FIRST NIGHT® SARANAC LAKE 2014 PERFORMERS, DECEMBER 31, 2013

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Ad Hoc Quartet #3

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment Ad Hoc Quartet #3

George Spicer Cook has had a life rich in music. The Great Island Presbyterian Church in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania accepted him for choral study in the second grade. Throughout his 11 year indenturement, he recalls his father announcing, with great pride, that his voice could be heard above all the others--even in the moments of quietude.

George's next musical opportunity occurred when he was a sophomore in college at Case Western Reserve University. He accidentally transposed two numbers when he registered for the college glee club and ended up singing in the Cleveland Institute of Music's mandatory, student chorus. Since many of the young musicians felt imposed upon by rehearsals, he received special attention from the embittered conductor. Again by good fortune, his musical adventures were enriched by the fact that he could throw a water balloon from his dorm room and hit Severance Hall, home to the Cleveland Orchestra with George Szell and Robert Shaw. Soon enough he was in the Orchestra Chorus. His first airplane flight brought him to Carnegie Hall where he struggled through the operatic Verdi "Requiem," all the while trying not to cry. His next educational way-station was Philadelphia, where he sang with Eugene Ormandy and Robert Page. His repertoire was widened after a bus ride to Lincoln Center for a Shostakovich world premier at the Big Apple. Then it was on to Buffalo and Michael Tilson-Thomas for a short stint with the Philharmonic. However, his musical interests were temporarily displaced by 4000 hours spent river-ratting in a wild-water kayak.

Home became Saranac Lake. Since 1976 he has been rewarded by the fabulous opportunities to share music with Gregg Smith as part of the Adirondack Festival of American Music, the Saranac Lake Madrigal Singers and now Drew Benware and the Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble. Also, there have been many fine many musical experiences with another dear friend, Helen Demong, and George is presently singing with her Northern Lights Choir.

Robert Lewis Stevenson, well-known to the Saranac Lake community because of a stay with us in the winter of 1887, wrote a series of poems about the life of a wayfarer. 9 of these "Songs of travel" were put to music by Ralph Vaughn Williams. Both works were created at the turn of the last Century. These songs depict the arc of life lived by a man determined to follow his own path. The splendor these 9 poems is that, although they focus on the travels and travails of one of us, they could be about any of us. George will be fully reinforced and guided by the Adirondack ad hoc String Quartet with Helen at the piano and Lynn Waickman playing recorder. The quartet is comprised of Elaine Dewer on first violin, Sue Berkowitz playing second violin, violinist Dorit Gaedtke, and Brian Donat on cello. They will be playing Schubert's Quartet #9 in G minor.

George enters this task knowing full well that many stories and songs are better in the telling or remembering, than in the singing or living. Any man's life is like this. But emboldened by the treasured advice: "Never tell anyone they can't sing," George marches onward throughout both music and life. He, as we all are, is the protagonist in "Songs of Travel."

This music is a retirement present to himself, as well as to this Adirondack circle of life which he has cherished for 4 decades. As do many others, he chose to challenge life in 30 minute intervals, traveling as the vagabond from room to room, rather than attacking the open road. This choice has left him better traveled. Now, "...I have lived and loved and closed the door."
Time & Location: 8 & 9 p.m., Historic Saranac Lake John Black Room, 89 Church Street


Crackin' Foxy

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment Crackin' Foxy

This ukulele-driven ensemble features close three-part vocal harmony and tight instrumental arrangements. The Saranac Lake - based sextet is inspired by early 1930s swing but plays with a fresh and joyful energy all its own. Influences include the Boswell Sisters, the Moonlighters, Bessie Smith, Cole Porter and Django Reinhardt as well as Vaudeville and Hawaiian music.

Mark Hofschneider founded the band in 2010 after his wife suggested he play less banjo and more ukulele. Hofschneider, bassist Pat McAvoy and clarinetist Meggan Frost arrange hot rhythms against fast swing tempos to highlight the vocal harmonies of Shamim Allen and Sarah Curtis. Find them on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/pages/Crackin-Foxy/104999326228095
Time & Location: 8 & 9 p.m., Will Rogers, 78 Will Rogers Drive


Driftwood

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment Driftwood

"One of the most prominent national acts to come out of the Binghamton, NY music scene, Driftwood is at heart, a Rock band. Carving out a name for themselves with electrifying live performances, they bring one of the most unique, raw sounds to the Americana/Roots scene. Incorporating upright bass, banjo, acoustic guitar and violin, the ghost of traditional American folk music lives in their palette but the melodies, harmonies and lyrics are something else entirely." Visit their website www.driftwoodtheband.com.
Time & Location: 7 & 8 p.m., Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Avenue


