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Way Downtown and Why You Been Gone So Long performed by Grasse Roots

Grasse Roots of Canton played a live guest set on String Fever, June 20, 2002 to help promote the River Bluegrass Fest in Madrid. The band features Cathryn Jahncke on bass, Rosemary Philips on guitar, Bill Casey on mandolin, Everett Smith on banjo and Phen Canner on violin.  Go to full article
Hollis Easter (right) plays whistle and flute; Susie Petrov plays piano.
Hollis Easter (right) plays whistle and flute; Susie Petrov plays piano.

Irish Polka medley and Donegal Lasses performed by Hollis Easter and Susie Petrov

Hollis Easter of Potsdam recorded these duets of himself and Susie Petrov, his friend and teacher, in May 2002 in Lang Concert Hall at Swarthmore College, where he studies music and computer science. The songs in the polka medley are Riding on A Load of Hay, Jack the Bridge and Salmon Tailing Up the River.  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
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

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
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

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

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

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