FSGW is hosting a live-stream concert with Pete Sutherland and Oliver Scanlon on Sunday evening December 13 from 8:00-9:30 PM on Zoom and Facebook Live.
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Two of Northern Vermont’s fiddling folk heroes OLIVER SCANLON and PETE SUTHERLAND celebrate their unique musical journey and deep personal and professional relationship – fifteen years and counting – from mentor/student to colleagues.
Settle in for a wide-ranging two-man tune swap of traditional and original fiddle music beautiful and blazing, with piano, banjo, guitar, mandolin, double fiddles and more, topped off with Pete’s fine songwriting and the warmth of close harmony singing. Oliver and Pete are 2/3 of the touring and recording group PETE’S POSSE who have played the Glen Echo Dances many times, and who have a brand new double album, “YA KNOW, YA NEVER KNOW”.
PETE SUTHERLAND: A warm voiced singer-songsmith and accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Pete is known equally for his potent originals and his intense recreations of age-old ballads and fiery fiddle tunes. The American Festival of Fiddle Tunes said Pete “covers the map and shines with a …pure spirit which infuses every bit of his music, and cannot fail to move all who hear him.” He has been on staff at dance and music camps coast to coast and is a widely known year-round teacher and performer at home. Sutherland is a veteran of many touring and recording groups including Metamora, Rhythm In Shoes, The Woodshed Allstars, Woods Tea Company, Ira Bernstein’s Ten Toe Percussion and is a founding member of the long running ‘contradance jamband’ The Clayfoot Strutters. He is also a producer with over 80 projects under his belt, and a prolific songwriter covered by the likes of Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Nightingale and Altan.
OLIVER SCANLON: A soulful multi-instrumentalist and spellbinding composer, Oliver began his journey of musical discovery playing the viola with the Vermont Youth Orchestra when he was nine. Shortly after he was introduced to his mentor Pete and the immense parallel universe of fiddle music! His keen interest in fiddling led him to seek out further learning and performing opportunities through Mark Sustic’s “Fiddleheads” program, and soon he began attending music camps where he studied various styles with Alan Jabbour, Kimberley Fraser, Andrea Beaton, Eric Favreau and other master fiddlers. In 2008, Oliver and few talented middle school friends formed a group, The Irregulars, a six piece outfit that has played scores of local dances and festivals, and took first prize in the 2011 Young Tradition Vermont talent contest. Then in 2013 he both co-founded Pete’s Posse and became the youngest member of Pete’s long running dance band The Clayfoot Strutters. He released his solo album “The Pond Jam” in 2014, which was both his senior project before graduating high school and a testament to his passion and artistry. Recognized not only for his mesmirizing playing, but also for being a meticulous sound tech.
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