Pedi started playing the dulcimer in 1968. His love for old-time fiddle music, heard in rich doses in southern Appalachia, was the inspiration for his quest to reproduce that mountain fiddle sound on the dulcimer. Remarkably, he plays fiddle tunes up to speed, including all the notes, with a fiddle shuffle feel and the dynamics of the best fiddlers. Pedi has won over 30 first-place trophies and awards, has appeared three times on TNN’s “Fire on the Mountain,” and also on CBS’s “This Morning”. He played the dulcimer for the scores of “The Journey of August King” and “Songcatcher.”
The award-winning duo Atwater-Donnelly performs a unique and thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry. The highly praised husband-wife duo blend gorgeous vocals with an astonishing array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, limberjack, mandolin, harmonica, feet and more. They often collaborate with other musicians: Cathy Clasper-Torch, Heidi and John Cerrigione, and Uriah Donnelly; and Irish step-dancer Kevin Doyle; and can be seen performing solo, as a duo, trio, four-person band, or the six-member old-time gospel band Jerimoth Hill. Based in Rhode Island, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly have traveled extensively for 23 years in the United States, with occasional trips to Ireland, England, and Canada, not only to perform but also to find new songs and dances. They have produced six books, a film, and have 12 recordings that receive international airplay.
The acoustic duo of John and Heidi Cerrigione, from Ellington, CT, offer a simple brand of old-time acoustic music. Their instrumentation typically includes autoharp, hammered and mountain dulcimer, banjo, guitar, and acoustic bass. Their tunes are drawn from many traditional sources, including fiddle and dance music of early America, the British Isles, and Switzerland. Jigs, reels, hornpipes, and waltzes all find a place in the lineup.
They have performed and taught workshops at various festivals across the country. In 2003, the Cerrigiones released their first duet recording, “Wood Stoves and Bread Loaves.” Like “warm clothes and bread loaves and a fire in the wood stove,” these songs and tunes are some of their favorites. Each one brings back a face or a place that they’ve been. They truly do love the old songs the best. Their second duet recording, “Winter’s Turning,” was released in 2006. It’s a collection of family favorites along with others they’ve wanted to share ... a relaxing selection of instrumentals and vocal songs. “Joy to the World,” their third duo project, was released in 2009, and is an instrumental Christmas CD containing 16 melodies played on a variety of acoustic instruments.
Cost of admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students through high school. All seats are general admission. Doors will open at 7 pm. For tickets call (802) 464-8411 or visit www.memhall.org.