Local 518 Sessions

Thursday 11:30pm, Saturday 6:30pm

Live performances and conversations with Local 518 musicians. Each week, we highlight a different Local 518 artist in session with a brief interview to introduce you go the artist.

This is the schedule of the upcoming sessions with Local 518 artists. (Dates are the Thurs 11:30p. The same session will air Sat at 6:30p).

12/7 - Peter Annello

12/14 - Sirsy

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Cradle Switch
WEXT

Cradle Switch, a five-piece acoustic Americana group, based in Cambridge, NY. Their self-titled debut is out featuring originals and a range of songs drawing from bluegrass, country, folk, and a little blues. Singer-songwriters Ferrilyn Sourdiffe and Dave Lawlor swap out guitars for banjo and mandolin. Kate Ritter brings it on the fiddle, along with some angelic vocal harmonies. David Cuite plays the upright bass as well as lead and harmony vocals, and David Norman plays percussion. 

Peter Annello
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Local 518 singer-songwriter, Peter Annello is just 16, but he plays guitar like a musician with many years of playing under his belt.  He's been playing out at open mics, and opening sets for other Local 518 musicians in the area.  Enjoy his latest session with a couple new songs.

Mike Grutka
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Local 518 singer-songwriter Mike Grutka has been with us since we began back in 2007. He entertained us with some great stories and songs at our 10th birthday party on the radio, too.  Now, Mike is back with a great new album called "Painting the Silence."

Emily Rose Burnett
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A new Local 518 Discovery for us is Emily Rose Burnett.  Her voice lit a fire under us to get her in to record a 518 Session. We look forward to hearing more from Emily in the future. She's working on finalizing the songs for her debut, and we cannot wait!

Adrenaline Pumpkin
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Every October, four guys come out of the pumpkin patch to play groovy tunes to the folks who come out to Sunnyside Gardens in Saratoga.  Johnny Twoseeds, A. Pumpkin, C. Pumpkin and O. Pumpkin are Adrenaline Pumpkin.  See these guys Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4p.

Somehow we convinced them to leave the pumpkin patch and the donuts and apple cider to come play a few tunes for us on the radio.

Jeff Brisbin
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Saratoga Springs musician, Local 518 Jeff Brisbin has released his latest album - a labor of love for sure. It's called "Foreverly." He joined us to talk about the genesis of the album, play a few songs, and share some good times.

Sydney Worthley
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It seems that every week we hear about a new Local 518 talent.  It was one of those weeks when we first heard Sydney Worthley.

Then she played a Local 518 Session (see below), and then we had her with us at Tulip Fest (see picture).  And on September 9th, she releases her debut album. Before that, you can hear the full album here at our website.

Don't miss the full band playing at Jupiter Hall for the CD release party on September 9th.  Click here for details.

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Alex Wollyung (l), James Johnson (c), and Patrick Grace (r) from Local 518 Good Fiction dropped by to debut new songs from an upcoming fan-funded album!  Hear this bombastic trio in a stripped-down session and talk to Dave Michaels about their nine month music hiatus, musical heroes, upcoming shows and how you can help make their next album a reality. 

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Local 518  brother and sister Jocelyn & Chris Arndt have been among our faves for several years!  Hear them tell Dave Michaels how they juggled attending Harvard University while writing, recording and touring relentlessly across America.  In the moments when they're not busy, Jocelyn likes to read while Chris explores his cooking abilities. 

Eric Krans of The Parlor
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Eric Krans of The Parlor dropped by to play us a couple love songs, and to talk about what's next with The Parlor, and The Big Veg!  For more information about Capital Roots and The Big Veg, visit their website.

Carmen Lookshire
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Local 518 singer-songwriter, Carmen Lookshire tells us she has an old soul, and she loves the music of the 30s and 40s.  Her sound and style may belie that, but in this session, we'll hear her sing Chris Wienk's favorite song a cappella.  Plus, she sings an old Nat "King" Cole song. In addition, we hear the song she and Kenyan pop reggae singer Mtu Saba worked on together called "Don't Ask Mommy Why."

Dan Berggren
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Local 518, Adirondack folk singer Dan Berggren stopped by to play some songs from his new album, "This Planet We Call Home." Plus, we talk a bit about the 37th Old Songs Festival.

Catch Dan at the Old Songs Festival all this weekend (6/23-25).

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He's a writer, producer, performer, musician, lion tamer and phlebotomist.  Okay maybe not the last two, but Sandy McKnight is certainly an entertaining jack-of-all-trades!  Sandy dropped by to play some songs and talk about his music projects, tv show and upcoming shows.

Keep up with Sandy at his website.

MaryLeigh Roohan
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Local 518 MaryLeigh Roohan is working on a new album headed our way in 2018. She's playing at Caffe Lena on June 25th.  If you can make it to the show, you will get a preview CD with songs that are still in progress on their way to the album.

Make sure you return for some cool videos of the songs she plays in the session.

For more information about the show at Caffe Lena, click here.

Peter Annello
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16 year old guitarist and singer songwriter, Peter Annello dropped by to play some songs and talk about his influences and songwriting.  Watch for Peter at various area open mics. His favorite is at Caffe Lena.  He is expanding the places and types of shows he's playing out at.  Get out and support the Local 518.

