Saturday, June 18, at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
In the museum auditorium
Included in general museum admission
Christopher Shaw is an Adirondack singer, songwriter, and storyteller. Christopher Shaw was raised in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. He was born the son, of the son, of a commercial steamboat pilot on Lake George. Shaw worked the big boats and grew up listening to the songs and stories passed down in those mountains from generation to generation, never suspecting he would bring those same songs and stories to audiences all over the world.
For over ten years Shaw toured for Taylor Guitars as a clinician demonstrating American Folk and country style guitar from Anchorage to Berlin. In addition to his trips for Taylor, he has appeared at such highly respected venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institute, the National Portrait Gallery, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Old Songs Folk Festival, and the Chautauqua Institute, as well as music halls, festivals, and coffee houses across the US and Europe. He has produced a number of TV soundtracks for Public Television. Chris wrote the soundtrack and was "the voice of Seneca Ray" on the television special "Seneca Ray Stoddard: An American Original" seen coast to coast on PBS. Most recently, a live concert special called "Chris Shaw: Live in Concert" is showing on PBS stations across the country.
Shaw has ten recordings under his belt, and is contemplating his eleventh as you read this. His 1988 debut, "Adirondack," has been inducted into the Library of Congress Folk Archives. Performers who have contributed to Chris' recordings include such acoustic innovators as Artie Traum, John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful), Garth Hudson (The Band), Vassar Clements, Cindy Cashdollar (Asleep at the Wheel), Tony Trischka, Jay Ungar, and Steve Riley.
He is married to singer/songwriter Bridget Ball, and together they have presented the highly acclaimed Christmas show "Mountain Snow and Mistletoe" at the beautiful Troy Savings Bank Music Hall for 13 years, and now the show has moved to the Capital District's premier concert venue, The Egg! The couple have two boys, Christopher (Tink) Shaw, and Silas Shaw. Both, whenever possible, accompany their Dad on tour, and always accompany him on fly fishing treks into the Adirondack wilderness.