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Home of Our Hearts


The experience of place is shared through the music of the Fraser family on their CD, Home of Our Hearts: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and the foothills of the Adirondacks in upstate New York. The family members harmonize on songs learned on their trips to the Cape Breton that tell the stories of the people who make their livings from the sea, as well as music that honors the laborers in the mines and mills of upstate New York. The family gathers regularly to sing both traditional Scottish and Irish songs handed down through the generations, as well as new compositions of a Celtic style. They accompany themselves with tin whistle, bodhrán, accordion, fiddle, auto-harp, banjo, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and stand-up bass.

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ITEM #1005heart       CD      $15.00

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Songs to Keep
From the Marjorie Lansing Porter Collection
The Adirondack North Country Recordings REIMAGINED

A selection of traditional songs from Northern New York captured on early vinyl discs by a spirited local historian, reinterpreted by contemporary artists. Including Dan Berggren on “The Sailor’s Grave,” Dave Ruch on “The Days of ’49”, Bill Smith and Don Woodcock on “Bert LaFountain’s Packard,” and Colleen Cleveland on “Lord Ullin’s Daughter.” Seventeen great tracks in all.

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Check out the songbook, Songs to Keep, with words and music.


ITEM #SK251       CD      $15.00

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Honor Songs
Gwsintow8ganal

The Dawnland Singers

The Dawnland Singers released their CD Gwsintow8ganal [Honor Songs] in 2009 as a way of paying honor to people whose stories deserve telling. It is the second CD by the Dawnland Singers, a Native American performance group that was formed in 1993. Some tracks honor warriors, both past and present. Track 17, “Metacomet (King Phillip)” pays respect to the 17th century Wampanoag chief who fought British colonists in what became known as King Phillip’s War, a pivotal event in New England history, while track 9, “Wawanolet (Song for Greylock)” refers to the 18th-century chief of the Abenakis who similarly fought colonial settlers. “In Babylon,– track 3, reminds us that there are those in the present day who deserve to be honored and remembered as well, by honoring Iraq war veterans.

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ITEM #250       CD      $15.00

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Santa on the Hudson

Stories of the Christmas Spirit as told by Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk/Music by Matt Noble

Dramatic readings from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and Clement Moore’s “A Visit from Saint Nick.” Tales inspired by Washington Irving and Hans Christian Andersen. Stories past and present, historical and original—drawn from local lore and ancient oral tradition.

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ITEM #1004-santa       CD      $15.00

Member Price      CD       $13.50


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Kelly’s Old Timers
60th Anniversary Album

Some of the old and some of the new

Roger Kelly has been playing guitar for 70 years. The value of family music is evident in the unusual talents of Roger and his son Eric’s ability to do most everything musical. Take some old and new recordings, then add the talents of Guy Macaluso, Doug Kelly, Tom Kwiecien, Keith Kruppner, and Brent Stothers, and you have Kelly’s Old-Timers 60th Anniversary Album. Kelly’s Old-Timers claims to be Western New York’s oldest round and square dance band.

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ITEM #237       CD      $16.00

Member Price      CD       $14.40


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Live at Caffé Lena
Bill Smith


Bill Smith is known throughout the Adirondacks and beyond as a master of various traditional arts of the region. He performs a wide repertoire of stories and songs about local life. This CD was recorded live at Caffè Lena on September 29, 2000. Includes “Growing Up as One of 10 Children,” “Uncle John Stories,” “Aunt Lillian,” “Pree Little Thigs,” and others.

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ITEM #238       CD      $15.00

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North Country Christmas
Stan Ransom and Marne O’Shae


The "North Country" is a region which includes northeastern New York State, Lake Champlain Basin, and Vermont. The songs and tunes on this recording reflect the interest and history of the region. Many are variations of traditional Christmas songs. Stan Ransom, the "Connecticut Peddler" took his stage name from the itinerant peddlers from Connecticut who traveled about dispensing goods and notions in the 19th century. He plays a 12-string Alvarez guitar, 1926 Model A mandolin, autoharp and dulcimer. Marne O’Shae plays a 6-string guitar. ©1994.

