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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 French Jesuit mission established there in the 1750s. The church choir there preserves a unique tradition of Christian music sung in the Mohawk language, and acts as a bridge between two often discordant cultural traditions.  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 his music career, he lost his left hand in a paper mill accident, but within six months he had discovered a way to continue playing. "Daddy Dick" was an early entertainer on Radio WGY in Schenectady. He has performed with many prominent country and bluegrass music stars.  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. Some of the family's very old ballads have not been collected from any other North American source.  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

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...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Paul & Vic Kibler, Fiddler & Pianist, Vails Mills & Plattsburgh

Vic Kibler continues a strong musical tradition in the southern Adirondacks, performing many old-standard jigs, reels, and hornpipes he got from his family. Vic's youngest...  Go to full article

Song: Insomniac performed by the Singing Saints

St. Lawrence University's men's vocal ensemble, The Singing Saints, performed this arrangement of Insomnia in May 1999.  Go to full article

Song: Paper Chase performed by Adiradical Blue and Friends

Adiradical Blue and Friends performing Paper Chase. 1977 Kent Gregson. Recorded in Sweetfish studios, February 1997, by Mark Fuller. Produced by Tim Ellifritz, Tom...  Go to full article

From the Vault: Chris Shaw on The Folk Show

Adirondack folksinger and storyteller Chris Shaw grew up on Lake George, in part aboard the 80-foot mahogany steamboat Sayonara captained by his father. He shared...  Go to full article
Portrait of Helen Hosmer by Juan Martinez

Helen M. Hosmer: An audio biography

Dr. Helen M Hosmer, Dean Emerita of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, retired in 1966 after 44 years at the school. Among the forefront of music educators in the...  Go to full article

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