Vermont Fiddle Orchestra Concert - Hope to See You!

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Apr 8, 2023, 7 to 8:30 PM

Vermont Fiddle Orchestra Spring Concert Features Guest Fiddler Katie Trautz

The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra proudly presents its Spring Concert at the Barre Opera House on Saturday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is by donation. The concert will feature guest artist fiddler Katie Trautz of Montpelier. Katie brings swinging Cajun music from Louisiana to the orchestra's program, which also includes traditional jigs, reels, waltzes and other old-time tunes from Ireland, Sweden, Quebec, France's Breton region, the Shetland Islands, Appalachia and Vermont. Artistic Director Peter Macfarlane contributed a composition of his own, as well as two tunes by well-loved musician Pete Sutherland, who passed away in November.

Katie Trautz ( is a multi-instrumentalist and singer who has toured the U.S. and internationally sharing traditional music and original folk songs. Her Cajun band is Pointe Noir and she is also part of the old-time music band Last Chance. She started the folk music school The Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture in Montpelier, created a book of traditional harmony tunes for kids, and is now Executive Director of MontpelierAlive.

When he's not arranging harmonies for some 35 fiddlers, several guitars, cellos, mandolins, flutes and pipes, a bass and a banjo and corralling them all into a fine performing orchestra, Artistic Director Peter Macfarlane ( plays with the bands Atlantic Crossing and Frost and Fire, teaches fiddle, composes tunes, tutors biology and chemistry, and builds and paddles light-weight cedar-strip canoes.

The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra was founded in 2003 by fiddler Sarah Hotchkiss, and will celebrate twenty wonderful years of fiddling community at its December 2023 concert. For more information on the orchestra, visit

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Barre Opera House, North Main Street, Barre, VT

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