New Year’s Eve concert in Brattleboro marks its 20th year

BRATTLEBORO — Becky Tracy and Keith Murphy, Stefan Amidon and Zara Bode, and Peter and Mary Alice Amidon will present their 20th Brattleboro New Year's Eve concert on Friday, Dec. 31, at 5 and 7:30 p.m.

This annual holiday “Smorgasbord of Traditional Song & Dance Tunes” continues with an evening of New England, Appalachian, Irish, and French-Canadian dance music, fiddling from around the world, and a feast of singing.

This year's event combines familiar faces with changes in venue and schedule, with two shows at the Brattleboro Music Center on New Year's Eve.

Keith Murphy (guitar, mandolin, piano, foot percussion) and Becky Tracy (fiddle) - the founders and teachers of the traditional music program at the Brattleboro Music Center - will heat up the hall with what event organizers describe in a news release as “fiercely intelligent and driving arrangements of dance tunes and traditional songs.”

While Zara Bode and Stefan Amidon are not known as a duo per se, they are greatly admired as the faces behind The Sweetback Sisters and The Devil Makes Three.

Devoted to traditional music and dance, Peter and Mary Alice Amidon are freelance musicians, dance educators, choral arrangers/leaders, and publishers of music and dance materials.

Mary Alice is a member, and Peter the co-music director, of the Guilford Community Church Choir and of Hallowell, southeastern Vermont's hospice singing group. Their choral arrangements and compositions are sung by church and community choirs across the U.S. and the U.K.

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