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Dan Berggren       (Ralph Rosenthal Photo)
Dan Berggren (Ralph Rosenthal Photo)

Adk Folk Song Included in New Textbook

A folk song by Adirondack balladeer Dan Berggren will be included in a new Social Studies primer for fourth graders in New York. Here's to You, which is a musical tribute to the people of the mountains, was composed in 1992 to commemorate the centennial of the Adirondack Park. The book's authors call it "a perfect Social Studies song". Todd Moe talks with Dan Berggren about his musical contribution.  Go to full article

Music: Old-time Banjo and Fiddle

Phen Canner (left) and Everett Smith (right) join Martha Foley and Todd Moe in the studio for old-time and Adirondack lumbercamp music on bango and fiddle.  Go to full article
Martha Gallagher (left) and Sue Grimm.
Martha Gallagher (left) and Sue Grimm.

Music: Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm

It's music and conversation with Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm. In a recording from last April, Martha Gallagher, the Adirondack Harper, and Sue Grimm celebrate spring with music for harp and flute.  Go to full article

Music, Song & Dance from Quebec!

A trio of musicians from Montreal is visiting 13 North Country schools this week. Matapat will also bring its brand of cross-cultural folk music to Creative Spirit Arts Center in Potsdam for a jam session Saturday (4-6pm). Todd Moe talks with Matapat's Gaston Bernard, who grew up in a large family where musical gatherings were commonplace.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Harmonica Man Fred V. Higby

Fred V. Higby plays the harmonica. He figured out how to play when he was 10, played it all over Europe during World War II, and he still plays as often as he has the opportunity. It isn't simply playing the harmonica that he loves, it's performing. It's getting people excited about the music he plays, about making them feel happy. Music will do that. Just ask Fred. Lamar Bliss has this story.  Go to full article

Shape-Note Singing for the Fun of It

Social Band, a Vermont based shape-note singing ensemble, will perform Saturday night (7 pm) at the Old Meeting House Museum in Dekalb. Todd Moe talks with Social Band director Amity Baker about the group's love of traditional and "art" music. Social Band's performances draw from a wide range of repertoires, including American shape-note, medieval and contemporary music.  Go to full article
Don Perkins was a recent visitor to the NCPR studio.
Don Perkins was a recent visitor to the NCPR studio.

Meet the Masters: The Perkins Family Band

Meet the Perkins Family from Plattsburgh. Lois Perkins is now in her 90s and has passed the love of music and dancing she gained from her father and her husband on to her children and grandchildren. The family band plays the fiddle music Lois loved as a child and lots of bluegrass tunes for festivals and other gatherings. Lamar Bliss introduces us to this musical family.  Go to full article

People: Singer/Songwriter Sara Wheeler

Sara Wheeler, originally from Michigan, is a mainstay of the Boston-area folk scene. She's performed her blend of folk/pop to packed coffeehouses, colleges and concert halls around the world, and she's touring the Adirondacks this summer. Todd Moe chats with Sara about how she developed her guitar playing and songwriting skills.  Go to full article

Potsdam Piper Heads to Scotland

Hollis Easter and Susie Petrov bring the musical heritage of Scotland to our studios. They're preparing for a concert Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton featuring traditional Scottish tunes. Hollis was recently awarded a prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study abroad. Todd Moe talks with Hollis about the upcoming concert and his year-long trek to Scotland.  Go to full article
Martha Gallagher (left) and Sue Grimm.
Martha Gallagher (left) and Sue Grimm.

Music and conversation with Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm

Martha Gallagher, the Adirondack Harper, and musician Sue Grimm celebrate spring with music for harp and flute. They're hosting a benefit concert tonight in Lake Placid for an Adirondack-Siberian cultural exchange trip later this year.  Go to full article

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