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Jonathan Foster.  Photo:  Jonathan Foster
Jonathan Foster. Photo: Jonathan Foster

New Music: Jonathan Foster's "Sabbatical"

You can take a musician out of the Adirondacks, but somewhere in the music there's still a link back home. California singer-songwriter Jonathan Foster released his debut studio album, Sabbatical, earlier this year.

It's the result of a monthly song-writing and recording project that suddenly became a full length record. Foster grew up in Cranberry Lake, studied biology at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse and in 2004, settled on the west coast.  Go to full article
Eliza Moore.  Photo:
Eliza Moore. Photo:

New music: Eliza Moore's "Everything to Me"

Montreal-based singer-songwriter Eliza Moore has a new album and she'll give a concert in Canton on Saturday night. Her musical journey has taken her from Vermont to Indiana, Boston, the Thousand Islands and across Europe. Todd Moe talks with Eliza about her new EP, Everything to Me, and the classically-trained violinist's personal journey.

Eliza Moore will hold an EP-release gathering for Everything to Me at the Parkview above the Blackbird Cafe in Canton Saturday beginning at 7 pm. She will perform with members of Althea Jean, and DJ Tapatio (aka David Sommerstein) will provide the dance tracks.  Go to full article
Christopher Battles
Christopher Battles

Christopher Battles: new music, classic sound

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.

Christopher Battles is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic singer/songwriter. He graduated from the Crane School of Music a couple of years ago 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.

Christopher Battles joined Todd Moe in the studio for music and conversation. We've followed his musical journey last year via a series of audio postcards, and he shared some of his favorite tunes.  Go to full article
Rick Bates and Mary Ann Casale. Photo: Ellen Rocco
Rick Bates and Mary Ann Casale. Photo: Ellen Rocco

In the Studio: "RE-stock" Concerts will help restock local food pantries

Bluesman Rick Bates (aka Tas Cru) and singer/songwriter Mary Ann Casale are hosting a series of concerts this spring that will benefit St. Lawrence County food pantries. The "RE-stock" series kicks off tonight with a house concert at Robin McCellan's home in Sandfordville.

Mary Ann and Rick joined us in the studio this morning, during The Eight O'clock Hour, to share their unique blend of folk/blues Americana born out of their shared experiences as young musicians when they met in Potsdam nearly 30 years ago.  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
Putnam Smith
Putnam Smith

A new take on old music

Putnam Smith is a singer/songwriter from Maine who travels the country with antique musical instruments, telling stories about friends and strangers he meets along the way. He's playing tonight in Burlington and tomorrow in Saranac Lake. Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article
Chris Smither. Source:
Chris Smither. Source:

Preview: Chris Smither in Indian Lake

As you've been hearing this week, North Country Public Radio is partnering with the Indian Lake Theater for a live concert broadcast featuring singer/songwriter Chris Smither. The concert is Friday evening at 7:00. Joel Hurd has this preview.  Go to full article

Folk music with a bluegrass/country twist

The Vermont group, PossumHaw, ventures over to the New York side of Lake Champlain for a gig at the Cadyville Concert Hall on Saturday night (7:30). Todd Moe talks with Colby Crehan, lead singer of the ensemble. She shares her thoughts on writing and making music and PossumHaw's brand of bluegrass and folk.  Go to full article

Celia Evans: songs that celebrate gratitude, love, life

Adirondack folk singer Celia Evans celebrated a CD release party on-air during the Eight O'Clock Hour this morning. Her third cd is an album of simple folk melodies, both traditional and contemporary, and a few folk rock tunes, too. She told Todd Moe that Hardwood includes music that celebrates gratitude, family, love and observations over the past few years.  Go to full article

Live on Friday: Scott Shipley

Singer/songwriter Scott Shipley is out with a new cd, Meaning What Exactly, and will celebrate its release at a benefit concert Saturday night (7:30) at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton. The concert's proceeds will go to Hospice of Northern New York. Scott and bandmate John Richey joined Todd Moe in the NCPR studio for music and conversation.  Go to full article

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