VPR Music

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22 years!  We celebrate the show's 22nd anniversary doing what we love to do - previewing upcoming local shows, highlighting Vermont musicians, and luxuriating right along with our listeners as we play the best music that we can find!! Special thanks to everyone who has helped with invaluable support over all these musical years, including VPR program directors Kari Anderson and Franny Bastian, and especially Ty Robertson, Gigi Weisman, and Nora Ostrander, all of whom have spent many hours helping me out in the control room....on to year 23! 

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It's almost scary to realize that there will be live performancers this week in the VPR listening area by (for starters) Greg Brown, Arlo Guthrie, Dougie MacLean, Leyla McCalla, and Hot Tuna.  We'll be previewing these shows, playing some marveloous new releases, and basking in the fall colors!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

On This Harvest Moon

Sep 21, 2018
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Darkness on the delta, tramps and hawkers, the weekend of the harvest moon, and much much more!

 This program will air on Sunday September 23rd from 7-10 p.m. This week's calendar announcements: The Klezmer Yiddishkeit Ensemble performs Saturday. September 29th  at Living Tree Alliance in Moretown at 8 p.m.

Carol Hausner, Jonathan “Doc” Kaplan and  special guest Dave Lovald will be  performing at Sweet Melissa’s 
in Montpelier on Thursday 9/27/18 from 8 - 11 PM and on Friday 9/28 at Highlanld Lodge in Greensboro from 7-9- p.m.

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A short trip to Denmark, Rodney Crowell performing in Randolph and in St. Johnsbury, and, believe it or not, both Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson covering Frank Sinatra !

 This program will air on Sunday September 16th from 7-10 p.m. This week's calendar announcements: The Vermont Celtic band Fifth Business will be playing on Friday September 21st at the Community Ceilidh at the Blue Mountain Grange in Ryegate at 7:30 p.m.

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Two big and fabulous acoustic music festivals this coming weekend, Quebecois a cappella, Michael Hurley in East Fairfield, and much much more!   This program will air on Sunday September 9th from 7 - 10 p.m.   This week' calendar announcements:  There will be a Balkan dance party with Bulgarika providing live music at the Montpelier Grange Hall on Sunday September 16th from 3-6 p.m.

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 We welcome in September with some new fine releases by local artists, lots of local live shows, and, of course, Labor Day Weekend!

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

This week's  calendar announcements:

Thursday, September 6th is the final Barn Concert of the season at Fred & Judi Danforth's 413 Hall Rd. in Lincoln. Theh first set will feature Vermont bluegrass icon Tim McKenzie, and the second set will feature Nate Gusakov and Henry Finch.  Doors open at 7, music at 8.

photo by Sean Purser, courtesy of Le Vent du Nord

Previews of next weekend's New World Festival in Randolph, some more choice new releases, and a few more rare and glorious tracks from Aretha Franklin.

This program will air on Sunday August 26th from 7 - 10 p.m.  This week's calendar announcements: 
The New World Festival in Randolph on Sunday September 2nd will feature, among many others, Cantrip, Le Vent du Nord, John Doyle, Natalie Haas and Yann Falquet, Connla, and Night Tree.

All Kinds Of Songs

Aug 16, 2018
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Classic country songs, Cajun songs, love songs, lots of songs from Vermont, and a few dance tunes for good measure!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Oregon folk singer Lindsay Clark will be the featured performer at The Barrage in Holland, VT on Saturday  August 25th, doors open at 7. To find the Barrage, follow the signs saying "rock and roll".

The Vermont recorder and harp consort Full Circle will be playing at the Fisk Farm in Isle LaMotte Sunday, Aug. 26th from  2 until 4:30 p.m.

Lots of classics from the 60's folk revival, and a big peek at the lineup for the Peacham Acoustic Music Festival next weekend.

