Before the interstate opened the Adirondack wilderness to the throngs who enjoy it today, Chris Shaw learned stories on the docks of Lake George, in hunting camps, and in the cabins of friends and relatives. For more than thirty years Chris has shared the best of Adirondack culture with audiences from the Philadelphia Folk Festival to the Kennedy Center, and from Anchorage to Berlin. His nationally significant albums are part of the Library of Congress Folk Archives.
Chris's hard-to-believe traditional tales are riotously funny and filled with edge-of-the-seat tension. His stories of family life and backwoods adventure are right up there with the Lake Woebegon tales of Garrison Keillor. And his hearty singing and nuanced guitar playing lend variety and toe-tapping fun to a night that is always gloriously entertaining for all ages.
Opening tonight's concert is Chris Shaw's hand-picked choice: Long Lake balladeer Alex Smith. As the son of a banjo picker and historian, this young man was steeped in folk music from birth. As did his musical mentors, Smith's songs nurture pride in one's cultural traditions and speak to the issues presented to it in modern times.
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