The popular Live! Folklife Concert Series at the Folklife Center at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls continue this spring with four concerts in March and three more in April. Admission is free.
All performances take place at 7pm on Thursday evenings; doors open at 6:30pm).
Here’s the schedule of free concerts for the 2013 spring season:
Once again the Folklife Center at the Crandall Library in Glens Falls is hosting a free autumn concert series. The concerts take place at 7pm on Thursdays during the next month at the library’s Community Room.
Here’s what’s on tap for fall 2011:
Thursday, October 27 Cinder Conk: Matthew Schreiber’s frenzied accordion riffs lock in with Xar Adelberg’s warm double bass counterpoint for some energetic, winsome and haunting traditional Balkan and original music drawn from the Black Sea.
The series kicks off on Thursday with Split Tongue Crow, the Rutland Americana quintet that matches front-porch picking with backwoods harmonies. Boston-based singer-songwriter and new music composer Kevin Warren and friends step into the spotlight on April 14 in support of his album, “Unfamiliar Road.”
Boston roots-music trio Pesky J. Nixon make a stop at the Crandall on April 21 in support of their sophomore album, “Monkey Business & Mislaid Hopes.” And the series wraps up on April 28 with a concert by alt-folk combo the Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand Band, in support of their latest album, “All the Good Summers.”
Country music crooner and acoustic guitarist Smokey Greene is definitely old school. His music bag doesn’t include the latest hits by Brad Paisley, Blake Sheldon or Montgomery Gentry. What its got is Patsy Cline and Hank Williams (the original, not Jr. nor the III) among others of that ilk and time-frame -from back in the day when it was called country-western music, not country.
Supper is over. Dishes are done. Gather ’round the radio in your comfy pjs. It’s time to relax with the family and listen to some music.
Last Wednesday evening, Lost Radio Rounders transported the Crandall Public Library audience back in time to enjoy the classic Americana music of Woody Guthrie, the Carter Family, Leadbelly and others.
To those who listen to “Selected Shorts” on WAMC-FM any given Sunday from 11am-12noon (and rebroadcast from 10-11pm Wednesdays), the voice of narrator and sometime reader Isaiah Sheffer is as instantly identifiable as that of Walter Cronkite, Howard Cosell or Lawrence Olivier. It’s one of those rare voices that you never tire of and always remember fondly.
From the moment that the live “Selected Shorts” reading at the Crandall Library was announced, tickets were snapped up quickly, and Glens Falls was abuzz by the time the Friday night reading rolled around.
The stage was practically bare – just a podium, microphone and, off to the side, a table with a few water bottles. Sheffer stepped out front in a warm, casual manner, offering a monologue filled with self-deprecating humor. Not the Rodney Dangerfield-type, but the kind that only a man who has lived life could tell.
Saving the best for last, Red Molly closed out the Crandall Library’s spring Folklife Concert Series to a SRO crowd Thursday night. Red Molly members Laura MacAllister (on guitar and banjo), Abbie Gardner (dobro) and Carolann Solebello (guitar) opened the show with the rollicking Gillian Welch murder ballad, “Don’t You Call My Name,” which had the audience smiling, dancing and grooving in the their seats.
There was no need for any librarians to hush this rapt audience as the three-part harmonies awed the crowd. Songs would come to an end as whispers of “Oh, yeah” and approving moans could be heard before the applause would rise. Between songs, the proud Adirondack audience members would occasionally shout out facts of the area to the band members. Straight-faced, MacAllister quipped, “Really, this is the Adirondacks? I just love your chairs!”
NAME: Lissa Schneckenburger
BAND AFFILIATION: Lissa Schneckenburger and Bethany Waickman
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Ha! The Dave Matthews Band’s “Under the Table and Dreaming”
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Ooohh… that’s hard to remember, I started going to concerts with my family at a really young age. It’s probably impossible to determine what the VERY first one was, but it could have been a big annual contra dance in town called “A Mighty Cloud of Fiddlers.”
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … recorder
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … a family band with my little brother. I think we were called Fiddlesticks.
New England fiddler-folksinger Lissa Schneckenburger and her musical partner Bethany Waickman will perform at 7pm on Thursday as the next installment of the Folklife Concert Series at the Crandall Library in Glens Falls. Admission is free.
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