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

This week's calendar announcements:

The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival will be happening on Friday and Saturday August 17th and 18th, and will feature Jonathan Edwards, Del Rey, Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing, the Bayley Hazen Boys, Alan Greenleaf, Doug Perkins, and many more.

Cool music to counter the hot and drippy weather we've been enduring, previews of even more upcoming festivals, and some marvelous new local releases!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Village Harmony continues their tour of the northeast with concerts at the Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover on Friday August 10th, at the York St. Meeting House  in Lyndon on Saturday August 11th, and on Sunday afternoon August 12th at the South Hero Congregational Church at 3 p.m.

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We welcome August with the very musical Patton family of Bakersfield, bagpipes and bass clarinet duets, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and a meditation on Dylan's song Forever Young!

 This program will air on Sunday July 29th from 7-10 p.m. This week's calendar announcements: The Burlington musical trio Soaked Oats will be hosting a potluck dinner and house concert in Burlington on Saturday August 4th at 191 Locust Terrace. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.

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Classic blues, jug band music from Memphis to the Club 47, and some heavenly a cappella....(for starters!)

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

Thiw week's calendar announcements:

We're still in the heights of summer concert season, with an impressive lineup of world-renowned musicians playing in the VPR listening area as well as many talented locals.....preview time! This program will air on Sunday July 15th from 7 - 10 p.m. This week's calendar announcements:  Steph Pappas will play at the Lamp Club Light Shop in Burlington on Friday July 20th at 7 p.m.  Village Harmony will be touring Vermont this week with concerts in Rochester’s Community Church Monday July 16th, in St.

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Previews of a full week of local live performances, including the amazing (and still free after all these years) Middlebury Festival on the Green!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

There will be a Contra Dance sponsored by the Ed Larkin Old Time Contra Dancers
at Tunbridge Town Hall on Friday July 13th @ 7:30 p.m. with live music by Bonnie Tucker, Donna Weston and others.

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We welcome in July and also Independence Day week with songs about America, desert music from Niger, Italian tarantellas, and much much more!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Bombino will be playing at Club Metronome in Burlington on Friday July 6th 

The Ripton Community Coffeehouse presents Va-et-Vient on Saturday July 7th – music begins at 7:30 p.m.

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All kinds of calypso, all kinds of Joni Mitchell, a fictional trip to Nashville with the Dalai Lama, and a wealth of live shows this week in the VPR listening area...the mind boggles!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Happy Father's Day!

Jun 13, 2018
photo by Miriam Resnik

Our annual Father's Day spectacular, plus previews of upcoming live shows in the VPR listening area and one unique folk music festival too !

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

This week's calendar announcements:

There will be a concert at the Schoolhouse in Cabot on  Saturday, June 23rd featuring Rayna Gellert and Kieran Kane. Music begins at 7:30 p.m.

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....it's folk music festival time in the VPR listening area....previewing summer festivals in Quechee, Montreal, Belvidere and Worcester, luxuriating in the amazing voices of latina divas from Mexico City and Brazil, And enjoying lots and lots of local music.

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

This week's calendar announcements:

The Michele Fay Band will be performing at the Waterbury Summer Concerts on the Park, at Rusty Parker Memorial Park, on Thursday June 14th The concert begins at 6 p.m. and is free. 

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Previews of Rhiannon Giddens on the Flynn mainstage this week as well as two more festivals plus a wide variety of gigs, contra dances, house concerts, and more!

This program will air on Sunday June 3rd, 2018 from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Susannah Blachly and Patti Casey  will be playing at the Whammy Bar in Calais on Saturday June 9th.

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Music for Memorial Day, folk songs both old and brand new, the upcoming Discover Jazz Festival in Burlington, and the annual Strolling of the Heifers in Brattleboro!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins will be in concert at the Barre Labor Hall on Sunday June 3rd.

Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio will be in concert at the Ripton Community Coffee House. Saturday, June 2nd  at 7:30 pm, Ripton Community House, Route 125, Ripton.  Doors open at 7 p.m.

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