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“Songs to Keep” concert to be held

Musicians from the “Songs to Keep” concert series perform in the finale from a concert they played in Old Forge recently. Pictured, L. to R. are George Ward, Colleen Cleveland, Sue Grimm Hanley, John Roberts, Celia Evans, Dave Ruch, and Jamie Savage.

Musicians from the “Songs to Keep” concert series perform in the finale from a concert they played in Old Forge recently. Pictured, L. to R. are George Ward, Colleen Cleveland, Sue Grimm Hanley, John Roberts, Celia Evans, Dave Ruch, and Jamie Savage.

— The final concert in the “Songs to Keep” concert series will be taking place Saturday, Sept. 21 at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Glitz Theater, in Hawkins Hall.

The “Songs to Keep” concert series is part of a project showcasing the songs and life of Marjorie Lansing Porter. Her Ballads and Lore collection is housed in the Feinburg Library Special Collections. Her songs and stories were recently digitized by SUNY Plattsburgh Communication Studies professor Dr. Timothy Clukey for the collection.

Artists from across the North Country will be performing Lansing Porter’s works.

“It’s a really diverse selection of performers,” said Carol Smith Pynchon, Communications Director at Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY). We are producing a CD (of Lansing Porter’s songs) and the artists will be performing the songs they do on the CD.”

It’s a family-friendly night of folk music, by some of the North Country’s most accomplished folk musicians, according to Smith Pynchon.

Following the concert will be a Concert Talk Back, and a reception. Patrons will have an opportunity to talk to the musicians, members of Lansing Porter’s family, and people involved in the “Songs to Keep” project.

Tickets are $10 (free to SUNY students), and can be purchased at the door. The event starts at 7 p.m. More information can be found at www.TAUNY.org.

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