“Winter Stories and Songs”
When English and Scottish settlers came to the Colonies, they brought music, stories, and songs to bring light and laughter to long, cold winter nights.
These tales and tunes took on lives of their own around the campfires and hearths of the New World. Jigs and reels migrated from bagpipes to banjos,
and beloved characters like Jack were joined by newcomers like Mutsmag
in the Appalachian hills.
Amherst Glebe Arts Response, Inc. (AGAR) and
Early Music Access Project (EMAP)
bring you a streamed performance available until March 1, 2022.
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Two hundred ONLINE tickets are available. Once you purchase your concert ticket you will receive a special link to watch the concert. You may use this link anytime until midnight on March 1, 2022, as many times as you wish.
GRAMMY-nominated artist Sarah Walker is the daughter of two traditional Appalachian storytellers who instilled in her a love of hearing and telling great tales. She has performed extensively in her home state of West Virginia and throughout New England. Walker made her New York City debut as a cast member of Gotham Early Music Scene’s medieval drama The Play of Daniel. She performs regularly with the Skylark Ensemble and is the narrator on the group’s highly-acclaimed albums Once Upon a Time and A Christmas Carol. Walker holds degrees in Medieval Studies and Art History from Vassar College and received her Master of Library Science from the Pratt Institute. This concert is her debut with Amherst Glebe Arts Response, INc (AGAR).
Brian Kay is a favorite of Amherst audiences since he first came here as the lead singer with Ayreheart. More recently, Brian has performed with David R. McCormick for AGAR and Early Music Access Project at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Clifford. Since the pandemic the two have performed for AGAR as "virtual troubadours." Brian also plays with GRAMMY-winning Apollo’s Fire.
David McCormick, another favorite, was one of the founders of Three Notch’d Road in Charlottesville, and now plays vielle and Baroque violin with Alkemie Medieval Music Ensemble. David is Artistic Director of Early Music Access Project, and is the newly-named Executive Director of Early Music America.
Described as a “commanding” singer by a recent Boston Globe review, Peter Walker performs with the GRAMMY-nominated Skylark Ensemble, Handel + Haydn Society, Chapter House, GRAMMY-nominated Clarion Society Choir, Kuhmo Kamarimusiiki, Staunton Music Festival, Early Music New York, Blue Heron, and Pomerium, and is a member of the Schola Cantorum at the Oratory of Saints Cyril and Methodius. Peter is active as a researcher of early music ranging from the early Middle Ages through the eighteenth century, and has presented lectures at Vassar College and Case Western. Peter holds degrees from Vassar College and McGill University, where he studied with Drew Minter and Sanford Sylvan. He won the Overseas Class in the Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society Competition in 2016, and his article on tablature for the sordellina appeared in the journal of the Bagpipe Society in 2019.