about Atlantic Crossing
New England Roots Music.
Atlantic Crossing has performed songs and instrumental music of New England, Canada, and the British Isles, as well as original material inspired by these musical traditions, for over ten years. Featuring rich harmonies and driving rhythms, Atlantic Crossing's arrangements show a deep love for the tradition along with a high level of creativity, emotional expression, and just plain fun. They are among a small group of Vermont musicians who are bringing to life the music of the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection of traditional New England songs, and they research, write and perform material related to Vermont history. With a growing reputation as a high energy contradance band, they have appeared multiple times at some of the major dance series in the U.S. Since 2000, Atlantic Crossing has been listed in the Vermont Arts Council's juried register, and on the New England States Touring roster. In 2007, Atlantic Crossing was recognized by the Vermont Arts Council with an American Masterpieces designation for their program exploring the cultural heritage of the Champlain Valley through music.
"Refreshing and unique take on traditional dance and vocal music...always driving, enthusiastic and expertly played" Mark Sustic (founder Champlain Valley Folk Festival), Northern VT Folk Calendar, 2006
"The diversity of pieces paints a living picture of the complex and interwoven history of New England culture and music, and the original pieces flow naturally from these roots, retaining a sophisticated, well-grounded and authentic feel." Cindy Hill, CDReviews.com , 2006
"Energetic, high spirited, and playful. Your toes will tap, and your spirits will soar. The musicians love Vermont and its history, and it comes through in many of the songs they play. Great fun." Ron Morgan, President, Mount Independence Coalition, 2006
"The novelty of the arrangements as well as the level of musical acumen are clear and exciting. I highly recommend to anyone with ears." Mary Palmer, High Plains Public Radio, 2006
"The musical interplay has to be heard to be believed and the band are very tight and obviously highly experienced" Tony Bates, Highlands 100.7 FM, Australia, 2006
"Their skill and talent is extraordinary, and together with their special interest in maritime themes this makes them a perfect complement to any event." Art Cohn, executive director, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
"Great! Enough energy...to power a city. I loved the interactions between the musicians." Andy Dooley-Miller, KVMR, California, 2006
"Carefully researched material, rock-solid rhythms and meticulous musicianship . . . in the forefront of the Vermont acoustic music scene" Robert Resnick, Seven Days, 2000
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