Update 12/23/2015

Updating this for the 1st time in 4 years!  Since I posted last, I have moved full time to Florida.   I now live in Fort Pierce and am continuing to travel as a performing musician.   I've updated my gig schedule at (http://blschedule.blogspot.com/) 

Rick Nestler on Sunday

Heritage Folk Music presents Rick Nestler in a concert of "Songs of the Hudson River School of Folk Music" on Sunday, May 18 at 3 p.m. at the Kiersted House, 119 Main Street, Saugerties.  Admission is $10.  Refreshments will be served.

Dom Pirone of the Hudson River Fishermen calls Rick Nestler "a real Hudson River Troubadour."  Joe Franklin of WOR-TV calls him "the Hudson River Balladeer."  Pete Seeger called Rick, "the Terror of the River, raffish Rick Nestler." 


A Coast Guard licensed Master, an actor, a singer and a songwriter, Rick has learned the arts of the chantyman working aboard large traditionally rigged vessels such as the sloop Clearwater,  the schooner Voyager  and the square rigged ship HMAV Bounty.  He has appeared at folk festivals and coffeehouses throughout the Northeast as well as Mystic Seaport and South Street Seaport Museums.  Rick has one album to his credit called, "Spending My Days".  One song from that album, "The River That Flows Both Ways", has been recorded by both Joe Heukerott and Pete Seeger while another tune, "Bar Song" was recently recorded by an old friend, Ray Chesna.  Rick is now working on a new album of maritime music.


For more information, email patla42@gmail.com or call 845-452-4013.

Re: Main Street Music

Greetings to Heritage Folk Music members:

We recently received a notice regarding some of your events and thought we'd reciprocate and introduce ourselves etc.

Many of you already know us, but for those who do not, we just want to make you aware that Jacob and I have opened up a stringed instrument "folk" music shop at 382 Main Street here in Beacon.  We've been open for about four months and are already expanding our display area.  We carry a wide variety of new, used and vintage guitars, banjos, mandolins, violins, and ukuleles as well as strings and other accessories.  We are currently seeking good quality used instruments and consignments.  We also offer music lessons and quality setups and repairs.

We occasionally have musical events here at the store, and there are currently two scheduled that we'd like to mention:

First, we hold a regular Second Saturday Open Song Circle to coincide with the city of Beacon's Second Saturday festivities.  We start at 4:00 pm and usually go to about 7:00 so that people can still have their evening plans.  Please come by if you are in this neck of the woods and share a song or two.  The next song circle will be March 8th.

Second, this Saturday, February 22 at 4:30 pm, we'll be holding a beginners Ukulele Workshop.  It will consist of a short mini-concert by Greg Doyle and Wendy Matthews (the "Edukated Fleas") followed by a one-hour lesson and topped off with a jam where you can apply the skills you have learned to a few classic tunes.  Refreshments will be served.   We'll end around 6:30 pm.  Please call 845-765-8548 to reserve a spot.  The workshop is $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Please feel free to share the above with others on your list, and thanks for reading this,

David and Jacob Bernz

Heritage Folk Music Concert 3-16-14


Contact: Pat Lamanna, 845-452-4013 or patla@gmail.com




In honor of Women’s History Month, Heritage Folk Music presents Pat Lamanna and Lydia Adams Davis singing songs of the Abolitionist, Temperance and Women’s Suffrage movements on Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 3-5 p.m. at Kiersted House, 119 Main Street, Saugerties, N.Y.

Dressed in period garb, Pat and Lydia will sing songs, often to well-known tunes, from each of these movements and relate their histories.  Many of the songs were sung in the Hudson Valley by local women espousing the causes of the abolition of slavery, prohibition of alcohol, and the right of women to vote.  These seemingly disparate causes were intertwined in many interesting and surprising ways.

Admission is $10.  Refreshments will be served.  All are welcome.

For more information contact Pat Lamanna at 845-452-4013 or patla42@gmail.com.


Attached is a flier to print out and post, and a picture for the media.

Southern Tour 2013

Wow, I realize I haven't updated this since last year.  Facebook has taken over what I used to post here.   I'm currently in Florida doin my Johnny Cash show in care facilities.  I'm also participating in Kirtan (Hindustani praise music) and will be singing Irish music at Sassey OSheas in Port New Richey on March 17th - St. Patrick's Day.

