Interviews from East Durham Irish Festival

The scene at the East Durham Irish Festival last weekend. Photo by Tony Fallon.

WGXC’s Tony Fallon was on the scene last weekend at the East Durham Irish Festival, and contributes these photos and interviews:

Click on this sentence to hear an interview with East Durham Irish Festival Director Tom McGoldrick or paste this url into your computer’s media player:

All shades of green.

Click on this sentence to hear an interview with young performer Sheena Mullin, or paste this url into your computer’s media player:
http://archive.free103point9.org/2010/06
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Click on this sentence to hear an interview with Frankie Curran, or paste the following url into your computer’s media player:
http://archive.free103point9.org/2010/06
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Three generations of Irish at the Festival.

Click on this sentence to hear an interview with Sgt. Michael Roy, one of the soldier’s memorialized with bricks at the festival. Or paste the following url into your computer’s media player:
http://archive.free103point9.org/2010/06
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Click on this sentence to hear an mp3 recording of an interview with http://archive.free103point9.org/2010/06 Shioban at the East Durham Irish Festival, or paste the following url into your computer’s media player:
http://archive.free103point9.org/2010/06
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Tony Fallon interviews Debbie Jones of Irish Village USA, about the memorial bricks, at the festival, click here to listen or paste this url into your computer’s media player:

Let the long weekend begin

This weekend:

THU-SAT
Upstate II at Nicole Fiacco Gallery. Melora Kuhn, Catherine Mosley, Erik Schoonebeek, and Allyson Strafella. Tue-Sat, noon-6 p.m.

Dots, Lines and Figures at Carrie Haddad Gallery. Michael McLaighlin, Ben Shecter, Donise English, and Jeff Briggs.

Maii:” The Wonder of Water by Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre with the Hudson Opera House, an original play by Pamela Badila at 7 p.m. at Hudson Intermediate School.

FRIDAY
Cairo Open Mic sponsored by WGXC and Cairo Library. 7-9 p.m., with jam until 9:30 p.m. at Gallagher’s, 513 Main St. in Cairo.

FODfest jam honoring Daniel Pearl at 8 p.m. Club Helsinki, Hudson.

SAT-SUN
33rd Annual East Durham Irish Festival includes the Elders from Kansas City; Black 47 and Shillelagh Law from New York City; Barleyjuice from Philadelphia; and Hair of the Dog from Albany, N.Y.; Contemporary Irish Music featuring The Andy Cooney Band; the New York Showband with Tommy Flynn and Jameson’s Revenge from New York City; Searson from Ontario, Canada and the Kitty Kelly Band from Albany, N.Y. are just a few of the bands that will be performing. Pipe Bands and Irish Step Dancing Schools are an added feature each day.

SATURDAY
Tannersville Rubber Duck Race, Crazy Boat Race & Festival 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Gooseberry Creek in the Village of Tannersville ending by the Rip Van Winkle Lake. Free admission.

Pine Smoke Lodge/Cruudeuces/Fossils From the Sun/Jefferson Pitcher at Upstate Artists Guild, Albany.

Just Wear White Memorial Day party from Trixie with DJ Gio at Red Dot, Hudson. 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., $10 includes free drink.

SUNDAY
Memorial Day Parade, 2 p.m., Main St., Catskill.

Music From China, a New York-based ensemble that specializes in both traditional and contemporary Chinese music. 2 p.m. at Hudson Opera House. $7 per person or $20 for the entire family!

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus at 8 p.m. at Club Helsinki, Hudson.

Bella’s Bartok performs at Blue Plate Restaurant in Chatham at 9:30 p.m., $5.

MONDAY
Cairo Memorial Day Observance
Sponsored by American Legion Post #983, Town of Cairo, and WGXC.
9 a.m.: WWI Monument Wreath-Laying, Main St. Fountain.
9:15 a.m.: WWII Monument Wreath-Laying on Library Lawn.
9:30 a.m.: Doughnuts and coffee at Cairo Fire House.
11 a.m.: Parade steps off near Great American.
Noon: Memorial Service in Angelo Canna Park.
12:30: Refreshments and music at Pavillion.
WGXC will provide sound system.

Feed the Radio fundraiser today in Germantown


PEFORMANCES

Lady Moon and the Eclipse (Evan Randall, Peter Lindstrom, Ngonda Badila, Milandou Badila)
Moonlight in Paris (Lady Moon and Young Paris)
Hi NRG with Giorgio
DJ Dance Party
(Sound by Tom Morini)

WORKSHOPS

Making radio: real live tools for real local radio
Meet upstairs in the barn.
From asking good questions to pressing the right buttons, we’ll be producing some short interviews and field recordings while engaging the skills needed to make radio that really represents. Dharma Daily and Emily Bennison will share their expertise and lead us through.