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ITEM #211       CD      $15.00

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Kontiwennenhá:wi
Carriers of the Words



This women’s group originated as the Women’s Society from Ahkwesahsne. A singing society is charged with the responsibility of giving assistance and support to those in the community who have suffered a loss of some sort. The majority of the songs are written in the Mohawk Language. These women proudly share their songs and teach children to honor “our Mother the Earth, our Grandmother the Moon, our Grandparents from every generation, the teachers of the Mohawk Language, the Great Law of Peace, and more.”

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ITEM #234       CD      $18.00

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Adirondack Memories
Bill Smith with the Newton Street Irregulars


Bill Smith is known throughout the Adirondacks and beyond as a master of various traditional arts of the region. He performs a wide repertoire of stories and songs about local life. On this CD, joining Bill on vocals and guitar are the Newton Street Irregulars comprised of Dan Berggren on guitar, harmonica and vocal; Carmen Gilman on autoharp, spoons, and vocal; Dick Gilman on dulcimer, fiddle, jaw harp, and vocal; and Steve Warner on banjo, mandolin and vocal. Includes “Scottish Bill MacLean,” “The Round Oak Stove,” “The Cow Clippers,” “The Bumble Bug Rag,” and many others.

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ITEM #239       CD      $15.00

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Sweetwater Passage
The Barefoot Boys

The inland waterways of the Hudson Valley region were once the “super highways” of their time. In their ports and along their piers, “canawlers” and whalemen mingled with lumberjacks and landlubbers, who were mixed among sloop captains and steamboat crews. Their singing and playing could be heard down by the wharves, in the taverns and inns nearby, and even back in their homes. New songs and tunes were learned from the sailors of docked clippers, schooners, and whaleboats from other parts of the world. The Barefoot Boys: Rich Bala (vocals, guitar); Rick Hill (vocals, bass, guitar, bowed psaltery); and Tom White (vocals, banjos, bones, concertina, fiddle, mandolin, pennywhistle, and hammered dulcimer) bring to life some of the music from those harbors.

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ITEM #235       CD      $15.00

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Une Veillée Chez
La Famille Ouimet

“Bernard and Normand Ouimet, along with their nephews Marc and Michael have recorded 15 traditional songs from their family’s repertoire. They are proof that the oral tradition has survived in many Franco-American families. Certain songs such as Vive la Compagnie and La Destinée la rose au bois show the influence of printed collections such as those of La Bonne Chanson. Others, for example, Le Curé de Terrebonne, Le Pénitent et l’ivrogne, Papillon, tu es volage and La Chanson remplie de mensonges, are examples of a French-Canadian heritage which has been preserved in all of its vitality up to this day....”—Donald Deschênes, Centre franco-ontarien de folklore, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

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ITEM #236       Cassette      $10.00

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A Step Back in Time with Rosin & Rhyme
Bill Smith & Don Woodcock


Bill Smith of Colton, NY, performs a wide repertoire of stories and songs about North Country life. Don Woodcock of Kendrew Corners won the New York Fiddling Championship so often, he was declared grand champion. Recorded together live at the Crandall Library in Glens Falls, NY, on November 17, 2005, this CD includes “Over the Garden Wall,” “Shannon Waltz,” “Wildwood Flower,” “Sisters and Spinning Records,” and many more.

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ITEM #240       CD      $15.00

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Dancing Again
The Great Bear Trio
Andrew, Noah & Kim VanNorstrand


The Great Bear Trio, the exciting contra dance band, features a core sound of soaring twin fiddles and driving piano accompaniment. Andrew and Noah add strings and percussion instruments (guitars, mandolin, nyckelharpa, hand drums and slide-didgeridoo to name a few) to provide wonderful texture and variety throughout the album. Includes both original compositions and traditional tunes.

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ITEM #231       CD      $15.00

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Live at ALCA
Bill Smith


An evening of stories and songs by Bill Smith, recorded live at The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, NY (February 20, 1998). Includes “The Old Victrola,” “Mud Season,” “The Cat Came Back,” “Adirondack Blues,” and more.

