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NAME: Dan Berggren
CULTURE: Adirondack Mountain
GENRE: Ballads, mountain folk songs
REGION: Adirondacks and Saratoga-Capital
BIO: Dan Berggren has been collecting, writing, and singing folk music of the Adirondacks for the past 30 years. He grew up in the mountains on the land farmed by his mother’s family and worked in the woods. on a forest ranger’s crew and a survey crew. Hearing stories and songs from local friends and neighbors, Dan has developed a style that captures the spirit of the mountains.
A familiar voice at coffeehouses, museums, schools and libraries throughout New York State, Dan has also sung at regional and international festivals. His music has been featured nationally on public radio and television, earning praise from near and far.
Sleeping Giant Records, his production company, has released twelve albums featuring Dan’s music as well as his collaborations with other well known folk musicians. In 2002 the anthology One with the Water was released featuring recordings previously unavailable on CD. MINERVA – Songs of Irishtown, Olmstedville, Leonardsville and Minerva is Dan’s 2005 tribute to his hometown. The latest release Fresh Territory, builds on Adirondack roots and explores the many dimensions of home, hard-working folks, taking care of our planet and each other.
Dan is a recently retired professor emeritus of audio and radio studies at the State University of New York College at Fredonia. Dan was recognized in 2001 by St. Lawrence University as a Distinguished Alumnus, by the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks with its Heritage Award and most recently, he was the recipient of the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Education Award.
Read interview with Dan here.
LISTEN to a sample of “When Harry Carried the Mail”
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Dan Berggren singing at The Palmer Street Coffeehouse in Plattsburgh, February 2009. Photo credit: Dave Brown
♦ Mountain Air (Sleeping Giant Records. Released: 1989, [remastered] 2001)
♦ Cloudsplitter (Sleeping Giant Records)
♦ Adirondack Green (Sleeping Giant Records. Released: 1985 (vinyl), 1986 (cassette), [remastered] 2001)
♦ Folk in Fredonia (Sleeping Giant Records. A benefit concert of 12 songs & 2 stories at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House)
♦ Rooted in the Mountains (Sleeping Giant Records)
♦ One with the Water (Sleeping Giant Records)
♦ MINERVA (Sleeping Giant Records)
♦ Fresh Territory (Sleeping Giant Records)
♦Jamcrackers (Sleeping Giant Records)
♦Tongues in Trees (Sleeping Giant Records. Released: 2013)
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