Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Virtuoso Welsh fiddler Siân Phillips to perform at Green Mountain College

Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. — POULTNEY — Welsh fiddler Siân Phillips, considered one of Wales’ best fiddlers, will perform at Green Mountain College’s Ackley Auditorium Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the College’s Welsh Heritage Festival.

The program “Siân Phillips and Friends” features traditional fiddle music by Phillips accompanied by Vermont guitarist John Mowad. 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 compliment 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.

Phillips has played professionally for over 30 years, performing across Europe and the Eastern U.S. Using a baroque bow, her fiddling is described as expressive, haunting, delightful, creative, and deeply rooted in the traditional music of Wales.

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