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Make Music Day '21 - Randolph, VT - In person and online!

On Monday, June 21st, towns and cities the world around will be celebrating the 39th annual International Make Music Day. This global celebration of music occurs every year on the same day in over 1000 cities in 120 countries. This year, the Randolph Arts and Culture Committee will be helping Randolph join the celebration by organizing free musical performances in five locations around Randolph. The performances will also be available virtually via continuous live-stream.

Locations for the performances were chosen both to provide accessible and unique musical venues, and also because each site features an installation of public art.

Kicking things at 4:00 off will be singer-songwriter AliT, playing adjacent to the new Paul Calter sculpture Lemon Lily in Roz’s Park at the intersection of Elm and Forest Streets. Alison Turner, better known as AliT, is a singer-songwriter (guitar/voice) based in Vermont. Once described as “a less-neurotic Alanis Morissette”, the songstress records and performs a heartfelt and unique style of indie pop. Having started writing songs at the age of seven, Ali has developed into an introspective songwriter and versatile performer.

Next, Beth Telford’s fiddle students will play at the Randolph Recreation Center starting at 5:00. Beth Telford is a renowned Cape Breton style fiddle player who teaches students throughout central Vermont in this beautiful and energetic musical tradition. Also at the Recreation Center those in attendance will find Harmony Park, a collection of outdoor musical instruments installed last summer by the Randolph Rotary clubs, as well as Make your Own Musical Instrument kits provided by the Arts Bus and the White River Craft Center.

At 6:00pm the action will move across the footbridge and back down to Main Street, where McCaffrey, Coane, and Rowell will play a set of upbeat country, western swing, and rockabilly music on the front steps of the historic and influential Chandler Center for the Arts. The members of this trio have been deeply involved in the music scene in the Randolph region (and well beyond) for years, and their high energy sound is sure to get toes tapping. The Chandler steps are often seen as a hangout spot for young talent from the area, and they also house The Gift, a cast bronze work by renowned local sculptor Karen Petersen.

Just up the block and around the corner from Chandler is The Gear House, and the front porch of this sports shop and outdoor recreation hub will provide the stage for reggae duo DrumStick at 7:00pm. Rory Loughran (drums, vocals) and Jofus (Chapman Stick, vocals) will keep the party going on the streets of Randolph. Looking up, folks will see Skier by sculptor Chris Wilson, a skier apparently emerging from the end wall of the building.

The evening’s festivities will draw to a close just a short drive up the road at Whale Dance, sculptor Jim Sardonis’ iconic cast bronze work. Sardonis will be on hand, but wearing a guitar rather than a sculptor's apron. Sardonis and Second Wind bandmates Eric Sakai, Jim Green, and Ralph Molinario will play a long set of folk rock covers and original songs to a crowd spread out in the field below Whale Dance while the sun sets behind the ridge of the Green Mountains.

Thank you for the generous support of our sponsors and community partners; The Gear House, Ayers Brook, Frankenburg Agency, The Underground , Muleskinner Instruments, Chandler Center for the Arts, The Arts Bus, the White River Craft Center, Randolph Recreation Department, Town of Randolph and Kimball Public Library.

Full event details are available on the Facebook event page: . We hope to see you there!

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This CA Flatlander is also a new "Jig" violinist who for years has been performing and recording classical Vivaldi and crew. "Swallowtail Jig" is a real hoot which I perform at a very high tempo. I plan to come to VT in the near future to listen and learn the French-Canadian style of music. Best regards to all you fine musicians. Jerry K. Loeb -- Palm Springs, CA.

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