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Lui Collins returns to Acoustic Harmony! - September 13, 2008

Very excited to let you know that Lui Collins will once again be a guest on Acoustic Harmony! Coming up this Saturday, Sept 20, Lui will stop by for a live appearance prior to her benefit for the Aldrich Public Library. Tune in around 6PM to catch one of the most beautiful voices in the folk world today! And if you can't listen in to this one, you can always stream the interview that I recorded with Lui last year over on the "music" page..... an in depth conversation about her great record, "Closer".

Folk Festival time again, your chance to win free admission! - July 11, 2008

Hi Everybody,

Once again some exciting news for this week’s Acoustic Harmony!

The great folks at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival have been very kind and given WGDR full festival passes to giveaway again this year. We’ve got two pairs of passes for the full four-day festival, which runs from July 24 – July 27th, and these passes include camping! It’s the 20th anniversary for Falcon Ridge and the lineup is stellar as usual, including such amazing artists like Dar Williams, Eliza Gilkyson, Chris Smither, John Gorka, Lori McKenna, Eddie From Ohio, Patty Larkin, Janis Ian… I could go on and on! As usual, the festival will be held at the Dodds Farm in Hillsdale, NY, about an hour south of Albany.

I’ll be giving away one pair of these tickets tomorrow, Saturday July 12th at around 5 pm on Acoustic Harmony to one lucky caller. Don’t despair if you don’t win tomorrow’s passes, there’ll be another chance to win on Wednesday, July 16th with Cam on the next New Folk Revival on WGDR.

And if that isn’t enough, we’ve also got a pair of tickets to the Sunday event at this year’s Champlain Valley Folk Festival. This fabulous festival on the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain in Ferrisburgh, VT has to be the most beautiful setting for folk music anywhere. This year’s festival runs from August 1st to August 3rd and features performers that include Brooks Williams, The Kossoy Sisters, Hungrytown (Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson), Si Kahn, Hanneke Cassel and many other fabulous artists. For a chance to win tickets for this festival for Sunday Aug 3rd, send your name, phone number and mailing address in an email to: with the subject line being “Champlain Valley Folk Festival”. The deadline for entering is Thursday July 24th, so get those emails in! The winner’s name will be drawn live on the air, on July 26th by my next very special guest, Lissa Schneckenburger. Lissa’s an incredible fiddler with a beautiful voice whose new release called “Song” is a wonderful collection of some wonderful but largely forgotten songs and tunes from New England that she uncovered through archival research and contains ten timeless ballads that go back as far as the eighteenth century that she set to carefully crafted modern arrangements.

So, be sure to tune in to WGDR at 91.1 FM in the local area or online at: on Saturday, July 12th at 5pm for your chance to go the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival for FREE! And get your emails in for the Champlain Valley Folk Festival giveaway!

As always, thanks for tuning in!


Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Ticket Giveaway! - July 5, 2008

Once again the great folks at Falcon Ridge have donated two pairs of full festival passes for us to giveaway on WGDR. Saturday, July 12th, I'll be giving away the first pair of passes (full festival passes including camping for the entire festival, over $140 value!) So, tune in to Acoustic Harmony and around 5:00pm, I'll be doing the giveaway on air. Then Cam will be giving away the second pair of passes on her show the following Wednesday, July 16th on New Folk Revival, sometime after 7 pm. Two great opportunities to get a chance to head over to one of the best folk festivals around. Big thanks to Anne at Falcon Ridge for once again providing such a fabulous giveaway!

Very special guest Erica Wheeler on Acoustic Harmony, Saturday 5/3! - April 30, 2008

I am so excited that Erica Wheeler will be my very special guest on Acoustic Harmony, Saturday, May 3rd at 4:30 pm. Erica's songwriting has deep roots with nature and the earth we live on and has long been one of my absolute favorites. She'll be dropping by the station before her show Saturday evening at the Haybarn Theater at Goddard College in Plainfield. Local favorites, Susannah Blachly and Lewis Franco will open the evening. Don't miss either one. Tune in at 4:30 pm to 91.1 FM or online at: and then get out to see a great show, which also happens to be a benefit for the Earthwalk Vermont organization.

