Bristol Best Night

Bristol Best Night is a community-wide New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Bristol, Vermont.

Join us for an evening of music and celebration.

Featured Performer

9:00 pm Holley Hall

Schedule at a Glance

Baptist Church

Singer/songwriter Michele Fay has been sharing her music throughout listening rooms and outdoor concerts in Vermont for the past twelve years. Her heart-felt lyrics are sung with a clear, authentic voice accompanied by guitar and banjo. Her husband,Tim Price, adds ideal melodic instrumentals on mandolin and guitar. “Michele is now recognized as a performer who knows how to write strong songs and deliver them entertainingly.” (Art Edelstein, Rutland Herald.)

David and Nathan Gusakov, father and son, play original songs and old tunes about life and death and the beauty of the hills. Featuring clawhammer banjo, fiddle, and family harmonies, Last Train To Zinkov’s music draws from Appalachian old-time, gypsy jazz, classical, and the klezmer of their Eastern European roots.

“Fitzsimmons is an immensely talented singer.  With a shimmering, silken delivery, he is effortlessly emotive . . . . a mature songwriter near the peak of his abilities.  Wide eyed and heartfelt, his music ably and honestly recalls a simpler period of American pop music.  It is retro in the finest, and blissfully unironic sense of the word.” ~Seven Days

Richard Ruane, Beth Duquette and Mitch Barron are reuniting as Bread and Bones for this special Bristol Best Night New Years Eve show.
Vermont based Bread and Bones is a harmony driven acoustic trio that plays original music with a strong traditional-roots foundation. Richard Ruane has an articulate style of playing that extends to guitar, ukulele and tenor guitar. Mitch Baron has a wonderful presence on fretless, fretted and upright basses.
Beth Duquette completes the trio with a rich alto that weaves through the music. All three members contribute lead and harmony vocals.

Holley Hall

Get in the spirit of New Year’s Eve and Bristol Best Night with making crazy hats with Alice and face-painting!

Mount Abraham’s a cappella ensemble features the homegrown talent of our own  Five-Town students.  With a repertoire list this spanning from The Platters to Rossini to Cindi Lauper, these kids will add sparkle to your shine.

Tom and Janet have been performing at Best Night from the beginning and love performing for the “hometown crowd.”  They spend much of their time traveling with their organization, Magicians Without Borders, performing in refugee camps and orphanages, bringing love, laughter, magic and hope to many of the most forgotten children in the world. 

They also have four groups of very poor children they are training to be magicians in El Salvador,

Colombia and India, in addition to touring here at home, bringing magic to VA Hospitals, homeless shelters and hospitals.

Enjoy a review from the Mt Abe Fall Musical “Newsies”

Open Mic and Coffee House style set featuring Lucy Guy, Tristan Durante, Aidan Warren and Buzz Kuhns. Join emcee Caleb Elder for a lively and energetic set.

Solo Voice & Harmonica Performance

John Dickason and Glenn Goodwin play original folk tunes

Vermont’s very own honky tonk heroes, the Starline Rhythm Boys have been serving up a heart-throbbing (and sometimes heartbreaking) mix of vintage country and rockabilly for devoted fans throughout New England since 1998. Danny “Little Danny C” Coane (rhythm guitar), “Big Al” Lemery (lead guitar), and Billy “Slappin’ Billy B” Bratcher celebrate 20 years of great country music-making on this festive evening.

Walkover Gallery

Rick Ceballos is a banjo and button accordion player and storyteller, who has been playing and promoting traditional folk music in the Champlain Valley for over twenty five years. He has performed solo and with various groups. He now plays with DaddyLongLegs. Rick recorded a solo CD of his original works in 2002 called Spring is Near. He has written music for film scores and often performs his History of the Banjo program for libraries and festivals. Rick has served as Artistic Director for the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Program Director for Bristol Best Night and promotes various music and storytelling events in the Bristol area. He is currently part of the committee for the Cabin Fever Series at the Walkover Gallery.

“Pittsford-based duo Woodchucks’ Revenge ‘warms the audience with sparks of bluegrass, country and blues.’

Husband and wife Peter and Kristina Cady have played with a trio, quartet, or as a duo for twenty-five years in performances all over Vermont and in surrounding states.   They present an engaging mix of old and new folk songs on guitar and fiddle, ranging from Carter Family songs to western ballads, from New England dance tunes to their own zany parodies of musical standards.  Their music tells stories of people, places and events and delights their listeners with humor, history and the variety of traditions that make up the American folk scene.”

Phil Henry is the real thing. He crafts contemporary folk songs so rich and sweeping you’ll wish you wrote them yourself. A formally trained musician, he builds strange, beautiful chords and a big acoustic sound. “Vivid lyrical imagery that captures the imagination” – Seven Days

Greg Ryan is a singer and guitarist, inventor, and master-craftsman. He is co-founder of the modern gypsy jazz group They Might Be Gypsies with his son Aidan. Greg performs in a duo with Rani Arbo, and plays with the Bow Thayer Band as well as the Queen City Hot Club. Greg builds and plays ‘Gourdtars,’ an instrument of his own design, something of a cross between an old-time banjo and a Turkish oud.  He performs everything from Gypsy Jazz and Americana to ‘improvisational gourd funk’.


Bristol Best Night is a project of The Watershed Center