Pete Sutherland and Tim Cummings
Saturday, October 29 at 7:30pm
Pete Sutherland and Tim Cummings —colleagues, friends, and former neighbors—combine once again to share a rich mix of music sourced from the related traditions of Appalachia, the British Isles, and Brittany, as well as from their own imaginations. Pairing fiddle & banjo, banjo & smallpipes, voice & whistle, and any number of unexpected musical combinations, they provide the audiences with fresh twists on traditional music—compelling, spirited morsels that delight the ear and nourish souls.
The two began their musical partnership in 2006, when Cummings began gleaning old-time fiddle tunes from Sutherland, for the purpose of playing them on Scottish-style bagpipes. Since then they have performed together at numerous concerts at Middlebury College (where they are both applied faculty), the Rokeby Museum, as well as for various other concerts and dances around the state. In 2012, Cummings enlisted Sutherland and Caleb Elder to combine for Cummings's groundbreaking first album, 'The Piper in the Holler: Tunes from Appalachia'. Their rendition of “Wayfaring Stranger” on that album now appears alongside tracks by Dolly Parton, Doc Watson, Pete Seeger, and Dougie MacLean on Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr's publication, "Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia” (2014, UNC Press).
T im Cummings is a Vermont-based composer and multi-instrumentalist (chiefly a piper) who enjoys an uncommonly diverse repertoire. His music spans from contemporary and sacred music to the traditional melodies of the British Isles, Appalachia, Cape Breton, Brittany, and beyond. He has lead workshops and performed at a variety of festivals and gatherings throughout eastern North America.
Recent projects have included composing the original score for the indie Scottish film 'To Kill a Kelpie' (recorded in 2013), publishing 'How Can I Keep from Singing?', a collection of songs arranged for voice and smallpipes (2014), and “The Wind Among the Reeds”, a duo album with Jeremiah McLane (2016). In addition to teaching and performing , Cummings operates Birchen Music & Publishing, a cottage industry devoted to publishing a diverse array of new music for Scottish-style pipes. He also writes for the National Piping Centre's Piping Today magazine.
A warm voiced singer, songsmith and accomplished multi-instrumentalist, known equally for his potent originals and his intense recreations of age old ballads and fiery fiddle tunes, Pete Sutherland “covers the map” and shines with a “…pure spirit which infuses every bit of his music, and cannot fail to move all who hear him.” (American Festival of Fiddle Tunes) He has been on staff at dance and music camps coast to coast and is a widely known year-round teacher and performer at home. Sutherland is a veteran of many touring and recording groups including Metamora, Rhythm In Shoes, The Woodshed Allstars, Woods Tea Company, Ira Bernstein's Ten Toe Percussion and is a founding member of the long running ‘contradance jamband' The Clayfoot Strutters. He is also a producer with over 80 projects under his belt, and a prolific songwriter covered by the likes of Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Nightingale and Altan.
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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