Rod Picott and Amanda Shires live on Acoustic Harmony! - April 11, 2008

Very exciting news indeed! The fabulous Rod Picott will be appearing live on Acoustic Harmony on April 19th. Rod cowrote the song, "Broke down" with Slaid Cleaves and has become one of my favorites. Rod will be accompanied by the amazing Amada Shires, so it should be fantastic. Tune in at 5pm for Rod and Amanda on WGDR, Community Radio for Central Vermont, listen live in the local area at 91.1 FM or online at:

Rosemary Phelan - April 8, 2008

Very excited about the chance to record an interview with Rosemary Phelan. Rosemary will be stopping by on April 12th to record a session for Acoustic Harmony Presents which we'll get on the air sometime in the next few weeks. Rosemary's new release, "Avalanche Lily" is a wonderful collection, should be a lot of fun!

You can learn more about Rosemary at her website at:

Recent live guests - April 6, 2008

Had to post a note about the recent guests that have been kind enough to appear on Acoustic Harmony.

Central Vermont singer songwriter Diana Winn and her daughter Jessamine Levine came by on March 22nd to talk about Diana's new release. We featured several cuts off of "Turning Back Beautiful" which features many of Vermont's fabulous women vocalists covering some of Diana's great songs. Then Jessamine treated us to a couple of her own songs live. What a treat!

Then on April 5th, the great folk duo, "Folk By Association" came by for an appearance before their show later that evening at The Skinny Pancake. Karen Krajacic and Jill Cowen are Folk By Association and they make beautiful music together, great acoustic interplay and the harmonies... Wow! Their voices blend with such smoothness, just fabulous!

Check these great artists out!

Folk By Association live on Acoustic Harmony! - April 1, 2008

Just a quick note to let you know that Saturday, April 5th, I’ll be joined in the studio for an interview and live performance by the great folk duo, Folk By Association. Karen Krajacic and Jill Cowen are the two amazing musicians that comprise Folk By Association. Karen and Jill cite influences like The Indigo Girls, Simon & Garfunkel and The Story, so you can just imagine how these two approach music. Their vocal harmonies and acoustical interplay (guitar and mandolin) are incredible. They’re coming in at 5 pm before their show later at The Skinny Pancake. So, tune in and check them out, you’ll love them, guaranteed!

That’s Folk By Association, this Saturday, April 5th at 5 pm. Listen live in central Vermont on WGDR at 91.1 FM or online at:
As always, thanks for tuning in!


Special Acoustic Harmony coming up March 22rd! - March 16, 2008

Hey everybody, hope everyone has had a great winter and is ready for spring…. it is coming isn’t it?!?! I just saw the first red wing blackbird, that's a great sign!

Coming up this week on Acoustic Harmony a special extended show. I’ll be covering the time slot before my regular spot, so 5 hours of great acoustic music is on tap for this Saturday, March 22 starting at 2:30 pm! Then coming in around 5 pm for a guest appearance is the great central Vermont singer songwriter Diana Winn. Diana’s new release is called, “Turning Back Beautiful” and it’s a lovely collection of Diana’s songs recorded by some of Vermont’s great singers. Tammy Fletcher, Sandra Wright, Patti Casey, Anais Mitchell, Diane Zeigler and others! What a great collection. We’ll get the story behind the coming together of this release as well as hear many of these great songs. Also, a special live performance by Jessamine Levine will top things off! You can learn more about Diana and her work with Rebop Records at:
Again, the interview with Diana starts at 5 pm, but the great music will start at 2:30 pm, so mark your calendar and tune in early to one of the best community radio stations out there! That’s WGDR, at 91.1 FM and online at:

Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell! - March 16, 2008

I just had to put a note in here about the best live show I've seen in a long time.

