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The Moon Shells Concert & Dance

May 31 at 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$10 – $20
5-member bluegrass band with instruments stands outside

The Moon Shells kick off the Green Mountain Oldtime Workshop Weekend with a Concert and Dance at the Barn at Beaver Brook Farm. The Moon Shells draw from the traditional dance music of Appalachia, Louisiana, and West Africa to make modern sounds on traditional oldtime stringband instruments. In 2022 they were nominated for Americana Band of the Year for the New England Music Awards.

The event Friday night will begin at 5pm with an Oldtime Jam Session – open to the public for both playing and listening! The jam session will be followed with a potluck dinner at 7pm. The Dance and Concert will begin at 8pm.

Maggie Shar, Brian Slattery, Laura Murawski, Molly Merrett, and Charlie Shaw make up the Moon Shells. Since 2019 they have released four albums of traditional fiddle tunes and original songs. The Hartford Courant included Seaside Asylum and Earth in its list of best regional albums for 2019 and 2021, respectively.

The Barn at Beaver Brook Farm Is a beautifully restored, 3-level, 8000 sq. ft. barn located one mile from Marshfield Village. The barn hosts a stage and dance floor, plus ample space for classes and jam sessions There are an abundance of hiking trails on the property and camping is 10 minutes away.

The inaugural Green Mountain Oldtime Workshop Weekend will feature an array of music workshops, dances, concerts, and jam sessions. Workshops in oldtime and Cajun fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass and harmony singing will be given. Teachers include regional favorites, Matt Flinner, Katie Trautz, and Dana Robinson, plus the Moon Shells string band. Participants are in for a weekend chock-full of old-time Appalachian stringband music, dance, food, community, celebration and education.

The Green Mountain Oldtime Workshop Weekend is a collaborative project between Cabot Arts and the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture. The goal of this project is to revitalize fiddle traditions in Central Vermont.


May 31
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10 – $20
Event Category:


Cabot Arts
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Creative Zone
Four-County Zone (Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Washington Counties)