Robert Resnik

Host, All The Traditions

Robert is not a native Vermonter (although his mother’s family arrived in Burlington in the 1890s), but he has been a part of the local acoustic music scene for more than 35 years. He joined VPR in 1996 as host of All the Traditions.

He plays all variety of stringed and wind instruments and he claims to be chronically addicted to everything concerning the button accordion and the hurdy gurdy.

Robert writes music reviews for local papers, serves as a program consultant for a variety of area concert venues, and is well-known in northern Vermont as a wild mushroom hunter and chef. That's all in his free time. Robert has been a librarian at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington since 1990, and is the author of a book that was published by Arcadia Publishing in July 2013 entitled Legendary Locals of Burlington, Vermont.

Ways to Connect

photo by David Nelson

We bid adieu to a long and sometimes snowy month of March with waltzes, cumbias, and a generous helping of music from the hills of Vermont.

This program will air on Sunday March 26th from 7-10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

The walkOver concert room in Bristol presents Moira Smiley, Jayme Stone, Joseph Philips, and Sumaia Jackson and their work featuring the Lomax Project on Sunday April 2nd at 7 p.m. 

photo by Jim Warren

Welcoming spring with a wide variety of live performances in the VPR listening area, and a fond farewell to Chuck Berry, blues harp master James Cotton, and also Junior Barber, an amazing dobro player from northern New York, all of whom died earlier this week.

This program will air on Sunday March 19th from 7-10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Granby songwriter Vic Tremblay  will be playing at the Burke Mtn. Club in E. Burke on Saturday March 25th.

photograph courtesy of the band

A wealth of local concerts related to St. Patrick's Day,and also lots of non-Irish event previews, classic Vermont bluegrass, some blues for the long month of March, and, as always, some musical surprises!

This program will air on Sunday March 12th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

The Walkover Concert Room in Bristol presents Jeremiah McLain and Tim Cummings in concert on Saturday March 18th at 8 p.m.

photo courtesy of the Band

Brand new recordings by Rhiannon Giddens (of Carolina Chocolate Drops fame) and Brit folk rock icons Steeleye Span, and a fond farewell to Vermont's Bluegrass Gospel Project, calling it quits with a show in Vergennes this week after 16 years.

This program will air on Sunday March 5th from 7 - 10 pm

This week's calendar announcements:

Ladysmith Black Mabazo will be performing at the Flynn Center in Burlington on Friday March 10th

Red Baraat will by playing at Nectar’s in Burlington on Friday March 10th 

Mardi Gras And More

Feb 21, 2017
photo by wpopp, courtesy of Wikimedia

Thinking of Basin Street and Breaux Bridge as Mardi Gras approaches, along with a hefty dose of Celtic Spain and lots of interesting local shows...

The program will air on Sunday February 26th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph presents an evening with the DuPont Brothers as part of the Live & Upstairs series on Saturday March 4th 

The  Folk/Americana trio Quiles & Cloud will perform at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe on Thursday, March 2nd  at 7:30 p.m. 

photo courtesy of the artists

A listening party of choice vocal and dance music from Burlington to Bilbao and back!

This program will air on Sunday February 19th from 7-10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

David Gusakov and Nathan Wallace-Gusakov will perform at a CD release House concert in Shelburne on Monday February 20th.  For more information and reservations, please contact alisonjamesvt@gmail.com

A selection of good old fashioned protest songs and a few sad love songs, plus a merry mix of music from Vermont and from around the world.

This program will air on Sunday January 12th from 7-10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Eric McDonald and Bethany Waickman will be performing at the Main Street Museum in White River Junction on Saturday February 18th at 7 p.m.

photo courtesy of Cocek

Another gloriously busy week of local acoustic performances in the VPR listening area with a hefty helping of world music to add spice to the mix! 

This program will air on Sunday February 5th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Susannah Blachly and Patti Casey will be performing at a benefit concert for the ACLU at the Whammy Bar in Calais on Saturday February 11th at 7:30 p.m.

For Maggie With Love

Jan 26, 2017
photo by Irene Young

Previews of a wealth of live music this week in the VPR listening area, and fond memories of Maggie Roche, the lowest voice and (quite possibly) the quirkiest songwriter in the Roches, who left us last week way too soon.

This program will air on Sunday January 29th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Vermont-based songwriter Matt Olson will be playing at Radio Bean in Burlington on Sunday February 5th at 7 p.m.

