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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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A preview of some of the highlights of the Gotta Get Gon music festival being held near Saratoga this coming weekend, three different varieties of Lucinda Williams, more Incredible String Band, lovely music from the edges of Spain, and much more!

This program will air on Sunday 5/20/2018 from 7 - 10 p.m.

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Composer Keane Southard hiked the New England portion of the Appalachian Trail during the summer of 2016. Here, he is pictured in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains in New Hampshire.
Keane Southard, courtesy

Keane Southard spent many of his childhood weekends hiking and camping with his family in New Hampshire and Vermont. From that early age, he imagined one day he would hike the legendary Appalachian Trail.

Southard went on to study composition and theory, and all the while, the idea of hiking the trail and composing a piece about the experience percolated in his mind.

Ray Vega takes over as the host of VPR's Friday Night Jazz on May 18.
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Ray Vega is a senior lecturer at the University of Vermont, where he teaches jazz history, directs three jazz combos and heads up the jazz trumpet studio. He's a trumpeter, percussionist, composer and arranger, who has worked with some of the biggest names in jazz and Latin music. He's now added "radio host" to his busy schedule as he takes over the reins of VPR's Friday Night Jazz.

Seth Cashman / courtesy

This Friday night, trumpeter, percussionist, composer, arranger and educator Ray Vega takes over as the new host of Friday Night Jazz.

To introduce you to the man behind the music, we asked Vega to share a few tracks that have played a significant role in his life and provide a peek at what he keeps on regular rotation.

Our 22nd annual Mother's Day special features (of course) a wealth of "mommy" songs, and also plenty of previews of this week's local live performances !

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

This week's calendar listings:

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music presents John Gorka on Sunday, May 20th at 7:30 pm at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney.

Musician, composer and educator Ray Vega is the new host of Friday Night Jazz on VPR.
Seth Cashman

Trumpeter, percussionist, composer, arranger and educator Ray Vega will join Vermont Public Radio this month as the new host of Friday Night Jazz.

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A great new release from Ry Cooder, labor songs to welcome May, and a rare local performance by Peter Yarrow (along with more than a few other marvelous musical things!!)

 This program will air on Sunday May 6th from 7 - 10 p.m.  This week's calendar announcements:  Patti Casey and the Wicked Fine Players will be performing at the Engine Room in White River Junction on Saturday May 12th at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30.

Looking ahead to warmer weather with bug songs, new releases and lots of dance music !

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Adirondack blues guitarist Joan Crane will be performing at the Palmer Street coffeehouse on Saturday May 5th with bassman Steve Feinbloom and special guest Andy Cohen.  Music begins at 7:30 p.m.

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Music for the long-awaited North Country planting season, married couples and their music, Nelson and Nillson, and much much more!

This proram will air on Sunday April 22nd from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

The Plumb Bobs and the Miss Guided Angels will be in concert at the Shrewsbury Community Meeting House in Cuttingsville on  Friday, April 27th from 7 – 10 p.m. Doors open at 6:25 p.m. for social & snacks.

photo by Ganarim; courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

A fond farewell and celebration of Liam O'Flynn, a great Irish bagpiper who passed away last week, a wild wealth of upcoming live shows in our area, and also music from Mali, Cape Verde, Finland, Portugal, and Addison County!!

This program will air on Sunday April 15th from 7:00-10:00 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

The VT duo Woodchucks' Revenge will perform at the Springfield UU Church Coffeehouse on Saturday, April 21st. Music begins at 7 p.m.

photo courtesy of Red House Records

The anniversary of the Titanic disaster, the flowers of spring, and even more wonderful new releases!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

The Beeline Ramblers, Fran Mandeville and Lisa Mandeville, will be performing on Sunday April 8th at the Deborah Rawson Memorial Library in Jericho.  Music begins at 2 p.m.

Red Hot Juba will be playing at Red Square in Burlington on Thursday April 12th and at Hatch 31 in Bristol on Saturday April 14th .

Exciting New Music!

Mar 22, 2018
photo by Nora Ostrander

Exploring a wonderful new release by Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle, warming up for Passover and Easter, and looking ahead to all the fine live performances happening in our area this week!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Red Molly returns to the Barre Opera House on Friday March 30th at 8 p.m.

The P.M. Sundays series in Richmond presents Session Americana on Sunday April 1st at the Richmond Congregational Church.  Music begins at 4 p.m.

photo by Mary Katherine Hopkins

We welcome in spring with music about many things, including some exciting news releases, and the birthday of British button box master Andy Cutting!

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

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1000 Shades Of Green

Mar 8, 2018
from VPR's music collection

Indian tabla masters and a wealth of other upcoming performances, daylight savings time, and a curragh-full of Irish music for St. Patrick's Day!

This program will air on Sunday March 11th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

The Vergennes Opera House presents Vermont celtic rockers Prydein on Saturday March 17th

photo by Bethany Dunbar; courtesy of the Artist

...the month of March!  Celebrating the beginning of one of the longest months of the year with local Francophones, country roads from Jamaica to Oahu, and much much more!

This program will air on Sunday March 4, 2018 from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Annabelle Chvostek and her band will be performing at the Richmond Congregational Church on Sunday March 11th at 4 p.m.

The Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater will be giving a special matinee family show at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph on Sunday March 11th at 4 p.m.

Photo by Jack Rowell; courtesy of the Artist

A wealth of demos and new releases, many upcoming concerts, and a taste of classic Vermont bluegrass!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

The Palmer Street Coffeehouse in Plattsburgh presents Nashville band Runaway Home on Friday March 2nd at 7:30 p.m.

The Deborah Rawson Memorial Library in Jericho presents the Phineas Gage Project on Sunday March 4th at 2 p.m.

photo by Michael Wiseman, courtesy of the Artist

An upcoming local Tom Rush concert, President's Day songs, the late great Hugh Masakela, and much much more!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Guitarist Peter Ciluzzi will be at the Zenbarn in Waterbury Center on Tuesday February 20th at 7:30 p.m.

Rick Norcross will kick off the first celebration of his 55th anniversary year as a professional musician with a multi-media concert at Burlington’s Willard Street Inn on Saturday evening, February 24th.

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A glorious confluence of Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day, a preview of the Dance Flurry in Saratoga Springs and the Peacham Winter Carnival (in Peacham, of course), and  lots and lots of other Vermont music too.

This program will be aired on Sunday February 11th from 7-10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

The Peacham Winter Carnival is happening on Saturday February 17th.  Featured performers will include Alan Greenleaf, Steve Galinat, and Carol Hausner with the Doctor.

The pleasures of rediscovering a long-lost Dave Van Ronk album, all kinds of upcoming local performances, and a set of "Daddy Songs" just because!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Pete’s Posse will be performing at the Plainfield Town Hall Opera House on Sunday, February 11th at 4 p.m.

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