Wood and Belsher in Concert
Fiery Fiddler Returns to The Kingdom
October 2, 2014
When acclaimed fiddler and guitarist Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher perform at Lyndon State College on Saturday, October 18, the audience will be treated to an evening of jigs and reels, strathspeys and hornpipes, and beautiful airs.
The awarding-winning and fiery Wood has been wooing audiences for more than two decades and has lit up stages across the globe. He has won championships as a step dancer and a fiddler; his performances are a combination of “fiddling virtuosity and stunning showmanship…with an innovative approach to traditional Celtic [music].” He has performed for Queen Elizabeth II, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Canada’s Prime Minister, and the Emperor of Japan in Tokyo. Wood has played Carnegie Hall with Irish legends The Chieftains, made TV guest appearances with Shania Twain on “David Letterman” and “Good Morning America,” and appeared with Jean Butler of Riverdance on “Celtic Electric.”
Gordon Belsher has been performing for almost thirty years, has the versatility to play a number of instruments, and brings a gentle charm to the stage. As a soloist, he performs at concerts, ceilidhs, conventions, and pubs. His solo CD, “Call up the Neighbours,” was nominated for the 2008 East Coast Music Awards roots/traditional solo recording of the year. As accompanist and featured vocalist with Wood, Belsher has toured extensively through the world.
The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the Alexander Twilight Theatre on the LSC campus. Tickets: Adults $10; students $5; children under 8 and LSC students are free; LSC faculty and staff by donation. Cosponsored by the LSC Faculty/Staff Student Scholarship Committee. All proceeds benefit Lyndon State College student scholarships. Tickets are available at catamountix.org or 802 748-2600.
The concert, part of Lyndon State College’s Fall 2014 Lecture and Arts Series, is sponsored by Hayes Ford and Vermont Broadcast Associates. The Series is made possible in part by the Harriett M. Sherman Lecture Fund.