Joining the airwaves: The WGXC radio station “barnraising”
Meet downstairs in the barn.
Capacity Building for Community Building:
WGXC community radio is really rolling. The station launch date is set for late September, and Prometheus Radio Project has chosen us to collaborate with to produce a huge event called a Radio barnraising. Radio barnraisings are weekend-long radio building and movement building events. Individuals from the local community and participatory media folks from around the country come together to share ideas, experiences, and skills in the launching of a community radio station. This is an extremely exciting opportunity for those interested in community radio to get involved and get trained! Come find out more about this event, see a couple short films of other barnraisings, and become a part of making it happen. Cory Fischer-Hoffman of Prometheus Radio Project and Kaya Weidman of WGXC: Hands-On Radio will guide us through.

Food and farmland access
Our regional resources and strategies meet by the tables or in the house
With Ashley Loehr of Fog and Thistle CSA and some other farmers.

Farm Tours

Meet by the washstand next to the barn.
Cruise around the property with the farmers here on the land and hear of the successes, as well as the trials and tribulations of the soil, the seasons, breaking new ground, marketing, and various earthly forces that affect what they grow, how they grow, and what happens.

Labor of Love: get yer hands dirty!
Meet at the greenhouse.

With the farmers: Don’t feel like going to a workshop, and just want to get your hands in the dirt? Luckily, there’s plenty to do! Come see the glamorous side of farming by picking rocks and planting potatoes, and help the farmers enjoy the party by getting some big work done.

TUNE IN TODAY
Tune in today live from Germantown Community Farm.
Click here to listen to live web stream.

Or paste this url into your computer’s media player:
http://comm.free103point9.org:8000/
germantown.mp3.m3u

Author interviews from HCBF

WGXC’s Emily Bennison made recordings of children’s authors during the Hudson Children’s Book Festival. Click on the author’s name to listen to an mp3 audio interview.

Anne Broyles
Ann Jonas
Barbara Slate
Danielle Joseph
Donald Crews
Ellen Jensen
Gail Carson Levine
Zetta Elliott

Fireworks in Catskill

Dick May practiced some citizen journalism at the April 26 Catskill Village meeting, forcing the town trustees to go on the record with their decision to move the July 4 fireworks from the Hudson River waterfront to downtown Catskill. He writes, “the Trustees of Catskill Village almost made a controversial decision by stealth. And they made a decision without making a case.” And then recalls the manner the decision was announced.

“After that business had been well under discussion, a spectator (this correspondent) ventured to ask whether the Board had made a decision on the fireworks launch site. Mr. Seeley acted surprised—as if the answer was evident from the trustees’ remarks. The Trustees then proceeded to resolve formally that the July 4, 2010, fireworks shall be launched from a “downtown” site, ‘yet to be determined.’ That resolution did not stem from anything remotely resembling a systematic or comprehensive cost-benefit analysis. The Trustees acted without affirming, much less determining, that the change of launch sites would be popular, would be economical, would produce a net gain of public safety, would enable the fireworks to be more spectacular, would make the viewing population bigger, or would produce an increase in local business. Read the entire story in Seeing Greene.

Ghent metal fest off to Schenectady County

John Mason in Register-Star reports Monday that TMT Metal Fest Promoter Kenneth Randeze e-mailed the Register-Star Friday that he has moved the festival’s location from Ghent to Aug. 26-29 at Indian Lookout Country Club in Pattersonville, Schenectady County.

WGXC at Hudson Children’s Book Festival

Didi Barrett

WGXC's Kaya Weidman records NY State Senate candidate Didi Barrett at Hudson Children's Book Festival.

Just as WGXC’s Kaya Weidman was about to sit down and interview Fidel Mareno, who was going to talk about Native American rights and the American Indian Pow Wow Aug. 14 in Stephentown, Didi Barrett showed up. We had asked the Democratic candidate for New York State Senate representing Columbia and much of Dutchess counties (a seat held by Republican Steve Saland) to stop by our table in Hudson High’s gym, but everyone arrived at the same moment, and then a recorder failed. Indeed, it was a whirlwind day with so many folks stopping by the WGXC table at the festival, which was even busier then in its first year. Eventually we got another recorder working, and a conversation between Barrett, Mareno, and WGXC staff ensued about absentee voting, Native American rights, and other issues.

Fidel Mareno and Didi Barrett

Fidel Mareno speaks with Didi Barrett at the Hudson Children's Book Festival.


Robert Yellow Fox

WGXC's Kaya Weidman records Robert Yellow Fox at Hudson Children's Book Festival.