I just saw Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell, together at the wonderful Barre Opera House! What a fabulous show. Lucy has one of my absolute favorite voices and hearing her sing harmony with Richard live was unbelievable! If these either of these two great singer songwriters are ever in your area, do yourself a real favor and go see them, you won't be dissapointed!

Patrick Fitzsommons update - February 22, 2008

I just received this email that Patrick has sent out to his list. He's been a great supporter of Acoustic Harmony and WGDR. Please join me in wishing all the best to Patrick...

"Hi All,

I am going to have to take some time off from playing gigs. I have been diagnosed with cancer (Mantle Cell Lymphoma) and will need to undergo treatments for about 6 months or so. I will be remaining in Vermont for my treatment.

Unfortunately, the progress on the new CD will be slowed down a bit, but I do hope to continue working on it sporadically throughout my treatment. So all you preorder customers hang in there - its coming. Thank you for your patience and support.

For anyone wanting to drop me a note, you can visit the Contact Page on my website for both my email address and physical address.

OK, so I'll be back out playing late summer or early fall. See you then."


p.s. speaking of my new CD, its still not too late to preorder. Every order helps! You can visit the Store Page on my website to place an order.

A few of my favorite releases from 2007 - January 19, 2008

I regularly post my playlists to the folkdj listserv and every year around this time many folks post their favorite releases of the previous year. Here's the message I just posted regarding some of my favorites. Not a definitive "best of" list, but certainly some fabulous music released by talented folks that I hadn't seen mentioned previously.

Happy belated New Year everyone!

I’ve appreciated seeing many of other’s favorite releases
of the last year and have discovered some great new artists that way. So, I thought I’d share a few of my
favorites from last year that I haven’t seen mentioned yet. The usual disclaimer pertains, I have no connection with any of these artists.

Here they are in no particular order.

Jory Nash – Folk Jazz Blues & Soul
Jeff Talmadge – True
Neal & Leandra – Dancing With a Ghost
Tracy Grammer – Book of Sparrows
Rosie Thomas – These Friends of Mine
Rosemary Phelan – Avalanche Lily
Eddi Reader – Peacetime
Eileen Laverty – Ground Beneath My Feet
Karen Mal – The Space Between
Buddy Mondlock – The Edge of the World
Charlotte Kendrick – North of New York

These came out in 2006, but I received them during the
past year and they really deserve a mention.

Gray Sky Girls – Gray Sky Girls
Wil Maring – The Calling
Chuck Pyle – True Unity

And even though I’ve seen them mentioned already, I had to mention these again!

Anais Mitchell – The Brightness
Appleseed Recordings – Sowing the Seeds, the 10th Anniversary
Wilderness Plots – Tim Grimm, Krista Detor,
Carrie Newcomer, Michael White, Tom Roznowski

OK, so a few more than a few, but all are great releases
by amazingly talented artists that deserve and will reward
a good listen.

Again, these are just some of my favorites I haven’t seen
mentioned, not a definitive list of all the wonderful music
of the last year by any means.

Thanks to everyone who continues to create and distribute such fantastic music!

Mark Michaelis
Host; Acoustic Harmony
WGDR Folk Music Director
WGDR is community radio for central Vermont broadcasting from Goddard College at: 91.1 FM and online at:

Entire Lui Collins interview now available! - January 5, 2008

Part 2 of my interview with the fabulous Lui Collins is now also up and available for your streaming pleasure! You can find it along with several other interviews with great singer songwriters on the "Interview/playlist" page. Huge thanks to Lui for doing the interview!

Part 1 of the Lui Collins Interview now up! - January 2, 2008

You probably have already figured this out, but if not, just to let you know that the first part of my interview with the fabulous singer songwriter Lui Collins is now up on the "interview/playlist" page for streaming. Lui has long been one of my favorites and it was such a treat to get the chance to sit and chat with her for a while. Do check it out! Part 2 will be coming along any day now....

