The Vermont History Expo has earned the reputation for having topnotch musical and dance performances!
Expo is held every other year, and you can look forward to hearing music all over as you stroll around the fairgrounds! Visitors can enjoy lovely harmonies while visiting exhibits and demonstrations. Or you can pull up a seat and watch while you enjoy a picnic or just rest awhile. We typically share music on two stages: the Gazebo in the main area of the fairgrounds, and on the hill near the log cabin and crafters.
Music featured in 2016
10:15 am The Sky Blue Boys
11:15 am Seth Warner Fife & Drum Corps
1:30 pm Rick Norcross
2:30 pm Float 'n Crowbar
3:30 pm Va-et-Vient
Music on the Hill
10:30 am Float 'n Crowbar
11:30 am Va-et-Vient
1:15 pm The Ed Larkin Dancers
2:15 pm The Sky Blue Boys
3:15 pm Rick Norcross
10:15 am Shady Rill
11:15 am Sugarhouse
1:30 pm The Speckers
2:30 pm Robert Resnik & Marty Morrissey
3:30 pm Rick Norcross
Music on the Hill
10:30 am Robert Resnik & Marty Morrissey
11:30 am Rick Norcross
1:15 pm Sugarhouse
2:15 pm Shady Rill
3:15 pm The Speckers
About the 2016 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.
Float ‘n Crowbar - Leeds Brewer and Susan Reid of Float 'n Crowbar began playing together at an Irish music session fifteen years ago (their band name is derived from an Irish tune name). Since then, they have become interested in a much wider variety of music, including New England contra dance, Quebecois, Old time, Swedish, English country dance, and a smattering of others. They have played for dances, weddings and small-venue concerts in Vermont and New Hampshire, setting toes tapping with their tuneful and energetic playing.
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.
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.
Shady Rill - Patti Casey and Tom MacKenzie are two of central Vermont’s musical gems. Together they explore everything from French Canadian dance tunes, to Tin Pan Alley, to Old Time Country, and a healthy dose of originals. Patti is an award winning songwriter and her voice will melt your heart. Tom’s Banjo and voice are a perfect compliment, as the two of them weave their way through the many styles of traditional based songs and tunes. You will leave one of their performances with toes tapping and a smile on your face.
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.
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!
Sugarhouse - Sugarhouse is Jason Bergman, David Carpenter and Rick Klein, long time purveyors of the fiddle tunes of Northern Vermont and beyond into the wilds of New England roots repertoire including songs from the Helen Hartness Flanders collection housed at Middlebury College. Whether head to head, lost in a rush of tune jam euphoria, savoring a salty song of the sea or working a barn full of contra dancers into the wee hours, the double fiddle format hums with an infectious joy that will get you on your feet swingin' the one you're with
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!