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35 Iowa Street

Plattsburgh, New York 12903

United States

Company Description

Stan Ransom, The Connecticut Peddler, offers folklore, folk music and folk songs of the Adirondacks, Lake Champlain, Long Island and New York State, played on the hammered dulcimer, autoharp, guitar and mandolin. ... more

Background Information


Board Member

Board Member
New York Folklore Society Inc

Board Member
Champlain Valley Transportation Museum

The Yale Glee Club

University Glee Club of New York City

Charter Trustee
Olympic and Winter Sports Museum

Rotary Club

Men's Chorus


Yale University

Master's Degree

Library Service

Columbia University

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Stan Ransom 35 Iowa Street Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12903 Telephone: (518) 563-5719 Toll Free: 1-800-277-7695

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Stan Ransom 35 Iowa Street Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12903 Telephone: (518) 563-5719 Toll Free: 1-800-277-7695

The Connecticut Peddler [cached]

This is the Web Page of Stan Ransom, folk musician from Plattsburgh, New York.

Stan Ransom, The Connecticut Peddler, is a traditional folk song singer and player. He plays hammered dulcimer, 6 and 12 string guitar, mandolin, autoharp, dombek, and tenor banjo. He is interested in New England and New York State music and folklore, especially upstate New York, Lake Champlain, The Adirondacks and Long Island. Born in Winsted, CT, in 1928, Stan has been singing folk songs since 1940, taking his stage name in 1951 from the old time Connecticut Peddlers who sold notions, needles, pins, etc., and traveled all over the country dispensing their wares.
Stan dispenses songs of all types to people of all ages from his generous pack of songs. He composes many topical and humorous songs based upon events of note. Stan hasn't lived in Hartland, CT, since 1946, but as he says, "Connecticut Peddlers didn't stay in Connecticut. They roamed about selling their goods! He returns to Connecticut to see family members in West Hartland and play lots of music at least once a year.
Come everyone! Join in the fun, with this good-natured man! "Ransom's is old-style folk music at its best" --Midwest Book Review