Sydney Worthley
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There's a new Local 518 rising star. Her name is Sydney Worthley.  We could have been knocked over with a feather when we learned she was a mere 14 years old. Her lyrics belie that age. She has a mature outlook on life, and has a very powerful voice.

Sydney's CD release show is to be scheduled soon.

Take a listen to her session below. And visit her website to learn more.

The 317
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Local 518 group The 317 (Three Seventeen) dropped by to play songs and promote a special show at The Hangar, a tribute to the musician, poet, politician and patriot - the late, great Bobby Sands who lost his life while on a hunger strike in prison in 1981.

For more information on the concert that will feature other Local 518 luminaries such as Kevin McKrell, Brian McCann, Mikki Bakken, The Good Things Band, and Battenkill, go to The Hangar's Facebook page.

Hear the session below.

Hamilton Craig
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A visit from new Local 518 folk artist, Hamilton Craig where he talks with us about his album "Somebody I Saw In A Dream."  In the conversation, he mentions how he's a fan of Cole Porter and Young Thug.  Find out how rap, pop and traditional folk music have influenced Hamilton.  In addition to a couple of the songs from his album, Hamilton shares a song not on the album.

Anti- Records

Our very good friend and acclaimed Local 518 singer-songwriter Sean Rowe dropped by to catch up and talk about his journey of recording a new album (NEW LORE out 4/8 on Anti- Records), what it means to be an independent artist and much, much more. 

Armed only with two amps, a pedal board, one weathered six-string guitar and his unmistakable baritone voice, Sean treated us to two new songs and a Leonard Cohen cover!   

Bryan Thomas
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Local 518 singer-songwriter, Bryan Thomas (from the Soul Rock Capital of the Universe) brings it with a new session featuring songs from his latest "tiny album," "Songs About Books About Writers."  He even throws in a brand new song - just two days old.  

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Local 518 band, Gordon St dropped by the studio for the first time to play some new songs and talk to Dave Michaels.  The band will celebrate the release of their self-titled, full-length album April 29th with a CD release show at Firestone 151 and some very special guests joining them on stage. 

Jim Gaudet at WEXT
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Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys dropped by to play a few songs from their latest album, "When It Rains."  They'll be at Caffe Lena on Friday, February 24th, and will be traversing the country for festivals and such starting in the spring (remember that?) through this summer.

Hear the session.

MaryLeigh Roohan w/Jen Trani
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Local 518 MaryLeigh Roohan dropped by to share some new songs she's been working on with guitarist, songwriter Jen Trani from LA. The two met while out on two separate tours that bumped into each other one night. Friends and a songwriting team were made. Come back soon to hear the full session which airs on WEXT Thursday, February 23 at 1130p, and Saturday, February 25 at 630p.

The New McKrells
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Kevin McKrell has traveled the world bringing his brand of Local 518 folk with Irish roots to the Four Corners of the world.  Recently, he brought a newly minted "New" McKrells to visit with us and play a few songs before they went to play at Caffe Lena (February 23, 2017).

Enjoy the session with the "New" McKrells from our 518 Sessions series.

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Local 518 singer-songwriter Steve Candlen dropped by to play some songs and talk about all the music he's been making. 

Steve recorded two EP's at Overit Studios in Albany last year; A Murmuration of Starlings and Subwayfarer.  He continues to write and record at a feverish pace.

Keep listening to Exit 97.7 WEXT for new music from this prolific Local 518'er. For more information about what Steve is up to, visit his Facebook page.

Molly Durnin
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Local 518 singer-songwriter, Molly Durnin dropped by to play some songs from the album she'll be producing this year. She expects to have it ready this summer.  It's been about 4 years since we heard her debut album.

Molly is working with Indiegogo to crowd-fund her second album.  For more information on that, visit her Indigiegogo page

Cannon the Brave
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Allison and Whitney Smith are Cannon the Brave.  Since they last visited with us, they've expanded the band, and have written some very nice new music.  Hear about how they became Cannon the Brave, and hear them play live with new bandmates.

Plus, you should join them at the Madison Theatre for the release of their new EP. Join their Facebook event page here.

Mountain Snow Orchestra
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For many years, the support band for Bridget Ball and Chris Shaw’s long running hit Christmas show ‘Mountain Snow Mistletoe’ consisted of Kevin McKrellBrian Melick and John Kirk. As the Mountain Snow Orchestra, they keep the tradition alive with a down home evening of holiday music, merriment and mischief.

The Sea The Sea
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Our friends, The Sea The Sea are working on a new record, and have been experimenting by augmenting their sound with Eric Margan and Cara May Gorman.  

Hear the resulting session we recorded recently. Visit their website for more on the band.

Below the session, you can see the videos of the wonderful songs in the session, too.

Luminous Crush
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Laura Molinelli and Ben Campbell stopped by to play a few songs from the new album by Luminous Crush called "Lumina," and a couple songs from the forthcoming recording The Bondville Boys will be doing (both are members of both bands).

Have a listen to the session here.

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