Mark H. Anbinder
On a Sunday night in September 1967, Phil Shapiro made his first Ithaca broadcast on WVBR's Bound for Glory, presenting folk music of all sorts and kinds to the Central New York listening audience.
Now, fifty years and more than 1,500 concerts later, WVBR's Bound for Glory continues to provide free, live folk concerts on over thirty Sunday evenings per year. Stop by the Cafe at Anabel Taylor Hall on the Cornell University campus, or tune in on WVBR, in Ithaca or on the Internet. The show runs from 8 to 11 pm (ET) and there are three live sets at 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30.
The start of the 30th year marked a change for BFG. A group of supporters of the show have created an organization called the Friends of Bound for Glory, Inc., with the intent to raise funds from the community to upgrade the Bound for Glory equipment, much of which was years out of date. Those interested in more info or in making a contribution can write the Friends of Bound for Glory, Inc., PO Box 173, Ithaca, New York 14851. You can now donate online via Friends of Bound for Glory web page.
This fall, we mark the start of BFG's 50th season, oh my! WVBR's Bound for Glory and our own Phil Shapiro have gotten lots of media coverage, and we're delighted! If you've just heard about us in the news, welcome. Join us on an upcoming Sunday night in the live audience, or listen online.
For more information about BFG and a performance schedule visit boundforglory.org.
OCT. 16 GREG GREENWAY. We at Bound for Glory know him through his wonderful work with Brother Sun. But this is the first chance in many years for us to hear him solo, doing a different kind of contemporary folk, and doing it very well. Worth a special trip. Greggreenway.com.
OCT. 23 DAVE ROWE. Dave comes to us from the coast of Maine. He’s been on Bound for Glory several times, most recently as half of The Squid Jiggers, but this is his first solo show. A lot of his songs are traditional, but by no means all of them. And he presents them in a most contemporary way. Daverowemusic.com .
OCT. 30 FISHKEN AND GROVES. It’s been many years since Fishken and Groves have been on Bound for Glory. Their music can best be described as Traditionally Oriented Folk. Their songs and their harmonies sound like they’ve been with us forever, but many of the songs are really much more recent. Reverbnation/fishkengroves .
NOV. 6 MAC BEFORD AND UPSOUTH. One of the finest old timey bands of the many in these parts. Mac is a banjo wiz, who knows how to make his instrument talk. The band is both tight and very loose. And there are old songs to go along with the Appalachian dance tunes that they play so well. Macbenford.com .
NOV. 13 RICHIE AND ROSIE. Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton are a wonderful duo, playing new and old songs with an Old Timey flavor. Richie is an incredibly creative performer on the 5 string banjo, and Rosie’s fiddling can’t be beat. And they’ll be bringing along some friends. Lots of fun. Richieandrosie.com .
NOV. 20 SMALL POTATOES. Oh they’re charming. And they won the Best of Bound for Glory award a few years ago. They recorded an album on Bound for Glory. Wonderful musicianship, wonderful harmonies, and an extremely eclectic collection of songs. Great good humor. We are very glad to have them back. Smallpotatoesmusic.com .
NOV. 27 ALBUMS FROM THE STUDIOS. HAPPY THANKSGIVING. Give Phil a call at 607-273-2121.
DEC. 4 CLIFF EBERHARDT WITH LOUISE MOSRIE. Two remarkable songwriters get together for an unforgettable evening. Cliff’s songs tend to be edgy and bluesy, Louise’s songs are country flavored. But they’re both remarkable storytellers, and their songs go well together. A great ending to our fall season. Cliffeberhardt.com .
From DECEMBER 11 through JANUARY 22, Bound for Glory will be Albums from the Studios. Catch the Winter Solstice show on DECEMBER 18, with a nod toward Chanukah. The Christmas Special show is on Christmas day itself, DECEMBER 25, and the New Year's Special on JANUARY 1. Holiday songs you won't hear in the shopping malls. Give Phil a call at 607-273-2121. Next Live Bound for Glory? JANUARY 29, 2017.