Coming Live to Next Stage: Ten Strings and a Goat Skin with Hayley Reardon

PUTNEY, VERMONT - Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present Prince Edward Island-based, acoustic, folk/fusion trio Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, plus Boston-based singer/songwriter Hayley Reardon, at Next Stage on Friday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m. Ten Strings and a Goat Skin transform tradition with vigor, curiosity and sparks of goofy humor, weaving old-school Franco-Canadian, Breton, Irish and Scottish tunes with wickedly current grooves and clever quirks.

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The young, bilingual trio expands on the Scottish and Acadian roots of PEI’s traditional music, infusing sometimes moody, sometimes high-energy, original and traditional songs with pop and world rhythms. Their brand new CD, Auprès du Poêle (“Around the Woodstove”) highlights this cross pollination. Working with producer Leonard Podolak of Grammy-and Juno-winning eclectic roots favorites, The Duhks, they push their music into new, dynamic and engaging territory.

Ten Strings and a Goat Skin’s rapid rise to prominence on the folk circuit began in Canada, with brothers Rowen and Caleb Gallant (fiddle and percussion) joining schoolmate Jesse Periard (guitar) to explore new approaches to arranging traditional songs and tunes. They soon began writing songs and expanding their audience to the U.S., where the Kansas City Star recently named them one of the top traditional acts at the Folk Alliance conference.

Inspired by their Atlantic Canadian histories and roots, the trio maintains its powerful ties to the many musics of PEI. Their original songs take their cues sonically from the island’s rich mix of Celtic and Francophone elements and lyrically from a deeply felt connection to the history of Eastern Canada (Caledonia).

“A seamless, polished, barrel-drum-tight, rhythmically innovative and wildly entertaining traditional music powerhouse” - The Guardian

With a voice that is distinctively rich and a contemplative sincerity in her song writing, Hayley Reardon boasts a lyrical and melodic weight far beyond her 19 years. A thoughtful, engaging performer, she makes audiences feel her songs and stories just as strongly as she does. In 2012, The Boston Globe Magazine named her a "Bostonian of the Year" for both her music and her work to pair it with a message of teen empowerment, calling her "a confident, radiant teenage singer/songwriter who is helping to pen the next chapter of the Boston folk scene.”

Hayley’s appearance in the award-winning documentary For The Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival, which won "Best Documentary" at the 2012 Boston International Film Fest, has linked her to an extended lineage of matriarchs and patriarchs of the folk movement of the 1960s. She has shared the stage with the likes of Tom Rush, Peter Yarrow, Buskin & Batteau, Christine Lavin and Lori McKenna.

Tickets are $20 Advance / $24 At the Door. For information, call 802-387-0102. Advance tickets are available at, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Putney Food Co-Op in Putney. For more information, visit,, and Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT.