VPR Music

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For the May edition of Live From The Fort, The NEKtones, performed live from VPR's Studio One in Colchester.

The NEKTones are a Soul and R&B quintet with a musical palette defined by the landscape of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

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.

My Place: Tim Hardin

May 4, 2017
Courtesy, Joel Najman

During the dawning of the folk-rock era of the mid-to-late 1960's, singer/songwriter Tim Hardin wrote some of the most enduring confessional songs of love and life.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

Drummer Hal Blaine is a charter member of Los Angeles's elite group of first-call studio musicians know collectively as "The Wrecking Crew."

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.

photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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. 

Courtesy, Joel Najman

Singer/songwriter Don Covay's music career encompassed constantly evolving genres of black music from 1950s retro doo-wop to early 1960s teen dances.

top, Steve Solberg, from r to l, courtesy Seven Days, Caleb McKenna and Karen Kevra

This weekend, Marshfield classical composer and musician Evan Premo will premiere a song cycle he's written, which sets late Vermont writer David Budbill's poems to music. Budbill, a poet and playwright and musician, died in the fall of 2016.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

This week's My Place program is the conclusion of a two-part profile of session guitarist Hugh McCracken.

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

Courtesy, Joel Najman

Hugh McCracken was one of New York's most skilled, first-call studio guitarists. He played on countless sessions with top-name artists over a four-decade period.

My Place: Chuck Berry

Mar 29, 2017
Courtesy, Joel Najman

Rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry passed away at age 90 on March 18, 2017. He was about to release his first new album in 40 years.

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. 

This week on the program, I'll tell you the improbable story of singer/songwriter, Johnny Bragg.

photo by Jim Warren

Welcoming spring with a wide variety of live performances in the VPR listening area, and a fond farewell to Chuck Berry, blues harp master James Cotton, and also Junior Barber, an amazing dobro player from northern New York, all of whom died earlier this week.

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Granby songwriter Vic Tremblay  will be playing at the Burke Mtn. Club in E. Burke on Saturday March 25th.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

Guitarist Billy Mure's professional career as a musician extended a full eight decades. As a studio session musician in New York, Billy Mure has played on dozens of major hit records.

photograph courtesy of the band

A wealth of local concerts related to St. Patrick's Day,and also lots of non-Irish event previews, classic Vermont bluegrass, some blues for the long month of March, and, as always, some musical surprises!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

The Walkover Concert Room in Bristol presents Jeremiah McLain and Tim Cummings in concert on Saturday March 18th at 8 p.m.

photo courtesy of the Band

Brand new recordings by Rhiannon Giddens (of Carolina Chocolate Drops fame) and Brit folk rock icons Steeleye Span, and a fond farewell to Vermont's Bluegrass Gospel Project, calling it quits with a show in Vergennes this week after 16 years.

This program will air on Sunday March 5th from 7 - 10 pm

This week's calendar announcements:

Ladysmith Black Mabazo will be performing at the Flynn Center in Burlington on Friday March 10th

Red Baraat will by playing at Nectar’s in Burlington on Friday March 10th