Carry On Educational Program

Carry On

Traditional music and the people who make it

Tune in from your classroom or home and discover a world of traditional music!

Carry On is a weekly, 30-minute YouTube Live program for 4th-12th grade students hosted by musical explorer and TikTok sensation Hal Walker. Each episode Hal will interview a musician who plays traditional music. Get ready to learn about exciting cultural traditions from across the US and around the globe including Cajun, Bluegrass, Hawaiian, Blues, Irish, Native American, Mexican, Old-time, and much more.

Weekly programs will be live on YouTube allowing students to interact with comments and questions.  After the live broadcast, the programs will be archived for later viewing and discussion.

Visit the Carry On YouTube Channel to watch programs, and for more info email


Carry On Is Made Possible By…

Made possible by generous donors, Carry On is produced by the nonprofit Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association, and programmed by Laura Lewis, artistic director of NEOMHA’s Lake Erie Folk Fest. © 2020 North East Ohio Musical Association, all rights reserved.




Episode 14: Batzorig Vaanchig

Batzorig Vaanchig is an internationally known Mongolian khoomei (throat) singer with millions of viewers on YouTube. He is also an accomplished Khuur (horse head fiddle) player and the founding member of the Khusugtun Ethnic Band. He streamed from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Episode 13: John Doyle

John Doyle is among the most talented and innovative musicians to come out of Ireland in recent years. A left-handed player, he is an extraordinary acoustic guitarist as well as an accomplished singer and songwriter.


Episode 12: Leonard Podolak

Leonard Podolak is an innovative musician who has toured music festivals worldwide. His unique style of clawhammer banjo blends traditions from Appalachia, Ireland, Quebec, and Louisiana with diverse styles such as Blues, Rock, Afro-Cuban and Gospel.

Episode 11: Steve Hickman

Steve Hickman is a vaudeville style entertainer adept at the fine arts of hambone, nose playing and effing —  a century old Appalachian vocal technique similar to beatboxing. He’s also an amazing fiddler who has played countless concerts and social dances.


Austin Walkin’ Cane is a blues singer, songwriter and slide guitarist who has toured Australia, Nepal, Colombia, France, Germany, England, Wales, and the US, from New Orleans, Louisiana to Juneau, Alaska with only a guitar and suitcase in hand. Austin’s most-recent work, “One Heart Walkin,'” was nominated for Best New Artist Album by the The Blues Foundation annual Blues Music Awards, one of the highest accolades afforded blues music performers.


Born in Henderson County, North Carolina, James McDowell was inspired by the playing of his grandfather James ‘Coot’ McDowell. He began guitar lessons at age 13 and banjo lessons at age 14, has participated in competitions near and far, and has a passion for Don Reno-style banjo.

Steve Riley is a master accordion player who honed his musical craft playing with the legendary Cajun musician Dewey Balfa. Steve started his musical career at age seven and is now passing his tradition on to his sons Burke (10) and Dolsy (7).

Hailed by Pete Seeger as “the best hammered dulcimer player I’ve heard in my life,” Tina Bergmann has been performing and teaching from an early age. A fourth-generation musician, Bergmann learned the mountain dulcimer from her mother in the aural tradition and the hammered dulcimer at the knee of West Virginia-native builder and performer Loy Swiger.

Aynsley Porchak began playing fiddle at the age of 9. She was introduced to bluegrass through the music of Kenny Baker and Bobby Hicks, and quickly fell in love with the music. She is also an experienced contest fiddler, winning the Grand Master Fiddler Championship in 2015 in Nashville, and in 2017 the Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion, making her the first person to win both competitions.

Nic Gareiss is a percussive dancer who was named one of “25 to watch” by Dance Magazine. Nic blends Irish, Canadian and Appalachian dance styles and has been called “the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald.


Episode 4: Hubby Jenkins

Hubby Jenkins is a multi-instrumentalist from Brooklyn who follows the thread of Black history that is woven through America’s traditional music forms. He has performed at festivals and venues around the world and is a Grammy and Americana award nominated artist.


Episode 3: Tatiana Hargreaves

Tatiana Hargreaves is on the forefront of an up and coming generation of old time, bluegrass and new acoustic musicians. She currently  teaches bluegrass fiddle at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and tours with banjo player Allison de Groot.

Jake Kouwe is the founder and leader of the Chardon Polka Band, a group he founded  in 2003 with the help of four high school friends. As the story goes, “There was no room for an accordion in the marching band…. so he started a polka band.”


Episode 1: Alex Kusturok

Alex Kusturok is a 3rd generation fiddler from Winnipeg, Manitoba. His passionate playing is influenced by Quebecois and Cape Breton fiddle styles, but his Métis culture remains at the forefront of his playing.



Episode 15: Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno, Live 1/25/21, 11am EST

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno grew up playing playing traditional music on different coasts. After meeting in 2016, they formed a duo that blends old-time, bluegrass and songwriting in heartfelt harmony.

Episode 16:  Alexander Fedoriouk, Live 2/1/21, 11am EST

Episode 17: Olov Johansson, Live 2/8/21, 11am EST



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