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Saturday September 7th
We’re looking forward to having Beg Steal or Borrow kick off our 25th season! With thier rhythmic drive, intricate instrumental arrangement and vocal harmony, they won the 2018 Best Band Competition at The Thomas Point Bluegrass Festival, as well as the 2017 Best Band at The Podunk Bluegrass Festival.
“While the crowd responded with enthusiasm to the band’s versions of Working on a Building and I’m Knocking on Your Door it was Roland’s fast paced instrumental Mountain Rills, and Sicely’s song Harder Than Time, about working in the Rock of Ages granite quarries of Barre, VT, that revealed the band’s depth and versatility. At this point, their future is looking and sounding pretty good!” Bluegrass Today- Sept 2018,
Beg, Steal or Borrow was formed in 2013 and since their debut replicating the influential self-titled Old and in the Way album before an enthusiastic crowd at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT, the group has toured from Maine to Bermuda. The band is a convergence of five veteran musicians: Jeremy Sicely, Roland Clark, Fran Forim, Luke Auriemmo and Geoff Goodhue, all residing throughout northern Vermont and New Hampshire who have collaborated with the likes of J.D. Hutchison, Tim O’brien, Bryan Bowers, Danny Knicely, Bill Frisell and Yonder Mountain String Band.
Saturday October 5th
Kolonien is a four piece family band. A ”big year” champion birdwatcher, his brother a housebuilding father of two sons, their neighbor a percussion explorer of four continents and their cousin Anna Möller, the star fiddler of the band.
THE BAND GREW UP with the traditional music scene, deeply embedded in the family.
As Kolonien they reinvent their roots with their rich Swedish harmonies, both instrumentally and vocally.
THEIR JOURNEY STARTED IN THEIR TEENS, when they left their countryside home to travel around Sweden as protest singers in the Swedish Green movement. When they got invited to perform at a Zanzibar festival in Tanzania in 2010, things really started taking shape.
IT WAS MEANT AS A ONETIME GIG, but the songs and the conversations of change fell in place unexpectedly well and they decided to start a band and write their own songs.
KOLONIEN HAVE RELEASED TWO ALBUMS. Twice prized and awarded at the Swedish Folk and World Music Awards. Also twice nominated for one of their offspring projects Världens Band for which they’ve gathered thirteen musicians from six countries.
“THE MOST UPLIFTING PROTEST MUSIC I’VE EVER HEARD” – LIRA MUSIC MAGAZINE (SWE)
KOLONIEN – from latin: “Colonia”
“The cultivator and explorer of new grounds, a place to make things grow.”
SINCE THE START they have strived to live up to, and be guided by, the meaning of their name.
THE FIGHT for a fair and sustainable world is far from won.
But more importantly: it’s not yet lost, either.
“Kolonien creates their own world on the folk music map. A generous world that is both playful and serious. They want their music to go beyond the usual stories.” – Jury Swedish Folk & World Music Awards
Saturday November 2
Moors and McCumber create that rare chemistry that happens when two gifted singer- songwriters and multi-instrumentalists perfectly complement each other’s strengths, a modern day version of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
James Moors and Kort McCumber grew up in different places and listening to different kinds of music – classical, rock, bluegrass, you name it. But when they met ten years ago they knew they’d found something golden. Since then, they’ve been cultivating their wide-ranging musical influences in songs that delve into love and life through haunting lyrics, soaring harmonies, and dazzling instrumental proficiency. As Grammy award-winning producer Lloyd Maines puts it, “These guys should be playing every major festival in the country. They bring it all to the stage and deliver it in a big way.”
Sat. December 7th
Roots American blues and ragtime performed with a fresh take and yet steeped in tradition.
Dixieland Jazz meets Delta Blues in this trio of Mark Tolstrup on vocals, slide guitar and tenor banjo, Woody Strobeck on trombone and Tony Markellis on bass. Mark has been performing his passionate interpretation of Delta Blues in the Saratoga Springs area for many years solo and with acoustic and electric bands. Together they produce a sound from the roots of American music moaning low with the blues and rollicking with the joy of traditional jazz of New Orleans.
"An acoustic blues master with a genuine feel for the classic works of such blues legends as Robert Johnson, Son House and Leadbelly, Tolstrup slides and slashes up and down the neck of his National Steel guitar as effortlessly as if he was born with it in his hands.-Greg Haymes - Albany Times Union
“....a rousing, heartfelt, virtuoso-level new album “Street Corner Holler” Michael Hochanadel - Schenectady Daily Gazette