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The Jeremy Kittel Trio featuring Kittel on fiddle, Josh Pinkham on mandolin and Quinn Bachand on guitar seamlessly blends traditional roots, jazz, Celtic and classical styles. On September 8th, they will bring their individual and ensemble virtuosity, originality, and dynamic sound to South Strafford for a concert at Barrett Memorial Hall. 

Renowned bassist Mark Schatz (Nickel Creek, Bela Fleck, Claire Lynch, John Hartford) says of the group, “I was entertained, mesmerized and moved by the sound that leapt off the stage […] from a delicate jig to a Celtic reel to a Bach partita – arrangements that were flawless, artful, and compelling. I would go out of my way to hear this outfit again!” 

Kittel is an award-winning fiddler, violinist and composer known as a master in Celtic, classical, jazz and bluegrass traditions. He has performed around the world at venues almost as diverse as his skills from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center to Bonnaroo and the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland. He was a member of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet for five years and has worked with such artists as Mark O’Connor, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Paquito D’Rivera, My Morning Jacket and Jon Batiste and Stay Human.

With a belief that music and the arts are central to the human experience, Kittel is also a passionate clinician and educator, who has taught at programs ranging from Berklee College of Music to the The New School to Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School. Kittel himself holds a master’s degree in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music and received the 2010 Emerging Artist Award from his alma mater, the University of Michigan.

For Pinkham, it is in his blood to play music as his great second uncle on his father’s side is A.P. Carter of the legendary Carter Family, and his great grandfather on his mother’s side is fiddle master Benny Thomasson. In his own right as a musician, Pinkham has been dubbed “the future of the mandolin” by Mandolin Magazine. He continues to push his mandolin into new and old territory, excelling in bluegrass, newgrass, jazz and classical music.

Bachand has a repertoire ranging from bluegrass to jazz, but it is his flair for Celtic music for which he is best known. Like Pinkham, Bachand comes from a musical family and often performs with sister Qristina. He has also toured nationally and internationally with Canadian fiddling icons Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster. His unique harmonies, hard-driving strumming, inventive chord voicing and powerful rhythmic effects make even the most well-worn tunes seem new and exciting. 

In addition to the trio, Jeremy also leads a quintet which adds Nathaniel Smith on cello and Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer. The quintet’s highly anticipated new album is set to release later this year.

Jeremy Kittel Trio Concert

Friday, September 8th, 20177:30 PM

Barrett Memorial Hall, 248 VT Rte 132, South Strafford, VT (intersection of Route 132 and Justin Morrill Hwy)

Tickets: $15 in advance / $20 at the door ($10 / $12 – students and children 18 and under)

To purchase tickets in advance – link

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