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Listen for guest hosts on 'All the Traditions' this fall

This fall, listen for special guest hosts on All The Traditions while Robert Resnik takes some time off from producing Vermont Public's weekly folk and world music program.

Sept. 10 - Oct. 15: Ida Mae Specker

Ida Mae Specker is a performing artist and music educator from Andover, Vermont. As a performer, Ida Mae fuses original, contemporary, and traditional material, bringing heartfelt new life and relevance to the chain of American folk music. Her EP of original music, "Billy in the Heartland," was released in December 2019. A longtime member of family band The Speckers, Ida Mae is currently touring solo and with a backing band. Specker is releasing a new EP in Fall 2023, a live session recorded in a church in Peru, Vt., by Dan Rome and Austin Burrell (Future Fields). The session features Heavy Nettles - Mowgli Giannitti on upright bass, Marc Edwards on guitar and Henry Clark on mandolin. Ida Mae has over a decade of experience as an independent music educator, developing cross-disciplinary music curricula, leading and facilitating workshops, teaching residencies and private lessons in traditional American folk music to children and adults of all ages. Her mission is to increase the accessibility and visibility of music in her local community, and provide a space to connect people across genres and generations.

Oct. 22 - Nov. 26: Mary McGinniss

Mary McGinniss is a singer/songwriter who has been described as one of the Green Mountains’ musical treasures. A Vermont native, she is inspired by history, rock & roll, folktales, jazz and poetry. Her band, The Selkie Trio, plays covers that range from Scottish/Irish traditional music to Lucinda Williams. “Blue Hour,” a new recording of eleven songs, will be released this fall.

During this time, All the Traditions will air as a two-hour program. In the third hour, we'll bring you Sound Opinions, hosted by music critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. Billed as 'the world's only rock and roll talk show,' Sound Opinions features the latest music news, personal commentary, exclusive interviews and performances.

Spend your Sunday evenings this fall with All the Traditions from 7 - 9 p.m. and Sound Opinions from 9 - 10 p.m. on Vermont Public.

Helen Lyons serves as the Music Manager and host of Vermont Public Classical’s Monday-Saturday morning program. She grew up in Williston, Vermont, and holds a BA in Music from Wellesley College and Artist Diplomas from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She has enjoyed an international singing career spanning three continents, performing in Europe, China, The Philippines and the USA.