Low Lily and Friends Celebrate the Light’s Return

  • Front from left Katie McNally, Lissa Schneckenberger and Liz Simmons, back, from left: Corey DiMario and Flynn Cohen, will perform Friday night at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph. (Courtesy photograph)

Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, December 07, 2017

Need temporary relief from the pop- and Muzak-tainted Christmas chestnuts roasting over open CD players at department stores and restaurants? Consider, along with the many options in today’s Entertainment Highlights, the “Turning of the Year” concert that southern Vermont folk trio Low Lily is performing with Irish accordion master John Whelan, Scottish fiddler Katie McNally and bassist Corey DiMario at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph on Friday night.

“We do Good King Wenceslas as a jig,” Low Lily singer-guitarist Liz Simmons said during a telephone interview. “We do some Hanukkah songs as well as Christmas music. Ultimately, a lot of the traditional music of the season grew out of celebrations of the solstice. It being the darkest time of the year, it’s about bringing light into the darkness.”

Simmons and Low Lily partners Flynn Cohen (mandolin, guitar and vocals) and Lissa Schneckenberger (fiddle), who live in the Brattleboro area, are in the homestretch of their second annual tour with Whelan, McNally and DiMario, with whom they’d played in various bands over the last 10 to 15 years.

“When we did our first one last year, the idea was to do something really celebratory — a bigger production with other musicians,” said Simmons, who grew up in New Hampshire’s Monadnock region. “We wanted to bring the kind of energy to it that you get when you do co-bills with other musicians at festivals.”

The four-concert swing in 2016 included a stop at Haverhill’s Alumni Hall, Simmons added.

“It all went so smoothly,” she said. “We had good attendance for the shows. It seemed to be something the audiences really enjoyed. And when we decided to do it again, we added two shows and it made total sense to do the Chandler this year.

“It just seemed like a show that would go over well there.”

Low Lily, John Whelan, Katie McNally and Corey DiMario perform “Turning of the Year” on Friday night at 7:30 at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph. Adult admission is $20 in advance and $22 at the door; tickets for children cost $10. For tickets and information, visit chandler-arts.org or call 802-728-6464.