VPR Music

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This week on My Place, hear the story behind the big 1950s pop hit "Rockin' Robin," in this concluding spotlight on the Class Records Company of Los Angeles.

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A healthy serving of classic songs performed by the composers, and not by the musicians that made them famous, plus our cure for the Election Season Blues: A dose of the real thing,  from Willie Dixon to Big Joe Williams.

This program will air on Sunday November 6th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Bruce Molsky and his trio the Mountain Drifters will perform at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph on Saturday November 12th at 7:30 p.m.  They will also be giving a workshop at the Chandler at 2 p.m. on the same day.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

Both the Excelsior Record Company and the Exclusive Record Company operated in Los Angeles from 1944 to 1950.

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Celebrating the "Nobelification" of one of America's greatest musical poets,  and touching many bases with a wealth of live music in the VPR listening area this week!

This program will air on Sunday October 23rd from 7 -10 p.m.

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Bagitos in Montpelier presents an Irish music session on Saturday October 29th from 2-5pm featuring  Sarah Blair, Hilari Farrington, Benedict Koehler, Katrina VanTyne, Bob Ryan, and many other talented traditional Irish musicians. 

photo by Natalie Stultz

Yes it was....All the Traditions debuted on VPR on October 13th, 1996, and we are celebrating our 20th anniversary by featuring some of the many local artists who have performed live on the show !  It's been a marvelous musical ride so far, and we're still going strong!

This program will air on Sunday October 16th from 7-10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

On Friday October 21st , Linda Warnaar will hold a CD Release Concert at the United Community Church on Main Street in St. Johnsbury at 7:30 p.m. 

picture courtesy of the Artist's estate

Thinking of the late, great Oscar Brand, a folk music champion who had 71 years (!!) of folk radio under his belt when he passed on this week at the age of 96.

This program will air on Sunday October 9th from 7-9 p.m. (an hour shorter than usual because of the upcoming presidential debate at 9 p.m.)

This week's calendar announcements:

David Bromberg will perform at Higher Ground in South Burlington on Sunday October 16th

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We welcome in October with angelic voices,  some classic blues, and loads of local music.

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

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The Kate McNally Trio will be performing some topnotch Celtic music at an intimate concert at the Vermont Violin Shop in Burlington on Thursday October 6th at 6 p.m. 

Courtesy, Joel Najman

This week on My Place, we'll feature an hour of recordings by married couples who recorded together. You can hear memorable songs made by Sonny & Cher, Louis Prima and Keely Smith and Ike and Tina Turner.

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Down south and down east as we bid farewell to this record-breakingly hot and humid summer...

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

This week's calendar announcements:

The Durham County Poets  from Canada's Cheatauguay Valley will perform at Brandon Music on Saturday October 1st at 7:30 p.m.

Brazilian diva Luisa Maita will be at Higher Ground in South Burlington on Monday September 25th.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

This week on My Place, we present an hour full of famous and not-so-famous female rock-and-roll singing groups of the 1960s.

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Local bluegrass, Afro-Peruvian mambo, Quebecois dance music, and much much more, including a rare local appearance by folk music icon Gordon Lightfoot !

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Patti Casey and Tom McKenzie will perform at the Old Meeting House in E. Fairfield on Saturday September 24th.  Music begins at 7 p.m.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

This week on My Place, we'll shine the spotlight on vintage popular songs that prominently mention birds in the song title and lyrics. We'll hear memorable recordings by The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Mills Brothers and The Beatles.

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Reveling in new releases and sampling music from Mabou and Mali and Aberystwyth!

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

This week's calendar announcements:

Sierra Hull and the Mike + Ruthy Band will be playing at Fuller Hall at St. Johnsbury Academy on Friday, September 16th at 7pm.

Vieux Farke Toure will be performing at the Colonial Theater in Bethlehem, NH on Sunday September 18th 

Courtesy, Joel Najman

Tenor saxophonist Andrew Love and trumpeter Wayne Jackson formed a partnership incorporated as "The Memphis Horns."

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A wealth of recently received recordings, some tasty classics, a few sets of some of the best labor songs ever, plus lots and lots of local  music !

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

This week's calendar announcements:

They Might Be Gypsies will be performing at 51 Main in Middlebury on Saturday September 10th at 8 p.m.

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As a key member of the Stax Records house rhythm section and a founding member of the Memphis Horns, tenor saxophonist Andrew Love played on hundreds of memorable recordings during a career in music that extended almost five decades.

photo by Joe L. Knaepen; courtesy of the Artist

Music from some of the all-time great harmonica masters to honor the life and music of  Toots Thielemans, one of the greatest of all, who died earlier this week at the age of 94.  Also a preview of the 24th annual New World Festival, another high point in a summer full of great folk music.

This program will air on Sunday August 28th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Trumpet player Wayne Jackson passed away on June 21, 2016 in Memphis, Tennessee at age 74. During a professional career that extended over 55 years, Wayne Jackson played horn on 52 chart-topping singles and on 93 gold and platinum albums.

photo by Rich Anderson, courtesy of Wikipedia

Many flavors of David Grisman, songs from Finland and the Carolinas, and a whole lot of Vermont music too!

This program will air on Sunday August 21st from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

The Michele Fay Band will be performing at Shelburne Farms at the barn, on August 24th from 6:30 - 8:30. The event is free.

The Dave Keller Blues Band will be playing at the Christ Church Pocket Park in Montpelier on Thursday August 25th at noon.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

In the early 1960's Motown founder Berry Gordy thought that he could spur sales overseas by having the Supremes, Temptations and other artists re-record their hits phonetically in foreign languages.

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