Southern Tour

Lovers Leap

Southern Tour

A beautiful spot just over the Georgia/South Carolina border

Southern Tour

Another Hindu temple but this one was closed

Southern Tour

At Sai Baba temple in Tampa Florida

Southern tour

At the Ringling Museum in Sarasota Fl

Southern Tour

A noted artist in Ft Pierce Florida no relation to Saugerties Henry Backus

Southern tour

Sure a little bit of heaven

Southern Tour

Stuart Baptist Church Xmas Concert

Southern Tour

Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Society


Chatham Va

Southern Tour

On the road again

Southern Tour

Last look at my driveway in November 2011

Monster Guita

This was at the Woodstock Guitar Show last fall

Museum of Folk Music

Does anyone know about a museum of folk music coming to Newburgh?

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So many interesting things I could do tonight but I just want to stay home and keep warm.

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Phil Ochs

I love it. WHVW 950 AM is playing Ochs Crucifixion

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Current Schedule!

10/8/2011 Saugerties Farmer's Market with the Kingston Sea Chantey Singers

10/9/2011 Forsyth Park Zoo. Animal songs with Jim Donnelly.

10/10/2011 Monday lunchtime 12-1 at the Inquiring Mind Bookstore in Saugerties, NY Instrumentals and folksongs on guitar and cittern.

10/15/2011 Woodstock Historic Society 2-4 pm. Solo performance of regional and historic songs and tunes.

10/21/2011 Amenia Historical Society with Veteran's in a New Field - regional civil war era music.

11/6/2011 Half Moon Bookstore, Kingston, NY with Veteran's in a New Field. - regional civil war era music.

11/23/2011 Elsie's Place, Corner of Route 208 & Route 300, (845) 895-8975 Wallkill, NY. With Jim Donnelly. It's the night before Thanksgiving, so we'll be playing a mix of harvest music.

Concert and Presentation: “Juneteenth” -The Dutchess Antislavery Singers, June19th


Organization: Heritage Folk Music

Telephone: (845) 594-4412

Email: heritagefolkmusic@gmail.com

Website: http://heritageconcerts.blogspot.com/


Heritage Folk Music presents "Juneteenth" -The Dutchess Antislavery Singers

On June 19th, from 3-5 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Road, Kingston, NY 12401. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. This  program will use music to trace the history of antislavery,  with special emphasis on the Mid-Hudson Valley and the Underground Railroad.


Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.  Although originating in Texas, the celebration has spread all over the country.  (It is reported that there were Juneteenth celebrations in Albany, NY.)  For a complete history of Juneteenth, go to http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm


The Dutchess Antislavery Singers are part of the Mid Hudson Anti-Slavery Project and perform abolitionist music written between 1833 and 1863. Set to hymns, patriotic and popular tunes, these pieces were sung at abolitionist conventions and rallies around the North. The Singers perform in period clothing, circa 1860. Their program will trace the rise of the inter-racial antislavery movement from its religious origins to its political clout in the 1850s, drawing in turn on hymns, patriotic tunes, parlor music, and even minstrel tunes.


The concert will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Road, Kingston, NY 12401 on Sunday June 19th. 3-5 pm. Admission is $8. 


Heritage Folk Music, Inc. is a non-profit organization with a mission to collect, preserve, document, display and interpret the regional and historic folk music, folklore and oral history of New York State, including specifically the Catskill Mountains and Hudson River Valley.  For more information contact Bob Lusk at (845) 594-4412 or visit http://heritageconcerts.blogspot.com/

When Jesus came to India!

When Jesus came to India!

Did Jesus Christ come to India and die in Kashmir? No way, most would say. But a ?yes? is now being heard from a not so insignificant section. On Wednesday afternoon, the answer in the affirmative resonated through NT-1 where archaeologist Soumitra Chatterjee and novelist Aparna Sen discussed Jesus?s life in India, for a documentary film.

Subhrajit Mitra?s The Unknown Story of the Messiah lives off the popular alternative theory that Jesus had travelled to India after crucifixion, along with Mother Mary, studied Hinduism and Buddhism, and died in Kashmir where he was entombed.

The plan is to make a ?docu-feature? of around 100 minutes in the fiction format ? ?to avoid boredom? ? and recreating this intriguing chapter through conversations between Soumitra and Aparna. ?I knew the theory that Jesus had survived crucifixion and come to India and it?s very interesting. Though it is just a theory and not the gospel truth, this documentary may lead to the truth and I want to know the truth,? says Aparna, a novelist researching Jesus.

