This year, the Acadia Trad Festival will accept about 125 full-time students and an additional 50 students who come for walk-in workshops in the afternoon. Classes will be held at the College of the Atlantic campus. PHOTO COURTESY OF ACADIA SCHOOL OF TRADITIONAL ARTS AND MUSIC

Acadia Trad Festival returns: Public concerts, dances planned



BAR HARBOR — The sixth annual Acadia Trad Festival will be presented by the Acadia School of Traditional Arts and Music from Sunday through Friday, June 24-29.

The festival consists of a week of classes, workshops, concerts, community dances and music sessions.

This year, the Acadia Trad Festival will accept about 125 full-time students and an additional 50 students who come for walk-in workshops in the afternoon. Classes will be held at the College of the Atlantic campus on Frenchman Bay.

The school’s mission is to promote education and appreciation of traditional music, dance, art and instrument crafts. “People of all ages and levels come from all over the world to study with our high-profile faculty,” said Jennifer Torrance, the school’s director. “We offer intensive instruction in several styles of dance, numerous instruments and instrument making.”

During the festival, more than 1,000 people are expected to attend public concerts and dances, the schedule of which is below.

Sunday, June 24

Trad for the Common Good, an Acadia Trad Celtic session, will take place at the Common Good Soup Kitchen in Southwest Harbor at 10 a.m. by donation.

The Opening Night Celebration will take place in Gates Auditorium at College of the Atlantic at 7 p.m. This reception and contra dance are a chance to meet performers, faculty and students. No dance experience is necessary. The performers will be Ed Howe and Eric MacDonald. Admission costs $15.

Monday, June 25

The Rhythm Within, featuring songs from Ireland, Scotland, Quebec and New England, will take place in Gates Auditorium at 7 p.m. The performers will be Dan Faiella, Hanz Araki, Lisa Ornstein, Liz Faiella, Maeve Gilchrist, Mari Black and Nic Gareiss. Admission costs $30.

Tuesday, June 26

Crossing Borders, a concert of music from Cape Breton to Ireland to France, will take place in Gates Auditorium at 7 p.m.

The performers will be Dennis Cahill, Eamon O’Leary, Jeremiah McLane, Nicole Rabata, Sabra MacGillivray and Troy MacGillivray. Admission costs $30.

Wednesday, June 27

Old Tunes, New Magic, a concert of step dance and Scottish, Scandinavian and Irish songs, will take place in Gates Auditorium at 7 p.m. The performers will be Alex Kehler, April Verch, Nicholas Williams, Rebecca McGowan, Seán Heely and Winifred Horan. Admission costs $30.

Thursday, June 28

Roots Run Deep, a program of stories and songs from the mountains of Appalachia to Quebec, will take place in Gates Auditorium at 7 p.m. The performers will be Genticorum (Nicholas Williams, Pascal Gemme and Yann Falquet), Joe Newberry, Malcolm Parson and Mike Compton. Admission costs $30.

Friday, June 29

Farewell to Friends, a performance by festival students of all ages and their teachers, followed by a contra dance, will take place in Gates Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

Admission costs $10.

Visit acadiatradschool.org.

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