Later Weidman sat down with Robert Yellow Fox, and spoke about Eagleton School, a private year-round residential, psycho-educational treatment facility for boys and young men ages nine (9) to twenty-two (22) years, with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Development Disorder, Communication and Cognitive Delays, Behavioral Disorders, Emotional Disorders, and Learning Disabilities. Listen to their discussion here or paste this link:
http://archive.free103point9.org/2010/05
/RobertYellowFox_HCBF_WGXC_050110.mp3

WGXC’s Emily Bennison also made recordings of children’s authors during the event. Click on the author’s name to listen to mp3 audio interview.

Anne Broyles
Ann Jonas
Barbara Slate
Danielle Joseph
Donald Crews
Ellen Jensen
Gail Carson Levine
Zetta Elliott

Speedway owner sues town over camping

From From Gail Heinsohn in The Columbia Paper:

As he stated he would at the April 5 town board meeting, Lebanon Valley Speedway owner Howard Commander has filed suit against town officials, seeking a state Supreme Court determination as to whether the campers parked on his property trigger state requirements for a campground. The effect of the lawsuit, according to town Zoning Enforcement Officer Stan Koloski, is to stay the town’s efforts to enforce zoning restrictions that the Zoning Board of Appeals believes apply to camping at the racetrack. Read the entire story in The Columbia Paper.

Catskill relocates July 4 fireworks

William J. Kemble in The Daily Freeman reports that on Monday Catskill officially moved the July 4 Dutchmen’s Landing waterfront site on the Hudson River to downtown Catskill. They will shoot the fireworks from either the Catskill High School track or a platform along the Catskill Creek. Read the entire article in The Daily Freeman.

Mother Fletcher make WDST finals

Hudson band Mother Fletcher will be in Woodstock Tuesday recording a video for radio station WDST (100.1-FM), according to the band’s Facebook page, as they fight out Elysium Theory and 4 Gun Ridge for a chance to play the station’s Mountain Jam festival. Fifteen bands were in the last round, and Mother Fletcher finished in the top three of a public internet vote. Go here to register to vote.

Heavy metal show faces many permits

Francesca Olsen in the Register-Star reports:

For four days in July, the site of Meadowgreens Resort will become a haven for metalheads — if the event coordinator satisfies all permit requirements from the state and the county. Planned for July 15-18, Metalfest 2010, presented by Total Music Television and GSR Holdings, Inc., will be a “European style heavy metal music festival for eastern New York Metalheads.” The event, according to a proposal sent to the town of Ghent, will include two stages and 50 national and regional heavy metal bands, as well as a “vendors’ village” and European and American food vendors. Tickets run from a $35 day pass at the gate to an $800 VIP ticket for all four days, with camping extra. But at the county Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee meeting April 22, a group of law enforcement and public safety officials expressed concerns about the event being so close to the county airport, and wondered if K. Randeze, the CEO of GSR Holdings and the coordinator of the event, would complete all the necessary permit documents in time for the festival. Read the entire article in The Daily Mail.

River of Drone II

Thom Lail

Thom Lail performing at soundBarn.

The Albany Sonic Arts Collective (ASAC) and The soundBarn host River of Drone II: Seven Hours of Sound from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 16 at the soundBarn, 330 Maple Lane, in Valatie. A very special, long-form event, River of Drone II is a free, seven-hour, improvised sound performance with peaceful soundscapes and full-on noise, the ever-shifting rhythm, pace and mood will evolve as the ebb and flow of performers, energy and instrumentation progresses through the seven-hour performance. Set in a former orchard cooler with views of the Catskill Mountains, The soundBarn is a uniquely suited location for visitors to lounge, listen and linger for an hour, a few minutes or the entire performance. The audience is encouraged to make themselves comfortable and to bring pillows, chairs, food and drink. Unlike a traditional concert setting, performers will be located throughout the venue and listeners are encouraged to move around, watch the accompanying video projections, wander in and out and discover new relationships to sound through immersion, reflection, deep listening, meditation, and concentration. Featured musicians include: Jason Cosco, Matt Ernst, Tara Fracalossi, Eric Hardiman (Rambutan, Century Plants, Burnt Hills), Ray Hare (Century Plants, Fossils From the Sun, Burnt Hills), Holland Hopson, Thomas Lail (soundBarn), Patrick Weklar (soundBarn), Matt Weston (Barn Owls), and many more special guests, with videos by Tara Fracalossi, Kyra Garrigue and others. Albany Sonic Arts Collective is a grassroots organization located in and around Albany, NY. The soundBarn is a project of artist/musician Thomas Lail and artist Tara Fracalossi and is located on what was once Heald Orchards in Valatie, New York. The soundBarn is sited in a modern addition to the orchard’s 100-year-old Dutch style barn. The cavernous, heavily insulated space served as the orchard’s cooler where apples and pears were over-wintered and chilled by the massive, still-visible refrigeration system.