Heather Styka

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment Heather Styka

Chicago native and recent Maine transplant Heather Styka writes songs as fresh as they are rooted in the folk tradition. Also a poet and writer, Styka has an instinct for lyrics that are smart and unexpected but never cryptic, analyzing the importance of moments, places, and relationships. In addition to numerous songwriting awards, her 2011 release Lifeboats for Atlantis received critical praise, hitting #3 on the national FOLK-DJ charts. www.heather.styka.com/
Time & Location: 7 & 8 p.m., BluSeed Studios, 24 Cedar Street


Jim Griebsch

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment Jim Griebsch

"Historic Motion Pictures of Saranac Lake's Past" is a compilation of rarely seen motion picture footage taken in and around the village of Saranac Lake from the 1920's through the 1960's. The presentation is partially based on the early works of local photographer William Kollecker, when motion picture film was introduced to the American public in the early 1920's. Included among the many film clips are downtown scenes when the streets were shared by early automobiles and horse drawn wagons, activities on Pontiac Bay, ice harvesting, winter carnival and much, much more.

The films are presented and narrated by award winning local film and video director Jim Griebsch. The 16mm and 8mm footage has been digitized to HD Video, and edited in an effort to provide a unique window on the past in our little village. This footage is part of the Kollecker film collection, archived in the Adirondack Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library.
Time & Location: 8 & 9 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 57 Church Street


Julie Robards & Don Vicaro

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment Julie Robards & Don Vicaro

Julie Robards and Donald Vicaro have been playing together since they met a few years ago while cross country skiing. Vicaro has been playing guitar since he was a teenager and was greatly influenced by the folk and soft rock sounds of the 60s and 70s. Robards has a background in gospel, bluegrass and classic country. They blend their own acoustic styles together to form a unique sound as they perform their own RENDITION of favorite songs from the 50s through the 70s - From Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton to Hank Williams and Roy Orbison.
Time & Location: 9 & 10 p.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 136 Main Street


Loonworks

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment Loonworks

Join us for a family-fun show full of gags and giggles as Trillium and Poofski "clown around" to bring in the New Year. Ring in 2014 with a magical duel between these two prepostorus prestidigitators. Come see who will throw down the gaunlet of goofiness.
Time & Location: 6 & 7 p.m., Saranac Lake Library, 109 Main Street


Mark Gamsjager & the Lustre Kings

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment Mark Gamsjager & the Lustre Kings

Plays rock and roll the right way! The powerhouse Albany NY combo has wowed crowds at Manhattan's Rodeo Bar, Seattle's Tractor Tavern and all points in-between; and they've done it with uncommon fervor, commitment and flair. The Gretsch-toting Gamsjager draws from a deeper well than most roots rock acts, giving his music a breadth and depth while still keeping the bar hopping and the dance floor filled.

In addition to their own dates, Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings have also accompanied Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly, for over five years, and frequently work with other seasoned artists like Bill Kirchen, Eddie Angel and Robert Gordon. Jackson says, "I have worked with many bands around the world through the years, and none are better than Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings. Their fine showmanship and musical ability make them the greatest in my book. THEY ROCK!!"

The Lustre Kings are an internationally-recognized touring band with four critically-acclaimed albums to their credit. They are also a professional party band with over twenty years of experience. The group is versed in classic pop standards and light jazz in addition to their trademark American roots rock music. www.lustrekings.com/
Time & Location: 10 & 11 p.m., Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main Street


Masters of the Keys

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment Masters of the Keys

Annemieke Spoelstra, a classical pianist from the Netherlands and Jeremiah McLane, an accordionist from Vermont with a background in folk and jazz, join forces for an evening of music by composers from Europe and South America. Their arrangements are drawn from traditional folk melodies that inspired composers such as Francis Poulenc, Béla Bartók, Antonín Dvorák and Astor Piazzolla. www.jeremiahmclane.com/
Time & Location: 8 & 9 p.m., St. Bernard's Catholic Church, 27 St. Bernard's Street


Mitch Lee

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment Mitch Lee

Award winning Adirondack Storyteller Mitch Lee, is a Native of Inlet NY in the Heart of the Adirondack Mountains. Born and brought up in Adirondack tradition, his stories are told in "Character" as you might witness events and lore happening right in front of your eyes. His own Adirondack experiences help to inspire him to weave together the lore and magic of traditions through humor, awe and empathy. For over 25 Years he had been telling stories professionally across the country about his home in the West Central Region. His award winning storytelling style has always remained the same, a pure Adirondack journey.
Time & Location: 7 & 8 p.m., Artists' Guild, 52 Main Street


