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Barb Heller and Danny Gotham.  Photo: NCPR
Barb Heller and Danny Gotham. Photo: NCPR

A busy weekend of holiday music with Barb Heller, Danny Gotham

What are the winter holidays without music? Long time friends and musical collaborators Barb Heller and Danny Gotham have a busy weekend of concerts starting tonight at the Edwards Opera House, with fiddler Don Woodcock and storyteller Bill Smith. Todd Moe caught up with the duo this morning as Barb and Danny shared some of their favorite holiday music for two guitars.  Go to full article
Caramelo Trio: Beth Robinson, Oscar Sarmiento, Stephen Farina.  Photo: NCPR
Caramelo Trio: Beth Robinson, Oscar Sarmiento, Stephen Farina. Photo: NCPR

Caramelo Trio: Latin American inspired music for a summer day

We're kicking off the start of a warm summer weekend with the Latin American sounds of Caramelo Trio. The Potsdam ensemble joined Todd Moe live in the studio Friday morning to share some Latin contemporary music. Caramelo Trio is cellist Beth Robinson, guitarist Oscar Sarmiento, and percussionist Stephen Farina.  Go to full article

Preview: Robin and Linda Williams in Saranac Lake

Robin and Linda Williams are nearing their 40th anniversary of playing music together, and earlier this year released a new album, These Old Dark Hills. It's filled with a dozen fresh new songs and rich harmonies, including musical tributes to well-loved dogs.

Throughout their career, which has included many performances on A Prairie Home Companion, Robin and Linda Williams have thrilled folk and bluegrass fans alike. They'll bring their band and some of their new music to the Adirondacks this weekend with a concert at Pendragon Theater in Saranac Lake on Sunday night at 7 pm. The broadcast audio for this story incorrectly stated the concert time as 8 pm. NCPR regrets the error.

Todd Moe caught up with the duo by phone from their home in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. He asked them about the inspiration for their newest recording.  Go to full article
Photo: Christopher Battles
Photo: Christopher Battles

Christopher Battles: out of the classroom, into the night life

Over the last few months, singer/songwriter Christopher Battles has shared his musical journey via audio postcards. The twenty-something is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic musician in New York City. We've heard occasional stories of his new life -- the pressures, emotional highs and lows and what it's like for an upstate troubadour in the big city.

Battles grew up in Oswego, graduated from the Crane School of Music and now lives in Brooklyn. He studied percussion and music education at Crane. Recently, he took us into the classroom as a substitute teacher. In this next segment, he says sometimes life is an endless stream of teaching at a variety of schools around the city, takeout for dinner and then off to a gig at an "open mic night" or coffee house.  Go to full article
Christopher Battles
Christopher Battles

Christopher Battles: busking among the subway trains

Musician Christopher Battles is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic singer/songwriter in the big city. He grew up in Oswego, graduated from the Crane School of Music last spring and now lives in New York City. He studied percussion and music education at Crane, and when he's not performing on the street or the stage at a coffee house, he's a substitute band teacher.

In the coming months, Christopher Battles will share his musical journey via audio postcards. We'll hear occasional stories of his new life -- the pressures, emotional highs and lows and what it's like for an upstate troubadour in the big city.

Earlier this summer, he released his first solo EP recording, titled Miles upon Miles. Not quite a single and not quite an album, EPs are usually an artist's debut recording and contain just a few musical tracks.

Battles takes new music and familiar favorites along while busking (street performing) at subway stops. For many musicians, busking is the showbiz equivalent of an entry-level job.  Go to full article
Christopher Battles
Christopher Battles

Christopher Battles, chasing his musical dream

New York City has always held a special place in the American imagination. For generations, it has inspired more than its fair share of musical dreams.

Musician Christopher Battles is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic singer/songwriter. He graduated from the Crane School of Music last spring and moved from his upstate hometown -- Oswego -- to New York City. He studied percussion and music education at Crane, and when he's not busking at a subway stop or on stage at a coffee house, he's a substitute band teacher.

Next Saturday, he'll release his first solo EP recording, titled Miles upon Miles. Not quite a single and not quite an album, EPs are usually an artist's debut recording and contain just a few musical tracks.

In the coming months, Christopher Battles has agreed to share his musical journey via audio postcards. We'll hear occasional stories of his new life -- the pressures, emotional highs and lows and what it's like for an upstate troubadour in the big city.  Go to full article

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