Real Good for FREE: Live! Folklife Concert Series @ Crandall Public Library


The popular Live! Folklife Concerts are back at the Folklife Center at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls with s spring schedule of concerts during March and April at 7pm on Thursdays. Admission is free.

Here’s the schedule for the first six concerts in the series:

Thursday (March 12)
Hot Club of Saratoga is a gypsy jazz quintet that plays a repertoire in the spirit and style originated by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in the Quintet of the Hot Club of France most prominent in the 1930‘s and kept alive through a long line of Gypsy jazz artists since that time. The band is Chad Tallman (solo guitar), Chuck Kish (rhythm guitar), Tucker Callander (violin), Jonathan Greene (woodwinds) and Dylan Perrillo (string bass). The driving rhythms under dynamic soloing give the music a life and vibrancy sure to bring a smile and often an irresistible desire to move.

Thursday, March 19
Phil Henry serenades his audiences with his sweet strong voice, intricate guitar work, and songs so rich and sweeping you’ll wish you wrote them yourself. He’s played the big stages – Kerrville, Falcon Ridge – and won song contests like SolarFest and Susquehanna. His new CD, Aberdeen, continues his tradition of upbeat, narrative folk songs, weaving detailed characters and settings with his own personal history and emotions.

Thursday, March 26
The powerhouse duo of Amy Gallatin and Roger Williams, 20 and 40 year veterans of the New England music scene, joined forces a few years ago to explore their mutual love of country standards, served up with an acoustic treatment in the bluegrass vein. The result is a toe-tapping blend of heartfelt vocals, soaring harmonies and red-hot picking, traditional yet modern and distinct. They are joined by J.D. Williams (mandolin, vocals) and Eric Levenson (bass).

Thursday, April 9
Wooden Dinosaur is led by songwriter Michael Roberts of Brattleboro, whose music has a sense of clarity through simplicity. Fascinating compositions, ornate vocal harmonies, and an exquisite performance are hallmarks of the band, Michael Roberts (guitar, vocals), Katie Trautz (fiddle, vocals), Jeff Murphy (upright bass, vocals), Frank Roberts (drums), Craig Barowsky (trumpet) and Ian Durling (trombone).

Thursday, April 16
Honey Dewdrops (Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish) share one mic and a hunger to pay attention to what endures. Their fourth full-length album, Tangled Country, is raw and engaging, with characters and images from kindred people and places. And like their stage performance, these new songs rock and reel, and then they console you when you come back down.

Thursday, April 23
Emerald Rae grew up in a musical family where country music and rock ‘n roll were prevalent, and has spent the last 20 years studying all facets of folk music. She is a U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, and is well-known in the Boston area for her versatility, her dynamic powerhouse playing style and her unique perspective. Emerald is also a talented step-dancer and an active member of the Boston Cape Breton music scene. In 2013, she released her solo album, If Only I Could Fly, featuring her talents on guitar, fiddle and crwth (the ancient welsh fiddle, pronounced “krooth”).


New York State Writers Institute’s Classic Film Series @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany, Fridays
New York State Writers Institute’s Visiting Writers Series @ UAlbany, Albany, various days
Music at Noon @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, select Thursdays
Beat the Snow Winter Concert Series @ Schenectady Public Library, Schenectady, Sundays

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