- MINERVA -
Olmstedville, Leonardsville and Minerva.
That's the name of the brand new CD released on Minerva Day, July
2nd at the Minerva Historical Society's museum in Olmstedville, New
This collection of songs of Irishtown, Olmstedville, Leonardsville
and Minerva celebrates the people of the Town of Minerva in Essex
County, NY, the 50th anniversary of the Minerva Historical Society
and the 20th anniversary of Sleeping Giant Records with 12 originals
and 3 traditional songs --- 7 previously unreleased recordings.
Proceeds benefit the Minerva Historical Society.
To see the lyrics & complete liner notes on this album click on CD
or Dan's Web Site Link below.
BIO: Dan Berggren
has been collecting, writing and singing folk music of the
Adirondacks for the past 30 years. Growing up in the mountains on
the land farmed by his mother's family, he's worked in the woods on
a forest ranger's crew and a survey crew. Hearing stories and songs
from local friends and neighbors, Dan has developed a style that
captures the spirit of the mountains.
A familiar voice at coffeehouses, museums, schools and libraries
throughout New York State, Dan has also sung at festivals in
Vermont, Connecticut, Michigan and Kentucky, and at concerts in
Zimbabwe and Bulgaria. Some of his songs have been arranged for
orchestra, giving Dan the opportunity to perform with the Fredonia
Chamber Players, Ithaca College Symphony, West Virginia Symphony
Orchestra and tour with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.
His music has been featured nationally on public radio and
television, earning praise from near and far. Vermont Public Radio
calls Dan's music: "A genuine treasure. Fresh and timeless, full of
courage and down to earth richness." And from overseas, Radio
Logatec in Slovenia reports: "A wonderful and careful songwriter who
makes every word count."
Sleeping Giant Records has released nine albums featuring Dan's
music, including Ten Miles to Saturday Night with Dan Duggan and
Peggy Lynn, Cloudsplitter with Lynn, and Rooted in the Mountains, a
collaboration with Duggan.
In 2000, the groundbreaking Adirondack Green was re-released on CD,
celebrating the 15th anniversary of Sleeping Giant.
The latest release is One with the Water, an anthology featuring
recordings from the past 15 years previously unreleased on CD,
including nine new pieces.
Dan is professor emeritus of audio and radio studies at the State
University of New York College at Fredonia, where he received the
President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1992. In that same
year, the New York State Outdoor Education Association presented him
with its Art and Literary Award. Dan was recognized in 2001 by St.
Lawrence University as a Distinguished Alumnus and by the
Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks with its Heritage
Dan with members of Alice's Singers
"Hear Alice Song on CD"
CD TRACK LIST
1 - Irishtown Breakdown
(with Ed Lowman) 1:54 [Sample]
2 - When Harry Carried the Mail 2:14
3 - Alice 3:58
4 - Brannon's Survey Crew 3:00 [Sample]
5 - Settled in the Mountains 3:34
6 - Irishtown Crew 4:31 [Sample]
7 - Dirt Road Rag 1:51
8 - Logging Roads, Graveyards
and Old Cellar Holes 3:13
9 - Life on Earth 4:20
10 - Trout Brook Road/Trail to Trout Brook 2:25
11 - House Call 2:43
12 - The Dying Drummer's Sweethearts 1:20
13 - Pinch Gut 2:28
14 - Harry 2:57
15 - Big Beams 2:39
16 - Irishtown Breakdown (with Cecil Butler) :38
and Contact Information:
99 Grove Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020 USA
DAN'S WEB SITE