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ITEM #241       CD      $15.00

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Mountain Air
Dan Berggren
Traditional and Original Music of the Adirondacks

Dan writes, “The air in the mountains is refreshing—not just physically but mentally and spiritually as well. And there are so many ways to experience it: deep in the woods or on top of the world, a walk, a paddle, a conversation, a song or story, on a porch or by the wood stove. Open up and you’ll find it” And you’ll find 19 songs, original and traditional, that will take you there, including the title song, “Mis’ Cole,” “Red Bandana,” “My Old Brown Coat and Me,” “Geese Over St. Regis,” and others.

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ITEM #230       CD      $15.00

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Driftage
Andrew & Noah VanNorstrand

“The original melodies on this recording are primarily influenced by the traditional fiddling styles of Ireland, Scandinavia and Appalachia. These three very different, yet related, genres are each integral to how we play, compose and approach music in general. However, when it comes to arrangements, we’ve incorporated a host of other influences including elements of jazz, rock and even classical music. The West African djembe and Australian didgeridoo form the backbone of a world-beat percussion ensemble that adds a final level of eclecticism to this project. Yet through it all, one can always hear the remnants of an Irish reel, the drone of Swedish harmonies, or the driving beat of an Appalachian breakdown. This is Driftage – music that has traveled across the globe, carried by the universal currents of rhythm and energy. Enjoy!”—Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand, December 2003

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ITEM #232       CD      $15.00

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Fly Around
John Kirk and Trish Miller


John and Trish are joined by stellar musicians Jack Hume, Tony Markellis, Linda Schrade, David Kiphuth, and Sara Milonovich on this CD featuring 16 fiddle tunes and original tunes such as “Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss,” “Frosty Morning,” “Hungry Hash House,” “Susequehanna,” and “Waltzing Matilda.” Also includes a mpeg video, Irish Breakdown, with Trish clogging and more.

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ITEM #217       CD      $15.00

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The Schoolmaster’s House
Mike McHale with Mary Coogan
Traditional Irish Music


Mike McHale plays flute and tin whistle with Mary Coogan on guitar. An active member of Comhaltas in Albany, NY, Mike McHale grew in Tulsk (Co. Roscommon). An inductee into the Traditional Irish Music Hall Fame in February 2000, Mike, like his schoolmaster father, carries on the music tradition, playing tunes that are versions of ones he heard as a child. Includes jigs, reels, and slow airs.

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ITEM #218       CD      $15.00

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Treasures from the Attic
The Cleveland Family
Ballads and Songs in the Adirondacks

Colleen Cleveland and her father James Cleveland are joined by musicians George Ward, Frank Orsini, Curt and Becky Cleveland in this sampler of the music collected by Colleen’s grandmother, Sara Cleveland — a nationally famous ballad singer of her generation. Descendants of Scottish and Irish settlers to their area, the family’s music and stories from the old country included ancient ballads or story-songs. Sara Cleveland wrote down all her family songs, beginning in the 1920s — these are the treasures in the Cleveland family attic tucked away after Sara’s death in 1987. The Clevelands revive 14 of the tunes on this CD, including “An Honest Irish Lad,” “Three Men Went A-Hunting,” “In Bonnie Scotland,” and “Nobleman’s Wedding.”

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ITEM #224       CD      $15.00

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Dulcimer Heritage
Paul Van Arsdale

Paul plays traditional hammered dulcimer music from New York State, the beautiful tunes he learned from grandfather. With Bill Van Arsdale, John McCutcheon (guitars) and Ruth Rappaport (piano). This CD includes 17 selections, including “Grandpa’s Waltz,” “Fireman’s Dance,” “Silver Bells,” “Bakers March,” “The Blackberry Quadrille/The Blackberry Blossom,” and “Rippling Waters/Sunny Morning Jig.”  2002.