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Stan Ransom, The Connecticut Peddler, is a folk musician who specializes in singing and playing the guitar, the hammered dulcimer, the mandolin and autoharp and six and twelve string guitars. He also plays bowed psaltery, tenor banjo and dombek. Songs: Many of his songs reflect the interests of the North Country of New York State, from the Adirondack Mountains to Lake Champlain, and also the whole length of Long Island. Many of his songs relate to amusing or dramatic events in New York State, such as "Champ," the Lake Champlain Monster, and the "Lake Champlain Ice Rescue. Other songs describe the beauty of the "Isles of Lake Champlain," or the peculiar problems of Plattsburgh, such as the "Plattsburgh Sewage Plant," and "The City with the Stereo Smell. His Adirondack songs, such as "The Adirondack Mountains," "Allen's Bear Fight," and "Adirondack Acid Rain" range from the historical to the contemporary. Ransom has also researched the traditional music of Long Island, where he resided for twenty years.
Connecticut Peddler: Ransom, who has been singing and playing folk music for nearly sixty years, was born in Winsted, Connecticut, in 1928. In 1951 he took his stage and performance name from the nineteenth century Connecticut peddler, sometimes spelled "pedlar," who traveled around with a pack on his back, selling needles, pins, seeds, clocks, patent medicines and notions of all kinds to rural residents of nearby states. Unlike these early peddlers, who sometimes sold "wooden nutmegs" and other dubious items, Ransom's pack is filled with songs of all kinds and for all ages. He knows several hundred American, English and Irish ballads, as well as songs and tunes from other parts of the world, and he enjoys sharing them with his audience. Ransom was extensively involved in the traditional folk music revival on Long Island in the 'fifties and 'sixties and can remember "times in our Huntington home when more than seventy folk musicians were crammed into every corner of every room playing and singing. He also collects stringed folk instruments and gives talks and demonstrations of them. Lumberjack: From 1943-50 Stan Ransom worked part time as a lumberjack and forest guard for the Connecticut Park and Forest Commission.
For his work as a folklorist and in recognition of his achievements in preserving and interpreting local and regional history, Stan Ransom was awarded a Certificate of Commendation in 1994 by the American Association for State and Local History. Librarian: Ransom is well equipped to do research, from his occupation for over forty years as a professional librarian. He is the retired Director of the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System in Plattsburgh, NY, and the former Director of the Huntington, L.I., Public Library. "To me, the position of librarian is the most satisfying one in the world. I like books, and I like people, and the job of the librarian is to bring books and people together." Black Poetry: During his previous job as Director of the Huntington Public Library, Ransom edited a book of the complete writings of the Long Island slave poet, Jupiter Hammon, of Lloyd Neck, Huntington, the first Black in America to publish his own verse.
Since 1970, when the book was issued, Ransom has promoted the nationwide observance of Black Poetry Day on October 17th, the date of Hammon's birthday in 1711. Thne book was reissued in 1983. In 1970 Ransom was awarded a Certificate of Commendation for this book by the American Association for State and Local History. Appearances: Ransom has appeared at the New York State Museum, on Open Mike at Cafe Lena in Saratoga Springs, at the Kent DeLord House Museum, at Sagamore Conference Center in Raquette Lake, at Shepherd Park in Lake George, and at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival. He also appears at Farmer's Markets, local schools and libraries, and hospitals and nursing homes, as well as local Coffee Houses. Recordings: His first tape, "Down the Saranac," was issued in July, 1991, to a delighted local audience.
In December, 1995, Stan released his 66 minute cassette and CD entitled "Songs of Lake Champlain," covering all aspects of this historic lake, especially "Champ" and "Piper's Refrain," the historic tale of the ghost of Fort Ticonderoga. October, 1997 saw the publication of two recordings of traditional Long Island music, "I Love Long Island," and "My Long Island Home," songs Stan collected back in the 'sixties and now preserved on two hour-long cassettes and CDs. A 54 page spiral bound booklet, "Songs of Long Island," gives lyrics, guitar chords, and documentation to the songs in both albums, plus 14 tasty Long Island recipes and an extensive bibliography, mostly from Stan's own collection. Ice Storm: Following the devastating ice storm of January, 1998 Stan wrote "The Ice Storm of 1998," and recorded a single on cassette that has sold more than 850 copies, with profits going to the American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief Fund. Irishman: On March 17, 1998, a surprised Stan was named "Irishman of the Year" by the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, a most significant honor. In late Fall of 2001, Stan released his new recording, "Battle of Plattsburgh;Music of the War of 1812. This 71 minute Compact Disc is the product of twenty years of research and gathering of music of 1812. The twenty sets include the most important songs and tunes relating to the Battle of Plattsburgh on September 11, 1814, as well as tunes and songs of the War of 1812 played on the hammered dulcimer, mandolin and guitar. Notes on the importance of each selection accompany the recording. Stan is also about to release another new recording, "North Country Memories," which will include winter songs such as "Chateaugay Thaw," "Ice Storm of 1998," and "The Superstorm of 1993. Also to be included are other important songs such as the descriptive "September 11 th," relating to the terrorist attack, and the urban legend in song, "The Ugly Dog. Still to come is an instrumental recording of hammered dulcimer music, "The Good Natured Man." Please watch for these. Stan was delighted when Midwest Book Review stated: "Ransom's is old-style folk music at its best!"
For more information, or for bookings, contact: Stan Ransom Telephone: (518) 563-5719 35 Iowa Street Toll Free: 1-800-277-7695 Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12903 E-mail:
Copyright by Stanley A. Ransom, Jr. (BMI)

My Long Island Home [cached]

By Stan Ransom, The Connecticut Peddler. Cassette and CD. 65 minutes.

Art direction by Futura Design, Shelburne, VT. Copyright 1997 by Stanley A. Ransom, Jr. (BMI). A product of Connecticut Peddler Enterprises (BMI).
Stan Ransom, The Connecticut Peddler, was born in Winsted, CT, in 1928.
She taught Stan the Dutch children’s lullaby, "Trip a Trop a Tronjes," from her Dutch forebears. The song appears on Stan’s "I Love Long Island" recording. Stan Ransom, as The Connecticut Peddler, distributes and shares music, folklore and songs from his large pack. The American Association for State and Local History awarded him a 1994 Certificate of Commendation for his work as a folklorist and in recognition of his achievement in the preservation and interpretation of local, state and regional history. He received this distinction once before, in 1970, in recognition of his book, "America’s First Negro Poet; the Complete Writings of Jupiter Hammon of Long Island.
Tune by Stan Ransom. Guitar, vocal. 3. Pumpkins. Words traditional, popular in Long Island and Connecticut before 1870.
Tune by Stan Ransom. Guitar, vocal. 4. Wainscott Dumpling. 1832. Words from Everett J. Edwards "Whale Off! (1956). Tune by Stan Ransom. Guitar, vocal. 5. My Long Island Home.
Copyright by Stanley A. Ransom, Jr. (BMI)

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