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Ermina Pincombe (photo by Martha Cooper, courtesy of the TAUNY archives)
Ermina Pincombe (photo by Martha Cooper, courtesy of the TAUNY archives)

Musician/educator Dave Ruch remembers Ermina Pincombe

Ermina Pincombe, a celebrated traditional musician from the Southern Adirondacks who performed music passed down to her from her parents and grandparents, passed away this week.

Yesterday Joel Hurd caught up with Pincombe's friend, Dave Ruch, to learn more about her.  Go to full article
Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe
Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe

Singer Jean Rohe returns to Burlington and Raquette Lake for concerts this week

Jean Rohe's music draws influences from all over the world and she and her long-time musical partner Liam Robinson return to the area this week to perform in Burlington and Raquette Lake. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article
Alex Smith (courtesy www.alexsmithlonglakemusic.com)
Alex Smith (courtesy www.alexsmithlonglakemusic.com)

Singer/songwriter Alex Smith wraps up American tour back home in the North Country

North Creek singer/songwriter Alex Smith has spent the last month touring the U.S. in support of his new CD, "Hamilton County." The tour concludes this weekend with dates in North Creek and Russell. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article
Taylor Haskins
Taylor Haskins

Trumpeter Taylor Haskins plays music from his new CD in Westport July 22nd

July 3rd wasn't a good day for an outdoor concert in the town of Westport. Heavy rains, winds and power outages made for a rough start to the July 4th weekend. One of the many events that fell victim to the storms was the opening concert in the Soundwaves Concert series in Ballard Park. The concert was to feature Grammy Award winning trumpeter Taylor Haskins along with the Meadowmount School of Music String Orchestra playing selections from Taylor's latest CD, Fuzzy Logic. Taylor is also the co-director of the concert series with his wife Catherine, and after much scrambling, the concert has been re-scheduled for this July 22nd at 7:30. Taylor recently met Joel Hurd on the bandstand in Ballard Park to talk about his new CD.  Go to full article
Sultans of String (courtesy sultansofstring.com)
Sultans of String (courtesy sultansofstring.com)

Sultans of String perform in Norwood this week

Sultans of String are a Canadian band with musical influences from across the globe, and they're bringing their unique music to the Norwood Village Green Concert Series this Thursday. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article

Soundwaves concert series opens Thursday in Westport

The Village of Westport is the site for an ambitious free concert series, Soundwaves, that begins this week and runs right through August.

The opening concert in this series held the shores of Lake Champlain in Ballard Park will feature jazz trumpeter Taylor Haskins and his ensemble, performing music from his 2014 recording "Fuzzy Logic." Showtime is Thursday at at 7:30 pm.  Go to full article
April Verch. Photo: provided by the artist
April Verch. Photo: provided by the artist

Celebrated fiddler April Verch to perform in Old Forge, Edwards

Ottawa Valley native April Verch began step dancing at age three, and fiddling at age six. She recorded her first album at 13, and before she was in her 20s she would win the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition, the first woman to ever win both contests.

Now in her 30s, she has 9 albums to her credit, was a featured performer in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and tours the world with her band.

She's playing this evening at View in Old Forge, and Saturday evening at the Edwards Opera House. A couple of days ago Joel Hurd caught up with her on tour in North Carolina.  Go to full article
Daniel Kelly (courtesy danielkellymusic.com)
Daniel Kelly (courtesy danielkellymusic.com)

"Voices From The Farm" premieres at Crane School of Music this Sunday

This Sunday at 3 pm an original jazz suite, written in honor of the farmers of the North Country, premieres in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam.

Composer Daniel Kelly is bringing some of New York City's finest jazz musicians to the Crane School of Music for a concert that mixes jazz, the voices of local farmers, and traditional fiddling from Potsdam fiddler Gretchen Koehler.

The concert is presented by Community Performance Series.  Go to full article
Natalie Cressman (courtesy nataliecressman.com)
Natalie Cressman (courtesy nataliecressman.com)

Singer/Trombonist Natalie Cressman's first northeast tour to include stops in Burlington and Lake Placid

Still in her early 20s, Natalie Cressman already has an impressive musical resume', including a recent degree from the Manhattan School of Music and five years of touring with former Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio. She's celebrating the release of her second CD with performances at Nectar's in Burlington and Smoke Signals in Lake Placid this weekend. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article

Singer/Trombonist Natalie Cressman to bring her band to Burlington and Lake Placid

Coming from a very musical family, a life in the arts was inevitable almost from day one for Natalie Cressman. That's why, still in her early 20s, she has a long list of musical accomplishments, including the recent release of her second CD, "Turn The Sea," and five years as trombonist for Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio. She talked with Joel Hurd on "The Bridge" about her new CD and her musical milestones so far.  Go to full article

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