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ITEM #225       CD      $15.00

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The Battle of Plattsburgh
Music from the War of 1812
Stan Ransom, The Connecticut Peddler


Stan Ransom plays original and historic music of 1814 from the decisive Battle of Plattsburgh in the War of 1812. Stan plays hammered dulcimer, guitar, mandolin and autoharp. A collection of 20 songs, including the title song, the “Midshipman Paulding” which tells the story of a resourceful officer in the battle; “The Boys at the Bridge” about Aiken’s Volunteers — young boys who held the Bridge Street Bridge in 1814 from the British; “Noble Lads of Canada” satirizing the British attack; and more. ©2001

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ITEM #219       CD      $15.00

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Women ‘n Blues
New York State Rhythm and Blues Festival
Various artists


Recorded in 2000, fifteen women from Syracuse and the surrounding regions perform the blues: Betty Lee, Shirley Woodcock-Kolb, Emily Schuster, Kim Lembo, Jacque Tara Washington, Ava Andrews, Beckey Keefe, Jane Zell, Nancy Kelly, Marcia Hagan, Donna Colton, Carolyn Owen, Mary Haitz, and Emily Schuster. Music critic, Mark Bialczak, writes of this compilation: “Acoustic or electric, sultry or subtle, it’s in here.”

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ITEM #220       CD      $15.00

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The Wind Eagle and Other Abenaki Stories
As Told By Joseph Bruchac
Flute and Abenaki Language by Jesse Bowan Bruchac

First published as a book by the Greenfield Review Press in 1985, The Wind Eagle is a collection of the Joseph Bruchac’s retellings of stories of Glusakabe – “the single most important culture hero of the Western Abenaki peoples…A trickster, transformer and guide from the first of his adventures long ago to more recent tales in which he encounters (and bests) the crowned heads of Europe and the technology of the west.” Joseph Bruchac’s poems, articles and stories have appeared in over 500 publications and he is the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. Jesse Bowman Bruchac, who was named Storyteller of the Year by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, studied Native American music and language for five years among the Western Abenaki communities of Mississquoi and Odanak.

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ITEM #227       CD      $15.00

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Songs and Tunes from Wolf Run
Mark Hamilton
with Jim Kimball and Glenn McClure

Mark Hamilton was a tradition-bearer with a musical repertory of songs, fiddle tunes, and dance calls dating back to the eighteenth century, passed down from his family who settled in New York’s Southern Tier. Playing fiddle and harmonica, Mark was joined on this CD by Jim Kimball on pump organ, bass, jews harp, and button accordian; Glenn McClure on tenor banjo and bass; and Mitzie Collins on piano. A recording with 50 tunes and songs, including “Erie Canal Song,” “Jenny Lind Polka,” “Humpty Dumpty Schottische,” “Martha Washington Waltz,” “Red Wing,” “Green Mountain Hornpipe,” and “Little Brown Jug.” ©1992.

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ITEM #228       CD      $15.00

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On Track
Alex Torres y Los Reyes Latinos

Alex Torres y Los Reyes Latinos play their Latin jazz/salsa/meringue on this CD, their second recording, including party favorites, “Guaguanco Pa’ Puerto Rico,” and “No Me Arrepiento.” ©1996.

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ITEM #229       CD      $15.00

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...With Boots On
The Barefoot Boys (Rich Bala and Tom White)


The Barefoot Boys, Rich Bala and Tom White, play traditional folk music of all styles and genres—Rich on lead vocals, guitar, and mountain dulcimer; Tom White, back up vocals, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, concertina, hammered dulcimer, and bass. 12 selections, including “Shawneetown,” about frontier work; square dance music, “Soldier’s Joy/Ragtime Annie;” Catskill Mountain folk song, “The Barefoot Boy;” and Hudson Valley folk song, “Waterbound and Juberju.” ©2000

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ITEM #221       CD      $15.00

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Somethin’ Diferente
Alex Torres y Los Reyes Latinos


