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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A preview of next weekend's Valley Stage Festival in Huntington, and a look at the sadly short (but incredible) career of Hank Williams and the amazingly long (and also incredible) career of British folk diva June Tabor.


   Please note:  This show will air on Sunday August 4th from 7:00-10:00pm !

This week's calendar announcements:

A dynamic week for live performances in the VPR  listening area, new album releases from Harry Nilsson (who died 20 years ago!) and Tom Rush (who is celebrating his 50th year as a performer), and a sad farewell to Chiwoniso, a brilliant Zimbabwean musician who passed on this week at the age of 37.

Please note:  This show will air on Sunday July 28th from 7:00-10:00pm

This weeks calendar events:

The annual Piper's Gathering, a fantastic meeting of all sorts of bagpipe players and fans, will happen on the weekend of August 3rd at Champlain College in Burlington.

An appreciation of some the wide-ranging and musically incredible contributions that Ry Cooder has made, some fantastic musicians that we will be hearing live on the VPR tour to Cape Breton in October, and even some music that can be traced back to Robbie Burns on the occasion of the 254-and-a-half anniversary of his birth!

Please note:  This show will air on Sunday July 21st from 7:00-10:00pm !

Calendar announcements for this week's program:

Maine-based songwriter Max Garcia Conover will be playing an album release show at The Skinny Pancake on Sunday July 28.

Please note:  This program airs on Sunday July 14th from 7:00-10:00pm !

A goodly helping of great new releases, more than a few old classics, and a preview of the 30th annual Champlain Valley Folk Festival, happening  next weekend in a new location.

This week's calendar listings for live music in the VPR listening area:

Sunday July 7, 2013 7-10pm  One way to deal with one of the rainiest Vermont summers on record is to attend some of the many wonderful live shows available every week in the VPR listening area - this week's offerings include Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell at the Flynn Center in Burlington, the great Belizean band the Garifuna Collective with Malian master Vieux Farka Toure at Higher Ground, French Heritage Days in Vergennes, the Middlebury Festival on the Green all week, and a free show in Castleton courtesy of the Bluegrass Gospel proj

In a state this is known for its wild and ever-changing weather, even seasoned sky-watchers have to admit that the weather this year is especially crazy!  We bid farewell to the soggy month of June with everything from chicken songs to Tom Waits and Keith Richards harmonizing on sea chanteys (really!!)

Please note:  This show airs on Sunday June 30th at 7:00pm

Calendar announcements for this week's show:

We welcome summer in with previews of the Old Songs Festival in Altamont, NY, the Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival in Tunbridge, VT, and Festival Chants de Vielles in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.  Also lots of exciting new releases and some old classics which we just purchased for the station's music library!

Please note:   This program will air on Sunday June 23rd at 7:00pm !

This week's calendar events:

We celebrate Father's Day with waltzes, funny songs, loving dedications and more, and also preview the marvelously eclectic 27th annual Green River Festival coming up in Greenfield, MA this weekend!

Please note:  This show will air on Sunday June 16th at 7:00 PM !

This week's calendar events:

Broadcast Sunday, June 9, 7PM A preview of the upcoming Montreal Folk Festival on the Canal, a taste of the Vermont festival celebrating the legacy of Irish harper and composer Turlough O'Carolan, and  some luscious voices from France, Britain, and French Canada (and that's just for starters!)

We will also be previewing the following live performances that will be happening in the VPR listening area this week:

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The summer music festival season is suddenly upon us with the Roots on the River Festival in Bellows Falls and the Strolling of the Heifers in Brattleboro, both next weekend.

Sunday May 26th 7:00pm - Playlist

We celebrate Memorial Day, some marvelous local clarinetists, and even some musicians performing at this week's Discover Jazz Festival in Burlington.  We also get a taste of some of the music that we might encounter on VPR's trip to Cape Breton and the Celtic Colours music festival this October, and hear music related to the following upcoming concerts:

Photo: Courtesy Of The Artist

We preview GottaGetGon, one of the first of the area's summer music festivals, and also the following live shows in the VPR listening area:

Dave Gunning  will be at the GottaGetGon Festival at the Saratoga Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa , NY May 24-26th

Tim Jennings & Leanne Ponder are live-recording their next album on June 2nd at 2:30PM & 7 PM in East Montpelier, Vt. Reservations 802-223-9103 or email

Our annual Mother's Day show, where we search out all  manner of "Mommy" songs!

Thinking about George Jones and Bob Brozman, two fine musicians who died at the end of April, and reveling in the first few weeks of spring in the VPR listening area!

A generous helping of Louisiana Cajun waltzes and two-steps, blended with some classics, a few great new releases from Mali, and some of the best female voices from near and far.

Playlist to come

Oh Canada!

Jan 27, 2013

Lots of music by Canadian artists, a hefty helping of jug band music, and, as always, some musical surprises!


Northwest Passage
Album Northwest Passage
Record Label Borealis

Log Cabin Home In The Sky
Album Wee Tam & The Big huge
Record Label Hannibal


More Wood
Album Voices Of Winter 
Record Label Gadfly

Drive The Cold Winter
Album Winter's Turning 
Record Label Flying Fish

Midnight In Paris
Album Have Moicy! 
Record Label Rounder

My How Time Flies!

Oct 16, 2012

We celebrate the 16th anniversary of the first episode of All the Traditions with much gratitude,  with many old favorites, and with a preview of Staff Benda Bilili, an amazing Congolese band who will be playing in Burlington this week!

A Bow To Ed Bemis

Sep 20, 2012
VPR/Jonathan Butler

A show dedicated to Ed Bemis, a Vermont jazz aficionado and jazz radio pioneer who passed away last week at 84. Also a preview of the Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival and other fine music which will be performed live in the VPR listening area during the upcoming week.

Lots to preview at the 20th annual New World Festival in Randolph next weekend, some lovely dance music, high and lonely mountain music, and much more!