Feb 14, 2001 — As much a part of the American culture as Mom and apple pie, barbershop quartet singing is an American institution. It's alive today, largely through the efforts of an organization called the Society of the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America. It was founded in 1938 by an Oklahoma lawyer and a banker who found a mutual love for vocal harmony. Todd Moe has more.
The Goldenaires are always looking for new members. They rehearse Tuesday nights at 7:30 at Canton High School. For more information,call Ron Prutzman at 384-4298, or Bruce Hanson at 379-9848. Go to full article
Jan 25, 2001 — Todd Moe chats with Eileen Ivers, traditional Irish fiddle champion. She's been called the "Jimi Hendrix of the violin." Eileen Ivers and her band were in concert January 25, 2001 at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts in Burlington. Go to full article
May 08, 2000 — Alice Clemens of Osceola started fiddling at the age of seven, learning dance tunes from her uncle, Art Colvin. For most of her life, she has played for parties and country dances near home and has collected hundreds of nearly-forgotten tunes from old-time musicians. Alice co-founded the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame, which maintains an extensive archive and sponsors fiddling events each year. Go to full article
Valley Falls, NY, Apr 10, 2000 — The Ouimet family see themselves as preservers of a number of vanishing traditions. They play traditional music in the French American ethnic tradition, and they pass the music on within the family, performing as a family band. Old-style Quebecois rugmaking is among the other talents of this Valley Falls family. Go to full article
De Kalb Junction, NY, Mar 20, 2000 — Don Woodcock, a dairyman from Kendrew Corners won the New York Fiddling Championship so often, he was declared grand champion and asked to retire from the competition. He began playing by accompanying his father on piano, and later taught himself a variety of traditional fiddle and dance styles. Go to full article
Lake Luzerne-Hadley, NY, Feb 21, 2000 — 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
Brant Lake, NY, Jan 17, 2000 — 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
Plattsburgh, NY, Jan 10, 2000 — 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 son, Paul, worked with him in 1992 to produce a collection recognized as an outstanding folk recording by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. Go to full article
Apr 10, 1994 — 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 songs and stories with Jackie Sauter on The Folk Show in 1994. Go to full article
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