Alex Torres y su Orquesta are a 12 piece salsa/merengue/Latin jazz band based in Amsterdam, New York. Formed more than 20 years ago, the group has produced 8 critically acclaimed recordings. This CD contains the dance favorites “Guaracha La Cucaracha,” “Que Nos Paso,” and “Sunny-side Up.” ©1997

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ITEM #222       CD      $15.00

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Hudson Valley Traditions
Three Centuries of Regional Folk Music
Rich Bala


Folk balladeer Rich Bala brings to life the lyrics and melodies of life in the Hudson River Valley. He performs authentic, traditional folk music that weaves a tale of living history about our nation’s people and heritage. His songs come from the waterways, lumber camps, farms and homes of those who helped shape the legacy of our folk culture. Included here: "Last Winter Was a Hard One," "The River that Flows Both Ways," "Applejack," and eleven others.

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ITEM #215       CD      $15.00

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Revolution on the River
Songs and Stories from the American Revolution in the Hudson Valley
The Hudson River Ramblers


The Hudson River Ramblers are storyteller Jonathan Kruk and folk balladeer Rich Bala, who together perform here the tunes, tales and traditions arising from the Hudson River Valley’s important role in the American War for Independence. Besides the familiar "Yankee Doodle," you will find "Sybil’s Revered Ride," (Paul Revere rode 16 miles at age 40; Sybil Luddington rode 40 miles at age 16 to round up militia men to turn back the British); "The Battle of Saratoga," "The Battle of Stony Point," "Remember Jane McCrea!" and ten more.

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ITEM #216       CD      $15.00

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The Great Bear Trio
Andrew, Noah and Kim VanNorstrand
Traditional & Contemporary Contra Dance Music: Fiddle, Piano & Percussion

The Great Bear Trio performs tunes on this recording which are, for the most part, traditional dance melodies from Ireland, French-Canada, New England and Appalachia, plus some original tunes as well. Fifteen tracks, including “Sackett’s Harbor,” “Humors of Whiskey,” “The Silver Spire,” and many more.

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ITEM #233       CD      $15.00

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Fiddle Tunes of the North Country
John Kirk with Trish Miller, Ed Lowman, Sara Milonovich, Cedar Stanistreet, Mac Benford, Connie Hume, Mark Murphy, and Frank Orsini


"Fiddle Tunes of the North Country" in and around Saratoga County, NY, circa 1900, is a collaborative project from John and Trish with a superb ensemble of musicians. John writes, "It is a joy to offer old tunes that haven’t been heard for awhile. By referring to the Lockwood archive (Lockwood’s band was a mainstay for dance music around Saratoga Springs for at least three generations), we hope to keep alive a regional sound and style."

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ITEM #212       CD      $15.00

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New York City: Global Beat of the Boroughs
Music from NYC’s Ethnic & Immigrant Communities
2 CDs

Produced by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, New York City: Global Beat of the Boroughs is the first in a series of recordings documenting the grassroots musical traditions of New York City. It presents an audio portrait of urban ethnic music at the turn of the 21st century, with thirty-one selections including Puerto Rican plena jazz, Dominican bachata rock, an Albanian rural folk song, traditional Cantonese wedding processional music, Afro-Cuban Santería ritual song, African-American gospel, traditional Epirot Greek song, and many others. Over 2 hours, 31 tracks, 40-page booklet, extensive notes, and photos. ©2001 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

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ITEM #213       CD      $15.00

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Millhand Maggie
Told by The Story Walker Kathleen Gill

Millhand Maggie is Margaret Sheridan Harrigan, grandmother of Kathleen Gill. Kathleen’s grandmother grew up in Cohoes just before the turn of the 20th century. The mills of Cohoes, NY were places of employment for her family. As an adult, Grandma Maggie wrote poems, short stories and a self-published autobiography. This CD is adapted from Grandma Maggie’s written works and the collective memories of her daughters.

ITEM #214       CD      $15.00

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Adirondack Tall Tales, Vol. 1
Joseph Bruchac, storyteller

The Bill Greenfield Stories. As told by Joseph Bruchac, with music by John Kirk. Drawn from the traditions of the Southern Adirondacks of New York State, where Joe Bruchac grew up and lives yet, the stories are complemented by songs chosen by Kirk to reflect the region’s rich folk heritage. Kirk plays fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and guitar.

