SARANAC LAKE - BluSeed Studios presents a CD release party for Adirondack singer and songwriter Dan Berggren's new album, "Tongues in Trees," at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Admission is $10.
"Tongues in Trees" marks Berggren's 40th year as a songwriter and performer.
It gives voice to the trees ("Birch Are Soprano"), a fish ("Swimming in the River"), parents ("Road to Bethlehem"), a married couple ("Kuleana"), sons and daughters ("Where is my Father"). It searches for balance ("The Balance") and celebrates those who have gone before us ("Shepherd of the Wilderness, May You Live").
The songs are recorded as performed with Ed Lowman on Bass, along with the occasional harmonies Berggren hears in his head and encourages audiences to sing.
"Tongues in Trees" is the 15th album from Sleeping Giant Records, a company Berggren started in 1985.
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 the planet and each other.
While Berggren's roots are firmly in the Adirondacks where he was raised, his music has branched out across many borders. The award-winning musician and educator has entertained audiences throughout New York state, from Kentucky to Texas, Vermont to Michigan, and overseas in Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania and Central Africa.
The 40-year fold veteran held various jobs before devoting his life to music full-time: working in the Adirondack woods with a forest ranger and surveyor, radio producer in Europe, professor of audio and radio studies at SUNY Fredonia, and owner of Sleeping Giant Records which has produced 15 albums.
To find out more about Dan Berggren, visit www.berggrenfolk.com.
The doors at BluSeed Studios open at 7 p.m., reservations are recommended.
For more information on this concert and other events call 518-891-3799 or visit www.bluseedstudios.org.