This documentary traces the history of traditional and country music in Vermont. The hour-long special features performances by over a dozen Vermont musicians and includes interviews with historians. The program begins with a nineteenth century Vermont ballad, "Young Charlotte," sung unaccompanied by Cordelia Cerasoli, of Barre, as she learned it from her mother. The program continues to trace the ballad tradition through the singing of Margaret MacArthur, of Marlboro, and Norman Kennedy, of Maple Corners. Kennedy, who is also a weaver, comes from Scotland and represents the older British Isles music that is the basis for much American folk tradition. The fiddling music of Ron West, of Richford, and Wilfred Guillette, of Newport, represents another branch of American folk music. The two reminisce about playing music in "the old days," learning to play the violin from their parents and grandparents. Guillette says that he practiced his craft at "Kitchen junkets," a weekly gathering of neighbors who would roll back the rug--sometimes even moving the stove onto the porch--sip punch and dance. As the program continues, performers stress the impact of music in their lives and talk about their families' musical influence. A co-production of vermont ETV and the Onion River Arts Council.
Production funding by Vermont Council on the Humanities and Public Issues
The Vermont International Film Festival is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich the community and bring the world to Vermont through film.
Launched in 2014 by a group of filmmakers, archivists and concerned members of the public who wished to ensure the survival of artists’ films in Vermont, VAMP officially became a program of VTIFF in May 2015. The VAMP committee has broadened the initial concept to include all types of films and videos made by VT filmmakers or shot in Vermont.
The VAMP Database
The Vermont Archive Movie Project (VAMP) online database is a searchable website of Vermont films past & present, and locally produced programs. The VAMP database is generously sponsored by Vermont PBS.