?It?s a popular theory and has been around for a long time. I had heard about it but didn?t know the details that are there in the script (by Subhrajit). It is somewhat controversial but there are several stories surrounding this theory. This documentary is a depiction of all these myths,? says Soumitra, an archaeologist and an authority on the topic.

An empanelled scriptwriter-director for National Geographic and Discovery Channel, Subhrajit has been largely influenced by German scholar Holgar Kersten?s best-sellers, Jesus Lived in India and The Jesus Conspiracy. Kersten dwells on Jesus?s life beyond Central Asia. The India angle is currently gaining ground among experts, though Russian scholar Nicolas Notovich was the first to suggest this, in his book The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ.

?My docu-feature is an assimilation of all these myths and stories,? says Subhrajit, aware that his work will kick up a controversy. ?There is so much supporting evidence in favour of this theory in the Hindu and Buddhist scriptures and the courtroom records of Indian kings. There are references in the Quran too. But no scientific work has been done on this as yet? .?

Subhrajit, who moved to documentary film-making after working as a production assistant to Shyam Benegal, has sourced references from the Bhavishya Mahapurana, which records an encounter between King Shalivahana and Jesus near Srinagar, long after crucifixion. This would be enacted by Kushal Chakraborty and Paran Bandyopadhyay.

Faculty members of Islamic Studies and Sanskrit literature of Calcutta University, and of the pharmacology department, Jadavpur University, an ex-director of Buddhist Studies, Benares Hindu University, a Maharaj from Ramakrishna Mission and a forensic expert will provide glimpses of the theory.

The crew has already shot footage in Kashmir, Kerala, Ladakh, Varanasi and Puri (?where Jesus supposedly studied Hinduism for six years?). ?We will prepare the film and submit it to National Geographic or Discovery Channel,? says Subhrajit. Indranil Mukherjee is behind the camera, while Arghyakamal Mitra supervises the editing.

May Celebration

I will be playing songs of May, including Robin Hood ballads at the Half Moon bookstore in Kinston on North Front St. this Friday, May 7th from 5-7. Free admission.

Fwd: Kevin Burke in Rosendale 4/15

From Sarah Underhill


Mark your calendars now:


Irish Fiddle master Kevin Burke will be performing at the Rosendale Café, www.rosendalecafe.org

Friday April 15, 8 pm. $15. 


Please spread the word. Hope to see you there!

; )

Sarah U

Help Golden Hill

Musicians are needed to support the Golden Hill Health Care Faciltiy.  There hopefully will be a rally this Sunday on the green in Woodstock from 1-3.  I will be away myself, but if anyone is interested in playing, e-mail me at bobluskmusic@gmail.com and I will put you in touch with the coordinators.  Bob

Arkville Jam

TUESDAY  MARCH 8TH                      
                              SINGING, DANCING AND STOMPING ENCOURAGED
IN THE RED CABOOSE IN ARKVILLE ON ROUTE 28 (just 23 minutes from Phoenicia)
STARTS AT 7:00 PM   A NEW TIME  **********
ANY ???????????????????????S

Anti Slavery Sing a Long

Dear Friends,
I hope you're all doing well and staying warm amidst the snow. I'm writing to invite you to a special event. 

On Sunday, February 27, the Mid-Hudson Antislavery Singers are leading an Abolitionist Sing-Along.  For the past couple of years, I've been working on a songbook that will (eventually!) include 33 antislavery pieces, set for performance. On Feb. 27 we are going to gather a big group to sing about a dozen of these pieces, with a bit of historical commentary from me, and direction and accompaniment by First Congregational Church's immensely talented music director, Michael Golzmane. 

Much of the music is a cappella but some has accompaniment and anyone who wishes to bring a banjo, fiddle, or other instrument and join in, is most welcome! (Note that I have so far scored only for piano.) The tunes range from Sacred Harp hymns to folk songs and patriotic pieces.  Included will be "Sojourner Truth's Hymn," and also several lively minstrel tunes that were borrowed by the abolitionists for the cause of racial justice.

