Arts & Culture

Conductor Bill Beckstrand

Community Christmas Concert: Rehearsals & Reflections

This year’s performances of the annual Community Christmas Concert in Grand Marais drew capacity crowds, December 4 & 5th.  In this feature, WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson talks with conductor and composer Bill Beckstrand, now in his second year as director.  Mark also recorded parts of the final rehearsal and spoke with orchestra and chorus members.


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Gabriel Ayala, 2011 Native American Artist of the Year, on his unique guitar style

Bob spoke Nov. 25 with Gabriel Ayala, recently named 2011 Artist of the Year at the Native American Music Awards for his album “Passion, Fire and Grace.” Ayala is a classical guitarist and has developed a new genre he calls ‘jazzmenco’.


Joan and Bob Burrows clean herring roe at the Dockside Fish Market in Grand Marais / photo by Barbara Jean Johnson

Behind The Work: Joan and Bob Burrows

 Joan and Bob Burrows work at the Dockside Fish Market in Grand Marais each fall during the herring roe harvest.


Deeply Rooted at WTIP

Of Woods and Words: Deeply Rooted

The other day, while I waited to check out at one of the local grocery stories, I noticed a familiar mug resting in the coffee corner. It was just an ordinary beige coffee mug, the 12-oz.


Keith Secola plays live in WTIP's Studio A / photo by Stephan Hoglund

Keith Secola

Native folk and blues rocker Keith Secola is an accomplished artist: award-winning musician, master guitarist and native flute player; singer, songwriter, composer and producer.


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Two Many Banjos plays Studio A

Marc Gartman, bouzouki & banjo, Lefty Johnson, percussion, and Matt Mobley, upright bass, make up Two Many Banjos. They joined Buck and Bob Nov. 11 during membership drive.


Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

Frank Moe on Legacy Destination Weekend Nov. 17-20 in Cook County

Bob talked Nov. 11 with Frank Moe, local dog musher and former MN legislator, about the upcoming Legacy Destination Weekend in Cook County, and the origin and use of the Legacy Funds designated by MN voters in 2008.


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The Pines live on WTIP's The Roadhouse

The Pines have honed their musical craft to near perfection with a sound that wavers on the edge of traditional acoustic/roots music, but embraces the nuances of today's indie-rock and blues music.


Members of Unnamed Stream get ready for their live in-studio performance / photo by Patrick Knight

Members of Unnamed Stream on WTIP

Members of Unnamed Stream, Bill Hansen on Dobro, Bump Blomberg on guitar and vocals, Barbara Jean Johnson on viola, fiddle, banjo and vocals and Jessa Frost on fiddle, played live in studio A during W


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Bluegrass Masters Tim Stafford & Steve Gulley play Studio A

Bob chatted Nov. 4 with musicians & songwriters Tim Stafford & Steve Gulley on the eve of the 21st Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort.