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‘Songs to keep’ to be played

LAKE PLACID — Wonderful folk music from a long-forgotten collection will come to life at the “Songs to Keep” concert at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m.
Some of the North Country’s favorite folk musicians will perform music from Marjorie Lansing Porter Collection, gathered by a lively historian who traveled across northern New York recording songs on her trusty SoundScriber. The concerts are part of an exciting and far-reaching project that includes a CD of songs from the collection recorded by contemporary artists, a song book with music, lyrics, and historical information, and a Mountain Lake PBS documentary.
The second in a series of “Songs to Keep” concerts hitting stages across the Adirondack North Country, the Lake Placid concert will feature the dynamic duo of Bill Smith and Don Woodcock along with some wonderful French Canadian singing courtesy of Bernard Ouimet.
“Longtime Adirondack folksinger Dan Berggren will be joined by his young friend Alex Smith, an up-and-coming singer songwriter from Long Lake,” concert host and music scholar Dave Ruch said. “Celia Evans is coming along to perform the opening track from the CD, her lovely version of the old lumberman’s song ‘Cutting Down the Pines.’”
Ruch will be joining Jamie Savage and Sue Grimm for a set of songs and lively instrumental dance tunes collected by Mrs. Porter.
Tickets for the concert are $15 and can be purchased at the LPCA box office or online atlakeplacidarts.org. The concert begins at 8 p.m. TAUNY staff and Board members, along with several people involved with the Porter project, will gather at Desperados (across the street from LPCA) at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-concert reception. An exhibit exploring the fascinating life and work of Marjorie Lansing Porter will be on display in LPCA lobby before the concert and during intermission.

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