This season, all performances will be *outside!*
Tickets are sold by the “pod”— pick your group size & location (under tent, lawn, or “backyard”). Advance tickets are required as capacity is limited. Ticketing will close at noon on Friday 5/28. Day-of tickets will not be available. (For WKC member pricing, the purchaser must be a WKC member.)
BINGHAMTON, NY (WSKG) – After over 35 years of entertaining public radio audiences, Host/Producer Mike Flynn is retiring. In a letter sent out earlier this month, Flynn announced production of The Folk Sampler will stop at the end of June.
Guitarist and singer-songwriter Michael Callahan joins us to talk about the new ‘From Corning’ Festival taking place on Saturday, March 24 starting at noon at seven locations in downtown Corning, featuring twenty-five ensembles and solo performers.
The Cranberry Coffeehouse is welcoming legendary folk musician and story-teller Bill Staines. If his name sounds unfamiliar, his music is not; his songs have permeated American music for 40 years. Chris Koldewey of the Cranberry Coffeehouse talks about Staines’ influence on folk music and his intense performance schedule, in fact the Cranberry Coffeehouse changed their standard performance schedule so that they could get him when he had a free night. Chris Koldewey also talks about how the Cranberry Coffeehouse got started and their mission. http://wskg.org/audio/stainesmix.mp3
‘Bound for Glory’ started off as a one-off experiment on WVBR in Ithaca. Phil Shapiro has been a one-man show bringing live broadcasts of folk music to the airwaves for fifty years. Phil talks about the many soloists and bands that have been on the program over the years, now broadcasting from Anabel Taylor Hall on the Cornell University campus, and about one hilarious disaster. “On a Sunday night in September 1967, Phil Shapiro made his first Ithaca broadcast on WVBR’s Bound for Glory, presenting folk music of all sorts and kinds to the Central New York listening audience. Now, forty-nine years and more than 1,500 concerts later, WVBR’s Bound for Glory continues to provide free, live folk concerts on over thirty Sunday evenings per year.
The annual Fiddlers Gathering returns to Watkins Glen for two days of performances, workshops, and crafts. Saturday is Old Time Day with the great variety of North American Fiddling and Sunday is Nordic Folk Arts Day with music, heritage, and crafts of Finnish, Swedish, and Norwegian Culture. http://wskg.org/audio/fiddlermix.mp3
The Cranberry Coffeehouse, now in its 40th year, presents folk music artists and composers Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen. Each is an accomplished performer alone, and their duet performances reinforce each others strengths. They are currently celebrating the release of their new CD, ‘Berrymania’. We hear about their careers and the beginnings of the Cranberry Coffeehouse from Chris Koldewey. http://wskg.org/audio/mangsenmix.mp3
Singer-songwriter Dana LaCroix hails from Canada but now makes her home here in Southern Tier. She’s playing for the first time in Binghamton this weekend at a benefit concert for VINES, and will perform on Sunday in Oneonta. David Restivo, an award-winning pianist from Canada, will join her. She talked with Crystal Sarakas about her musical upbringing and the role music plays in supporting community. Dana LaCroix and Dave Restivo will play Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the United Presbyterian Church in Binghamton, and on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the B-Side Ballroom and Supper Club in Oneonta.
Singer/songwriters Christine Lavin and Don White join forces for an evening of laughs at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Friday, January 8th at 7pm. Check out the link for a sample of their music and comedy.
Photo courtesy James Madison Thomas via Christine Lavin
On Saturday, November 28, join WSKG for a Music Festival! Tune in for some of your favorite live concerts, biopics of some of the most famous musicians in the world, and old time favorites that you know and love. You won’t want to miss the all-star lineup!
November 28, starting at 2:30 p.m. on WSKG TV
2:30 p.m. – Carole King and James Taylor: Live at the Troubadour
4:00 p.m. – John Denver: Country Boy
5:30 p.m. – Classical Rewind 2
7:00 p.m. – The Lawrence Welk Show
8:00 p.m. – Songbook Standards: As Time Goes By
10:00 p.m. – Celtic Women: Destiny
The West Kortright Center has been a center for arts for forty years, bringing performances of all genres, as well as education. Charlene Sugihara, a member of the board, describes the fair that will take place at the Center on Sunday, September 6th. There’s also a members’ art show that begins on Friday. http://wskg.org/audio/westkcfairmix.mp3
Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play performs as part of the Oneonta Concert Association. The Brothers MacRae perform at Galaxy Brewing in Binghamton. The Cider Mill Playhouse presents the thriller Angel Street, the source of the film Gaslight.
The Homecoming Players of Ithaca perform a prize-winning comedy from Canada. Singer-songwriter Jesse Terry performs at 6 On The Square in Oxford. Binghamton University Theater Department presents a modern take on Chekov’s The Seagull, but we can’t say the title on the air!
The David Wax Museum appears in Cooperstown this weekend. Robert Rogers Puppet Theatre presents Cinderella in the Wild West at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. Singer/songwriter Connor Garvey performs at 6 On the Square in Oxford. https://youtu.be/w9zhaqp4l7k
Charles Compton explores the psychology of Ebeneezer Scrooge. Ithaca Ballet presents their annual performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Singer/songwriter Vance Gilbert appears in Oxford this weekend. https://youtu.be/buOINsnVdVk