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 First Night Burlington

Celebrating bossa nova diva Astrud Gilberto on her 75th birthday, and Vermont western swing entrepreneur Rick Norcross on his 70th, as well as some interesting new releases and (finally) some warmer weather! 

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Texas singer-songwriter Matt Harlan will appear in concert at the Ripton Community Coffee House. Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Patti Casey & Steve Light return to Palmer Street Coffeehouse in Plattsburgh on Friday, April 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

photo by Yakudza, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

It certainly hasn't been feeling like spring in spite of the fact that we have just passed the vernal equinox, so we warm things up this week with both new and classic calypso, Gypsy brass bands, and with a new album of "classic American ballads" on Smithsonian Folkways Records!

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

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photo courtesy of Shanachie Records

On our annual St. Patrick's Day show, we sample some of the amazing variety (and exquisite quality) of music from and about Ireland released over the past 50 years, and preview some of the many musical events happening in our area this week.

Please note:  This program will air on Sunday March 15th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor will be performing at the Kingdom Taproom in St. Johnsbury on Friday, March 20th at 7:30 p.m.

photo courtesy of Cumbancha

It seems a little early for Daylight Savings Time, but we're also ramping up for St. Patrick's Day already too! Appreciating lots of new releases, previewing a wealth of local performances, and thanking our lucky stars for Cumbancha, a magnificent world music label headquartered in Charlotte!

Please note: This program will air on Sunday March 8th from 7-10 p.m.

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Happy March!  We are orienting ourselves toward the spring thaw with electrotrad from Quebec, another wave of interesting new releases, great local music, and Jimmie Rodgers, the bard of Meridian, Mississippi!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Big Spike Bluegrass will be playing at the Palmer Street Coffeehouse in Plattsburgh on Friday March 6th at 7:30 p.m.

photo courtesy of Borealis Records

A bundle of great new releases, all kinds of classics, and, just because, a set honoring Stan Rogers, one of Canada's finest!

Note: This program will air on Sunday, February 22nd from 7-10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

The Michele Fay Band will be performing at Lincoln Peak Vineyard Winery in Middlebury at 142 River Rd. on Friday, February 27th at 7 p.m.

Chris Smither returns to the After Dark Music Series on Saturday, February 28th at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.  Doors open at 6:30 and the concert is at 7 p.m.

America's Finest

Feb 11, 2015
Illustration by R. Crumb; from Resnik's personal collection.

From Jelly Roll Morton to Grandmaster Flash, we celebrate Black History Month with some of the world's greatest musicians and composers!

Please note:  This program will air on Sunday February 15th from 7-10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

The Vermont band the Hillside Rounders will play at the El Dorado Tavern in Jeffersonville on Saturday February 21st at 9 p.m. 

Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor will be appearing at the Bees Knees in Morrisville on Sunday, February 22nd at 7 p.m.

photo by Carl Lender; courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

We warm it up as Valentine's Day approaches, preview the 28th annual Dance Flurry in Saratoga, and, as always, enjoy some of the best local music being produced anywhere!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Lewis Franco will be performing at the Whammy Bar in Calais on Saturday, February 14th at 7pm

photo by George Lee

We can dream, can't we?  Music from various warm spots, some hot gospel classics, and a hearty helping of local music too!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Hot Flannel will be performing at The Stowe Town Hall at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday February 6th  & 7th. Wear your favorite flannel to the show and be 1 of the first 10 people through the door to get a free cd!

Possumhaw will play at the Palmer Street Coffeehouse in Plattsburgh on Friday February 6th at 7:30 p.m.

photo by Lionel Decoster; courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

We bid the wild weather of January adieu with songs about the frozen north, rising stars and venerable veterans of the Vermont folk scene, some of the Crescent City's greatest piano players, and much more!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

The Deborah Rawson Library in Jericho presents Deb Flanders with special guests Pete Sutherland, Laura Markowitz, John Dunlop, and Sofia Hirsch on Sunday February 1st at 2 p.m.

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