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.


9:31 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

A Wealth Of Live Performances

On the Border Morris, a Vermont morris dance side that is hosting a gathering of different dance troupes in Vermont this week !
photo courtesy of On the Border

Previews of an amazing variety of world-class music happening live in our area this week, including Billy Bragg in Bellows Falls, the Infamous Stringdusters in St. Johnsbury, Le Vent du Nord in Bethlehem, NH, and John Hammond in Stowe!

This program will air on Sunday, September 14th from 7-10 p.m.

This week’s calendar announcements

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9:43 am
Sun September 7, 2014

September Songs

Brazilian diva Astrud Gilberto in 1966
photograph by Ron Kroon Dutch National Archives/Wikimedia Commons

Songs to lead out the new month, local bluegrass, and Astrud Gilberto singing Misty Roses !

This program airs on Sunday September 7th from 7-10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

The Modern Grass Quintet will be playing at Burnham Hall in Lincoln on Saturday September 13th at 8 p.m.

Tim Cummings, Pete Sutherland, and Dominique Dodge will be playing at 51 Main at the Bridge in Middlebury on Thursday September 11th beginning at 8 p.m.

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8:52 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Always Expected To Carry The Can!

Dick Gaughan, one of Britain's great songwriters.
Markus Grobmann via of Wikimedia Commons

You can always count on the British to write some of the best union and labor songs, and we'll be enjoying a few of them ourselves this week.  Also songs from Tibet and other points fare east, classic Vermont bluegrass, and much more!

This program will air on Sunday, August 31 from 7:00-10:00 p.m.


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8:05 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Randolph's Very Special Music Festival

De Temps Antan, one of the groups featured at the upcoming New World Festival in Randolph
photo courtesy of De Temps Antan

A preview of the New World Festival, one of Vermont's best summer music festivals; songs for Labor Day weekend, dedications to folk diva Jean Redpath and Vermont fiddler Harold Luce, and, as always, a feast of other local live performances.

This program will air on Sunday, August 24 from 7:00-10:00 p.m.

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8:52 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Willa Mamet And Paul Miller Live!

Willa Mamet and Paul Miller
photo by Coal Renee; courtesy of Willa & Paul

Previews of local  festivals and concerts, some timeless music from Africa, and a special live-in-the-studio performance by Vermont/California diva Willa Mamet and Woodbury string wizard Paul Miller.

This program will air on Sunday August 17th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week’s calendar announcements:

The Specker Family Band will perform at the Bondville Fair from 2-4 pm on Sunday August 24 

Spencer Lewis will perform on the town hall green in Waterville on Thursday August 21 at 7 p.m.

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6:52 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

Amazing Voices

fado queen Amalia Rodrigues
photo by Joaquim da Silva Nogueira; courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

All kinds of wonderful singers, from world-reknown fadista Amalia Rodrigues to Swan Arcade, a trio that may have recorded the only known a cappella version of the Kinks classic Lola! And of course, previews of all sorts of live performances in the VPR listening area this week.

This program airs on Sunday August 10th from 7 - 10 p.m.

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All The Traditions
9:51 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Richard Thompson Meets Mary McCaslin

Richard Thompson
Anthony Pepitone Wikimedia Commons

A "summer salad" of music, including a new album of acoustic classics by Richard Thompson, a preview of the 9th annual Valley Stage Music Festival in Huntington, some rare Beatles tracks, and Wu Man tearing it up on the Pipa, a Chinese lute.

This program will air on Sunday, August 3 from 7 to 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Woodchuck’s Revenge will appear at the town gazebo in Canaan, NH on Tuesday August 5 at 7 p.m.

The Rusty Nail in Stowe presents  Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band on Saturday August 9.

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9:33 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Lots And Lots Of Traditions!

Brazilian diva Rosa Passos
photo by Vitor Sa', by permission of the artist

Join us as we put on our traveling shoes: Senegalese mambo, Andean flutes, electric Chicago blues, Cajun two-steps, Malian love songs, Brazilian saudade and more, along with a generous helping of talented local musicians!

This program will air on Sunday, July 27 from 7 to 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

The Michele Fay Band will be performing at the Brown Bag Concert Series on the green in Woodstock on Thursday July 31 at noon.

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8:49 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Festivals, Tangos, and Apple and Blueberry Pies!

Finest Kind - Shelley Posen, Ann Downey, & Ian Robb
photo by Alan Dean; courtesy of Finest Kind

Another week chock full of upcoming live concerts, including the Barre Heritage Festival, the Jig in the Valley Festival in East Fairfield, and a rare local performance by one of our favorites, the Ontario-based vocal trio Finest Kind.

This program will air on Sunday July 20th  from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor will be playing at the Westmore Park, [right in the middle of town] on Sun. July 27th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. as part of the Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Friends of Lake Willoughby. 

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6:04 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

From Mendocino To Molokai Via Monkton Ridge

courtesy of Paul James/Blowzabella

Midsummer musical madness ... all the way from the Kingston Trio to the mad UK septet Blowzabella, and, of course, always back to Vermont !

This program airs on Sunday July 13 from 7 to 10 p.m.

This week’s calendar announcements :

The Burlington acoustic trio Soaked Oats will give a free concert in Burlington’s City Hall park on Wed. July 16 at noon.

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