Joe Page debuts with new band

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2003

Anchorage-based bluegrass mandolinist Joe Page will play with the band Silver Creek at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, at The Alaskan Bar.

This weekend's performance will be a debut for Silver Creek, Page said. The band will pick and strum intricate bluegrass instrumentals with banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin, while singing in three-part vocal harmonies. Though the configuration of musicians may be new, none of the musicians are new to playing in bluegrass bands, Page said.

"The band scene is pretty incestuous," Page said. "I have played with all of (the members of Silver Creek) for a long time."

Most of the music in this weekend's shows will be traditional, with a few original compositions, Page said.

Silver Creek includes banjo player Gary Markley, guitarist Nathan Schwartz and bassist George Gianakopulous. Schwartz and Gianakopulous previously played with Clark County.

Before starting Silver Creek, named for a song Page wrote in the 1980s, the mandolinist played with the band Northern River for 10 years. Northern River broke up, Page said, because "sometimes bands just kind of run their course."

Page has been playing bluegrass in Alaska for 25 years and has shared the stage with David Grisman and opened for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Bill Keith, Bill Monroe and Nickel Creek. An Alaska Folk Festival regular, Page has been a member of various bands over the years, including Mando Commando, Faultline, Rank Strangers and Rhythm Romancers.

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