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In Concert
Jul 29, 2014 — The former Rilo Kiley frontwoman performs four songs from her newly released solo album, The Voyager, live in the World Cafe studios.
Jul 29, 2014Dark Arc is a pastiche of gentle lyrical moments and punk anthems, often within the same tune. In the NPR offices, the Ohio band performs three alternately brooding and stomping songs from the album.
Jul 29, 2014 — We saw more than 50 bands over three days during the 55th anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival in seaside Rhode Island. Here are some of the moments we'll remember.
Jul 29, 2014 — The resume of Jeff Tweedy includes groundbreaking bands Uncle Tupelo and Wilco and a new album made with his teenage son. Tweedy performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.
Jul 29, 2014 — The Bright Eyes singer has learned to channel his youthful intensity into real showmanship. Conor Oberst performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.
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The UpNorth Concert Hall specializes in recordings of live performance in regional venues. Listen to guest artists or submit your own digital audio from your garage band, string ensemble, church choir or poetry slam.

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Songs: A blues set by the Conrad Story Blues Band

The Conrad Story Blues Band heated up a chilly spring day in the NCPR studio. The regional bluesmen were guests on The Blue Note, April 30, 2002. Here are three tracks from their 35-minute set: How Blue Can You Get? by BB King, When the Lights Go Out by Willie Dixon and Rack 'em Up by Bruce McCabe.

Performing: Rick "Conrad" Bates, lead guitar, harp and vocals, teaches education at SUNY Potsdam. Jonathan Hunkins, drums, and Chip Lamson, keyboard and vocals, teach music in Massena. Amalio Pratti, bass, vocals.  Go to full article
Frog Bridge is Gretchen Koehler (fiddle), Beth Robinson (cello), Matt Bullwinkel (piano & accordion), Bill Case (mandolin)
Frog Bridge is Gretchen Koehler (fiddle), Beth Robinson (cello), Matt Bullwinkel (piano & accordion), Bill Case (mandolin)

Traditional and Quebecois dance medlies performed by Frog Bridge

Frog Bridge was in the NCPR Studio April 5, 2002 and recorded these traditional and Quebecois dance medlies:
Big John McNeil/Mason's Apron/Mitten's Breakdown
My Darling Asleep/Jules Veret
Reel du la Pont au Pic/Reel du Diable

These are followed by their rendition of Cattle in the Cane recorded for the NCPR documentary Leonora Berry: First Voice for Working Women, recorded in February 2000.  Go to full article

Two Biberian waltzes performed by the Crane Guitar Ensemble

The Crane Guitar Ensemble from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam visited the NCPR studio March 27, 2002. They gave this preview of their evening concert in Potsdam:
Waltz No. 1 in E minor, Gilbert Biberian
Waltz No. 2 in A minor, Gilbert Biberian

The Crane Guitar Ensemble: Brian Billings, Liverpool NY; Eli Drake, Malone NY; Eric DeVito, Northport NY; Mark DeMott, Rochester NY.  Go to full article

Song: Solo trumpet improvisation by Jasek Manzano

21-year-old Cuban jazz trumpeter Jasek Manzano was in the North Country on his first trip ever to the United States and stopped into the NCPR studio on February 26, 2002. He's looking to fulfill a dream of studying music at the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston.  Go to full article

It's a Radio Bob Christmas!

Michael Farley and Friends graced the Radio Bob Show, December 19, 2001 and played two holiday songs: Christmas Island and Toyland.

Michael Farley: saxophone, ukulele, vocals; Barbara Phillips-Farley: piano, vocals; James Seymour Phillips-Farley: viola; Alex Jenseth: double bass; Matt Burr: slit drum  Go to full article

Concert: Crane 2001 Candlelight Concert

Featuring the Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Gordon & Christopher Lanz. This concert of holiday music was recorded during rehearsal and live performances Sunday, December 2, 2001 in Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam.

Playlist:
Carol of the Bells, arr. Peter Wilhousky
O Come all ye Faithful
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, arr. John Gardner
Christmas Day: A Choral Fantasy on Old Carols, Gustav Holt. Soloists Sarah West, Kevin Murphy, Emily Manor
Deck the Hall, John Rutter
Christmas at the Cloisters from The Cloisters, John Corigliano. James Harrigan, Baritone, John Norine, Jr., Conductor
Hanukkah Festival Overture, Lucas Richman. Christopher Lanz, Conductor
Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow, Andre Thomas
The First Nowell
Three Carols: Fum, Fum, Fum!, Away in a Manger, I Saw Three Ships, arr. Mack Wilberg
Hark the Herald Angels SingBlow, Blow Thou Winter Wind, John Rutter  Go to full article
Contestants are pictured left to right and top to bottom in the order they appear at right.
Contestants are pictured left to right and top to bottom in the order they appear at right.

Winners of TAUNY's 3rd Annual Borderland Fiddling Festival

Fiddling contest judge Tim Woodbridge explains how the contest works and demonstrates a variety of fiddling and song styles. He is followed by the winning contestants in order:
Rebecca Koehler, 1st: Open
Tom Wilkinson, 2nd: Open
Gerry Smith, 3rd: Open
Andrew Clark, 1st: Senior
Luc Richard, 1st: Junior
Marie Anne Richard, 1st: Youth  Go to full article

A speech and a ditty from Shakespeare by Shenandoah Shakespeare Express

The Shenandoah Shakespeare Express returns to Canton each year. They brought their not-your-father's-Shakespeare approach to the Bard into the NCPR studio. We hear Allison Glenzer deliver the famous "All the world's a stage" speech, and J.C. Long, Allison Glenzer and Sasha Olnick with a ditty from As You Like It.  Go to full article

Two songs by The Keepers of the Eastern Door Mohawk Singers and Dancers

Brian Mann recorded the Keepers of the Eastern Door at SUNY Plattsburgh during a September 2001 performance. They are Mohawk singers and dancers from Kahnawake in Quebec on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. They perform Women's Corn Shuffle Dance and Alligator Dance.  Go to full article

Quartet in D minor 3rd movement, Mozart and Quartet No. 3, 2nd movement, Shostakovich, performed by the Alexander String Quartet

The Alexander String Quartet has been an regular annual visitor to St. Lawrence University to perform and teach. They crowded into the NCPR studio on October 1, 2001.

The Alexander String Quartet: Ge-Fang Yang, first violin; Frederick Lifsitz, second violin; Paul Yarbrough, viola; Sandy Wilson, cello.  Go to full article

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