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 courtesy of Topic Records

A preview of the upcoming Flurry in Saratoga Springs, one of the Northeast's biggest folk dance and music festivals, lots of exciting new releases, and, of course,  a healthy dose of local music too.

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

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photo by C.G. Bailey courtesy of Wikimedia

A wild mix of Chicago blues, Bulgarian dance music, top-notch Irish instrumentals, and much more as we whirl and twirl our way into February.

This program will air on Sunday January 31st from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

The Michele Fay Band will be performing at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe VT on Saturday, February 6th at 7:30 p.m.

Father-son folk duo, David and Nate Gusakov, playing as Last Train to Zinkov, will be in concert at the Ripton Community Coffee House. Saturday, February 6th at 7:30 p.m

The Incredible String Band, South American divas, some interesting concerts in our area, and a sampling of some of the musicians who will be performing in late April at the Shetland Islands Folk Festival, our next tour destination!

This program will air on Sunday, January 24th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Greensky Bluegrass will be playing at Higher Ground in South Burlington on Thursday January 28th…doors at 7:30, show at 8 p.m.

Fill Your Heart

Jan 15, 2016
photo courtesy of the Artist

Music of freedom for Martin Luther King's birthday weekend, lots of great local concerts, and, of course, a heartfelt dedication to honor David Bowie.

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

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album photo by Marion Ettlinger

Aaron Neville sings the Mickey Mouse Club theme song, we hear songs about the "Jake Leg" blues, and looking forward to a rare local performance by fabled Vermont singer Nancy Beaven, appearing this week in a duo show with Tim McKenzie, another local legend.

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Jeremiah McLane and Tim Cummings will be playing at the Feast and Field Market and Dinner series at the Barnard Town Hall on Thursday January 14th from 5-7:30 p.m.

Bringing In The New

Dec 30, 2015

Welcoming in 2016 with some of the great blueswomen, a sample of upcomiing live shows in our area, and a dedication to revered Scottish singer Andy M. Stewart, who passed on earlier this week.

This program will air on Sunday January 3rd from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Pete’s Posse will be performing for the Burnham Music Series at Burnham Hall in Lincoln on Saturday, January 9th.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30. 

New Years Eve music all over the VPR listening area, and some other live shows as the new year begins.

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Featured artists at this year’s Best Night Bristol celebration on New Year's eve include Dana & Susan Robinson, Greg Ryan, Patrick Fitzsimmons, Full Circle, Richard Ruane & Beth Duquette, and Jeh Kulu.

photo by Resnik - Summer 2014

Our 20th annual Light Show, celebrating the winter solstice with songs about darkness, light, warmth, and the dark days of winter.

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

There are no folk music events scheduled for this week - but next week is a doozy!

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Songs about blackbirds and cowboys, the wide world of uke music, and much more!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Stories for a Winter's Eve, original Vermont Stories and Music by Pete Sutherland and Patti Casey with Mark Nash and Kathryn Blume, will be performed at the Old Meeting House in East Montpelier on Saturday December 19th at 3 and 7 p.m.

courtesy of Warner Brothers records

Welcoming in December (and also the first night of Chanukah) with the Fairfield Four, the amazingly talented Patton family from Bakersfield, VT, and all kinds of other musical treasures too.

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Mike Block and Hanneke Cassel will perform at the Richmond Congregational Church on Sunday December 13th at 4 p.m. as part of Don Sheldon’s P.M. Sundays series.

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Celebrating the start of the winter holiday season with chanteys, ballads, Toots Thielemans whistling jazzy leads, and some hot harmonica players!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

The Stockwell Brothers bring their contemporary bluegrass and folk music to the Mole Hill Theatre in Alstead, NH on Friday, December 4 at 7:30 pm.

The Michele Fay Band comes to the Palmer Street Coffeehouse in Plattsburgh at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 4th.

photo by Steve Proctor; courtesy of Wikimedia

Basking in the afterglow of Ry Cooder's appearance in Burlington with the Skaggs Family Band, being thankful, and playing lots of old favorites to help get us through troubled times.

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

This week's calendar announcement:

There will be a contra dance sponsored by Muskeg Music on Saturday November 28th at Tracy Hall in Norwich with live music by Liz and Dan Faiella, and with David Kaynor calling.  Walkthrough for new dancers is at 7:30, and the dance begins at 8 p.m.

photo by Henryk Kotowski, courtesy of Wikipedia

Wishing a sweet journey direct to piano heaven for Allen Toussaint, one of the greatest New Orleans musicians and producers, who passed on this week at the age of 77.  His music definitely will live on...

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

This weeks calendar announcements:

Ace guitarist Doug Perkins will be performing solo at the Whammy Bar in Calais on Thursday November 19th.  

The band Roosevelt Dime will perform at Nectar’s in Burlington on Thursday November 19th at 10 p.m.

photo courtesy of the Lomax archive

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of song catcher and folk music icon Alan Lomax's birth, and also celebrating the launch of a website featuring free access to thousands of sound recordings made by Alan Lomax all over the world during 50 years of collecting (you can explore it yourself at http://research.culturalequity.org/home-audio.jsp) All this and lots of Vermont -made music too!

This program airs on Sunday, November 8th from 7 - 10 p.m.

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Songs For November

Oct 31, 2015
photo by Walden S. Fabry/Ross Photos - public domain

Welcoming November with Tom Waits and the Wabash Cannonball, and with a wealth of live performances this week in the VPR listening area!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will be in West Brattleboro on Thursday November 5th for an intimate house concert featuring old-time blues, Appalachian music, slave songs and storytelling starting at 7 p.m. Contact George or Ellie for more information at 802-490-2052 or family@carvill.net

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Great ballads, classic southern yodelers, some luscious fado, and the Silly Sisters too !

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Rebecca Padula will be playing at the Bees Knees in Morrisville on Friday October 30th at 7:30 p.m.

Ken Anderson and Rebecca Hall, also known as Hungrytown, will be performing at the Deborah Rawson Library in Jericho on Sunday November 1st at 2 p.m.

photo by Natalie Stultz

We celebrate the anniversary of All the Traditions first broadcast in 1996 with a festival of live-in-the-studio performances that we have hosted over the years, and, fittingly, with a huge list of great live shows happening this week in the VPR listening area.

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

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photo courtesy of Higher Ground

Hoping for some eventual fall colors, with upcoming live performances in the VPR listening area by Arlo Guthrie, Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Scots Gaelic diva Julie Fowlis, and many more....welcome to October!

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

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photo by Chris Taylor, courtesy of Wikipedia

We prepare to waltz into early fall with a tribute to British folk icon Ewan Maccoll, celebrated this week by the release of an all-star set of his songs by folk music royalty.  Also looking forward to upcoming shows by desert guitar bluesman Vieux Farke Toure and a dream ticket of Ry Cooder and Ricky Skaggs coming up in November!

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

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photo courtesy of Coracree

A musical journey from Tasmania to the Mississippi Delta, with stops along the way in Wales, Kentucky,  Greenwich Village, and other interesting places both near and far!

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

This weeks calendar announcements:

They Might Be Gypsies will perform at Burnham Hall in Lincoln on Saturday, September 19th at 7:30pm

Celtic harpist Kim Robertson will perform at the North Congregational Church in St. Johnsbury on Thursday, September 17th at 7 p.m.

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