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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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
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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.

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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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A healthy serving of classic songs performed by the composers, and not by the musicians that made them famous, plus our cure for the Election Season Blues: A dose of the real thing,  from Willie Dixon to Big Joe Williams.

This program will air on Sunday November 6th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Bruce Molsky and his trio the Mountain Drifters will perform at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph on Saturday November 12th at 7:30 p.m.  They will also be giving a workshop at the Chandler at 2 p.m. on the same day.

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Some covers of Jimi Hendrix covers, previews of a wealth of exciting local shows, and a few spooky Halloween songs too !

This program will air on Sunday October 30th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

On Thursday, November 3rd at 7 p.m., Irish-American artist and musician Reagh Greenleaf Jr. will offer a presentation on Vermont’s Celtic Heritage, discussing our state’s roots in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The event is hosted by the One World Library Project and will take place at the Lawrence Memorial Library at 40 North Street in Bristol.

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Celebrating the "Nobelification" of one of America's greatest musical poets,  and touching many bases with a wealth of live music in the VPR listening area this week!

This program will air on Sunday October 23rd from 7 -10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Bagitos in Montpelier presents an Irish music session on Saturday October 29th from 2-5pm featuring  Sarah Blair, Hilari Farrington, Benedict Koehler, Katrina VanTyne, Bob Ryan, and many other talented traditional Irish musicians. 

photo by Natalie Stultz

Yes it was....All the Traditions debuted on VPR on October 13th, 1996, and we are celebrating our 20th anniversary by featuring some of the many local artists who have performed live on the show !  It's been a marvelous musical ride so far, and we're still going strong!

This program will air on Sunday October 16th from 7-10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

On Friday October 21st , Linda Warnaar will hold a CD Release Concert at the United Community Church on Main Street in St. Johnsbury at 7:30 p.m. 

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Thinking of the late, great Oscar Brand, a folk music champion who had 71 years (!!) of folk radio under his belt when he passed on this week at the age of 96.

This program will air on Sunday October 9th from 7-9 p.m. (an hour shorter than usual because of the upcoming presidential debate at 9 p.m.)

This week's calendar announcements:

David Bromberg will perform at Higher Ground in South Burlington on Sunday October 16th

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We welcome in October with angelic voices,  some classic blues, and loads of local music.

This program will air on Sunday, October 2nd from 7-10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

The Kate McNally Trio will be performing some topnotch Celtic music at an intimate concert at the Vermont Violin Shop in Burlington on Thursday October 6th at 6 p.m. 

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Down south and down east as we bid farewell to this record-breakingly hot and humid summer...

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

This week's calendar announcements:

The Durham County Poets  from Canada's Cheatauguay Valley will perform at Brandon Music on Saturday October 1st at 7:30 p.m.

Brazilian diva Luisa Maita will be at Higher Ground in South Burlington on Monday September 25th.

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Local bluegrass, Afro-Peruvian mambo, Quebecois dance music, and much much more, including a rare local appearance by folk music icon Gordon Lightfoot !

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Patti Casey and Tom McKenzie will perform at the Old Meeting House in E. Fairfield on Saturday September 24th.  Music begins at 7 p.m.

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Reveling in new releases and sampling music from Mabou and Mali and Aberystwyth!

This program will air on Sunday September 11th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Sierra Hull and the Mike + Ruthy Band will be playing at Fuller Hall at St. Johnsbury Academy on Friday, September 16th at 7pm.

Vieux Farke Toure will be performing at the Colonial Theater in Bethlehem, NH on Sunday September 18th 

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