Farm­ers’ Night will Seven Times Salt the win­ter blues away

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Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 25 at 7:30 pm, the an­nual Farm­ers’ Night pro­gram pre­sented by the Ver­mont His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety will fea­ture Bos­ton-based early mu­sic en­sem­ble Seven Days Salt in their first per­for­mance in Ver­mont.

“This tal­ented young group will per­form mu­sic that re­galed the first set­tlers at Plimoth,” com­mented Public Pro­grams Co­or­di­na­tor Amanda Gustin. “You can even lis­ten to Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton’s fa­vorite dance tunes. Th­ese are the songs that set­tlers to Ver­mont were hum­ming and singing as they trav­eled, plowed fields, and gath­ered in tav­erns.”

The Ver­mont His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pro­gram by STS in­cludes re­fined English con­sorts, early shapenote hymns, songs of lib­erty and tax­a­tion, wartime laments, and dance tunes. Fea­tured com­posers will in­clude John Dow­land, Thomas Raves­ncroft, Thomas Arne, Wil­liam Billings, and more. Seven Times Salt plays as an “English con­sort” en­sem­ble, a par­tic­u­lar group­ing of in­di­vid­u­als and in­stru­ments that be­came popular in Eng­land to­ward the end of the 16th cen­tury. The in­stru­ments they played – the vi­o­lin

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