Will Woodson and Eric McDonald
Saturday, September 10 at 7:30pm
We welcome Will Woodson and Eric McDonald, two of today's finest young proponents of traditional Scottish music. With an unusual blend of wind and plucked strings, they bring a welcome sensitivity to a tradition that is often known for its high velocity. Still, their music is full of drive and energy, thanks to shared impulses that permeate their simpatico sound. It's the sum product of two musicians well versed in their tradition, playing honest and at times risky music.
The organic chemistry of the duo is omnipresent on their new album, 'The Sunny Hills'. They recorded the album the way they play at concerts or at home: live and face to face, with no overdubs and as much raw energy as they can muster. Almost exclusively made up of old tunes and songs from the Scottish and Cape Breton repertoires, roaring reels and lilting jigs give way to haunting ballads and poignant eighteenth century waltzes. There is an exceptional variety of timbre for a duo, largely thanks to the multi-instrumental capabilities of both musicians.
Together, Woodson and McDonald weave their sounds into a textured and detailed fabric, fusing border pipes, wooden flute, guitar, mandolin, and voice to create a sound that is sweet but also wild, traveling from darkness to light.
Since a young age, Will Woodson has made traditional Scottish music on the border pipes his life's work. He spent years living in Glasgow, earning a master's degree in traditional Scottish music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and immersing himself in the rich musical culture of the city. Following these endeavors, he returned to the U.S. to study and work in New York City and Portland, Maine under pipe maker Nate Banton, through which he has vastly expanded his knowledge of the instrument.
Eric McDonald grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, a hub for traditional musicians of all kinds and attended Boston's Berklee College of Music. He's well versed in the Scottish idiom and is known for performing with the trio Cantrip, Scottish fiddler Katie McNally and national Scottish fiddle champions Ryan McKasson and Brendan Carey Block.
Tickets are $20 with a pre-concert dinner available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.
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