Chenango Sessions Ep. 78: Shannon Heaton & Keith Murphy

This week, we step back in time to a pre-pandemic concert at Binghamton’s Cranberry Coffeehouse. Shannon Heaton, from Boston, is one of the world’s finest Irish flutists, a composer, and host of the Irish Music Stories podcast. Keith Murphy is a renowned instrumental composer and guitarist, originally from Canada and now living in Vermont. I…

Chenango Sessions Ep. 72: Corn Potato Duo

This week on the Chenango Sessions, we hear an encore performance from Lindsay McCaw and Aaron Jonah Lewis of the Corn Potato String Band, from Detroit, Michigan. I recorded Lindsay and Aaron when they stopped through Binghamton for a living room show in September of 2018. They’re both award-winning multi-instrumentalists, and their set today includes…

Chenango Sessions Ep. 71: Jez Lowe

The great British songwriter Jez Lowe released his first album in 1980, and has been touring and performing throughout the world ever since. Besides his solo career, Jez is known for his work with the bands, the Bad Pennies, the Pitmen Poets, the Broonzies, Men at Words, and also for his longtime collaboration with the…

Piano Rescue: Baldwin Acrosonic spinet

* NO LONGER AVAILABLE * Baldwin made the best spinets you’ll find anywhere, in my opinion. They sound good, and last a long time. This one needs a new home by 28 August, and it’s free! I’ve not seen it in person, but it looks as if it’s been well maintained. If you want a…

Piano Rescue: 1907 Mehlin & Sons “Style J” 5′ upright

* NO LONGER AVAILABLE * This free piano comes with caveats, but it’s too unusual and beautiful for me not to post. The pin block is deteriorating; it still has some useful life in it, however, as long as it’s not kept in a heated or air-conditioned space. It would be perfect in a barn,…

Chenango Sessions Ep. 69: Tim Eriksen | Shook Twins | Jonathan Pinkey

Our first set of recordings this week is from Tim Eriksen, who set up a microphone for us on the front porch of his home in Amherst, Massachusetts. Tim is probably best known for his work on the Cold Mountain soundtrack or for his 2010 Grammy nomination with Afro-Cuban pianist Omar Sosa. He’s an ethnomusicologist,…

Piano Rescue: Early 1900s Beckwith Empire Revival style upright

* NO LONGER AVAILABLE * This beautiful early 1900’s oak Empire Revival style Beckwith upright is looking for a new home. Its current owners got it a few years ago, intending to learn to play, but they never got around to it. It’s in great playing condition. I was only able to take a quick…

POSTPONED – Kinobe (Cranberry Coffeehouse)

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19. NEW DATE T.B.D. KINOBE (pronounced chi-no-bay) is a Ugandan singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose work has been described as “some of the most exquisite music coming out of Africa today.” For more than 15 years, he has captivated audiences with his soothing African rhythms, understated vocals and powerful world-roots-dance melodies that emanate…

Robin Bullock (Cranberry Coffeehouse)

Hailed as a “Celtic guitar god” by Baltimore City Paper and “one of the best folk instrumentalists in the business” by Sing Out! Magazine, Robin Bullock is one of the preeminent acoustic music masters of our time. His virtuosity on guitar, cittern and mandolin blends the ancient melodies of the Celtic lands, their vigorous American descendants,…

“Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe (Chenango Sessions)

He’s been a newspaper editor, ethnomusicologist, author, tall ship captain, outdoor leader and award-winning music producer. He’s been called “The Mark Twain of traditional American music,” and has travelled more than a million miles on the back roads of our nation, gathering, learning, singing and promoting the music of our diverse cultural experience. He’s “Ragtime” Jack…