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Mikaela Davis in the NCPR Studio. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Mikaela Davis in the NCPR Studio. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Watch: Mikaela Davis performs "River" live at NCPR

Harpist, singer and songwriter Mikaela Davis is making a big name for herself as an indie-pop harpist. She's just released her new EP Fortune Teller, completed a fifteen-stop tour, and she's just started her last semester at Crane School of Music.

She visited the NCPR studio on January 22, 2014 to play some music and talk with NCPR intern Claire Woodcock. Videographer Meghan Oretsky produced this performance of Mikaela's song River.

You can listen to the extended music/conversation piece featuring Mikaela produced by Claire Woodcock that was broadcast on The Eight O'Clock Hour.  Go to full article
Brian Miller and Randy Gosa, from their cd <i>The Falling of the Pine</i>.  Photo:  Brian Miller

How traditional tunes connect the northeast to the midwest

A musician and folklorist from Minnesota is researching lumber camp songs and traditional music from Maine, throughout the North Country and to the north woods of the midwest.

Brian Miller grew up in the logging town of Bemidji, Minnesota. "In the shadow of the Paul Bunyan statue," he says. His research into 19th century lumber camp and Irish-American music has included singer Michael Dean, who was born and raised in St. Lawrence County.

Miller recently uncovered some of Dean's recordings (made back in the 1920s at Dean's sister's home in Canton) in the Library of Congress archives. The recordings had been lost for decades.

Todd Moe spoke with Miller about how these lost-and-found traditional songs can connect history, culture and regions.  Go to full article
Pete Seeger. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dokwan/3785077774/">DoKwan</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Upstate NY funeral home hosts Pete Seeger memorial

BEACON, N.Y. (AP) Hundreds of friends and fans joined in song Sunday to honor Pete Seeger, doing what the folk singer loved best.

Seeger died Jan. 27 at age 94; no services were planned. But Libby Funeral Home in Beacon held a reception Sunday. By early afternoon, more than 1,000 people had visited the funeral home, where an urn containing Seeger's ashes was displayed along with photos and Seeger's wood-splitting maul.  Go to full article
Singer, songwriter, and banjo player Camilla Ammirati will help celebrate the re-opening of The TAUNY Center in Canton Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m.  Photo:  Susanna Rosen

TAUNY opens a new season with old-timey music

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, TAUNY, celebrates the start of a new season of exhibits and programs this weekend. You're invited to stop by TAUNY on Friday night...  Go to full article
Singer-songwriter Mikaela Davis in our Canton studio.

Music and conversation with Mikaela Davis

Harpist, singer and songwriter Mikaela Davis is not your average college student. She's making a big name for herself as an indie-pop harpist. She's just released her new EP...  Go to full article
Peter Seeger, c. 1940, entertaining Eleanor Roosevelt. In the 1940s, he also played the cow in a puppet theater troupe that toured the North Country in support of striking dairy farmers. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PeteSeeger2.jpg">Joseph A. Horne</a>. Via Library of Congress

Pete Seeger shares stories with Paul Connett in March 2008

On March 9, 2008 Paul Connett, On his NCPR program Second Sunday Classics presented an episode celebrating the music of folk musician Bill Crofut.

The...  Go to full article
Cover of the 78 album <em>Hudson Valley Songs</em>.

Pete Seeger sings "The Ballad of Blue Mountain Lake"

Pete Seeger visited The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake on August 16, 2000 and performed with his grandson Tao Rodriguez. This is their version of the traditional...  Go to full article
From the wall in Jackie Sauter's office: Pete Seeger with grandson Tao Rodriguez at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, August 16, 2000 (in front of a North Country Public Radio banner). Photo: D.F. Baker, Clayton, NY

Listen back: a tribute to Pete Seeger on his 85th birthday

Pete Seeger died in his sleep last night - in a hospital in New York City with family at his side. He was 94 and at the end of a career that changed folk music and changed...  Go to full article
Martha Sinkeldam and Alison Charles crocheting and knitting in a sunny spot in Waddington's library. Photo: Todd Moe

In a cozy corner in Waddington on a cold day

So, how do you cope with cold weather? A brisk walk outdoors, or indoors with a good book? Earlier this week, Todd Moe stopped by the library in Waddington, along the St....  Go to full article
Singer-songwriter Mikaela Davis in our Canton studio.

Listen: singer-songwriter-harpist

Yesterday, singer-songwriter Mikaela Davis came to our studios for a brief recording session. Davis has an unusual set up: instead of singing over the standard acoustic...  Go to full article

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