Deborah flanders


18th Annual Folk Concert


Daughters of Northumberland

Sunday, July 24, 2016

4:00 p.m.

Old West Church in

Calais, Vermont

Admission: $15

This year, Deb Flanders is delighted to welcome Last Night’s Rain, a sister duo all the way from Northumberland, England. The Oxnard sisters: Jane on fiddle and Ailsa, on guitar, play traditional and folk music from the UK and the USA. Both were members of two folk ensembles: the Sage Gateshead’s Folkestra and the Northumbrian Ranters, made up of talented young traditional musicians from schools across Northumberland. Their goal is to promote and raise the profile of traditional music both in the country and further afield. In 2012 Jane and Ails traveled to Burlington, VT with the Northumbrian Ranters and two years later, the Ranters hosted the Young Tradition Vermont Touring Group in England. The young duo has had the opportunity to meet and perform with musicians from around the world which, along with the strong Scottish tradition of the border counties, has heavily influenced their fiddle and guitar playing style.

Deb and the Oxnard Sisters will be joined by fiddlers Pete Sutherland and Oliver Scanlon. Vermont Symphony Orchestra cellist John Dunlop and violinist/fiddler Laura Markowitz will also be present for an afternoon of memorable music making.


Now in its 18th year, The Calais Concert has been organized by singer Deb Flanders in honor of her great-aunt Helen Hartness Flanders, one of the pioneers of folk music history in the United States. Helen Hartness Flanders, a native of Vermont, was an internationally recognized ballad collector and authority on folk music found in New England and in the British Isles. Today, 4,500 of her field recordings are housed at the Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College. This collection is consulted frequently by folklorists and musicians locally, nationally, and internationally.


A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Vermont Folklife Center.  For more info: Call 802-233-1015

Vermont Folklife Center

Pete Sutherland and

Oliver Scanlon

Jane and Ailsa Oxnard of Last Night’s Rain

Deb Flanders