Credits & Materials Use

“W is for the Woods”:  Traditional Adirondack Music & Music Making

Produced by Traditional Arts in Upstate New York
©2009  Traditional Arts in Upstate New York


 Project Director:
 Dave Ruch
 Research and Writing:
 Dave Ruch
 Additional Research & Writing:
 Robert D. Bethke
   Susan Hurley-Glowa
   Lynn Arthur Koch
   Robert H. McGowen
 Editing:  Robert D. Bethke
   Varick Chittenden
 Audio Editing:
 Dave Ruch
   Lamar Bliss
 Music Transcriptions:
 Lynn Arthur Koch
 Photographic Research:
 Varick Chittenden



To make such a large project as “W is for the Woods” possible, it has required the hard work and generous support of dozens of individuals, institutions, and businesses.  TAUNY is deeply indebted to all who have taken part.  We particularly want to acknowledge the following:

For research, writing and editing:
Dr. Robert D. Bethke, Dr. Susan Hurley-Glowa, Lynn Arthur Koch, and Robert McGowan.   TAUNY most especially thanks Dave Ruch, who--as Project Director , chief researcher and writer—has made this entire project come to life.

For research resources and assistance: 
Adirondack Museum and Jerry Pepper, The Bethke Adirondack Folklore Collection in the TAUNY Archives; Jim Kimball; New York Folklore Society and Ellen McHale; New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers Association and Leona Cheresnoski;  Northern New York Library Network; Jeff Warner and the Warner family; and Judy Wever

For recorded tunes, songs and radio features: 
Adirondack Museum and Jerry Pepper; Dan Berggren; The Bethke Adirondack Folklore Collection in TAUNY Archives;  Colleen Cleveland; Folk-Legacy Records; Folkways Records and Sandy and Caroline Paton; Middlebury College Library and Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection; Milt Okun; National Public Radio and All Things Considered; New York State Historical Association and Ryan Donaldson; North Country Public Radio; Bernard Ouimet and La Famille Ouimet; Philo Records; Bill Smith; Sampler Records; Joel Shimberg; State University of New York at Plattsburgh and Marjorie Lansing Porter Collection;  Jeff Warner and the Warner family and Don Woodcock

For photographs and other images: 
Adirondack Museum and Angie Snye and Jerry Pepper;  Dan Berggren;  The Bethke Adirondack Folklore Collection in the TAUNY Archives;  New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers Association and Leona Cheresnoski; Sandy and Caroline Paton; Vivian and Paul Williams; and Don Woodcock

For published articles: 
Adirondack Life; Crandall Library; Journal of Forest History; New York Folklore Society; and St. Lawrence County Historical Association

For technical assistance: 
Lamar Bliss; North Country Public Radio and Joel Hurd; Northern Music & Video and Rob Zollner; Soundsgood Studios and John Burrows; Haenel Communication Technologies; and Tracey Robertson

TAUNY is particularly grateful to all the musicians who have willingly been interviewed and recorded by collectors over the last 70 years.  Their music and stories has become a major part of Adirondack music history for now and for posterity.


This web module has been made possible with generous support from:

  • The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
  • The Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation
  • Pease and Gustafson, LLP
  • The Paul M. Fischer Memorial Music Fund

Materials Use

All materials appearing in this site–printed texts, photographic images, and audio modules–are protected by copyright registered by Traditional Arts in Upstate New York.  While original materials have been deposited in the TAUNY Archives with signed releases, actual ownership of the words and images remains with our sources or their heirs.  

If you wish to use any of these materials for educational purposes, please cite them in your Works Cited page [Modern Language Association Stylebook] as follows:

Ruch, Dave [or other author of specific section]. “W is for the Woods”:  Traditional  Adirondack Music & Music Making.  Traditional Arts in Upstate New York. <> (Date researcher found access to the domain).

If you wish to use any of these materials for publication or any commercial purposes, you must ask for permission and terms for use in writing from the Executive Director of TAUNY :

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York
53 Main Street
Canton, NY 13617

Phone: (315) 386-4289
Fax: (315) 379-0784