An invitation is attached. Please feel free to pass it along to one and all, who may be interested.  You'll see that we will have two sitters on hand (experienced Vassar students) who will provide popcorn and a movie ("Ratatouille") for young kids, so parents can participate.  We'll sing from 3 to 5 pm and then share a potluck supper afterward, for those who are able to linger awhile. 

We're hopeful that a few of the participants may feel inspired, in the longer term, to join the Antislavery Singers and help us share this music occasionally in local schools and public venues.  (If so, we have a frock coat or hoop skirt for you!) But that is definitely NOT expected. We're getting a big group together just for one afternoon, to enjoy and celebrate the music.

The location, as you'll see on the flyer, is First Congregational Church/UCC in Poughkeepsie--westbound 44/55 arterial, the brick church with the tall cedar-shingle steeple, on the right, just past Mill House Panda restaurant.

Hope you can join us!
All best wishes,

"Guitar Heroes" Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

From my friend Jan Christensen

    The instrument as visual art -- not merely aural -- has always been a part of the human experience. When I was a kid, while other guys were collecting pictures of cars, I was collecting pictures of guitars and dreaming just as hard as they were. When my leg heals, I hope to be able to go and see this.
An exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum: http://blog.metmuseum.org/guitarheroes/
New York City and nearby New Jersey, Long Island, and Westchester County have been home to a vibrant Italian American population since the late nineteenth century. Within this community, a remarkable tradition of lutherie (stringed-instrument making) has flourished. Italian American craftsmen have produced an enormous variety of musical instruments, from traditional European-style violins, mandolins, and guitars to newer American instruments such as archtop guitars and mandolins and even electric guitars. Since the 1930s, makers from this tradition in the New York region have become especially well known for their extraordinary archtop guitars. This exhibition examines the work of three remarkable craftsmen from this heritage—John D'Angelico, James D'Aquisto, and John Monteleone—their place in the extended context of Italian and Italian American instrument making, and the inspiration of the sights and sounds of New York City.

Fwd: Monthly Sea Shanty Sing

From Gus Pederson and the Kingston Sea Chantey Singers:

Well it's that time again, the second Wednesday of the month, that means that we will all be gathering at New World Home cooking at 7 PM tomorrow.  The purpose is to sing a few sea chanties and drink a few beers. So join us and it looks like it will not SNOW this time, shocking  - Gus

Fwd: Statement from Veterans For Peace Regarding current events in Northern Africa


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Statement from Veterans For Peace

Regarding current events in Northern Africa

January 30, 2011

Events unfolding in Tunisia and Egypt hold much hope for the people of that region and indeed the entire world.  What do those events show us?


·   The demonstrations are succeeding because in the main people are relying on the power of nonviolence.  People are demonstrating nonviolently and young troops are refusing to violently stop them. 

·   Two weeks ago, few people thought the events in Tunisia and Egypt could ever happen, but they are happening. 


In northern Africa, the words of Victor Hugo have come to life.  "There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world: and that is an idea whose time has come."   


There is absolutely no reason Victor Hugo's words can't come to life in our own country. 


·   A clear majority of U.S. troops and U.S. residents oppose the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq but few believe we can bring the killing to a swift conclusion.

·   If a small percentage of U.S. troops refused to fight and an even smaller percentage of U.S. residents halted business as usual by simply staying home from work and school, the killing would end.


Anyone who thinks Hugo's words are only a dream today in Egypt or America, should be aware of what has already come to pass in Egypt, as in so many other places since then.


In Egypt, grassroots organizing during World War I led to a demand, only two days after the November 11 armistice in 1918, for a meeting to discuss independence with the head of the British forces that had occupied Egypt for 36 years.


The British refused, but the growing movement refused to back down.  When four of its leaders were arrested in March, 1919 trying to represent Egypt at the Versailles Treaty talks, people began a general uprising. 


All social classes participated.  Organizers adopted as their symbol the "Crescent and the Cross," uniting majority Muslims and minority Coptic Christians.  Within a week Egypt was economically paralyzed by strikes of every sort.  The protests were mainly nonviolent in the cities but when the British tried to suppress the demonstrations violently, 800 Egyptians and nearly 30 British soldiers were killed by that summer.


Years later, Egyptian women chose March 16 as Women's Day because on that day in 1919, 300 women demonstrators led by Hoda Sha'arawi denounced British occupation and Hameida Khalil became the first woman to give her life for independence.

