Sean Hayes’ Major U.S. Fall Tour Comes to Plainfield

Plainfield, VT — Goddard College Concerts and WGDR Community Radio present San Francisco-based songwriter Sean Hayes and Chicago-based duo Birds of Chicago on Saturday, November 3rd.

Sean Hayes is currently on a major U.S. fall tour to present his newly released album, “Before We Turn to Dust.”

Born in New York City and raised in North Carolina, Hayes plays a mix of traditional old-time bluegrass, Irish music, and original songs from Asheville, N.C. He traveled to San Francisco in 1992, where he has lived since.

He has toured with acts such as Ani DiFranco and the Cold War Kids. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Hayes “a singular urban/backwoods sound and vision… extraordinary…”

“As a performer,” says local singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, “it is really inspiring to see national musicians in Central Vermont, where I grew up. Sean Hayes is amazing; I’ve been a big fan of his for years.”

Sean Hayes is touring with Birds of Chicago, a duo the Chicago Sun-Times calls “two of the most compelling new voices in Americana roots music.”

Tickets for the November 3rd concert at the Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College are available at Buch Spieler Music in Montpelier for the advanced price of $15. They will be $20 the day of the show and only available at the door. Doors open at 7:00pm; Birds of Chicago performs at 8:00pm.


About Goddard College Concerts

Developed in 2011 as a collaborative production of Goddard College and WGDR/WGDH Community Radio, Goddard College Concerts is an ongoing series that showcases national and international touring acts in rural Plainfield.

About Goddard College

Initially founded in 1863 as the Goddard Seminary in Barre, Vermont, Goddard College later moved to its current Plainfield, Vermont campus and was chartered in 1938 by founding President Royce “Tim” Pitkin. In 1963, Goddard became the first American college to offer low-residency adult degree programs. Now offering accredited MA, MFA, BA and BFA degree programs from the main campus in Plainfield, Vermont and sites in Seattle and Port Townsend, Washington, Goddard’s low-residency education model offers the best of on-campus and distance education, with experienced faculty advisors, rigorous on-campus residencies, and the freedom to study from anywhere.

The mission of Goddard College is to advance cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration and lifelong learning, where individuals take imaginative and responsible action in the world.


Meg Hammond, Events Manager


Important Announcement

The Board of Directors for Goddard College have made the difficult decision to close the college at the end of the 2024 Spring term.  


Current Goddard students will have the opportunity to complete their degrees at the same tuition rate through a teach-out with like-minded institution, Prescott College. Updates and scholarship funds will be available in the coming weeks and months. Information will be posted to

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