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Bound for Glory is rebroadcasting the best of Bound for Glory shows

Each week we will be featuring a recording of a previous live show or music from a selected performer. Is there something you would like to hear? Email Phil here!   Click here for ways to listen to the show.

On your radio February 18—Phil Shapiro & Carrie Shore

Originally broadcast 1/31/16

Phil Shapiro is a folksinger and guitarist, and Carrie Shore is a fiddle player, and a fine singer and harmonizer. Together they offer an unusual and delightful program of American folk music, old and new. No, they’re not singer-songwriters. They’re not soft rock contemporary acoustic performers. No, they’re not grinding a political ax. Phil Shapiro & Carrie Shore are American folk musicians, and proud of it. Phil and Carrie choose fascinating, energetic songs from the last couple of hundred years of American traditional folk song, and add newer songs written squarely in the folk tradition.

Carrie has a super repertoire of fiddle tunes, good to dance to, perhaps to waltz to, that she skillfully interweaves between and within the songs. She¹s a classically trained violinist who is having a great deal of fun playing traditional tunes, and bluesy and slinky improvisations.

Phil Shapiro has been entertaining folk audiences throughout New York State–and beyond–for over 50 years. He is a fine finger-style guitarist; creative and lively, good at getting his guitar to “talk”, to be part of the song and he story. He is, however, best known as the host of WVBR’s Bound for Glory radio show, North America’s longest-running live folk concert broadcast.

On your radio February 25—Castlebay

Originally broadcast 5/12/19

“What captivated [the audience] were Julia and Fred’s musicianship, the apparent casualness with which they weave their listeners into magical worlds of storytelling, song, and harp, and their down-to-earth (and sea) Maine coast and Celtic tunes, tales, and salty humor.”--Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA

Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee are Castlebay. Castlebay has toured the eastern US, Maritime Provinces, Great Britain and Ireland. Over the years they have met and collaborated with many fine Scottish musicians including members of Heritage, Geordie MacIntyre, Alison MacMoreland, Stravaig, and the late Lionell McClelland. While much of the Scottish music they perform is traditional, they have also been moved to write major pieces about places they have visited including the Isle of Skye and Dumfries & Galloway.

Julia Lane has loved, sung, researched and created folk music since childhood. Growing up in New England, she studied music theory and took guitar lessons from a lutenist specializing in Elizabethan songs and flamenco. She became active in madrigal and Renaissance music groups, played as a soloist and provided music for a children’s theater group.

Fred Gosbee currently sings and plays classic and 12-string guitar, viola, fiddle, and Irish flute and tin whistle and enjoys experimenting with both traditional and ethnic instruments. (He has been known to elicit music from a squash vine). Fred is also a skilled technician and woodworker. When he is not touring, he engineers and produces recordings as well as designing and building Celtic harps and other instruments.

On your radio March 3—Simmerin’ Stew

Originally broadcast 6/23/19

Simmerin’ Stew is an innovation project of Brian Vollmer, Paul Koanui, James Pieszala, and Drew Gildae. They bring audiences original compositions that draw inspiration and styling from folk, fusion, and even jazz. They also bring many selections from the Traditional and Old Time music canons that connect audiences with the timelessness of the human condition. Their music is many things—but they simply describe it as “Old Time Dance Music”.

The group consists of four seasoned musicians based out of Johnson City, NY. The group consists of Paul Koanui on the banjo, James Pieszala playing mandolin, Brian Vollmer on fiddle, and Drew Gildea on guitar and bass.

The band was born out of a Traditional Old-Time Music jam that Brian Vollmer had organized, and which his future bandmates became regulars of, each month at a local bar. One day in Newark Valley, NY, Brian got a line on a spot at a local festival. He reached out to the other three and proposed that they put together a set for this short notice gig. They all agreed. The energy felt between the audience and the players after that first show was amazing. At that moment, the guys agreed to step out of the singing circle and onto the stage with the idea to make music and entertain folks—which they have been doing ever since.

