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 6th-12th grade students hosted by musical explorer and TikTok sensation Hal Walker. Each episode, Hal will interview a musician who plays traditional music.  Musicians will be selected by Laura Lewis, artistic director of the Lake Erie Folk Fest. 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.  The program will launch its first program on September 14th and run throughout the school year.

Visit the Carry On YouTube Channel to watch programs. and for more info email carryontraditionalmusic@gmail.com.

 

 

PAST SHOWS

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.

UPCOMING SHOWS

Episode 12: Leonard Podolak, Live 11/30/20, 11am

Episode 13: John Doyle, Live 12/7/20, 11am

Episode 14: Batzorig Vaanchig, Live 12/14/20, 11am

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