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North Country Public Radio will reach its 40th anniversary in 2008. The station will kick off its year-long schedule of celebrations on Friday, January 25 with the first UpNorth Music Concert, featuring four of the best acts NCPR met during a year-long recording tour of the North Country. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. in Gulick Theater, on the St. Lawrence University campus. Tickets are free, supported by a grant from The New York State Music Fund, but reservations must be made in advance by calling 1-877-388-6277.
The concert will be a live broadcast performance, marking the start of a series of concerts North Country Public Radio will host in the region in 2008. The line-up for the evening includes bluegrass band Adrenaline Hayride, jazz performers Jonathan Lorentz Quartet, contemporary Canadian folk singer Meredith Luce, and Celtic family ensemble Fraser Clan. Master of ceremonies will be Todd Moe, well-loved morning voice at NCPR and host of the stations monthly arts program Open Studio.
The program will offer music enthusiasts a great opportunity to sample the high-caliber entertainment North Country musicians have to offer audiences. Adrenaline Hayride is a lively bluegrass act composed of seasoned veterans from other locally well-known bands such as The McKrells. A highly skilled saxophonist, Jonathan Lorentz has been influenced by John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Joe Lovano. Meredith Luce, who has roots in the Adirondacks, has recently been making a splash on the Canadian folk circuit with her original compositions. Fraser Clan and their powerful renditions of Celtic songs is one of Lewis Countys best-kept secrets. For more information on these acts, visit www.upnorthmusic.org.
The concert will double as the release party for Music Heard UpNorth, a 3-CD compilation of songs from the UpNorth Music Recording Tour. The collection includes pop, rock, jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, Celtic and an assortment of other styles. Music Heard UpNorth will be available for sale at the concert on the 25th.
For complete information on this project, including the opportunity apply and to listen to musicians already recorded, visit www.upnorthmusic.org.