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Jul 28, 2014 — One hundred years after the start of World War I, hear a range of pop and classical music from artists of the era. Some music reflects the war's violence, some gives solace.
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Meet the Masters: Alice Clemens, Fiddler & Music Historian, Osceola

Alice Clemens of Osceola started fiddling at the age of seven, learning dance tunes from her uncle, Art Colvin. For most of her life, she has played for parties and country dances near home and has collected hundreds of nearly-forgotten tunes from old-time musicians. Alice co-founded the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame, which maintains an extensive archive and sponsors fiddling events each year.  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

Meet the Masters: Bill Smith, Basketmaker & Storyteller, Colton

Bill Smith is known throughout the Adirondacks and beyond as a master of many traditional arts of the region, including the making of split ash baskets. He also performs and records stories and songs about local life, including his 1994 collection Tales from the Featherbed.  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

Meet the Masters: La Famille Ouimet, French American Traditions

The Ouimet family see themselves as preservers of a number of vanishing traditions. They play traditional music in the French American ethnic tradition, and they pass the...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Don Woodcock, Champion Fiddler

Don Woodcock, a dairyman from Kendrew Corners won the New York Fiddling Championship so often, he was declared grand champion and asked to retire from the competition. He...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Mohawk Choir of St. Regis

Catholicism has its roots deeps in the history of Akwesasne, the St. Regis Mohawk reservation straddling the St. Lawrence River between the US and Canada, going back to the...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Clarence "Daddy Dick" Richards, Country Music Pioneer, Lake Luzerne

By the age of twelve, Clarence Richards was playing fiddle for local dances in the Corinth area of Saratoga County and substituting for the caller when necessary. Early in...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Jim & Colleen Cleveland, Ballad Singers, Brant Lake

Jim Cleveland and his daughter Colleen are descendants of Scottish and Irish settlers and sing the traditional ballads of those communities, usually without unaccompaniment....  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...  Go to full article

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