Tim Grimm will be performing at the Good Times Cafe in Hinesburg on Sunday February 5th.

photo courtesy of the Artist

A preview of the upcoming Spice on Snow winter music festival in Montpelier, a local legends concert in Hinesburg, and much more!

This program will air on Sunday January 22nd from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

VT bluesman Dave Keller will play at the Whammy Bar in Calais on Thursday January 26th at 7 p.m. and will also be playing at 2 p.m. on Friday January 27th at the Den at Stowe.

The band Tritium Well featuring VT musician Linda Waarner will be playing at Burke Mountain on Friday January 27th from 9 p.m. on.

photo courtesy of Possumhaw

All kinds of fine and fitting music for deep January, and a special nod to Vermont songstress Colby Crehan, a talented singer and songwriter who will be moving out of state this spring.

This program will air on Sunday January 15th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present indie/folk/chamber-pop quintet Winterpills, plus contemporary folk singer/songwriter Antje Duvekot, on Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 pm at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney.

photo courtesy of the Artist

Looking forward to a rare local performance this week by David Francey, a fine Ontario songwriter, and mixing it up with new and classic calypso, dance music from Scandinavia, thumb pianos and marimbas, and, of course, lots of local music!

This program will air on Sunday January 8th from 7-10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

photo by William P. Gottlieb, courtesy of the Library of Congress Music Division

We welcome in 2017 with (among many other things) dixieland jazz, Malian soul, shape-note singing, Vermont-made Syrian music, Quebecois vocal harmonies, and Chicago blues....may it be a happy new year for us all!

This program will air on Sunday, January 1st from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Willa Mamet and Paul Miller will be playing at the Whammy Bar in Calais on Tuesday January 3rd at 7 p.m.

photo by Kabir Bakie, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The first time in recent memory that our show has fallen on both Christmas day and the first day of Hannukah, so the show is full of music from the season and also previews of the many musical performances around the VPR listening area on or near New Year's Eve! 

This program will air on Sunday December 25th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

photo by Carlos Perez Couto, courtesy of Wikipedia

Our annual "light show" showcasing songs about darkness and light as the solstice approaches (and also one funny song about the late and great Leonard Cohen!)

This program will air on Sunday December 18th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Bagitos in Montpelier presents an Irish session on Saturday December 24th from 2-5 p.m. featuring Sarah Blair, Hilari Farrington, Benedict Koehler, Katrina VanTyne, Bob Ryan, and many other talented traditional Irish musicians.

photo courtesy of the Artist

We bid goodbye to the strange meteorological rhythms of autumn 2016, and rotate slowly to face the hesitant but inevitable winter weather with lots of music to help  keep us warm !

This program will air on Sunday, December 11th fro 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

The Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph presents Darlingside on Friday December 16th at 7:30 p.m.

The VT Bluegrass Pioneers will be back at The Skinny Pancake in Burlington on Sunday December 18th for the Bluegrass Brunch from noon to 3 p.m.

photo by Marsha Miller, courtesy of Wikimedia

Music from Bilbao and from Bakersfield,  with Peter Yarrow playing in Bellows Falls and the Clayfoot Strutters playing for a contra dance in Norwich - welcome to December !

This program will air on Sunday December 4th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Acoustic duo Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe will be performing at a house concert in Shelburne on Saturday December  10th at 6 p.m.  For reservations and information, please email alisonjamesvt@gmail.com 

photo by Kallerna; courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Thinking of Sharon Jones, a fabulous musician who left us this month, and trying to touch lots of bases with a very busy week of live shows coming up in our area!

This program will air on Sunday November 27th from 7-10 p.m. 

This week's calendar announcements:

The Montpelier Community Gospel Choir will perform on Saturday, December 3rd at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Barre, and on Sunday, December 4th at 4 p.m. at the Bethany United Church of Christ in Montpelier. 

He's Our Man

Nov 18, 2016
photo by Rama, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

An appreciation of the amazing musical and lyrical legacy of Leonard Cohen with a teary nod to the memory of Leon Russell too...

This program will air on Sunday November 20th from 7-10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center presents electric Hot Tuna on Tuesday November 22nd at 8 p.m.

photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Some favorites from decades past, fine new releases, and a healthy selection of musical events happening in the VPR listening area this week.

This program will air on Sunday November 13th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Jenni Johnson & the Jazz Junketeers will light up Gethsemane Episcopal Church on Sunday November 20th as part of the Raise the Roof concert series in Proctorsville. Music begins at 4 p.m.

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