This year’s performances of the annual Community Christmas Concert in Grand Marais drew capacity crowds, December 4 & 5th. In this feature, WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson talks with conductor and composer Bill Beckstrand, now in his second year as director. Mark also recorded parts of the final rehearsal and spoke with orchestra and chorus members.
Native folk and blues rocker Keith Secola is an accomplished artist: award-winning musician, master guitarist and native flute player; singer, songwriter, composer and producer. His music is familiar to thousands of fans across North America and Europe, where he's been playing his brand of progressive music in concerts to a cult following for many years. Keith's famous song, "NDN Kars", is considered the contemporary Native American anthem and is the most requested song on Native radio in the US and Canada. Keith Secola is Anishinabe (Ojibwa) originally from the Mesabi Iron Range country of northern Minnesota, now residing in Arizona. He's a member of the Anishinabe Nation of northern Minnesota and southern Ontario, Canada. Secola visited Grand Marais for a show on Nov. 12, 2011 and stopped by WTIP for an interview and live studio performance.
The Pines have honed their musical craft to near perfection with a sound that wavers on the edge of traditional acoustic/roots music, but embraces the nuances of today's indie-rock and blues music. In the summer of 2010 The Pines played at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais and stopped by WTIP to play live on The Roadhouse. Learn more about The Pines.
Members of Unnamed Stream, Bill Hansen on Dobro, Bump Blomberg on guitar and vocals, Barbara Jean Johnson on viola, fiddle, banjo and vocals and Jessa Frost on fiddle, played live in studio A during WTIP's Fall 2011 Deeply Rooted Membership Drive.