Berggren has been collecting, writing
and singing folk music of the Adirondacks for the past
30 years. He grew up in the mountains on the land farmed
by his mother’s family and worked in the woods
on a forest ranger’s crew and a survey crew.
Hearing stories and songs from local friends and neighbors,
Dan has developed a style that captures the spirit
of the mountains.
songwriter and arts educator, possesses a sultry, yet
powerful, alto voice. In her work and music, Peggy
brings to light the important role women have played
in shaping the history of New York State.
lifelong collector and performer of traditional songs, George
Ward draws on the rural singing tradition
of the American Northeast for his main inspiration. Ancient
ballads migrant in the New World, songs of the rural home
and hearth, songs of the lumber woods, the rivers and canals
are central to his repertoire.
and storyteller Joseph Bruchac has
family roots in the Abenaki peoples and was raised, and
still lives, in the Adirondack mountain foothills. Much
of his writing draws on that land and his Abenaki ancestry.
He has authored more than 70 books for adults and children.
As a professional teller of the traditional tales of the
Adirondacks and the Native peoples of the Northeastern
Woodlands, Joe Bruchac has performed widely in Europe and
throughout the United States.
Kirk & Trish Miller are a married couple
from the foothills of the Adirondacks. They work together
full time, playing music and singing in concerts, festivals,
and both call dances. Highlights of their performances include
John’s fiddling and Trish’s dynamic clog dancing.
George Wilson and
Toby Stover have been a mainstay in the Northeast contra dance
scene for over 35 years. Spence was among the first to champion the hammered
dulcimer as it began its revival in the early ’70s. George Wilson is a
talented multi-instrumentalist and singer whose repertoire samples a wide variety
of traditional styles. Toby Stover is a long time veteran of the music and theatre
arts, having worked extensively with a wide range of groups and programs. She
has arranged the overture for The Visitors featuring the piano and fiddle.
Entrepreneur and producer for over thirty years in the
field of folk and traditional music. A founding member
of the Pick'n and Sing'n Gather'n and Old Songs, Inc. Andy's
producing credits include Woody Guthrie's California
To The New York Island (1969), A Tribute to
Malvina Reynolds (1972), An Evening
At the English Music Hall (1974), The
Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music and Dance (since
1981) and The American Conscience: Folk Songs of the
1960s (2004). Dedicated to presenting
folk, traditional, Celtic and World music and dance in the
Capital District, she continues
to carry on the tradition.