On your radio March 10—Ellis Paul

Originally broadcast 5/8/16

“Ellis has a voice that is so powerful that you know who it is the second he comes through your radio. His music and songs are a new birth in American sound that makes me want to go see concerts again.”  – Kristian Bush / Sugarland

“Ellis Paul is one of Boston’s best-ever songwriting exports…” – The Boston Globe

Ellis Paul is a singular storyteller, a gifted musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing.

He has become a staple at the Newport Folk Festival, has played Carnegie hall, and venues from Alaska to Miami, Paris and London. In addition to 19 albums released on the Rounder and Black Wolf record labels, his music has appeared on dozens of distinguished compilations. A Film/DVD entitled 3000 Miles — provides a further prospective on both the man and his music. He’s also released a pair of children’s albums, earning honors from the Parent’s Choice Foundation.  His latest recording, The Day After Everything Changed, was recently released on Ellis’ label, Black Wolf Records.

On your radio March 17—Hickory Project

Originally broadcast 7/30/17

“Hickory Project embodies much of what carries the best of bluegrass and progressive acoustic music into the 21st century.” -Bluegrass Unlimited

Formed in 2001 as an experiment, Hickory Project features hard–driving traditional and original acoustic music deeply rooted in bluegrass. They have captivated audiences throughout Europe, US, and Australia.

Anthony Hannigan (mandolin, vocals) is the 1999 National Mandolin Champion and has been playing bluegrass music from the age of four. David Cavage (banjo, vocals) ranks among the finest banjo players and songwriters in bluegrass music today. According to Bluegrass Unlimted, “He sounds like Béla Fleck with an attitude.” Steve Belcher (acoustic bass) was born in Liverpool, England and began his music involvement playing drums, which drove his passion for rhythm. Jillian Hannigan (flute, pennywhistle, vocals) is a native of Virginia, and grew up playing classical, folk, and Celtic music with her family.

Despite the influence of his grandfather, an accomplished bluegrass banjo player, Josh Sudigala (guitar) began playing rock and roll at age 14. However, he soon developed a passion for bluegrass flatpicking. Ed Lick (banjo, vocals) grew up in Collingswood, NJ. Bluegrass got into Ed’s soul at age 13 when he got a banjo for Christmas. He has been performing professionally since age 15.

Hickory Project has produced one DVD and seven CDs under their own label. Their latest album is “Driving the Blue”.

On your radio March 24—Dan Duggan & Peggy Lynn

Originally broadcast 1/28/18

“They sing as though they have performed for a lifetime together.”—Buffalo Friends of Folk Music

Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn, who often perform with Ban Berggren as the Jamcrackers, will be performing as a duo this time at Bound for Glory.

National hammered dulcimer champion Dan Duggan is known from Maine to California for his wizardry on the hammered dulcimer, flat-picking guitar, and keyboards. In addition to his extensive array of recordings, Dan’s dulcimer talents are spotlighted on Paul Simon’s Grammy-nominated album “You’re the One” and “The Paul Simon Collection”. Many of Dan’s original tunes are published in the collection “Coming Home”. Also known for his dance calling, including while accompanying himself on the hammered dulcimer.

Peggy Lynn, singer, songwriter, and educator, brings an infectious enthusiasm to all her endeavors.  With a sultry, yet powerful alto voice, Peggy gives a clear message of the passion underlying her songs. While her style and range give meaning and feeling to all her work, her most powerful message, her passion, is for the contributions and burdens of women. Peggy ranges from folksy to blues with equal ease, alone or harmonizing with others.

Peggy and Dan have released several duo recordings, including “Keeping Christmas”, “A Stitch in Time”, “Grandsongs”, “Jamcrackers”, with Dan Berggren, and “Be the Light”. Their most recent recording, released in 2013, is “Esperance”, named for their farm in Red Creek, NY.

On your radio March 31—Vance Gilbert

Originally broadcast 3/3/19

Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90’s when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking ’em dead at open mics. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music. Once word got out about Gilbert’s stage-owning singing and playing, Shawn Colvin invited him to be special guest on her Fat City Tour.

