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In the 1940s - '60s, Marjorie Lansing Porter tirelessly recorded folk songs that were on the brink of disappearing throughout New York's Adirondack Mountains. Now, contemporary musicians honor her collection by re-recording these traditional tunes. Their efforts invite you to uncover the legacy of Adirondack miners, loggers, and other folks who lived a hundred years ago, and created a treasure chest of Songs to Keep.
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Emmy-Winning Documentary

By Grovest8

from Redding CA

Comments about PBS Songs to Keep: Treasures of an Adirondack Folk Collector DVD:

This Emmy-winning documentary shares the story of Marjorie Lansing Porter's life as well as documents the Songs to Keep projects (CD, songbook, and documentary film). The full songs are available on the CD Songs to Keep: The Adirondack North Country Recordings Reimagined. As the journalist and radio personality she was, I can't help but believe that she would be pleased and gratified at the renewed interest and effort to retrieve her life's labor from the files where they had been stored for so many years and then restored, reimagined, and returned to the people and area she loved so much.

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History of some Adirondack folk songs

By Rosie

from Stony Creek, Branford, Ct.

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Comments about PBS Songs to Keep: Treasures of an Adirondack Folk Collector DVD:

This is a nice historical CD of Adirondack folk songs but nowhere on it does one find the various singing groups singing the complete songs! PBS should advertise a CD of Adirondack Songs being sung, not just snippets as in this CD. For example, nowhere on it did I hear the old Adirondack prohibition era song
(sung to the tune of the Wabash Cannoonball):
"It was on a Monday morning, when I set out for the North, on a road I often travelled, when going
back and forth.
Across the wide St Lawrence and up to Montreal,
I loaded up my Packard with beer and alcohol. Loaded up whiskey and topped it off with ale; I had
to pass the customs and knew I couldn't fail.
They signalled me with flashlights, and a rifle
call, but I drove right thru those customs with my load of alcohol.
The border policemen soon took up the chase, but I was doing 95 and steady held my pace.
I got to Moira, Brushton and Malone, and the only way to head me off was by the telephone.
I got to Turner's crossing, with a train across
the road, and boys I left my Packard, my Packrd and
my load.
They took me to the courthouse, and threw me into Jail. I had a lot of friends in town, but none would go my bail.
Now I'm out on bail, I guess I lost it all; I'm waiting for my trial, scheduled next Fall.
So, come all you young sinners, and never take
the chance, to carry that precious water, that makes you sing and dance.
(Learned by Joel Rosenbaum, from Massena, NY, on Chateaugay Lake, in 1951)

Joel Rosenbaum.
1951).
North, on a road I often

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