This mostly nonviolent revolution forced the British to recognize limited Egyptian independence in 1922.  The following year, Egyptians adopted a new constitution.


Since the 1978 Camp David "Peace Accords," the U.S. has given Egypt over $50 billion in military aid, plus forgiving $7 billion in military debt  for Egypt's support in the 1990 Persian Gulf War.  The U.S. has a huge responsibility to see that Egypt does not use the weapons we gave it to crush a democratic movement.


"There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world: and that is an idea whose time has come."  




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Jam today at Heritage Folk Music

In place of the Dave Ruch concert today, several musicians including Pat Lamanna and Rich Bala are gathering for an informal song swap.  Please come join us as we sing our favorite "heritage songs".  3 pm at Kiested House, 119 Main St, Saugerties., NY   Free.

Sojourner truth concert

                                 Music of Sojourner Truth in Concert
On Saturday, March 5, Journey to Freedom - songs and stories of Sojourner Truth will be presented by the Sojourner Truth Memorial Fund and Heritage Folk Music, Inc at St James Methodist Church in Kingston. A variety of local singers and storytellers will give a 2 hour program, beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10.
The concert will include songs written by Truth, spirituals, and songs from the Abolitionist movement and the Civil War. Storytellers Evelyn Clarke and Terry Gittens will be joined by singes, Betty & the Baby Boomers, the Veterans in a New Field, and several others. Refreshments will be served, accompanied by fiddlers, Earl and Mimi Pardini.
St. James Methodist Church is a fitting location for the concert. In 1827, the congregation welcomed as a member, Isabella Van Wagonen, a freed slave who later took the name Sojourner Truth. As a dynamic speaker advocating the end of slavery, voting rights for women, and basic human rights for all, she became one of the most notable women in the 19th century. There is a statue of her in the National Women's Hall of Fame, and most recently, a statue of her was unveiled in the U.S. Capitol by the First Lady, Michelle Obama. The proceeds from this concert will be used to erect a statue of her in The Ulster County town, Esopus, where she was born and lived for the first 30 years of her life.
In addition, a raffle for a beautiful hand made quilt will end on March 5, and the winning ticket will be drawn at the concert. The quilt, titled Isabella's Garden, measurers 60"x60" and has a retail value of $500. Raffle tickets are $ 5. or 5 for $20, and can be purchased from Anne Gordon (331-7380).

Saugerties Piping Weekend

Saugerties Piping Weekend - April 29th through May 2nd
Dear Piping Friends,
The piping weekend at Falling Waters in Saugerties NY is unlike any other weekend on the piping calendar.  No instructors, no schedules, no lessons, no concerts or performances.  Simply a weekend of relaxation, good food and good piping with friends, some good players others beginners.  It doesn't matter, this is a weekend of mutual encouragement, exchanging of ideas, tunes, reedmaking methods, etc, etc....
Our weekend is spent in a comfortable retreat centre on 60 acres of land bordering the Hudson River in Saugerties, NY.  Although this event began life as a Northumbrian piping weekend it now encompasses many other instruments: Scottish small pipes, Uilleann pipes, Cornish and Leistershire pipes, concertinas, sakpipas, Celtic harps and ukuleles to name but a few.  Non-piping family members often tag along to enjoy both the company and the walks through the 60 acres of woodland and farmland, or just to curl up and read a book in one of the lounges.  The only structure to the weekend is mealtime.  Although there is no requirement to take meals with the group, most people choose to do that.  The meals are simple and good.
The dates for this year's Saugerties piping weekend are April 29th (Friday, anytime during the afternoon) until May 2nd (Monday, leave after lunch).  Those unfortunate people who have to get back to work have the option of leaving on Sunday.  If your schedule only allows you one day - that is fine also.
Last year's prices are being maintained for this year although our host, Sr. Catherine, would welcome any extra donation that you feel able to contribute.
Non-refundable deposit of $25 (to be sent directly to Sr. Catherine - see below)
Friday through Monday (including Friday dinner, 3 meals on Saturday and Sunday and breakfast and lunch on Monday) $235
Friday through Sunday (including Friday dinner, 3 meals on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday) $155
One night only (including dinner on the day of arrival together with breakfast and lunch on the following day) $80
Meals only: breakfast - $4/person; lunch - $5/person; dinner $12/person
Please let me know if you are thinking of joining this relaxed and enjoyable weekend group so that I may give Sr. Catherine an estimate of how many people to cater for.  If you know you will be attending, please send you your deposit and reserve your room.  There are a limited number of double rooms that will go to couples on a first-come-first-served basis.
If you wish to check travel times and distances, the address is:
Falling Waters, St. Joseph Villa, 43 Spaulding Lane, Saugerties, NY, 12477
Deposit checks for $25/person should be made out to "Villa St. Joseph" and sent directly to Sr. Catherine McKillop at the above address.
Please let me know by e-mail or by phone if you have any questions.
Looking forward to an 18th year of good piping, good conversation and good company,
Richard Shuttleworth
Tel: 450-248-3656

