Deborah flanders


Deb Flanders' clear soprano voice has been described as "vibrant" by Seven Days and "gorgeous" by the Times-Argus. She has been performing songs from the remarkable ballad collection of her great-aunt Helen Hartness Flanders for several years. Deb's 1997 CD, Mother Make My Bed, paid tribute to her great-aunt's life-long work and gave Vermonters a taste of the state's extraordinary musical traditions. Deb’s latest CD (released in 2012), The Female Highwayman, further expands her research into her great-aunt’s collections.

Deb’s musical background is wide-ranging - singing rock classics with the Burlington-based a cappella group Mixed Company and classical with the Burlington Choral Society. Deb's focus now is on ballad singing and her goal is to fulfill her great-aunt's wish by performing these songs for today's audience and helping to preserve the rich heritage of Vermont. She has performed in the Champlain Folk Festival, Burlington First Night and in concerts throughout Vermont and New England. In the Fall of 2003 she performed in the "Concerts at One" opening the 35th anniversary season of the series at St. Paul's Chapel in New York City.

Deb Flanders

Deb’s most recent CD AVAILABLE on CDBaby.com
Read the August 8, 2013 Time Argus article about Deb’s annual concerts.Home_files/TimesArgus8813-deb_1.pdf
On August 16, 2015
We pass the music on to the next generation!2015_Concert.html
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The Old West Church Concerts


Every year for the past 16 years, Deb Flanders has produced and hosted a summer concert at the historic Old West Church in Calais, Vermont. Along with fellow folk musician and collaborator Pete Sutherland, past guests have included Margaret MacArthur, Tony Barrand and John Roberts, Michele Choiniere, Atwater-Donnelly, Julee Glaub, Daith Sproule, Collin McCaffrey, Will Patton, Sarah Blair, Skip Gorman, the MacArthur Family, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Eamon O’Leary, Anais Mitchell, the Alturas Duo, her classical musicians friends David Fedele, Matthew Herren, John Dunlop, Laura Markowitz, and Sofia Hirsch. Deb donates a portion of the show's proceeds to the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, Vermont.

This year’s concert “Heirloom: Passing the Music on to the Next Generation” will be held on Sunday, August 16 at 4:00pm. Click on the Old West Church 2015 Concert Details link for more. A portion of the proceeds from this concert will be donated to the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, Vermont.

Vermont Folklife Center