The Cranberry Coffeehouse presents Bill Staines in concert

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.


Photo credit: Larry Marcus for Bill Staines

Fifty Years of Folk Music in Ithaca

‘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.

American Fiddling Meets Nordic Fiddling

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.


Photo credit: Metku Music



An Eminent Folk Music Duo Performs in Binghamton

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.


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Singer-songwriter Dana LaCroix Performs in Binghamton, Oneonta This Weekend

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.

Join us for a Music Festival, coming November 28 to WSKG TV

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 celebrates 40 years with a fair

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.

February 26, 2015 | Homecoming Players of Ithaca; singer-songwriter Jesse Terry; Binghamton University Theater

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!  


January 8, 2015 | The David Wax Museum plays in Cooperstown; Robert Rogers Puppet Theatre; Connor Garvey in Oxford

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.