Vermont
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Brendan Taaffe

A juried artist with the Vermont Arts Council, Brendan Taaffe is a dynamic performer and teaching artist who uses traditional dances, songs and stories to engage audiences of all ages. Playing fiddle and guitar, telling heart-warming stories, and leading songs and dances, Brendan looks to build a sense of connection and community, and to use music to lift us up. Lauded for a "presence in a school that lights up the entire building" and for a "gift that is a rare treasure indeed," by Jon Gailmor, Brendan has toured throughout North America and Europe as a solo performer, as well as The Bright Wings Chorus, Magic Foot, and Northern Harmony. He has recorded several albums, including one for children.

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Additional Links: 
Samples of the music I play are available at my website.

I Have Worked With

  • May 2018

    I worked with the 8th grade English class to create a crankie to accompany To Kill A Mockingbird. Fascinating project!
    Email: goddardn@wellesleyps.org
     

  • February 2018

    I regularly call family dances for the Keene Library monthly series.
    Email: gzachariah@ci.keene.nh.us
     

  • March 2016

    I did a weeklong residency in traditional community folk dances at Brookfield, culminating with a community dance on the Friday evening.
    Email:smckelvie@orangesouthwest.org
    Phone:

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Brendan
Job Title/Position: 
Musician
Mailing Address: 
142 Basin Road
Vernon, VT 05354
Physical Address: 
142 Basin Road
Vernon, VT 05354
Last Name: 
Taaffe
Phone: 
802-770-0857

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Traditional
Music - Children's
Music - Choral
Music - Traditional
Theater - Storytelling
Populations Served: 
Adults
Families
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Education: 
Masters in Performance, University of Limerick, Ireland
Awards: 
Juried Artist, Vermont Arts CouncilArtist Development Grant to study traditional Zimbabwean music, Vermont Arts Council 2009Artist Development Grant, to study Irish fiddle, Vermont Arts Council 2004
Short-listed for Guggenheim, 2017. Research Fellow at the Appalachian Sound Archives, Berea, Kentucky, 2017.
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Dependent on program type and venue: please contact me for details.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$2,500
State of Residence: 
Vermont
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
4

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Physical Education
Dance
Music
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Adults