Solivan's Saturday concert revolves around family talent

Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2003

Frank Solivan II will play at Northern Light United Church on Saturday, Feb. 1, in a performance incorporating his mother, Lorene Solivan of Anchorage, and cousin, Megan McCormick of Wasilla.

"The theme is always family when I play," Frank Solivan said.

Brett Dillingham, a professional storyteller in Juneau, also will perform and emcee the concert.

Solivan last played in Juneau in July, in a performance that included his father and cousin as well as Dillingham, a close friend. Solivan moved to Juneau in October.

Saturday's show will begin with stories from Dillingham, then will move to music from McCormick and Solivan. The second half of the show will include Lorene Solivan on vocals.

"She's a magnificent singer," Frank Solivan said. "She sings. Some people say she's a cross between Patsy Cline and Wynonna Judd, but it's hard to say those things because she has her own unique sound."

McCormick, 16, is a "prodigy," said Solivan. She plays electric and acoustic guitar and writes some of her own songs.

The performance will include original works by Solivan and McCormick, and cover songs, although the trio will not choose the song list until McCormick and Lorene Solivan arrive in Juneau.

Frank Solivan will play the mandolin, fiddle and guitar, and will perform songs from his latest record, "I am a Rambler," which he recorded in Nashville.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10 and are available at Rainy Day Books, Rock Paper Scissors and at the door.

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