Lectures and Music at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library
Fourth Thursdays, 7 – 8:30 PM, January through April
Across the North, music plays important cultural roles for natives and residents, and it has played valuable roles in the formation of northern nations. Whether in the magical, folk, or classical style, whether mouthharp or fiddle, drums or accordion, whether ballads or laments, lullabies or strongly personal songs, the North can be characterized by its deep connections to snow and ice and the unattainable.
As the first in a series of northern music events, The Center for Circumpolar Studies plans to bring four key musicians and poets to the Kellogg Hubbard Library on the fourth Thursdays for four months, starting in January. Among our lineup are Scandinavian fiddlers, mouthharp geniuses, balladeers, and entertainers, all with key ideas about the role music plays in the North, as well as how it is played.
January 24 – Katie Trautz, “Fiddling in Scandinavia”
Katie has been gathering fiddling traditions from the deep south and deep north, most
recently Norway and Sweden (http://www.katietrautz.com/). She plans on demonstrating
some of the motifs behind the traditions and sharing stories about her musical journey to
Scandinavia. Katie will also be performing alongside the well-known Swedish fiddler Anna
Lindblad at the Summit School Winter Folk Music Festival in downtown Montpelier Jan. 18-
February 28 – Norman Kennedy, “Scots Ballads and Stories”
Using traditional ballads and stories, Norman Kennedy will illustrate the interweaving of
music, folklore, and social customs in the Hebrides as compared with the very different culture found on the mainland and in the south of Scotland. Norman Kennedy is a lifetime National Heritage Fellow and an internationally recognized singer, storyteller, and master handloom weaver.
March 28 – “Mouthharp and the North”
Whatever it is called, the mouthharp has been a portable part of many northern music
traditions. In Siberia, the khomus has attained very high status as will be seen in this film about award-winning musicians Klavdiia and German Khatylaev’s extraordinary playing.
April 25 – Anthony Barrand, “Dark Ships in the Northern Woods: Ballads and Stories of the Supernatural”
A former professor of anthropology at Boston University, Tony Barrand is both an expert and exponent of traditional song and dance, who has released more than 20 recordings as well as performed widely with the ensemble Nowell Sing We Clear.
Supported in part by:
Vermont Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities
Summit School of Traditional Music and its Winter Folk Music Festival
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Vermont Humanities Council