Feed the Radio benefit May 15 in Germantown

Germantown Community Farm

Germantown Community Farm

The “Feed the Radio” benefit will be held from 3 p.m. on with an afternoon of activities, workshops, and radio fun! Stay for a delicious dinner and silent auction, followed by an evening of lovely live music and a DJ dance party! This we are hosting a joint benefit party for WGXC, our new local community radio station, and to sponsor low income shares for Fog and Thistle CSA (formerly known as Germantown Community Farm CSA). Come have a great time and help us deliver homegrown radio and food to our community!
Suggested donation is $10-$25

Camping in the orchard is welcome! Bring tents, bedding, flashlights. Accomodations in the house and barn are limited; let us know if you need them. Children are welcome!

We also need volunteers to help before, during and after the event, as well as items for the silent auction. Anything you can throw in is most appreciated!

For details check out: www.germantowncommunityfarm.blogspot.com or email Kaya at kaya@wgxc.org.

The farm is located at 4872 State Rt 9G, Germantown NY. 518-537-6139.

WDST choosing 3 local bands for Mountain Jam

Woodstock rock radio station WDST (100.1-FM) has chosen 15 local bands that have a chance to perform at the station’s annual Mountain Jam festival. Three bands will be chosen, and among the finalists are two well-known in Greene and Columbia counties, Voodelic (top) and Mother Fletcher. The other bands in the running are WeMustBe, The Penguin Revolution, Steve Schultz, New Clear Rhythm, Elysium Theory, Happy Windsday, Penny Racer – Say Hello To Strangers, Sasha & The Vocal Soul, Crossroads Band, Babydoll, A Sound Decision, 4 Gun Ridge, and David Kraai & The Saddle. Go here to listen to a song from each of the bands, and, once registered with WDST, to vote, deadline is Sunday Apr. 25 at 5 p.m.

Hudson Children’s Book Festival


Last year WGXC made recordings of local authors and fair attendees, and this year we hope to have a table at this great event.

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, 7/15-18/10


From Nippertown!:

At their annual awards ceremony in Nashville last year, the International Bluegrass Music Association named the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival as the Bluegrass Event of the Year. Not just in New York State. Not just in the U.S. But in the world! And it’s right here in our own backyard…. The fest returns to the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill [in Greene County] again this year from Thursday-Sunday, July 15-18, and once again Grey Fox has put together an amazing line-up of talent, including the Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush, Kathy Mattea and David Grisman, as well as Nippertown local favorites like John Kirk & Trish Miller and the Gibson Brothers. The folks at Grey Fox promise that they’ll be adding many more musicians to the festival schedule soon, but in the meantime, here’s how the schedule lines up so far:

THURSDAY, JULY 15
The Dry Branch Fire Squad; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; Greensky Bluegrass; Donna the Buffalo; Crooked Still; The Josh Williams Band; The HillBenders; Buddy Merriam & Back Roads; John Kirk & Trish Miller

FRIDAY, JULY 16
The Dry Branch Fire Squad; The Del McCoury Band; The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience; Railroad Earth; The Greencards; Donna the Buffalo; Crooked Still; The Wilders; Sarah Jarosz; The Josh Williams Band; The HillBenders; John Kirk & Trish Miller

SATURDAY, JULY 17
The Dry Branch Fire Squad; Sam Bush; Tim O’Brien; Kathy Mattea; The Gibson Brothers; The Greencards; The Wilders; Sarah Jarosz; John Kirk & Trish Miller

SUNDAY, JULY 18
The Dry Branch Fire Squad

PS/21 seeks to make tent permanent


Fran Heaney of the Chatham Courier reports that PS/21 requested Special Use Permit for permanent use of their temporary tent at a Jan. 28 Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, as they do not have the $11 million needed to construct a sound proof structure. Located on Route 66, the cultural center has hosted classical music and other events since 2005 at a 50 decibel sound level at the property line, well below the town building code sound level of 90 decibels, and much quieter than the lawnmowers run by the neighbors who are complaining about the sound. Those neighbors filed an Article 78 lawsuit against Chatham after the town approved PS/21’s plans in 2005, and a judge dismissed it later that year. The ZBA meets next Thursday, Feb. 25 for another public hearing about PS/21’s Special Use Permit.

UPDATE: The comments now include two anonymous statements from people claiming to be neighbors of the facility that include information not in the Chatham Courier story, specifically: “When the ability to rent to third parties was granted in 2008 to aid the financially failing tent, the project completely changed in focus. There is nothing arts focused about the electric slide and chicken dance.”