The PBR Band

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment The PBR Band

Performing traditional & classical country and doing some original music written by Richard Lester. Combination of group's musical experience exceeds 200 years. Richard Lester has four CDs to his credit under the independent label of "Ruff Rhoads Music". Also, has recorded sessions with "Rumble Doll", "Breaker Bend", "Keeghan Nolan Band" and more. Richard is a member of the Pedal Steel Guitar Association, joined in 1995 and affiliated with BMI as a songwriter/publisher since 1981. Band members include Michel & Donna Perron, Rich Lester on steel guitar, Phil VanNortwick on drums, and Bill Hungerford.
Time & Location: 6 & 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 63 Church Street


Peggy Lynn & Dan Duggan

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment Peggy Lynn & Dan Duggan

Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn are celebrating ten years of marriage and fifteen years of performing together. With a newly released album titled Esperance, named for their farm in Red Creek, NY, they showcase a few of their favorite genres: distinctive original songs, acoustic jazz standards, and instrumentals, both poignant and driving. Peggy's talent for moving lyrics and Dan's knack for unique, tasteful arrangements make this recording a fitting culmination of their composing and performing experience.

Dan Duggan is known nationally for his wizardry on hammered dulcimer and flat-picking guitar, and is the recipient of the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship. He is a true multi-instrumentalist, equally at home on guitar, slide guitar, piano, banjo and his signature hammered dulcimer. Adding to his extensive array of recordings { 18 }, Dan has recently released an album of original tunes called For the Love of Friends. He and Peggy have released two trio albums with Dan Berggren, the more recent titled Jamcrackers, and as a duo have released three previous recordings: Keeping Christmas, A Stitch in Time, and Be the Light. Dan's children's album, Pieces of Our Life, earned a Parent's Choice Award in 1998. His dulcimer work can also be heard on Paul Simon's CD You're the One, released in October of 2000.

Peggy Lynn, referred to by poet Maurice Kenny as "The Voice of the Mountains," is recognized for her soulful songwriting and extraordinary vocal versatility. She is known for ballads of strong women, children's songs about nature, and bluesy songs of life and love. With a Bachelors degree in Women's Studies, and a Masters in History, Peggy's work is grounded in traditional instrumental and vocal styles, but exhibiting a critical and philosophical perspective. She is passionate about her work with Creative Healing Connections, leading songwriting workshops for women's retreats. For this work, she was named a recipient of the Altes Prize by SUNY Empire State College in 2013. Peggy champions the addition of women to the record of history with Breaking Trail: Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks, co-authored with Sandra Weber, for which the Adirondack Mountain Club honored her with their Arthur E. Newkirk Education Award in 2005. Dan and Peggy combine original and traditional songs and tunes with masterful harmonies and inventive arrangements. On stage, their enthusiasm and humor charm audiences. The couple's gift of insight is matched with dynamic songwriting and instrumental virtuosity. www.quercusmusic.com
Time & Location: 6 & 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 57 Church Street


Plattsburgh State University Gospel Choir

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment Plattsburgh State University Gospel Choir

Under the artistic direction of Dr. Dexter Criss, the choir will present a wide range of popular repertoire from their gospel selections that will lift your spirit and make your feet move! What other way to bring in the New Year but with singing, dancing, clapping your hands, and yes humor! www.plattsburghstategospelchoir.org/
Time & Location: 6 & 7 p.m., St. Bernard's Catholic Church, 27 St. Bernard Street


Putnam Smith

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment Putnam Smith

Putnam who hails from Portland, Maine, could be an old-world troubadour fresh from the 19th Century. After all, he lives in a log cabin, plays his Grandfather's banjo, and prints up the jackets of his CDs on an antique Letterpress. Yet this rootsy multi-instrumentalist songwriter (he also writes and performs on guitar, mandolin, fretless banjo, and piano), steeped as he is in old-time Appalachian traditions, is very much a storyteller for the modern age. Putnam first came to national attention with his 2009 release, "Goldrush," which went to #5 on the national Folk & Bluegrass DJ Charts (and made it on 6 "Favorite Albums of 2009" lists).His next release, "We Could Be Beekeepers" shot right up to #2 the month it was released, charting 3 songs in the top ten (www.folkradio.org). Selected as an "Emerging Artist" at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (2011), and noted as "One To Watch" (Rob Reinhart, Acoustic Cafe), Putnam has begun to establish himself as an acoustic tour-de-force not only in his hometown of Portland, but as a nationally touring musician as well. Engaging folks with humor, charm, and storytelling, Putnam has performed in over 35 states, from East Coast to West. His audiences have been known to howl like wolves, sing like moonshiners, and laugh and cry like, well, like human beings. He'll be accompanied by Adam Nordell on upright bass, for this special show. www.putnamsmith.com
Time & Location: 9 & 10 p.m., BluSeed Studios, 24 Cedar Street


