The longstanding Bound for Glory weekly concert series begins its “spring season” this Sunday night with a free show featuring Dan Duggan & Peggy Lynn. Now in its 51st season, the weekly show is on WVBR from 8-11pm and has three live sets at Cornell’s Anabel Taylor Hall.
“They sing as though they have performed for a lifetime together,” said Buffalo Friends of Folk Music of Duggan and Lynn, who often perform with Ban Berggren as the Jamcrackers.
National hammered dulcimer champion Dan Duggan is known from Maine to California for his wizardry on the hammered dulcimer, flat-picking guitar, and keyboards. In addition to his extensive array of recordings, Dan’s dulcimer talents are spotlighted on Paul Simon’s Grammy-nominated album “You’re the One” and “The Paul Simon Collection.” Many of Dan’s original tunes are published in the collection “Coming Home”. Also known for his dance calling, including while accompanying himself on the hammered dulcimer.
Peggy Lynn, singer, songwriter, and educator, brings an infectious enthusiasm to all her endeavors. With a sultry, yet powerful alto voice, Peggy gives a clear message of the passion underlying her songs. While her style and range give meaning and feeling to all her work, her most powerful message, her passion, is for the contributions and burdens of women. Peggy ranges from folksy to blues with equal ease, alone or harmonizing with others.
Peggy and Dan have released several duo recordings, including “Keeping Christmas,” “A Stitch in Time,” “Grandsongs,” “Jamcrackers,” with Dan Berggren, and “Be the Light.” Their most recent recording, released in 2013, is “Esperance,” named for their farm in Red Creek, New York.
Founded in 1967, “Bound for Glory” is North America’s longest-running live folk concert broadcast, and has been hosted by its creator, Phil Shapiro, for the entire five-decade run. Broadcast during the Cornell University school year, “Bound for Glory” presents more than 30 live concerts over the course of their season. Shapiro began the show the same year that Woody Guthrie died, taking its name from Guthrie’s autobiography, as an homage to the late folk legend.
When Shapiro started at Cornell as a grad student, he immediately began working at WBVR, which was then based on campus. At the time, the station largely played classical music, but Shapiro’s love of folk led him to create “Bound for Glory,” and he’s kept the focus on folk music throughout the last 50 years. He is its sole host, and arguably, biggest fan. While he retired as a sales representative for WBVR back in 2014, he has no plans to retire from his radio show anytime soon.
Coming up the next several weeks are shows featuring Kyle Carey, Arise and Go, Richie and Rosie, Mustard’s Retreat, Michael Jerling with Tony Markellis, Alfie Smith and Nicole Christian, and John Specker.
The regular live shows are free to attend. “Bound for Glory” is on the air from 8 to 11 pm every Sunday, with live concerts every Sunday night that Cornell is in session. Visit the show at boundforglory.org and wvbr.com for more information and to find out about upcoming performances.