Photos: The 34th Alaska Folk Festival

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2008

Thursday evening, April 10 (Emcee: Riley Woodford; Stage Manager: Rachel and Greg Beck)

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David Sheakley / Juneau Empire
David Sheakley / Juneau Empire

7:00 p.m. High School Folk Ensemble "De Strigat", Juneau. Juneau-Douglas High School students performing songs and dances of Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria.

7:15 p.m. Dan "Dirty D" Pascucci, Soldotna. Come check out Dan's birthday suit. Set. Did I say suit? I meant set. It's his birthday and he's playing a set.

7:30 p.m. Andy 'n Jack, Juneau. Andy Ferguson, Jack Fontanella. Southern old time fiddle and banjo. It's not like it was, it's what it is.

7:45 p.m. Sean Tracey and Trouble, Juneau. Sean Tracey, Maridon Boario, Andrew Heist, Jeremy Kane. Original honky-tonk numbers converted to driving bluegrass rippers. Bring your pipes, we're gonna sing the beer song loud!

8:00 p.m. Les Amis Creole, Lousiana and Texas. James Adams, Cedric Watson, Ed Poullard and Corey Ledet. Guest Artists for the 34th annual Alaska Folk Festival.

8:45 p.m. Mandopianika, Fairbanks. Charlie Hunt, Nancy Bayer, Brendan Cox.

9:00 p.m. Dao Strom, Juneau. Dao Strom, David Hunsaker and Bob Banghart. Female indie-folk songwriter's music and voice have been described as "Americana rich with a tender melancholy and gentle darkness."

9:15 p.m. Shonti Elder and friends, Wasilla. Shonti Elder, Will Putman, Trudy Heffernan, possibly more. Originals and fun.

9:30 p.m. Blind Hog Redux, Fairbanks. Lynn Basham, Safia Yonker. Straight up Irish, a little faster than we can play it.

9:45 p.m. Pat Henry, Juneau. Songs from Jeanie's kitchen.

10:00 p.m. Kim Beggs, Whitehorse. Yukoner Kim Begs infuses sweet old-time country roots with dark tales of northern life.

10:15 p.m. Booth Family Bluegrass, Fairbanks. Mandy Booth, Dan Booth, Greg Booth, Dan Ison. Why get a table when you can have a Booth?

Friday evening, April 11 (Emcee: Ed Schoenfeld; Stage Manager: Genevieve Smith)

7:00 p.m. Thorne Bay School Band, Thorne Bay. William Humphrey, director; Steven Taylor, guitar; David Dawding, drums; Anthony Minillo, Justin Cabe, Tristan Nyquest, Nate Wagner, Jacob Christenson, Garrick Oberndorfer, Joe Currit, Kimmie Rawding, Kevin Ambrosini, Jon Christenson. First year band playing popular standards of pep bands.

7:15 p.m. College Bound, Juneau. Guy Unzicker, Laura Zahasky, Quinn Zahasky and Hannah Wilson. Two girls + two guys + seven instruments + vocal chords = bluegrass!!

7:30 p.m. Morgan Fawcett-Strang, Nashville, Ark. Native American flute.

7:45 p.m. The Great Alaska Bluegrass Band, Douglas. Joe Baxter, Andrew Heist, Jeremy Kane, Brooke Munro and Scott Burton. Formerly Bluegrass 101. Hard driving bluegrass in the Stanley tradition. Dr. Ralph Stanley for President!

8:00 p.m. Alaska Fiddlers' Convention, greater Alaska. And Ron Klein Photo. Fiddlers from around Alaska and beyond play a few tunes.

8:15 p.m. Rick Miller, Anchorage. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the management.

8:30 p.m. Katie Henry, Davis, Calif. Hometown girl with a banjo, a song, and big news: the new Mudlark CD has hatched! Check out NEST at

8:45 p.m. Judy Lungren, Spokane, Wash. Judy Lungren, Warren Argo. Don't make me play the banjo!

9:00 p.m. Cliff Perry and Stu Herrick, Seattle, Wash. Cliff Perry and Stu Herrick. Old-time bluegrass duets with guitar and mandolin.

9:15 p.m. Teri Tibbett and Haley Nelson, Juneau. Mother and daughter music.

9:30 p.m. Vic Cano, Mt. Vernon, Wash. Vic Cano, may have one or two guest performers. Folk ballads with something to say.

9:45 p.m. Michael Stackhouse, Fairbanks. Singer/songwriter.

