The Vermont History Expo has earned the reputation for having topnotch musical and dance performances!
You can hear the music as you stroll around the fairgrounds! Enjoy lovely harmonies while you visit exhibits and demonstrations—or pull up a seat and watch while you enjoy a picnic or just rest awhile. We share music on two stages: the Gazebo in the main area of the fairgrounds, and on the hill near the log cabin and crafters.
Watch this space! Schedule coming soon.
About our musicians
The Ed Larkin Old Time Contra Dancers — Founder Ed Larkin organized the group in 1934 "to foster and perpetuate the Contra Dance." The group performs the dances just as Mr. Larkin taught them and is the oldest organized contra dance group in the United States.
Robert Resnik & Marty Morrisey — History Expo veterans Marty Morrissey and Robert Resnik have been playing music together for more than 25 years as a duo, as members of the Vermont Celtic band The Highland Weavers, and as originators of the Tin Pan Valentinos, a swing jazz quintet. They have released two critically acclaimed CDs of Vermont songs, and specialize in songs about Vermont and by Vermonters.
The Speckers— An old-time family trio comprised of legendary fiddler John Specker and his two daughters Lila and Ida Mae. The Speckers play traditional American music as its never been played before, taking a stand for honest, fresh music-making, The trio's recordings convey the energy of a live performance but nothing beats the way this father/daughter band drives a flesh and blood audience to near frenzy. As John is fond of saying, "We can take you there but we can't promise to bring you back." With The Specker family band on stage, the ordinary laws of time and gravity are suspended. Get out your dancing shoes and prepare to levitate!
Va-et-Vient - Addison County’s Va-et-Vient includes musiciennes Carol Reed (vocals, guitar, mandolin) , Suzanne Germain (vocals, percussion, flute) and multi-instrumentalist and singer Lausanne Allen (LaBombarde), presenting traditional Francophone music. Carol, a French teacher at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Shelburne, Suzanne, a Franco-American who grew up in Vermont, and fiddler extraordinaire Lausanne will serve up an eclectic mix of touching love songs and kickin’ Québecois, French and Cajun tunes. Audience participation is encouraged! Venez chanter avec nous!
The Sky Blue Boys - The Sky Blue Boys, Banjo Dan and Willy Lindner, play a lively program of traditional and original acoustic music. Their repertoire includes a mix of folk and parlor songs, Civil War numbers, early country and bluegrass tunes, and original songs often dealing with incidents in Vermont's fascinating history. With two voices and an array of stringed instruments their show is characterized by energy, variety and fun.
Rick Norcross - Rick Norcross, longtime leader of Vermont’s premier western swing band, Rick &The All-Star Ramblers, performs mostly original songs about life in Vermont set smoothly into the western swing style of music. Many of his songs are lighthearted snapshots of a lost Vermont. A third generation graduate of Hardwick Academy, Class of ‘63, Norcross began his career performing in 1962 at The Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe as a “folk singer,” today called a singer/songwriter, for 17 years playing mostly humorous songs, first around northern Vermont before moving on to perform at major folk venues like The Unicorn in Boston and The Gaslight in New York City.
Dave Carpenter - David played fiddle at his first contra dance in Montpelier when the dances were held upstairs over the NECI restaurant, Tubbs. Since then he has toured around the world playing for dancers from Vietnam to Ecuador to France and most importantly Danville and Cabot, Vermont. When not fiddling, David milks Jersey cows, raises Angus cattle and sells organic produce to local stores and restaurants. He lives in Cabot. David has run a local community contra dance in Danville and Cabot for many years. He has played for the performance dance groups – The Green Mountain Volunteers, FolKids of Vermont and the Kitchen Sync Cloggers. He has also recorded two albums, Eclectic Yankee and Tapping the Tradition.