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Fest Noz brings Celtic tradition to New Haven

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Posted on April 11, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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MUSICIANS TIMOTHY CUMMINGS, Alex Kehler and Jeremiah McLane will play traditional folk dance music at Fest Noz this Sunday, April 14, 4-7 p.m., at Tourterelle.

NEW HAVEN — This Sunday, April 14, there’s gonna be a big party in New Haven that you won’t want to miss. It’s called Fest Noz (or Breton Night Festival), and it’s happening from 4-7 p.m. at Tourterelle in New Haven.

What is Fest Noz?

It’s a joyful gathering following the centuries-old tradition from Brittany, the Celtic region of northwestern France. The Breton Fest Noz is related to the ceilidh and is now a designated UNESCO treasure.

“In many ways this event could be summed up as “Scotland meets France’” explained bagpiper Timothy Cummings, who will be playing traditional dance music with Jeremiah McLane and Alex Kehler — the trio goes by the band name Triton. The folk dances will be called by Mary Wesley.

Add to this crepes and cider from Shacksbury and it’s sure to be a delicious evening.

This isn’t the first time Fest Noz has been celebrated in Addison County. There was one held at Tourterelle in late-August 2018, and another at Middlebury College this past November.

Join in for this third celebration on April 14. General admission $10, add crêpe and cider for $25 (tickets at the door); children under 10 are welcome for free.

For more info call Tourterelle at (802) 453-6309.

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