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ITEM #201       CD      $15.00

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All Our Brave Tars
George Ward

British and American Songs from the Age of Fighting Sail, as performed by George Ward. As celebrated in the novels of Marryat, Forester, O’Brian, and many more, this was the era of the U.S.S. Constitution and Constellation and the HMS Victory. The songs fall in several distinct categories, including patriotic (or propaganda) ballads to celebrate victory and lament defeat, such as "The Gallant Yankee Ship" and "Battle of the Shannon and Chesapeake." Also, literary songs of naval life composed by novelists to lend color or further a storyline, as in "The Port Admiral" by Marryat. Wardroom and prison poetry, and ballads passed through oral tradition are captured here. "The Flash Frigate" may have been the composition of a lower-deck poet; "Here’s the Tender Coming" suggests an oral composition also. Holmes’s "Old Ironsides" is a known case of poetry set to music.

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ITEM #202       CD      $15.00

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Folksongs of the Catskills
A Celebration of Camp Woodland

As music director of Camp Woodland, outside of Phoenicia, NY, during the 1940s, Herbert Haufrecht helped collect the songs published in Folk Songs of the Catskills (Norman Cazden, Herbert Haufrecht and Norman Studer, eds., ©1982 by SUNY Press, Albany, NY). Geoff Kauffman worked with Herb’s widow, Betty, in 2000 to coordinate contemporary singers and recording dates to bring these songs to CD—songs of a mountain culture for which music remained important in everyday life. Artists include Pete Seeger, Bob and Louise DeCormier, Joe Hickerson, Kauffman, Ronnie Gilbert, Joanna Cazden, Happy Traum, Jay Ungar, Molly Mason, Mickey Vandow and Eric Weissberg. Songs include "The Arkansas Traveler," "The Maid on the Shore," "The Hills of Glenshee," and 14 more.`

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ITEM #203       CD      $15.00

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Songs of Lake Champlain
Stan Ransom, "The Connecticut Peddler"
©1995

Stan Ransom, a traditional folk song singer and player plays on this recording a 1850’s Ransom hammered dulcimer attributed to Henry Ransom, Sherman, NY. Also a 12 string Alvarez guitar (1984 Yairi model), a 6 string guitar by Frank DeLeone, a 1926 Gibson Model A mandolin, an Oscar Schmidt 21 bar autoharp, and a West Granville, MA, drum. Special guest musician: Victor Bourdon, an 82 year old French-Canadian fiddler, who used to "play his fiddle all night long for square dances ’til dawn and never repeat a tune." 66 minutes.

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ITEM #204       CD      $15.00

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Oh! That Low Bridge!
Songs of the Erie Canal

George Ward

As George Ward wrote, "The building of the Erie Canal, through the wilderness of central New York in the years following the War of 1812, worked a transmutation on that wilderness, on the state itself, and on the course of United States history...Its opening in 1825 inspired a number of odes, marches, art songs and recitations. These were formal compositions, a high-culture celebration...At the same time, the canal spawned a subculture of toil...of human labor." The work of the boaters, the engineers, the diggers and others inspired the songs that tell the American legend of the Erie Canal. George Ward sings the songs, plays concertina, five-string banjo, six and twelve-string guitars and bass guitar.

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ITEM #205       CD      $15.00

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Folk in Fredonia
Opera House Benefit Album
Dan Berggren and friends

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House, restored and reopened in 1995, has presented "Folk in Fredonia": concerts hosted by the Newton Street Irregulars. This album was recorded on May 6, 2000, as a benefit album for the Opera House. The performers for this concert were: Dan Berggren (guitar and harmonies), Jenny Berggren (flute), Greg Clarke ("folksinger’s folksinger") (vocals), Carmen Gilman (guitar and harmonies), Dick Gilman (vocals, fiddle and banjo), John Kirk (vocals, fiddle and mandolin), Trish Miller (John and Trish) (guitar, banjo and fancy footwork), Mark Murphy (bass), Bill Smith (Adirondack storyteller and singer) (vocals, guitar and autoharp), Chris Warner (vocals and guitar), and Steve Warner (vocals and banjo). © Sleeping Giant Records SG-0101.