10:00 p.m. John Jamieson, Kila, Mont. John Jamieson and Bob Banghart.

10:15 p.m. Annie Lou, Whitehorse. Anne Louise Genest, Kim Barlow, Keitha Clark and Lindy Jones. Old-time music a la dark & lonesome.

10:30 p.m. Calamity, Tacoma, Wash. Kevin Cavanagh and Kim Barlow. Primitive Appalachian music.

10:45 p.m. The Joe Page Band, Anchorage. Joe Page, Joel Kadarauch, Dan Booth and Greg Booth. Original mandolin tunes for your listening pleasure.

11:00 p.m. Phil & The Phlegmatics, Juneau. Chris Frary, Jason Caputo, Robert Cohen, Clay Good, Mike Stanley, Doug Bridges, John Hunt, Amanda Curry, Kari Groven, Vicki Van Fleet and Buzz Ritter. Three great songs, one powerhouse band.

Saturday afternoon, April 12 (Emcee: Lori Neufeld; Stage Manager: Rik Romerein)

12:00 p.m. Across the Waters Festival Band, Souteast Alaska. Kids from Mosquito Lake, Klukwan, Haines, Gustavus, Hoonah, Sitka, Petersburg and Juneau gather with stringed instruments to sing and play in a festival band.

12:15 p.m. Gastineau Strummers, Douglas. American musical traditions performed by the students of Gastineau Elementary.

12:30 p.m. The Hot Club of Nunaka, Anchorage. Jon Schick, Derek Christianson and Martin Hall. From Duke to Dawg, Miles to Monroe, and Reinhardt to Rice, this trio illustrates the distance between Appalachia and the Samois sur Seine isn't all that far musically.

12:45 p.m. Vincent Chmielarczyk, Lamy, N. M. House painting by Buddy Tabor. Free estimates me thinks.

1:00 p.m. Bradley Johnson, Juneau. Acoustic songs that will make memories.

1:15 p.m. Muggle Merriment, Seattle, Wash. Marcus Ebenhoe and Elsbeth Ruder. We like sing-alongs. We hope you do too. We're singing some classic songs. And we need some help from you!

1:30 p.m. The Invisible Circus, Juneau. Brian Sullivan. "A horse named Alexander"

1:45 p.m. Myrna Ukelele, Palmer. Tiptoe through the tulips with me.

2:00 p.m. Flapjacks, Fairbanks. Alyna Atkinson, Brenda Cox and Vallyn Atkinson. Young folks playing old music.

2:15 p.m. Meg and Mark, Juneau. Maegan Mackey and Mark Sean Tinneny. Two local singer/songwriters performing some original music.

2:30 p.m. Mama Tonga Band, Homer. Heather Tonga, Knute Tonga and Kristen Tonga. We're a family string band from Homer playing acoustic music for your enjoyment.

2:45 p.m. Corinne Diggins, Flagstaff, Ariz. Old-time Appalachian blues banjo/box guitarist who has opened up for the likes of Cravery, Po' Girl and Chatham County Line.

3:00 p.m. Bear Paw Pickers, Hoonah. Ben McLuckie, Chris Erickson, Stephanie Harold, Daniel Austin and Bob Clark. Den ramblers and new cubs present fresh, old-time music.

3:15 p.m. TBA

3:30 p.m. Los Bandido's del Norte, Juneau. Rafael Soto, John Ingalls and John Lager. Songs from south of boarder.

Saturday evening, April 12 (Emcee: Collette Costa; Stage Manager: Susan Phillips)

7:00 p.m. Aurora Strings, Juneau. Kenny Coneen, Finn Sinclair, Denali Murray-Shapland, Calder Otsea, Anouk Otsea, Asia Moreno-Goodwin, Max Blust, Elias Antaya, Cassidy Davenport, Kevin Sigler, Bailey McWhorter and Leo Steedle. A celestial phenomenon, these young string players rosin up and bow, with a heart for the music and some places to go.

7:15 p.m. Northern River, Fairbanks. Dan Ison, Gary Markley, Dan Berberich, Luke Hoffman and Carl E. Hoffman. Traditional bluegrass with an Alaskan flavor.

7:30 p.m. Esther Golton, Talkeetna. Esther Golton, possible additional instruments or harmonies. Unconventional mountain dulcimer with quirky, poetic songwriting, and a sweet new CD, "Unfinished Houses," happily recorded at 10th Planet in Fairbanks with Pat-n-Robin.

