Concerts & Dances
Showcasing the diversity and talent of today’s traditional performers is a vital component of our mission. Our Concerts feature both established talent and those on their way to a traditional music or dance career. We offer a variety of concerts held year-round in venues across Down East Maine and beyond.
Concerts are offered several times during the year, as well as during the Acadia Trad Festival at the end of June. The Festival offers nightly concerts and dances featuring many of the top performers in the world. Festival concerts feature all faculty, as well as additional performers. Festival concert schedules are posted in March, with tickets on sale starting April 1.
2019 Acadia Trad Festival Concerts – Tickets on sale April 1!
All events to be held in Gates Auditorium, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine.
Opening Night Celebration • Sunday, June 23 at 7:00PM
Performers: Ed Howe; Caller TBD
To kick off the 2019 Festival week, we will build our community through a social reception and contradance. Come meet the week’s performers, faculty and students and enjoy an evening of high-energy fun with friends old and new. Public welcome, no dance experience necessary. Bring a friend!
The Ties That Bind • Monday, June 24 at 7:00PM
Performers: Cathy Jordan • Eamon O’Leary • Sean Heely • Mitch Reed • Anastasia DesRoches
Music is a universal language, a connection point within and between cultures. Sit back, relax and travel from the highlands of Scotland to the green shores of Ireland and Prince Edward Island, to the bayous of Louisiana. Worlds apart, but deeply entwined.
A Northeastern Wind • Tuesday, June 25 at 7:00PM
Performers: Liz & Dan Faiella • Jeremiah McLane • Andrea Beaton • Véronique Plasse
A true blend of musical traditions, this concert will feature tunes and songs from Ireland, Quebec, Cape Breton, France and New England. Your feet will tap and your hearts will race during this high-energy performance.
A Journey Through Time • Wednesday, June 26 at 7:00PM
Performers: Matt & Shannon Heaton • Matt Bell • Maeve Gilchrist • Kieran Jordan • Liz Knowles
Traditional tunes pass through generations, echoing from the stony castle halls to lively pubs and parlors. Featuring music and dance of Ireland, Scotland, Boston and beyond, tonight’s performance will transport you through time.
The Melting Pot • Thursday, June 27 at 7:00PM
Performers: Hanz Araki • Kevin Doyle • Malcolm Parson • Troy MacGillivray • Mari Black
Contemporary traditional music in America has become a glorious blend of many cultural influences. From the mournful ballads and lively jigs of Ireland, to the driving strathspeys of Scotland and Cape Breton, to the deep roots of American jazz and tap dance, this evening’s performance is one not to miss. This evening’s performance is sponsored by The Jackson Laboratory.
Farewell to Friends • Friday, June 28 at 6:30PM
Student Concert & Contradance
The final event of the week, this is perhaps the best one of all. Students of all ages take the stage with their faculty mentors to show all they’ve learned in their week of study. We’ll follow the concert with a Contradance featuring student callers and musicians. A truly special evening.