The Real McCoy Show

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment The Real McCoy Show

Brent McCoy is back in Saranac Lake! This wildly entertaining comic performer looks like he just came from the construction site, complete with hard hat, work boots, and short Jorts. In the Real McCoy Show, he combines breathtaking circus stunts with lightning fast wit for a rollicking comic experience. This ain't no imitation... it's the Real McCoy! Check him out at www.brentmccoy.com!
Time & Location: 6 & 7 p.m., Petrova School, 141 Petrova Avenue


River Rat Rhythm Project

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment River Rat Rhythm Project

This steel drum band brings the distinctive sound of the Caribbean to Northern New York. It is directed by Daniel Hammond, who works harder than anyone to bring a little sunshine to our often frozen corner of the world. Currently involving almost 40 students and adults, from several area Jefferson County districts, The River Rat Rhythm Project would like to thank Mr. Dick Alexander, former owner of the Best Western of Watertown, and the late Mr. Armand River for their generous sponsorship. They invite you to join them under the "palm trees" for a little barefoot dancing on the sand. www.rrrp.net
Time & Location: 6 & 7 p.m., Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main Street


SOMABEATS and Wulaba

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment SOMABEATS and Wulaba

This African- inspired Drum and Dance tribe, based in the Adirondacks since 2004, builds Community Spirit with Performances, Arts in Education Workshops and Summer Kids Camps. The tribe has an adult weekly dance class on Tuesday nights at Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Join Somabeats on Facebook, e-mail them at johnna@somabeats.com or call them at 518.791.9586 for more information.
Time & Location: 8 & 9 p.m., Saranac Lake Library, 109 Main Street


Steve Langdon

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment Steve Langdon

Steve has been performing blues and original music locally and abroad for twenty years. He plays a mix of 1920's and 30's Delta and Piedmont blues along with traditional and original tunes. His fingerstyle and slide arrangements of old blues are uncluttered by the influences of modern rock and roll, while his original tunes are inspired by musicians that range from Bruce Cockburn to Blind Willie McTell. In the late 1990's Steve toured extensively in Northern Germany with the Professor Washboard Band based in Hamburg and appears on Professor Washboard's Prime Partner's 2000 CD. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSHuCMtVTvo
Time & Location: 7 & 8 p.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 136 Main Street


Sylvia Fletcher

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment Sylvia Fletcher

World renowned professional Actress/Ventriloquist, Comedian, Sylvia Fletcher will dazzle you with her amazing talent, lively unforgettable characters, inanimate objects, and voice illusions that will lure audiences into her hilarious and intriguing world of comedy. Sylvia's performances are like no others you will experience. This show is a true production masterpiece that will leave you talking, laughing, and in pure amazement at her incredible talent. See the show that is nothing short of "VENTASTIC"... www.themagictrunk.com
Time & Location: 8 p.m. (family performance), 9 & 10 p.m. (adult performances), Petrova School, 141 Petrova Avenue


Tall County

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment Tall County

This New York-based trio writes and plays stripped-down songs on strung-up instruments. Colin DeHond and Liz B. and Ned P. Rauch, all former members of the band Frankenpine, recorded Tall County's debut EP, Shine, singing and picking around a couple mics in a family barn in the Hudson Valley. They share a fondness for old songs from forgotten corners of the country, sparse arrangements and speedy fiddle licks. The band's recordings and videos were produced by Saranac Lake's Beehive Productions. www.tallcounty.com
Time & Location: 10 & 11 p.m., Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy BrookAvenue


Woody Pines

Saranac Lake New York New Years Eve Entertainment Woody Pines

Crackerjack musicianship goes a long way toward a band's greatness, but showmanship seals the deal. Pines, on stage, is an old soul and natural performer, storied and steeped in the best of American music. Live, the group infuses a hundred years of American music into their performance - everything from early 20th century acoustic blues and Rock-a-billy, to the sounds of the White Stripes and The Black Keys. They'll even drop some hip-hop vibes in the mix. It's a fast-paced, swinging, high-energy show. "It's kind of an alter ego, both a band and a person."

The Band includes Zack Pozebanchuck on Upright Bass, Lyon Graulty on Clarinet, Lead Guitar and Vocal Harmonies, Mike Gray on Drums, and Woody on Guitar, Harmonica and Vocals. They create a Rock-a-billy, Halloween hootenanny that could have come straight out of a time traveling vaudeville show. Their song "Counting Alligators" puts listeners straight into the backseat of a convertible with Doctor John and Professor Longhair, whipping around the back roads of the Delta on a crisp, autumn night. Several other songs by the band, such as "Nashville" and "Delta Bound", evoke thoughts of a Southern gossip or a post-Civil War America where the blues weren't just a style of music, but a way of life. "We pick and choose the best sounding music in the world," says Pines, "and sing our own words and put our hearts and souls into that backdrop," thus creating a truly unique, and infectious style, never heard before... www.woodypines.com
Time & Location: 9, 10, & 11 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 63 Church Street



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