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Adirondack Green
Traditional & Original Songs of the Adirondacks
Dan Berggren and Friends

"Look and you’ll hear all the sounds on this album in the painting [cover painting by Carmen Gilman]: in the valley where the fog and the road follow Trout Brook north toward the Sleeping Giant, around the mail route into Irishtown past houses and barns, past the folks and animals who share the land, live on the edge of the fields, fish the ponds, and work in the woods. Listen and you’ll see all the pictures in your head. Stare with your ears."

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Harmonica Blow-Off
from the New York State Rhythm and Blues Festival

A dynamic house blues band performing live: Sugar Ray Norcia, Paul Linden (from Sean Costello & Jivebombers), Dennis Gruenling , and Tom Townsley and the Backsliders. From the 9th Annual NYS R&B Festival, Syracuse, 2000.

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Vic Kibler: Adirondack Fiddler
Outstanding Folk Recording (American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress)
©1992, Sampler Records, Ltd.


With Paul Kibler (piano), Paul Van Arsdale (dulcimer) and George Ward (guitar). Vic Kibler learned to play the fiddle from his great-uncle Lewis Nichols (1886-1963) and his uncle Maurice Fountain (1904-1970) when he was 15 and remembers his grandfather William Fountain (1853-1930) as "one of the greatest Adirondack fiddlers of all time." The Nichols and Fountain families have lived in Hamilton County, NY since the early 19th century. Making music was important to family and community gatherings. Vic kept a promise to his mother to never play dances, instead performing at regional and statewide festivals and acting as a judge of fiddle contests in Vermont and NY. The 31 jigs and reels are a small, but representative sampling of the more than 400 tunes that he knows.

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ARTIST INDEX
Bala, Rich
  Hudson Valley Traditions

The Barefoot Boys
  Sweetwater Passage
  ...With Boots On

Berggren, Dan
  Adirondack Green
  Folk in Fredonia
  Mountain Air

Bruchac, Joe
  Adirondack Tall Tales, Vol. 1
  The Wind Eagle and Other Abenaki Stories

The Cleveland Family
  Treasures from the Attic

The Dawnland Singers
  Honor Songs — Gwsintow8ganal

La Famille Ouimet
  Une Veillée Chez

The Fraser Family
  Home of Our Hearts

Gill, Kathleen
  Millhand Maggie

The Great Bear Trio (Andrew, Noah & Kim VanNorstrand)
  Dancing Again
  The Great Bear Trio

Hamilton, Mark
  Songs and Tunes from Wolf Run

The Hudson River Rambers
  Revolution on the River

Kelly’s Old-Timers
  60th Anniversary Album

Kirk, John (with Trish Miller and others)
  Fiddle Tunes of the North Country
  Fly Around

Kontiwennenhá:wi
  Carriers of the Words

Kruk, Jonathan
  Santa on the Hudson

McHale, Mike (with Mary Coogan)
  The Schoolmaster’s House

Stan Ransom
  The Battle of Plattsburgh
  North Country Christmas
  Songs of Lake Champlain

Smith, Bill
  Adirondack Memories
  Live at ALCA
  Live at Caffé Lena
  A Step Back in Time with Rosin & Rhyme (with Don Woodcock)

Torres, Alex y Los Reyes Latinos
  On Track
  Somethin’ Diferente

Paul Van Arsdale
  Dulcimer Heritage

Andrew & Noah VanNorstrand
  Driftage

Various Artists
  Folksongs of the Catskills: A Celebration of Camp Woodland
  New York City: Global Beat of the Boroughs
  Songs to Keep
  Women ‘n Blues

Ward, George
  All Our Brave Tars
  Oh! That Low Bridge! Songs of the Erie Canal



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