Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Siân Phillips, fiddler from Wales, performs in the Chandler Upper Gallery with Vermont musicians

Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. — RANDOLPH — On Saturday, Oct. 11, Siân Phillips, fiddler from Wales performs at the Chandler Center for the Arts, Upper Gallery with Vermont folk musicians, Iain MacHarg, Sarah Hotchkiss, and John Mowad. The concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in the Upper Gallery.

Siân has played professionally for over 30 years, performing across Europe and the Eastern US. Siân’s music spans many genres but her heart and soul remain rooted deeply in the traditional music of Britain, which she has always loved, and particularly in that of her native Wales, all of which makes her the ideal ‘tradition bearer’ to bring Welsh traditional music to the U.S.

The concert will be a rare and exceptional opportunity to hear a repertoire and style seldom played in the United States. “Siân is regarded as one of the foremost exponents of her craft and never fails to entrance her audiences.” –Creightons Collection, UK. Siân’s fiddling is expressive, haunting, delightful, creative, and deeply rooted in the traditional music of Wales. She uses a baroque bow which gives her the unique sound that will captivate her audiences and leave them spellbound.

During her performance, called “Siân Phillips and Friends,” Siân will be accompanied by the accomplished and creative guitar playing of John Mowad, who is one of Vermont’s most versatile and imaginative musicians. Joining Siân on fiddle and viola with melodies and harmonies will be Sarah Hotchkiss, whose sound has been described as “deep, rich, clear, pure and…[goes] straight to the heart.” Iain MacHarg, “one of Vermont’s most celebrated bagpipe artists,” will be playing his small pipes and whistles to complement the band. The concerts will consist of fiddle tunes from Wales set in both traditional and contemporary arrangements, along with a refreshing mix of musical genres shared between the musicians of the “New World” and Siân.

This show is general admission: adult tickets are $16 in advance and $19 day of show; student tickets are $10. Tickets available by calling 802-728-6464 or online at A cash bar will be available.

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