Also, be sure to check out Lui and all her great music at:

Lui Collins on Acoustic Harmony this weekend! - December 13, 2007

A quick note about a very special program coming up next on Acoustic Harmony.

This Saturday, Dec. 15th at 6 PM I'll be airing my recent interview with Lui Collins! Most of you are familiar with Lui's incredibly beautiful and touching music, what a treat it was to sit down with her and chat for a while. We delved deeply into Lui's wonderful most recent release, Closer, and also explored many of her other works as well. This hour (plus) conversation is filled with music, poetry and some really interesting and funny stories from Lui's long wonderful career! Don't miss this opportunity to get to know one of New England's most loved singer songwriters. In the local area you can
listen live on WGDR at 91.1 FM, otherwise you can stream the live feed at:
Tune in early if you can for my annual winter solstice program, as well. Starting at 4:30 PM, I'll be featuring some of the wonderful seasonal music for this special time of year, featuring many independent singer songwriters, as usual! Then stay tuned for Lui Collins at 6 PM. This Saturday, Dec 15th on WGDR, truly independent community radio for central Vermont, and beyond.......

If you can't listen live this Saturday, check back here soon on the music page. This interview will be available for
streaming shortly. And be sure to check out Lui and all her wonderful music at her website:
Hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful winter season!

White Light Fund Offers Scholarships for Vermont Musicians - September 9, 2007

Two $500 scholarships to the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance are available for Vermont singer/songwriters. The “Rachel Bissex White Light Fund” is offering this opportunity and is intended for artists striving to develop careers as performers and recording artists.

In February 2005, beloved Vermont singer/songwriter Rachel Bissex died of breast cancer. She is remembered for her many talents, not the least of which was her dedication to mentoring and supporting up-and-coming talent. The White Light Fund, a title honoring her final recording, honors Rachel’s work in this regard. The fund, created by Karl Bissex, Mary Trerice and Lynne Goodson, is supported through the efforts of “Occasional Concerts” -- a series of performances featuring national musicians.

NERFA is scheduled for early November. For the inspired artist, the Folk Alliance offers a wealth of information and opportunity. The networking contacts, workshops, performance showcases, and even the jam sessions contribute to creative and professional growth.

To receive a White Light Fund scholarship application, email or call 802.244.5895. The deadline for submittal is October 1st. Applicants must be Vermont residents and singer/songwriters with a vision for an artistic career.

Contact: Lynne C. Goodson, Sunbound Enterprises,

Late summer news! - August 26, 2007

Some really great news to share with you this month!

First of all, Part 1 of my interview with Tim Grimm is now up on the music page. Tim is a great singer songwriter from the Midwest who sings songs from the heartland, and he told great stories about the creation of his songs and treated me to several brand new songs! Check Tim out at: Part 2 will be coming shortly.

Next, I’m so excited to announce that Lui Collins stopped by to record a session for Acoustic Harmony Presents this week. What can I say, but “wow”! Lui’s been one of my favorites for many years and it was such a pleasure to have the opportunity to sit and talk with her for a while. As you can clearly tell from her music, Lui is truly something very special and it was a real gift for her to make the time for the interview during an extremely busy time in her life. Look for this interview to air sometime this fall and to then be posted up to this site shortly thereafter. I’ll let you know when that’s going to happen, meanwhile, you must check out Lui and her music at: her beautiful voice and incredibly touching songs will melt your heart!

Finally, did I mention that Erin McDermott, along with Calamity Janes’ bandmates, Jen Wells and Doug Perkins came by the studio to record several song demos? These guys are great, not to mention hilarious! I’ll be getting one of those songs up on the music page soon. Don’t miss the chance to see the Calamity Janes if they’re playing nearby, they are great. Check them out at:
That’s all for now…. enjoy what’s left of summer!

