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Local Music Project

Local Music Project on WTIP, photo courtesy of Mark Trockman

Cathy Quinn, Will Moore

The Local Music Project is a monthly, locally-produced feature highlighting the music and talents of local and visiting musicians. Support for this feature comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Grand Marais Ole Opry

Local Music Project: The Grand Marais Ole Opry

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The North Shore Music Association presented the first ever Grand Marais Ole Opry on Saturday, February 15, 2014.  WTIP Classic Country host, Carl Solander, emceed the event which featured four acts performing before a nearly packed house.  Carl had a chance to visit with all of the performers backstage before the show.  In this edition of the Local Music Project we’ll hear those interviews as well as a few segments from Saturday’s performance.

Bill Beckstrand (Miles Drake)

2013 Borealis Chorale & Orchestra Christmas Concert

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The Borealis Chorale & Orchestra performs a Christmas concert each year. On this edition of the Local Music Project, conductor Bill Beckstrand and WTIP's Mark Abrahamson host a live recording of the 2013 program.


Whurl photo by Stephan Hoglund

Local Music Project: Whurl

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Derek Smith, Erik Lastine and Will Seaton are making a unique and original style of music that defies definition.  In this edition of the Local Music Project we learn more about the Cook County based band Whurl. 

Erik Hahn performing with Frozen Britches

Local Music Project: Erik Hahn

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This edition of the Local Music Project features multi-instrumentalist Erik Hahn. 

Photo (from left to right): Erik Hahn, Tom VanCleve and Briand Morrison performing as Frozen Britches at the 2013 Radio Waves Music Festival. 

Radio Waves Music Festival, Photo by Stephan Hoglund

Local Music Project: 2013 Radio Waves Music Festival

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Plans for WTIP’s 2013 Radio Waves Music Festival are underway.  In this edition of the Local Music Project we’ll learn more about the history of the festival, hear sounds from the last year’s event and get a preview of  what to expect for the 2013 Radio Waves Music Festival.


Cook County Ramble: The First Waltz April 2013

The Local Music Project: The Cook County Ramble, The First Waltz

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On a snowy April night, a crowd of about one hundred gathered at the Cascade Lodge and Pub in Lutsen to hear local musicians pay tribute to the late drummer and vocalist for The Band, Levon Helm.

Amanda Hand and her daughter Elsa

Local Music Project: Amanda Hand and her Music Together Class

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Each week a group of parents and their kids head to the Grand Marais Art Colony to participate in the Music Together class offered by local teacher, singer and musician Amanda Hand.  In this edition of the Local Music Project WTIP producer Cathy Quinn listens in on one of the classes and visits with parents, kids and Amanda Hand herself.

Amy Marie Schmidt

Local Music Project: Amy Marie Schmidt

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Amy Marie Schmidt lives in Hovland with her husband and young daughter. She moved to the North Shore from Iowa about 6 years ago. Amy is a multi-instrumentalist and gifted singer that has performed in the past with local groups like the Flute Reed River Band and Blueberry JAAM. BarbaraJean Meyers got a chance to visit with Amy and learn about her love of music.

Francie Beaster

Local Music Project with Francie Beaster

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In this installment of the Local Music Project, Francie Beaster shares how there has always been time for music in her busy life as wife, mother, piano instructor and church musician.

Joe Paulik with Jessi Nicholson - Photo by Stephan Hoglund

Local Music Project: Joe Paulik with Jessi Nicholson and Al Oikari

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Joe Paulik has been writing music since he was 12. He moved to Cook County in 1982 when he was 20 years old and began performing in the area a few years later. He recently performed in Grand Marais with his partner in life and song Jessie Nicholson and multi-instrumentalist Al Oikari. Cathy Quinn was there and brings us this edition of the Local Music Project.