Fabulous 50's Christmas Songs

Just click on song and there you go..................

Fabulous 50's
Christmas Songs

A Holly Jolly Christmas
Burl Ives

Away In A Manger
Loretta Lynn

Christmas Alphabet
The McGuire Sisters

Christmas Country Christmas
The Statler Brothers

Christmas In My Hometown
Sonny James

Christmas Song
Alvin & The Chipmunks

Christmas Times A Coming
Bill Monroe
And The Bluegrass Boys

Christmas Waltz
Frank Sinatra

Christmas Without You
Kenny Rogers
Dolly Parton

Frosty The Snowman
Gene Autry

Grandma Got Run Over
By A Reindeer

Elmo & Patsy

Hard Rock Candy Christmas
Dolly Parton

Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Nat King Cole

Have Yourself A Very
Merry Christmas

Rosemary Clooney

Home For The Holidays
Perry Como

Its Beginning To Look
A Lot Like Christmas

Bing Crosby &
The Andrew Sisters

I Saw Mommy Kissing
Santa Claus

Jimmy Boyd

Its a Most Wonderful
Time Of The Year

Johnny Mathis

Jingle Bell Rock
Bobby Helms

Jingle Bells
Roy Rogers
Most Interesting Middle!

Jingle Bells
Perry Como

Jingle Bells
The Jingle Bell Piggie

Joy To The World
Nat King Cole

Leroy, the Redneck Reindeer
Joe Diffie

Let It Snow
Andy Williams

Lets Put Christ
Back Into Christmas

Tammy Wynette

Little Drummer Boy
Neil Diamond

O Christmas Tree
Nat King Cole

Please Come Home
The Platters

Pretty Paper
Roy Orbison

Rocking Around The
Christmas Tree

Brenda Lee

Rudolph The Red
Nose Reindeer

Gene Autry

Rudolph The Red
Nose Reindeer

Unknown Group

Santa Baby
Cynthia Basinet

Santa Claus Is
Coming To Town

Bing Crosby

Santa Claus Is
Watching You

Ray Stevens

Silver Bells
Bing Crosby/Peggy Lee

Silent Night
Dean Martin

Sleigh Ride
Johnny Mathis

The First Noel
Andy Williams

Up On The Housetop
Gene Autry

White Christmas
Bing Crosby

White Christmas
The Drifters (1954)

Winter Wonderland
Brenda Lee

With Elvis










Fwd: BBC Video: Is clog dancing making a comeback?

From Jan Christensen
   A fascinating four-and-a-half-minute flash mob clog dance in Newcastle, England.

Strictly Come Dancing [the UK's Dancing With the Stars] managed to boost the fortunes of ballroom dancing in the UK. Now there are plans to revive a traditional folk dance for the north of England - clog dancing.

When Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly first unleashed sequin-clad, fake-tanned ballroom dancers back onto our TV screens in 2004, no one predicted how it would change the fortunes of ballroom dancing. The nation fell in love with glitter balls and the ballroom again.

Fwd: Fw: Help Needed, Everything lost in a fire

-----Forwarded Message-----
From: Kamalakanta
From Thierry

Season's Greetings Everyone,

One of our community member, Raji, lost everything on wednesday when a fire broke out and destroyed every inches of her apartment while she was at work. Everything she owned except for her car and the clothes she wore that day has been destroyed. She needs our support. If you would like to donate clothes (size 14-16 pants), kitchen and bath items, furniture or just a financial donation, which is probably more helpful right now, please contact me by email at: t.revillon@verizon.net   or by phone at 845-473-4324

May you all be safe this holiday season and forever as well.
Peace be with you and your loved ones,

Fwd: [Sing Out!] Digest Number 1345

Today's Trib had an article on a Northern IL University professor's 25 years of researching Christmas Carols:

Be sure to read the two articles on the first page, to the left of the story:


Christmas carol trivia

Watch: The Christmas Carols of the Year series

Now if I only had a TV

Saugerties Lighthouse TV23 will be airing previously recorded Heritage Folk  Music performances on public access channel 23 in Saugerties around the holiday season on the following dates.



