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.

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We lead up to Thanksgiving week with a little taste of Italy, some western swing, and tales of rough weather on the high seas and the Great Lakes (for starters!)

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

This week's calendar announcements:

There will be a contra dance at Tracy Hall in Norwich on Saturday November 25th from 8-11 p.m. Nils Fredland will be the caller with music provided by The Upper Valley All Stars.

Down From Canada

Nov 8, 2017
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Acadian driftwood, sweet thoughts about the late great Robert DeCormier, and loads of live local performances!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Acoustic guitar master Richard Smith will be playing at the Good Times Café in Hinesburg on Wednesday November 15th at 8:30 p.m.

photo courtesy of Shelburne Orchards

We welcome the grey month of November with a wealth of newly-arrived CDs and with previews of some very interesting live shows scheduled in our area for this week, including Rosanne Cash at the Barre Opera House and Nick Cowles and the Meatpackers at the Vergennes Opera House ! 

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Mandolin master Joe K. Walsh will be performing at the Zen Barn in Waterbury Center on Thursday November 9th at 9 p.m.

Some marvelously creepy songs for Halloween, a bit of very early Paul Simon, East African dance music, the late great Dave Van Ronk, and, of course, previews of some live performances in our area! 

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

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What's New?

Oct 21, 2017
photo by Simon Fernandez, courtesy of Wikipedia

Lots of new releases, and some choice classics too !

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

This week's calendar announcements:

The Mammals will be perforoming at Café Lena in Saratoga Springs on Friday October 27th. They will be also playing at Next Stage in Putney on Saturday October 28th at 7:30 p.m.

There will be a  Breton/Central French balfolk dance in Acworth, NH, on Sunday October 29th

What's New?

Oct 21, 2017
photo by Simon Fernandez, courtesy of Wikipedia

Lots of new releases, and some choice classics too !

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

This week's calendar announcements:

The Mammals will be perforoming at Café Lena in Saratoga Springs on Friday October 27th. They will be also playing at Next Stage in Putney on Saturday October 28th at 7:30 p.m.

There will be a  Breton/Central French balfolk dance in Acworth, NH, on Sunday October 29th

photo by Ben Resnik

We celebrate the 21st anniversary of our first show on VPR (October 13th, 1996!!) with some old favorites, lots of interesting new releases, and some rare "live-in-the-studio" recordings by many talented local artists who have played on our program...happy anniversary to us !

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

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The Last Kind Word

Oct 5, 2017

Thinking about Tom Petty while listening to Latina divas, South American saudade, Scottish songsters and looking forward to lots and lots of upcoming local performances!

This show will air on Sunday October 8th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Dave Keller will be appearing with his band on Friday October 13th at the Brick Church Music Series in Williston at 7 p.m. and at Stone Church Arts in Bellows Falls on Saturday October 14th at 7:30 p.m.

We welcome in October with lots of local music, a brand new set of classic Americana, and even a few songs about cats!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Newfoundland musician Matthew Byrne will be performing in Montreal on Monday October 2nd at Casa del Popolo (4873 St. Laurent).  Doors open at 7:30, music begins at 8.

Greg and Casey Ryan will be at The Wild Fern in Stockbridge, Vermont on Friday October 6th.

photo courtesy of the Band

Previewing the New England Sacred Harp Convention, happening next weekend in Burlington, and an absolute festival of new music that has recently arrived at the station.

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Woodwinds without Borders, featuring world flute master Gary Stoutsos, will be performing on Saturday September 30th  at the Stone Church Center in Bellows Falls. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. 

photo courtesy of the artist's estate

Songs of early autumn, lots of interesting local performances, and a dedication to Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams, who died last week after a short illness.

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

This week's calendar announcements:

The New McKrells will be performing at the Bennington Center For the Arts on Friday, September 22nd. House opens at 7:30 p.m. Performance begins at 8 p.m.

photo courtesy of the artist

Music for the very earliest hints of Autumn, a preview of the Fresh Grass Festival coming next weekend to Mass MOCA, and a wealth of interesting new releases.

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

This weeks calendar announcements:

Carol Hausner, Jonathan Kaplan and Donovan Delabruere will be playing at the Highland Lodge in Greensboro on Friday September 15th at 7pm, and also at Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury on Sunday September 17th from 2:30-4 p.m.

photo by Alfred T. Palmer; courtesy of the Library of Congress

Lots of work songs for Labor Day weekend, some African delights, and a few surprises!

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

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May Day In Belize

May 7, 2017
photo courtesy of the Artist

We welcome May with some interesting new releases by local artists, with music of the Garifuna people of Central America, and, as usual, with some musical surprises!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Yann Falquet and Pasca Gemme will be performing at a house concert in Shelburne on Friday May 12th.  For reservations and information please email treewild.inc@gmail.com

Patrick Fitzsimmons will perform at 51 Main in Middlebury on Saturday May 13th at 7:30 p.m.

photo courtesy of the Artist

A rare local visit by French guitar master Pierre Bensusan, African and Afro Cuban classics, some hot acoustic blues, and all kinds of great new releases!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Cabot Arts is proud to announce a flash concert by three of the country’s greatest blues artists, Andy Cohen, Eleanor Ellis, and William Lee Ellis at the Cabot Town Hall (Willey Building) on Saturday, May 6th at 7 p.m.  Admission will be by donation at the door.

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Hard to believe, but "peach picking time in Georgia" begins in only a few weeks!  Jimmie Rodgers, Eliza Gilkyson, songs about early spring in Vermont, and much much more...

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Mary Gauthier will be performing with Eliza Gilkyson and Gretchen Peters for the Three Women And The Truth tour, coming to the UVM Recital Hall in Burlington on Friday, April 28th. 

photo courtesy of the Band

Easter Sunday: Exciting new releases from French Canada, classic British folk divas, Cape Verdean saudade, and much much more!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project present an evening of traditional and contemporary Celtic music featuring Cantrip and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Emerald Rae on Friday April 21st at 7:30 pm at Next Stage in downtown Putney.

photo by Ben Resnik

Airing a program from our archives this week, featuring a classic mix of music from Vermont and the rest of the world!

This program will air on Sunday April 9th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

There will be a house concert featuring Tim McKenzie (of Pine Island) and Richard Ruane & Beth Duquette (of Bread and Bones) on Saturday April 15th at 7 p.m. at 62 Chapin Road in Essex, VT 
For reservations and more information, please email don.miller@chapinroad.com or call (802) 451-0682

photo by Mark Zeis

Previews of many live shows this week in the VPR listening area, African music to help dance in the glorious month of April, and a special segment with the Young Tradition Touring Group, a talented troupe of young Vermont musicians, live in VPR's Studio 1.

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

This week's calendar announcements:

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. 

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