Event Details

Spice on Snow Festival - January 25-28, 2018

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All Festival - no Workshops - $80

All Festival - with Workshops - $110 *

All Friday - $50 indv. / $40 adv

Alll Saturday - $55 indv. / $45 adv

Workshops - $20 each / 3 for $40

April Verch Fiddle Workshop - $20

Friday Cajun Dance (only) $20

Friday Dinner & Dance Combo - $30

Saturday Evening Concert (only) - $20

Saturday Evening Dinner/Concert Combo - $35

Modern Times Theater - Family Ticket - $10

(*"with workshops" is 2 or 3 workshops)

Now in our 8th year, the Spice on Snow mid-winter festival is Summit School’s flagship event. Next January, we continue the tradition of bringing spicy-hot music, culture and cuisine from Louisiana, Southern Appalachia, and throughout Vermont to Montpelier, for our annual city-wide shindig! Our 2018 Headliners are…

From Ontario, Canada – April Verch Band - The April Verch Band is a tour de force of North Americana sounds. Verch and her fellow trio members highlight the simple pleasures of upright bass, guitar, clawhammer banjo, voices, fiddle, and stepping in intimate conversation. At the heart lie Verch’s delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning playing. Sometimes she sings, steps and fiddles all at once! Her live show a beautiful companion to her music: versatile, robust, and masterfully executed.

From Louisiana – David Greely and Blake Miller - Grammy nominated David Greely and Blake Miller represent a new wing of Cajun and Louisiana roots music. With fiddles, accordion and voices they play fiery two steps, ancient ballads, cane field blues, and yearning waltzes. Alumni of legacy Cajun bands The Revelers, Balfa Toujours, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, The Mamou Playboys and The Pine Leaf Boys, David and Blake meld an ancestral legacy with their own compositions. Accompanying David and Blake will be Vermont’s own Green Mountain Playboys.

From Brattleboro, Vermont – Scott Ainslie - Scott Ainslie is steeped in Old-Time Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, as well as Black Gospel and Blues. Armed with a variety of vintage guitars, a fretless gourd banjo, a one-string, homemade diddley bow (aka cigar box guitar), Scott shares personal anecdotes of his encounters with senior musicians across the South. He offers a personality, a moment in history, and a vignette to entice you into a song and to give that song a chance to wake and breathe among us like a living thing.

From throughout Central Vermont – Young Tradition Touring Group - After wowing a capacity audience at Bethany Sanctuary in 2017, Spice on Snow welcomes Vermont’s own “Young Tradition Touring Group” back for an encore performance! The Touring Group consists of 22 teen players, singers, and dancers who focus on learning and performing traditional music and dance repertoire. Touring Groups have previously traveled to Cape Breton, New York State, Northumberland in England, Scotland, and the West Coast of Ireland.

Rounding out our lineup – Top-notch talent from throughout Vermont, Modern Times Theater (Family Program) The Rear Defrosters (Country & Honky Tonk), Big Night (Cajun & Swing) Granite Junction Brian Slattery (Old Time), Tim Jennings & Leanne Ponder Jon Gailmor Mayfly, Ukulele Extravaganza, Two Cents in the Till (Folk), Kick ‘Em Jenny (Old Time), Dana and Susan Robinson (Folk, Americana) Afternoon Workshops, Free-to-the-public live music at venues throughout Montpelier, Irish, Old Time, Swedish & Bluegrass Jam Sessions… and so much more!

  • When: Thu Jan. 25 - 5:00 pm
    Sun Jan. 28 1:00 pm

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