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UpNorth Music: Joe Mama Band

The Joe Mama band cares a lot about music, and about experimenting with different genres, but most of all they like to have fun when they're performing. Their 2007 CD release "Green Pepper Air Freshener" reflects the varied musical interests of the band members. The Queensbury-based group spoke with Jill Breit following their UpNorth Music recording session last August in North Creek.  Go to full article
ONNY bass players Paul Mach (left) and Harry Schenawolf rehearse for the concert. Photo by Jim Christensen.
ONNY bass players Paul Mach (left) and Harry Schenawolf rehearse for the concert. Photo by Jim Christensen.

Preview: ONNY?s ?Patriotic Pops? concert

This evening in Potsdam, the Orchestra of Northern New York will hold their annual celebration of Canada Day and the 4th of July with a concert of largely patriotic music. But the concert will also be the setting for the premiere of a piece that already has an interesting history, and it hasn't even been played for the public yet. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article

UpNorth Music: guitarist Neil Fitzgerald

Fingerstyle guitarist Neil Fitzgerald, of Potsdam, has crafted his style around intricate, percussive playing and alternate tunings. Last September, he showed up at his UpNorth Music recording session in Plattsburgh with a couple of beautiful custom-made guitars and demonstrated the sonic possibilities of his instrument. After the session he spoke with Jill Breit.  Go to full article
Gary Moon on stage
Gary Moon on stage

Up North Music: Gary Moon's Lake George

Folk musician Gary Moon sees his hometown Lake George as more of an authentic Adirondack community than a tourist haven. Not afraid to comment on political issues in his songs, Moon hopes he'll play a positive role in protecting what's best about his community. He spoke with Jill Breit after his UpNorth Music recording session in Lake George last October.  Go to full article

UpNorth Music: Gwen and Jim Tracy

Always interested in being a musician, Jim Tracy has been a member of several bands in and around his hometown of Big Moose. His daughter, Gwen, remembers waking up Saturday mornings to the sound of her father playing guitar, and her mother singing in the house. Gwen is the lead vocalist in Delia, a band that allows her strong blues voice to shine. Gwen and Jim will perform this Sunday evening (5 pm) as part of the Norwood Village Green Concert Series "In the Neighborhood Singer/Songwriter Festival." They spoke with Jill Breit after their UpNorth Music session in Old Forge last June.  Go to full article
The Crystal is a familiar landmark on Watertown's Public Square
The Crystal is a familiar landmark on Watertown's Public Square

Very Special Place: Crystal Restaurant in Watertown

You've got to feel sorry for NCPR's Joel Hurd and TAUNY's Varick Chittenden. Our look at very special places has forced them to sample great diner food from Lloyds of Lowville, sweets from Freeman's Taffy Stand, ice cream from Donnelly's in Lake Clear, Michigans from Clare and Carl's in Plattsburgh, and cider and donuts from the Burrville Cider Mill. Hard work...but they've struggled through it. Well it turns out they've saved the toughest assignment for last. Last year, just before Christmas, they paid a visit to the Crystal Restaurant in Watertown to learn more about this North Country landmark and sample a holiday favorite, a tasty and potent creation called the "Tom and Jerry."  Go to full article
Fall view of the bridge taken by Photo of the Day contributor Patricia Lincourt, Wanakena.
Fall view of the bridge taken by Photo of the Day contributor Patricia Lincourt, Wanakena.

Very Special Place: Wanakena Foot Bridge

The largest suspension footbridge in the United States is located in a tiny Adirondack hamlet with just a half dozen year-round families. Located in southern St. Lawrence County, Wanakena is probably best known as the home of the New York State ranger School. But for many people it just isn't summer until they've walked the 171 feet from one end of the bridge to the other and dipped their toe in the Oswegatchie River. Today NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in the North Country. Varrick Chittenden made several trips to the footbridge this past summer and talked with folks who have a soft spot for the bridge and the town. Varrick and Joel Hurd recently talked about the bridge and its importance, past and present, in the northwestern Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Very Special Place: Burrville Cider Mill

There are few seasonal flavors that are as strong on the senses as apples and apple cider. For months and months we settle for fruit imported from who-knows-where, until late summer, when local apples are ready for picking and pressing. For many decades, people in Jefferson County have known that the first turning of the leaves means that Burrville Cider Mill is running at full capacity, producing some of the tastiest cider in the region. Today, NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in the North Country. A few weeks ago, Joel Hurd and Varick Chittenden visited Burrville to learn more about cider, donuts and why many people think this oldest building in the county is haunted.  Go to full article
1958 Tedd Browne album cover
1958 Tedd Browne album cover

Lost and found songs from Lake George

A re-issue of a record featuring original about the Lake George region is finding a new audience 43 years after it was first released. "Lake George Musical Portrait" by singer and guitarist Tedd Browne includes Tom Goodwin on banjo and Bill Lee, father of filmmaker Spike Lee, on bass. That's pretty much all that's known about the record...where it was recorded, how it was recorded, and why a folk singer originally from Savannah, Georgia decided to visit and write about the region remains unknown. But an ambitious musician from the capital district saw the record as both an important musical document and history lesson that deserved to be heard again. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article
Above: the restored marquis, below: Reg Clark with the restored Palace organ
Above: the restored marquis, below: Reg Clark with the restored Palace organ

Very Special Place: Palace Theatre

The old main street theatre marquee is a fading sight on the American landscape. Lake Placid not only has a beautifully restored marquee, but the inside of the theatre has been restored with the same care and attention to detail, thanks to its owner of 46 years, Reg Clark. Today, NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in the North Country. Varick Chittenden and Joel Hurd talk about the Palace Theatre in Lake Placid and learn more about its history and one-of -a-kind organ.  Go to full article

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