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Thursday Night Folklife Concerts at Crandall Public Library

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Crandall Library’s Folklife Concert Series

An Annual Tradition in Glens Falls

Cinder ConkThis fall, Glens Falls’ Crandall Public Library is playing host to the Folklife Concerts, a series of ongoing performances on Thursday nights showcasing a variety of artists.

The Center for Folklife, History, and Cultural Programs was created by Crandall Library’s Board of Trustees in 1993 and is now recognized as an award-winning program. It strives to maintain and present the cultural traditions of the upper Hudson valley and southern Adirondacks through research, documentation, public programs, gallery exhibits, and education. The Folklife live concert series are one of these efforts.

The concert series began on October 27th with a performance by Cinder Conk, a duo hailing from Lewiston, Maine, that describes their sound as “energetic, gripping, winsome, and haunting.” Their music, a mix of accordion, played by Matthew Schreiber, and double bass, played by Xar Adelberg, originates from the areas surrounding the Black Sea. Their debut cd, Kukeri, was released this past spring. To hear what you missed, check out Cinder Conk’s page at Jane Siver

On November 3rd, Hill Hollow Band will give the second performance for the Folklife series, one that will be completely different from the music of Cider Conk. The seven-member band boasts a traditional Americana sound, with touches of pop, country, Cajun, reggae, and bluegrass. They create this diverse sound through a mix of guitars, accordion, banjo, pedal steel, mandolin, and bass. They are currently unsigned, but samples of their music can be found on their My Space at

The third concert will be on Thursday, November 10th, featuring Dorothy Jane Siver and her band. At only 14 years old, Siver is a young yet very talented fiddler and singer, who just released her debut album, My Journey Begins, this year. She and her band mates bring a bluegrass, folky sound to the stage with a mix of covers and original songs. This fiddle prodigy and New York native is an incredible sight to see and even more exciting to listen to. More information and some of Siver’s music can be found at

Putnam SmithFolklife will finish their concert series on November 17th with a performance by Putnam Smith. Originally from Maine, this singer has toured nationally, wowing audiences with his banjo, guitar, and mandolin numbers. His music ranges from rousing, down-home songs to soulful love songs. His second album, Goldrush, reached #5 on the Folk DJ Charts, establishing him as a strong force within the music community. To read about his story and listen to Smith’s latest album, We Could Be Beekeepers, check out his website at

Each concert begins at 7pm and continues until 8:30. The doors will open at 6:30, so be sure to be early to get a seat, and a good one at that. Amazingly enough, admission is free for all the shows, so if you’re able to see them all, there’s no reason to miss out. The Crandall Library is located at 251 Glen Street in Glens Falls. For additional information, call 518-792-6508.

Madeline Harrington is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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