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In Concert
Jul 29, 2014 — For the U.S. release, singer-songwriter John Grant fashioned English lyrics to go with the Icelandic musician's melodies. For our Vintage Cafe today, Ásgeir sings 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.

Latest Performances

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Dam Builders and Vow performed by Dale Hobson

Dale Hobson, NCPR Webnaut from Potsdam, New York, reading Dam Builders and Vow before a rowdy crowd at Martha And Ev's annual barn party, February 2001.  Go to full article

Song: Mustang Sally by Hot Rods on Blocks

Hot Rods On Blocks performing Mustang Sally live on The Radio Bob Show, January 17, 2001.

Left: Radio Bob--the early years: at the keyboard in 1967 (a very good year).  Go to full article

Two Tuvan songs performed by Ional Sam

Sixteen-year old Tuvan throat singer Ional Sam toured the Adirondacks in December 2000 as part of a visiting Russian delegation. Brian Mann recorded him in Ray Brook.  Go to full article

Song: Early in the Morning by the King-Tones

The King-Tones performing "Early in the Morning," live on The Blue Note. Recorded in the NCPR studio, September 26, 2000.  Go to full article

How Hermit Thrush Got His Song

Ray Fadden (Tehanetorens), Mohawk Elder and educator of Onchiota NY, tells the traditional story "How Hermit Thrush Got His Song."  Go to full article

Two fiddle tunes performed by music historian Alice Clemens

Alice co-founded the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame, which maintains an extensive archive and sponsors fiddling events each year. For her work as a preservationist and performer, she was recognized by TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) with a North Country Heritage Award. She performs the traditional Irish tune The Irish Washerwoman and her own composition God's Blessing on Four Strings.  Go to full article

Song: Helplessly Hoping performed by the Singing Sinners

The women's vocal ensemble Singing Sinners from St. Lawrence University performing Helplessly Hoping. Recorded in the NCPR studio, May 2000.  Go to full article

The Last Farewell and Come All Ye Maidens performed by Colleen Cleveland

For their work as preservationists and performers, Colleen and her father Jim were recognized by TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) with a North Country Heritage Award.  Go to full article

Queen Jane performed by Sara Cleveland

Sara Cleveland was a nationally-famous ballad singer of her generation. We hear her version of the British ballad Queen Jane, the only known recording from a US source. Her son Jim and grandaughter Colleen carry on the family ballad tradition.  Go to full article

Song: Insomniac performed by the Singing Saints

St. Lawrence University's men's vocal ensemble, The Singing Saints, performed this arrangement of Insomnia in May 1999.  Go to full article

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