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Mountain Air

by Dan Berggren

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    Traditional and Original Music of the Adirondacks
    Since recording this in 1989, I've learned how my grandmother Ellen Van Norden met and married Harry V. Wilson, Adirondack grandson of Irish immigrants. An English-born seamstress working in New York City, Ellen was diagnosed with tuberculosis and sent to the Adirondacks for "the cure" - fresh mountain air.
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Mountain Air 04:34
House Call 02:46
Road Monkey 02:20
Mis' Cole 02:30
Blue Ribbon 03:48
Red Bandana 02:44
Juberju 03:26
Cedar Swamp 01:48


The air in the mountains is refreshing - not just physically but mentally and spiritually as well. And there are so many ways to experience it: deep in the woods or on top of the world, a walk, a paddle, a conversation, a song or story, on a porch or by the wood stove. Open up and you'll find it.

I love the air of the Adirondacks best, black flies and all. It's where I feel at home. Maybe you've got some mountains that are home to you - some massive arms that welcome you every morning when you wake up or that welcome you back for a couple of weeks each year.

Thanks to all who've taken me on walks through story and song, high ground and low, inspiration and imagination. The musical spirits of Yankee John Galusha, Cecil Butler, Larry Older and others like them live on in the mountain air.


released June 1, 1989

The Musicians
Dan Berggren* - vocals, guitar & banjo
Dan Duggan - hammered dulcimer, guitar & king o' funk slide guitar
Dave Fridmann - hambone & harmony
Carmen Gilman* - autoharp, spoons & harmony
Dick Gilman* - mountain dulcimer, harmony & fiddle on "Juberju"
John Kirk - fiddle, viola, pennywhistle, harmony & banjo on "Juberju"
Steve Warner* - concertina, harmony & banjo on "Geese Over St. Regis"
* The Newton Street Irregulars, "not oppressively formal"

Produced by Dan Berggren; Recorded & Mixed by Dave Fridmann at Tonmeister Studio A, Mason Hall, SUNY Fredonia, NY - Fall-Winter, 1988-89; Digitally Remastered by Alan Bartenhagen at Northern Road Studios, Saratoga Springs, NY - April 2001; Graphic Design by Jan Conradi; Photos by Dan Berggren; The poem "Mis' Cole" by Jeanne Robert Foster, Adirondack Portraits: A Piece of Time (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1986), used by permission of the publisher.


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Dan Berggren New York

Dan Berggren is a tradition-based songsmith who writes with honesty, humor and a
strong sense of place. His songs explore the many dimensions of home, hard-working
folks, taking care of our planet and each other. Dan’s roots are firmly in the Adirondacks where he was raised but his music has
branched out across many borders.
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