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“Mountain Folk Music” with Alex Smith at The Hyde

By Mirror Staff

Monday, February 23, 2015

Alex Smith, the singer-songwriter who  appeared in Bolton Landing last fall at the Adirondack Legends concert, as well as in “Songs to Keep,” a documentary about folklorist Marjorie Lansing Porter,  will present “Mountain Music” at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls on March 15.

The concert, which is sponsored by the Adirondack Museum as part of its “Cabin Fever Sundays” series, starts at 1:30 pm. Free to Adirondack Museum members, a $15 ticket for non-member includes free admission to The Hyde.

Last summer, Smith released his first, full-length album.

Titled ‘Hamilton County,’ the album features eleven original songs about life in the Adirondacks, where Smith was born and raised,  as well as one by Dan Berggren, who appeared on stage with Smith at Adirondack Legends.

“These songs of Alex Smith stretch the expectation of what fresh, new music can say about ancient hills, the communities they hold, and their stories. They ring true because Alex has been studying nature’s soundscape, absorbing the seasonal sharps and flats, and listening to the rhythm of mountain folk all his life,” said Berggren, who has been honored for his efforts to preserve the cultural heritage of the Adirondacks by St. Lawrence University, the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks and the Adirondack Mountain Club, among other organizations.

Smith recorded the album for Wepecket Island Records, a New England-based label that specializes in recording traditional American music by both established and emerging artists.

“Alex is a young and deeply gifted young man whose music embodies the very essence of the receiving and the passing on of the tradition of hand-made music,” said Jack Radcliffe, president of the label and the album’s  producer.

A recent graduate of St. Lawrence University, Smith has toured extensively in the past few years, playing shows throughout the country.

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