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Aug 30, 2014 — The tuba was the first bass instrument in jazz, until it was replaced by the string bass. For nearly 50 years, Bob Stewart has been trying to carve out a new niche for his instrument in modern jazz.
Aug 30, 2014 — As a student at Princeton, D'Amato was mentored in his songwriting by professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon.
Aug 30, 2014 — The Kentucky native writes country music about loneliness, failed dreams, drinking and drugs. Here, he performs four of his songs with a thundering voice that makes the NPR offices shudder.

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Recapturing Music's Roots

These days a lot of modern music depends heavily on technology. Guitars are electric and beats electronic. But since ancient times human beings have found a way to make music with the things they found in nature. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Tamar Charney has the story of one man who is helping his neighbors rediscover the roots of music.  Go to full article

Music With a Mission

A group of church musicians has released a CD of Christmas carols, to share a love of music and as a fundraiser. Rejoice contains music for the season, recorded earlier this fall at the Ecumenical Choir Festival 2002. Proceeds will benefit people in need. Todd Moe talks with Ted Tate about "Ministries in the North Country", or MINC, one of the groups behind the idea for Rejoice.

You can order Rejoice from Jan Fife, 505 Anthony St., Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Cost per copy is $15--half the proceeds support MINC, half the church of your choice.  Go to full article

Commentary: Noise Pollution

If you've ever had the fillings in your teeth loosened by super-amplified music coming out of a nearby car, you'll appreciate commentator Paul Willcott's recent efforts to combat such an assault.  Go to full article

Tug Hill Inspires Essences of the North Country

The music of Cape Vincent composer Augusta Cecconi-Bates explores the textures and seasons of the North Country and the Tug Hill in particular. Todd Moe talks with...  Go to full article

A Washtub Bass Revival in Potsdam: Good, Clean, Musical Fun

Take a bucket, some string, a stick and what have you got? A homemade musical instrument! Todd Moe visits a washtub bass building workshop.  Go to full article

Preview: Leon Fleisher Recital in Potsdam

One of the legends of 20th century music visits the Crane School of Music this weekend. Renowned pianist Leon Fleisher will give a recital Saturday night at 7:30 in Hosmer...  Go to full article

TV Blues and a song by Hobo Jack Turner, performed by Seward Sibley

Seward Sibley from Depeyster NY is known as The Singing Marshall. Sib sings and plays old-time country and bluegrass tunes drawn from nearly eight decades of North Country...  Go to full article

Taiko drumming from HOW Taiko of Nagoya, Japan

The HOW Taiko Drumming Group from Nagoya, Japan performed in St. Lawrence University's Gunnison Chapel October 24, 2002. NCPR's Joel Hurd recorded them live. We hear...  Go to full article
Stephanie Blythe

Homecoming: Opera Star Returns to Crane

Stephanie Blythe is one of the hottest young American singers, with several top awards and regular appearances at the Metropolitan Opera under her belt. She's an alumna of...  Go to full article
Matt Bullwinkel, accordion, and Beth Robinson, 'cello, of <i>Piquant</i> in the NCPR studio.

Piquant Warms up the North Country with Spicy Latin Dance Tunes

The Potsdam ensemble Piquant joins Todd Moe in the studio for some Latin dance music: tango, waltz and rhumba! They're on a quest to promote ballroom dancing in the North...  Go to full article

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