The Midwinter Spirits Concert features dazzlingly harmonized vocal music and thrilling sets of traditional Celtic tunes played on bagpipes, whistles, Irish flute, guitar, and bouzouki.
The five Vermont-based performers bring their sounds together on several pieces for a lush harmonic feast that includes quartets of pipes and voices, compositions by Slone, Houghton, and MacHarg, and original arrangements of songs from Tori Amos’ acclaimed “Midwinter Graces” record.
Since touring in 2011 with her indie rock and soul show, Slone has reconnected with her a cappella roots as a choral director and arranger.
Slone soon-to-be-released disco and vocal jazz infused pop record “Wow Me” follows her 2010 CD “The Baby and the Bath Water,” described by The Brattleboro Reformer as “irrepressibly rich ... with … shiny sound and abundant spirit, warmth, and wisdom.“
Slone is partnered on vocals by the luminous Libby Garofalo, of Atom Planet and Brattleboro’s biggest Afro-funk band Fenibo, and versatile powerhouse singer/songwriter Charity Houghton, who has taken to the stage and studio over the last two decades singing gospel, blues, rock, and the music of Appalachia. The three voices together have a profound and joyful resonance that will warm your very bones.
Dan Houghton, of the bands Cantrip, Parcel of Rogues and Prydein, is a Scottish piper, flutist, guitarist, and winner of the Scottish Lowland and Border Pipers Society Open Borderpipes and New Composition events. He has toured and taught extensively throughout Britain, Europe, Ireland, America, Asia, and the Antipodes, and recorded a solo CD “The Long March Home.”
MacHarg is a champion piper and director of the Vermont Institute of Celtic Arts.
Vermont’s only full-time piping instructor, and a music professor at Norwich University, MacHarg has founded three Highland pipe bands in Vermont, and published a collection of original tunes for the bagpipe called “Feadan Mor.”
MacHarg has recorded two albums, “Rooted in Tradition” and “Celtic Christmas.”
Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery is located at 139 Main Street.
Tickets for this concert are $12 general, $10 students and seniors. For ticket reservations and information call (802) 254-9276.
For more information visit www.JuliaMusic.com, www.pipingtool.co.uk, www.vtcelticarts.org, and www.hookerdunham.org.