Young Tradition Vermont is a local organization dedicated to making folk music and dance accessible to everyone.
I have been very involved with YTV for many years at this point. In sixth grade I started going to Fiddleheads which is a small group that meets at Vermont Violins and is directed at younger fiddlers. I still go sometimes to help out and learn, and have preformed with them many times.
I have also been a part of the last two Young Tradition Touring Groups which are designed to take a group of traditional music students overseas with a performance set to preform in schools and learn from music students there.
In April of 2014 we went to northern England and Scotland and preformed at many schools there. We collaborated a lot with the Northumbrian Ranters who are a similar group to Young Tradition Vermont. We were there for about five days and had a concert every day, though the trip was mostly based around sightseeing. Here is our promotional video.
In April of 2016 the Young Tradition Touring Group took a trip to Ireland with a slightly bigger group. This tour was very different than the one in 2014. We were jam packed with concerts, workshops, and sessions the entire time. To add to this, we also moved around a lot. The longest we stayed in one place was about two and half days when we were in Ennis. The entire tour was a crazy experience, and I learned a lot about music, as well as myself. Here is the promo for that trip, as well as an exert from our last concert in Vermont.
Our 2017 tour of Cape Breton island in Nova Scotia was a kind of mix between the England trip and the Ireland trip. For the majority of the trip we stayed at the Gaelic College which is a music school in the rural area of Cape Breton. However, we stayed in Halifax for a day and did a workshop with Dave McIsaac and Allie Bennett who are two well known Canadian fiddlers.