Current and historical songs of the region sung by Kevin and Carol Becker with Rich Keyes. The videocast, which runs 1 hr 24 mins, was recorded in Saugerties at the Dutch Arms Chapel. It features tunes such as "Apple Pickers Reel," "Erie Canal," "Hudson River Steamboat," and "The Burning of Kingston" among the 20 Hudson Valley themed songs.

Produced by Ernie Mortuzans.



Tuesday, January 4th,  7:00 p.m. to 8:24 p.m

Monday, January 10th,  Noon   to  1:24 p.m.

Monday, January 10th,  9:00 p.m. to  10:24 p.m.

Thursday, January 13th,  11:00 a.m. to  12:24 p.m.

Thursday, January 13th,  5:00 p.m. to  6:24 p.m.




with Earl Pardini on fiddle. He leads songs with other musicians on banjo,guitar and fiddle. Produced by Ernie Mortuzans.

Wednesday, December 29th,  2:00 p.m. to 3:28 p.m.

Wednesday, December 29th, 9:00 p.m. to 10:28 p.m.

Wednesday, January 5th,  11:00 a.m. to 12:28 p.m.

Wednesday, January 5th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:28 p.m.

Friday, January 7th,  1:00 p.m. to 2:28 p.m.

Friday, January 7th,  6:00 p.m. to 7:28 p.m.




Capt. Rick Nestler sings chanteys and songs of the Hudson River. Produced by Ernie Mortuzans.

Wednesday, December 29th,  Noon  to 1:28 p.m

Wednesday, December 29th,  7:00 p.m. to 8:28 p.m.

Thursday, January 6th,  1:00 p.m. to 2:28 p.m.

Thursday, January 6th,  5:00 p.m. to 6:28 p.m.

Saturday, January 8th,  11:00 a.m. to 12:28 p.m.

Saturday, January 8th,  8:00 p.m. to 9:28 p.m

Fwd: New - Beginners' class starts on January 2, 2011


Hindustani Classical Music Class
(North Indian Classical Music)

Beginners' class is starting
(Start singing / playing Ragas in just a few weeks)

Day, Date and Time:
  Sunday; January 2, 2011; 10 AM
 15 Dartantra Drive, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

 Call to register:   1 845 226 2241

Instructor: Anjali Nandedkar

Taste Budds in Red Hook, NY

I will be doing folk music at Taste Budds Cafe in Red Hook NY this Saturday 11/13 from 2- 4 pm. Come on by and get some desert.

from Michael Eck


My duo is doing a show of all Folkways material at Caffe Lena this Saturday. It would be great if you wanted to let some of the folks on your list know about it!

Michael Eck

Here are the details:

Lost Radio Rounders
American Favorite Ballads: Songs from Folkways
wsg Railbird's Sarah Pedinotti and folklorist George Ward
8 p.m. Saturday, October 30
Caffe Lena
47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs NY
$15 advance/$17 door

A great, singalong night with songs from Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly and more!

Open Chantey Sing

Join the Kingston Sea Chantey Singers for an open chantey sing at New World Home Cooking on Rt 212 between Woodstock and Saugerties Wed 11/10 at 7 pm.

Poetry reading this Friday

Post Traumatic Press
invites you to a
Poetry Reading

From Universe at Your Door: the Slabsides Poets,
an anthology of poetry inspired by the life and work
of the American naturalist, John Burroughs
Poets Frank Boyer, Alison Koffler, Will Nixon, Kathryn Paulsen, Rich Parisio, Victoria Sullivan, and Dayl Wise will read from Universe at Your Door: the Slabsides Poets, edited by Will Nixon and Alison Koffler, an anthology of poetry inspired by the life and work of American naturalist, John Burroughs. 
Music by Bob Lusk and Vito Piccininno.
Copies of the anthology will be available for purchase and signing.
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Friday, September 17, 2010
The Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café
65 Partition Street, Saugerties