LPCA presents annual ‘An Adirondack Christmas’

LAKE PLACID – The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will host its annual “An Adirondack Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The 12th annual concert will feature Dan Duggan, Roy Hurd, Peggy Lynn and Frank Orsini. These celebrated Adirondack musicians join together to delight audiences of all ages with a special program that has quickly become an Adirondack holiday tradition.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $6 for children under 12. Call 523-2512 or visit www.LakePlacidArts.org for more information.

About the Artists

PEGGY?LYNN, referred to by poet Maurice Kenny as “The Voice of the Mountains”, is recognized for her soulful songwriting and extraordinary vocal versatility. Her work has been featured at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and in 1996, Peggy was selected “Adirondack Woman of the Year”. Peggy’s song about Mary Brown, the wife of abolitionist John Brown, was selected as the cover piece in Songs for Peace Magazine and was also recorded by the folk duo Magpie on their Sword of the Spirit album. Peggy has recently co-authored a book with Sandra Weber titled Breaking Trail: Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks and released an album of new ballads about strong women called “Stand a Chance,” produced by Dan Duggan. In 2005, the Adirondack Mountain Club honored Peggy with their Arthur E. Newkirk Education Award.

DAN?DUGGAN is known nationally for his wizardry on hammered dulcimer and flat picking guitar, and is the recipient of the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship. Adding to his extensive array of recordings, Dan has recently released a new album of original airs and waltzes called “Once in a Blue Moon.” He and Peggy have released a trio album with Dan Berggren, called “Ten Miles to Saturday Night,” and as a duo have released two recordings: “Keeping Christmas,” and “A Stitch in Time: Songs Celebrating the Art and Heritage of Quilting.” Dan’s children’s album, “Pieces of Our Life,” earned a Parent’s Choice Award in 1998. His dulcimer work can also be heard on Paul Simon’s CD “You’re The One”, released in October of 2000.

ROY?HURD is a dynamic performer and a world-class singer/songwriter. In the years he has been performing, Roy has played his brand of mountain music nationally, and has developed a following unparalleled in the Adirondack Mountains. Roy’s song Adirondack Blue has become a modern-day Adirondack anthem, and his recordings are regional best sellers. From 1990 to 2001, Roy held a staff songwriting position in Nashville, writing for two of the largest publishing companies in the world: Sony Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music. Roy has written deftly crafted commercial country hits recorded by the likes of Paul Brant, David Kersh, Sonya Isaacs, The Oak Ridge Boys, Duane Steele, and The Gibson Brothers. Jo Dee Messina has recorded one of Roy’s songs, “Nothing I Can Do,” on her platinum Curb Records release “Burn.” However, Roy’s magic is in the songs he records himself. “Wayward Son,” his latest album, shines bright with his soul and craft.

FRANK?ORSINI has been one of the prominent acoustic musicians of Upstate New York. He plays violin, viola and mandolin, and has recently taken up Celtic harp.

A versatile fiddler, singer and seasoned ensemble player, he has been on numerous recordings and been a member of many established groups with a strong following including the Whipper-Snappers, the Upstate Bluegrass Band and the High Flyers. He has also played extensively with Walt Michael, Bill Matthiesen and Liz Stell, Roy “Poncho” Hurd, Martha Gallagher, Barbara Mccarthy and Brian “Chip” Chevalier as well as been a part of projects with John Kirk and Trish Miller.

Orsini’s repertoire and expertise is extensive and spans Elizabethan and Early music, Celtic, Bluegrass, Country, and Blues as well as dance tunes from olde England, New England, Canada, Appalachia, American swing and Cajun.