Tim Grimm Interview coming soon! - June 27, 2007

Tune in on July 14th for a real treat! I'll be airing my interview from this past spring with the great singer songwriter Tim Grimm. Tim is a fantastic singer songwriter from Indiana and he was such fun to talk with, I couldn't cut the interview down to less than an hour and a half! Tune in and listen live at 91.1FM or online at If you can't listen live, check back on the music page soon where I'll be posting the interview shortly after it airs. Check out Tim at: he's just amazing!

Jake Armerding - special guest appearance - June 27, 2007

Jake Armerding, the great up and coming Boston based singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will be stopping by this Saturday, June 30th for a live on-air interview and performance before his show at the Old Meeting House in East Montpelier later that evening. Listen live at 91.1FM or online at and be sure to check out Jake at: he's one to watch for!

WGDR Spring Fundraiser! - April 21, 2007

WGDR's spring fundraiser is coming up! Call in to 802-454-7762 (or pledge online at during the week of May 5 to support your local community station serving central Vermont (and the world!)

Be sure to tune into Acoustic Harmony on May 5th when Mark will be featuring Vermont's great collection of acoustic folk artists and singer songwriters. Topping off the evening will be a live in studio performance with Patrick Fitzsimmons and Rob Meehan. Acoustic music not to be missed!

Patti Witten interview up! - April 20, 2007

Part 1 of my recent interview with the great Ithaca, NY singer songwriter Patti Witten is now up and available for streaming on the music page. Patti's an incredible lyricist with an amazing voice. Do check Patti out at her website Part 2 of this interview will be coming soon!

David Lamotte interview up! - March 2, 2007

My recent interview with David Lamotte is now up for streaming on the music page. Be sure to check out David, he's an incredible songwriter and great guitarist as well. All kinds of info about David can be found at his website at:

Nadine Laughlin, Beautiful Mystery - February 25, 2007

You must check out Nadine Laughlin and her absolutely wonderful release, Beautiful Mystery. I'll be getting a mini-review of it up soon. I'm thrilled that Nadine has agreed to record a session for Acoustic Harmony Presents this spring/summer. Check out Nadine at:

Busy New Year! - February 16, 2007

What an incredibly busy few weeks it's been! Four interviews scheduled in the first 6 weeks of this new year! I wanted to take a minute to send a huge thanks out to my guests who recorded sessions for Acoustic Harmony Presents so far in 2007 and encourage you to check out their music, all are incredible muscians, singers and songwriters. David Lamotte kicked things off in early January, it was a real treat to record an interview and chat with David before his house concert in Plainfield (which was fabulous!). David's interview will air on Feb 24 on WGDR and should be posted up on this site shortly thereafter. Then another of my favorites, Patti Witten stopped by while she was in Vermont to record vocals for her friends "The Sensible Shoes". Patti is simply amazing, great songwriting and a beautiful voice. Patti's interview should air in about a month. The end of the month Caroline Doctorow was scheduled for a live appearance on Acoustic Harmony but had to reschedule, look for that interview to take place sometime this summer. Then finally just a week ago, Tim Grimm came by to record an interview while in Vermont for several shows. Tim's from south central Indiana which makes him near and dear to my heart, he's also also an amazing songwriter with a style that reminded me somewhat of Eric Taylor when I saw him play live. What a treat it was to get several brand new songs from Tim on tape (digital,that is!). Tim's interview will air in early spring sometime. A huge thanks to all of these folks for taking the time to record sessions for Acoustic Harmony Presents. Not only are they all incredible muscians, each one is just a really great and cool person! What a pleasure it was spending time with each one. I encourage you to check them all out!

Full Johnsmith Interview up! - February 14, 2007

Both part 1 & 2 of the interview with Johnsmith are now up on the "music" page. John is such an interesting guy and a great story-teller. Check out our conversation and John's amazing acoustic performances, and don't miss a brand new song, "Father's Day", found at the end of part 1 and again at the beginning of part 2. Be sure to check Johnsmith out at
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