Performers Include Fiddler Pete Sutherland and Harper Dominique Dodge
Middlebury, Vt.—Middlebury College Affiliate Artist Timothy Cummings (Highland pipes, Scottish smallpipes, whistle) will be joined by colleagues Pete Sutherland (fiddle, song, banjo, guitar) and Dominique Dodge (harp, song) in a concert celebrating the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland, and the Borders on March 16 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Together with their students, they will share a rich program of spirited dance tunes and audience-inclusive songs, breathing new life into the cherished old music of the British Isles.
Cummings, Sutherland, and Dodge are known not only for their musical prowess and teaching, but also for their depth of knowledge and extensive repertoire in traditional music.
Timothy Cummings, who began piping at age eight, holds a Bachelors in Music Education degree from the College of Wooster (Ohio), and a B.A. Honors Degree in Ethnomusicology and M.A. in Musicology from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He served as the Artist in Residence at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside, Price Edward Island in 2003. He studied at the National Piping Centre and Royal Scottish Conservatoire in Glasgow, Scotland in 2004, and is now in high demand as a performer, teacher, and workshop leader. In addition to teaching and performing, Cummings operates Birchen Music & Publishing, a cottage industry devoted to publishing a diverse array of new music for Scottish-style pipes.
Fiddler Pete Sutherland has long been one of Vermont’s premier folk musicians, known for his masterful fiddling and songsmithing. Equally at home on the banjo, guitar, and mandolin, he has toured extensively with groups such as Metamora and The Clayfoot Strutters. A self-described specialist in specialist in the “old timey dance music” of the American southern mountains, New England, and the Celtic isles,” he has recorded six albums including the score of the Disney film Tuck Everlasting.
Harper Dominique Dodge, a native of the White Mountains, completed her B.A. Honors Degree in Scottish Music at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire (overlapping briefly with Cummings), and in 2013 she earned her MA in Irish Music Performance as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Limerick, Ireland. She is now a performer, teacher, and recording artist whose approach brings depth and clarity to songs from the Gaelic, Scottish, and American traditions.
Middlebury has a long tradition of presenting a St. Patrick’s Day concert. This year, Cummings takes up the baton from Twilight Artist in Residence François Clemmons, who led this popular concert for years.
The concert by Timothy Cummings and Guests will take place on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 4:00 P.M. at Middlebury College’s Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts, in the Concert Hall. The performance, sponsored by the Department of Music, is free and open to the public. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south. Free parking is available. For more information call (802) 443-3168 or go to http://www.middlebury.edu/arts.
Photos of Timothy Cummings by Ryan MacDonald