Noted not only for being the ever-consummate performer, Gilbert has recorded 14 albums, including 4 for Philo/Rounder Records and a duo album with friend Ellis Paul. Along with being opener of choice for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, and Anita Baker, 2006 and 2007 found Gilbert opening 140+ shows for comedian George Carlin. Most recently he’s the opener of choice for Paul Reiser and The Subdudes.

Considered by many to be an integral part of the national folk scene, Gilbert’s approach to the acoustic singer-songwriter idiom is significant. Gilbert’s compositions, while frequently employing sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots, remain sublime attestations to the storyteller’s craft. He even has a tune on a Grammy Nominated children’s album. How rounded is that?

On your radio April 7—Moonshine Holler

Originally broadcast 10/2/16

Moonshine Holler, the husband and wife duet of Paula Bradley and Bill Dillof, captures and preserves the spirit of American roots music: hillbilly blues, ballads, breakdowns, Carter family classics and jugband stompers. Known for their musical prowess on banjo, fiddle, guitar, Hawaiian guitar, harmonica, ukulele, kazoo, Paula and Bill are two musicians steeped in the old time traditions, performing and teaching across the country and abroad.

Paula has toured the US and Germany on banjo with old-time darlings “Uncle Earl” and teamed up with fiddle powerhouses Bruce Molsky and Brittany Haas (Crooked Still) for a tour of Sweden. Along with Bruce, she was also a member of the trio “Jawbone” featuring banjo innovator Tony Trischka and appears on Tony Trischka’s CD “Territory”, winner of the 2009 Americana Awards. She has also recorded and performed with old time trios The Rhythm Rats and The Haywire Gang (with Mac Benford). Recently she’s been piano-player for the honky tonk combo, Girl Howdy, and fronts her own jukejoint swing combo, The Twangbusters. Bill is a founding member of the legendary Canebrake Rattlers, a NYC-based string-band known for their authentic “78 rpm” sound. He has an acclaimed old-time CD “Been on the Job Too Long” recorded with Dave Rice and Joe LaRose as “The Cuyahogians”

On your radio April 14—Nate Marshall & Friends

Originally broadcast 6/30/19

Nate Marshall is a well-known local singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and member, with his wife, Kate, of the folk duo Nate & Kate.  They released their debut album, “Fame by Frame”, late in 2007.  The album garnered glowing reviews, established the duo as a household name in Ithaca, and continues to receive regular Central New York radio airplay.  In 2009, Nate & Kate hit the road playing over 150 shows on an “Eat Local Tour” of NY State farmers markets, attracting significant press along the way.

As a solo performer, Nate carries on the folk music tradition of song and storytelling with a modern twist of humor and musicianship steeped in a number of genres including swing, blues, Americana and jazz.

In addition to solo performance, Nate  is also a guitar instructor, staple of the children’s music scene in central New York as well as an accomplished juggler, known as Nate the Great.  He has toured extensively throughout the U.S. in a variety of venues from theaters to cafes and farmer’s markets to street corners.

Nate will be at Bound for Glory with some of his musician friends – who and how many to be determined. In any case, it will be a great show.

On your radio April 21—Beaucoup Blue

Originally broadcast 2/12/17

This powerful yet gentle father-and-son duo gets their audience lost in reverie with arrestingly soulful music. Their original songs blend folk, R&B, jazz, country, and bluegrass together in songs that might be classics, or might just sound like it.”  – Sarah Craig, Caffe Lena

Beaucoup Blue is the Philadelphia-based father and son duo, David and Adrian Mowry. Adrian grew up watching his father perform in coffeehouses and clubs, but discovered the guitar on his own and learned his chops in his own band. Some well-received party gigs launched them as a duo. Over the course of several albums, they have crafted original songs that pull together eclectic influences to extend the reach of Americana music. Besides being in the top 40 of Americana radio playlists, they have won first prizes in songwriting, one in Billboard Magazine’s 2010 contest, and another in the Blues & Brews Acoustic Contest in Telluride. Their voices—one, mature and mellow, the other a higher keening tenor—along with David’s plaintive slide guitar and the pulse of Adrian’s picking underscore the drama in their haunting melodies and soulful lyrics.