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In Concert
Jul 31, 2014 — The young singer-songwriter from Oklahoma performs three songs from his debut, live in the studio.
Jul 31, 2014 — Watch the unpeggable songwriter perform a B-side from her classic album, I Am Shelby Lynne, live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Jul 30, 2014 — The Mississippi musician became serious about the blues after an injury stopped him from pursuing a basketball career. Singleton joins World Cafe to play three songs and tell the full story.
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.
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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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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

Three Gambian songs performed by Al-Haji Papa Susso

Al-Haji Papa Susso is a griot and master kora player from Gambia, now living in the Bronx and visiting the North Country to teach and perform. Griot is a word of French origin for a traditional storyteller/singer of the Mandinka culture in West Africa. David Sommerstein interviewed Susso while he played and sang in the NCPR studio. He described the three songs recorded here as: a song about saying no to enemies and slavery, a favorite song (though they are all favorites) and, a song celebrating peace and those who fought slavery.  Go to full article

Bahia, February 2 and Hawking performed by Steven White

Steven F. White is a poet and translator teaching at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. During August 2001, he performed a selection of twenty years of his poems and translations in the NCPR studio, where they have been mixed into a rich brew of poetry, music, chant and ambient sound called Transversions.  Go to full article
John Zachary photo.
John Zachary photo.

Steel string medleys performed by Danny Gotham

Former String Fever host Dan Gotham shared the stage with current host Barb Heller for a concert at Canton's Unitarian Universalist Church in the summer of 2001. The following is from his solo set.

Playlist:
Medley: Freight Train, Candy Man, Fishin' Hole, Mr. Sandman
The Poet at the Picnic, D Gotham
Medley: Whiskey Before Breakfast, Church Street Blues
Medley: Sailor's Hornpipe, Ode to Joy, The Banks of the Ohio
Medley: Sail Away Ladies, Cindy  Go to full article

Four Guitar Duets performed by Dan Gotham and Barb Heller

Former String Fever host Dan Gotham was joined by current host Barb Heller for a concert at Canton's Unitarian Universalist Church.

Playlist:
Windy and Warm, JP Loudermilk
Si Bheag, Si Mhor, T O'Carolan
Orphan Girl, G Welch
RU From Oxbow, D Gotham  Go to full article

Montreal Waltz and Dark Isle performed by the Bog Trodders

Ross Davison of the Bog Trodders (Potsdam, NY) sent us this home recording of The Montreal Waltz (Ross Davison & Mike Hartigan) and a version of Dark Isle recorded at a Bog Trodders rehearsal. The Bog Trodders are (l. to r.) Mark Seymour, Mike Hartigan, Ross Davison, and Leslie Schwartz.  Go to full article

Songs: Georgia Rag and Please Don't Go by Automatic Slim

Baltimore bluesman Automatic Slim plays Georgia Rag and Please Don't Go at the NCPR studio as a guest on The Blue Note, Tuesday, July 3, 2001.  Go to full article

Three Hymns from Malawi

A delegation from Malawi is visiting the region this month, sponsored by the Presbytery of Northern New York. Members sing three songs from the Hymnal of the Presbyterian Synod of Livingstonia.

Singers: Rev. Maurice Chauka Munthali, Lincian Ardwell Sambo (nee Nyanthala), Unious Lomdaka Jenda, Margaret Kasambara (nee Mtika)  Go to full article

Song: Redneck Express by The Maynard Brothers Band

The Maynard Brothers Band from Johnsonville, NY, performing Redneck Express. Recorded live on NCPR's The Blue Note, May 8, 2001.  Go to full article

Song: All My Lovin' performed by the Pointercounts

The SUNY Potsdam a capella group, the Pointercounts, performing All my Lovin' live during the NCPR regional news hour, March 30, 2001.  Go to full article

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