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TAUNY Song & Story Swap!
March 8, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Free
TAUNY Song & Story Swap!
Thursday, March 8
7 to 8:30 pm
Free and open to the public
Anyone with a song to sing or a story to tell is invited to join TAUNY – Traditional Arts in Upstate New York – for the first Song & Story Swap in their mud season series. The swap is free and open to the public, and will take place on Thursday, March 8, from 7 to 8:30 pm, at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake. The event will feature a guest performance by Lee Knight and a round-robin session where all are invited to share songs, stories, and poems learned from their family or community. Songs and stories about the Adirondacks are particularly welcome.
Lee Knight, a Saranac Lake native who now makes his home in North Carolina, is an accomplished singer and multi-instrumentalist who has performed throughout the eastern U.S. and internationally. He has been a researcher and collector of traditional songs and stories of the Adirondacks and the Appalachians since his teenage years. Knight was a friend of folk song collector Marjorie Lansing Porter, who recorded hundreds of Adirondack songs and ballads in lumber and mining camps during the 1940s and ‘50s. Knight will perform songs he learned from her collection, accompanying himself on guitar, fretless banjo, dulcimer, Cherokee flute, and mouth bow.
TAUNY, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Canton, is dedicated to showcasing the folk culture and living traditions of New York’s North Country. With the swaps, TAUNY hopes to encourage participatory entertainment and music-making in the region, in a manner reminiscent of traditional gatherings in parlors, kitchens, grange halls, and hotel and tavern barrooms. Within living memory, such occasions would have occurred nearly weekly in the Adirondacks.
The events will be informal, and everyone is welcome to participate, including those who do not consider themselves to be “performers” or who just wish to listen. With the permission of those present, material shared by those in attendance will be recorded, added to TAUNY’s archival collection, and edited for posting on TAUNY’s website.
Other swaps are scheduled for Thursday, March 9, at the Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Benson, featuring Ermina Pincombe and Dave Ruch, and Saturday, April 21, at the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne, featuring Colleen Cleveland.
The Song & Story Swaps are possible thanks to generous underwriting from The Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park (www.pearsallfoundation.org).
To learn more about TAUNY and the Adirondack Song & Story Swaps, visit www.TAUNY.org