part of Vermont and New Hampshire. Founded in 2008, they have been performing fun and energetic comedy all around northern New England for over a decade now. Valley Improv is well prepared to make you laugh! Performing at 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm. Watch the 7:00 pm show. Watch the 11:00 pm show.
Stunningly powerful vocal harmony floods the room when the Windborne singers take the stage. Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon share a vibrant energy onstage – their connection to each other and to the music clearly evident. Windborne shifts fluidly among radically different genres of polyphonic vocal music like no band you have ever heard, as comfortable with an improvised Corsican couplet song as an English ballad. They have collected songs for over 15 years from traditional singing masters from cultures around the world. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing. Performing at 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Watch the 6:00 pm show.Watch the 9:00 pm show.
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