Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Accord Concert Celebrates Upstate Farmers

Posted By on Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Heather Masse
  • Heather Masse

Music and its agriculture have both long figured into the heritage of upstate New York. The idea of a local event that brings these two elements together seems like such a natural idea, although, oddly, it’s not one that’s been attempted often. That makes “Unsung Heroes: Songs of Our Elder Farmers,” which occurs on April 24, a unique and overdue happening.

Along with noted local singer-songwriters Heather Masse, Mark Brown, Kelleigh McKenzie, Tom Holland, and Vickie Russell, the program, presented by SageArts and Rondout Valley Growers, features songs written with elder farmers Jack Schoonmaker, Wayne Kelder, Frank Coddington, Abe Waresh, Bill Wilklow, Jackie Brooks, and Rima Nickell.

You may recognize Masse’s voice from her recent work with Roswell Rudd and Dick Hyman or her many appearances on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion”:

“Unsung Heroes: Songs of Our Elder Farmers” takes place on April 24 at 3pm at Rondout Valley High School Auditorium in Accord, New York. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 18, elders over 70, and farmers of any age. For more information, call (845) 688-1546 or visit http://www.sagearts.org/.

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