Adirondack Legends Free Concert in Bolton Landing September 13, 2014

ADK-Legends-2014-WEBThe Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce will present Adirondack Folk Musicians Chris Shaw, Dan Berggren, Bill Smith and Alex Smith in their second annual free concert in Rogers Park: September 13, 2014 from 1 to 5 p.m. The concert is sponsored by The Lake George Mirror and The Town of Bolton. (Thank you!) And there will be refreshments! The Waters’ Edge Lakeside Deli with have their famous “Dock Dogs” for sale, and John Carr of the Adirondack Brewery will have brew on tap – what more could one ask?! For more information, call Elaine at the Bolton Chamber at 518-644-3831. Adirondack Legends is organized by Chris Shaw, a Lake George native who has made a career preforming traditional Adirondack folk songs and stories along with his own compositions. Weaving the traditional music along with new compositions, …”demonstrates the continuity between the past and present, makes ‘Adirondack Legends’ a unique and exciting show,” Shaw said in a recent interview with The Lake George Mirror. Chris Shaw, Dan Berggren, and Bill Smith have preformed together for decades, are good friends, and well acquainted with each others’ material. Alex Smith is fairly new to the group. Alex is the son of Adirondack novelist and boat builder Mason Smith, and often performs folk music with his dad. The Lake George Mirror recently sponsored father and son at at Pete Seeger tribute fundraiser for Bolton Landing Farmers’ Market – and it was fantastic! Alex Smith is a recent graduate of St. Lawrence University, has  toured extensively with a band and as a solo artist, and has recently released the album “Hamilton County” on Wepecket Island Records, a New England based label that specializes in traditional American music. This Adirondack Legends festival will celebrate the Marjorie Lansing Porter songbook. Ms. Porter (1891-1973) was a local historian and newspaper columnist is Keeseville, NY who had an abiding interest in family and community heritage. From 1942 through the 1959s Ms. Porter interviewed and recorded local traditional singers and musicians, including French Canadian songs and fiddle tunes from the lumber camps and iron mines, and documented the living performers within generations of a single family wherever possible. Mountain Lake PBS made a special “Songs to Keep – Treasures from an Adirondack Collector” about Ms. Porter and her work. The Marjorie L. Porter Collection of North Country Folklore consists of 33 reel-to reel-tapes archived in several centers, including the Library of Congress and the SUNY College of Plattsburgh Special Collections. Both Dan Berggren and Alex Smith have recorded songs from this collection; Pete Seeger and Milt Okun used Porter’s source material for albums. What a great opportunity to enjoy traditional Adirondack music and stories. Story telling is a much overlooked art that embodies local culture, history and tradition in a very entertaining presentation. A good storyteller will hold his/her audience in rapt attention – I love listening to stories!  And there is something about listening to music that has been around for generations – it resonates in a unique way. Have you ever attended a folk music concert? Listened to a country storyteller? This is a fabulous opportunity to enjoy authentic Adirondack folk music! And it is free! Hope to see you there! Penelope Jewell    ]]>