7:45 p.m. Robin Hopper, Chugiak. Award-winning folk music from Chugiak.

8:00 p.m. Pilot Cracker Playboys, Anchorage. Nate Williamson, Brendan Bonnett, Jeff Day, Karen Loso and Michael Loso. Southcentral string band.

8:15 p.m. Bayou Glacée, Anchorage. Céline Vaillancourt, Bill Allen, Rolfe Buzzell and Eric Stice. Traditional Cajun music in French.

8:30 p.m. Red Elk, Anchorage. Richard Gelardin, Linda Ziegler, Amanda Kerr, Dan Berberich and Gary Markley. Western swing, cowboy jazz.

8:45 p.m. Mariah Z, Fairbanks, Mariah VerHoef. Original acoustic songs.

9:00 p.m. Bill Owens, Hayward, Calif. Tie up the dogs...It's chicken killing day on the farm...

9:15 p.m. Buddy Tabor, Juneau. Singing house painter, call for a free estimate 364-2280.

9:30 p.m. Red Square, Fairbanks. Shiloh Parkenson-Gray, Rachel DeTemple, Mandy Booth and Dan Ison. Acoustic, folk, newgrass from Fairbanks.

9:45 p.m. Latif Bolat, Albuquerque, N.M. Latif Bolat plays traditional acoustic Turkish instruments and may recite devotional poetry from 13th century mystics Rumi & Yunus Emre.

10:00 p.m. Kid Burfl, Haines. Don't look now, but someone is reading this over your shoulder, be cool; wait for it. OK, look now!

10:15 p.m. The Stringfellows, Fairbanks. Nate Mcdonald, Ryan Bowers and Dan Ison. Smokin' good 'grass!

10:30 p.m. Mark Bush & Friends, Good Springs, Ala. Mark Bush and C. Scot Fry. Mark's back from Alabama for more pickin'.

10:45 p.m. Kim Heacox & Friends, Gustavus. Kim Heacox, Jamie Marks, Lydia Steele, Tania Lewis, Dan Henry and Charlie Skyhawk Henry. Music from the 1960s or thereabouts.

11:00 p.m. Post Concert Dance: Les Amis Creole, Lousiana and Texas. James Adams, Cedric Watson, Ed Poullard and Corey Ledet. Dance some two-steps and waltzes to the music of the Folk Festival guest artists.

Sunday afternoon, April 13 (Emcee: Michael Levine; Stage Manager: Linda Buckley)

12:00 p.m. Juneau Community Charter School, Juneau. Music on a shoestring (budget).

12:15 p.m. Timothy Reimer, Juneau. Singer/songwriter, acoustic instrumentalist.

12:30 p.m. Irene Muller, Tukwila, Wash. She's back again!

12:45 p.m. Olga and Friends, Douglas. Olga Lijo, John Ingalls and Steve Wilde. A taste of the Spanish music that can have influenced Creole music.

1:00 p.m. A Little Bit Wednesday, Sitka. Acacia Anglin, Andrea Turner, Jake Turner and Fernando Brierly. !Tres locos y un chileno!

1:15 p.m. Slow Gun Runner, Juneau. Nikki Skeek, David Pichard, Jeff Goetz and Chris Lamb. Funk/r&b/reggae induced fun.

1:30 p.m. Boom Derby, Juneau. Mark Lukey, Martha DeFreest and Dale McFarlin. Shuffle songs for the soul.

1:45 p.m. Amos & Katy Hopkins, Ketchikan. Kentucky roots music.

2:00 p.m. The Ring Around the Tub, Denali National Park. Mike Speaks and Land Cole. Wash tub bass and guitar picking out original and other tunes we enjoy.

2:15 p.m. Sonny Chandler, Auke Bay. Acoustic guitar/songwriter.

2:30 p.m. Rogue Canadian Man & Wild American Woman, Quartzsite, Ariz. Carrol Oldenburg, Coney Oldenburg, Friend 1, Friend 2, and maybe more. It's been 10 months on the road following the bluegrass trail in our motorhome. After 18 festivals we've returned for the best festival of all. It's our first anniversary and we want to celebrate in Juneau.

2:45 p.m. String Theory, Auke Bay. Kinsa Hughes-Skandjis, Alicia Hughes-Skandjis, Adrienne March, Sarah Campen, Josh Galbraith and Jenny MacDougall. String theory, a good concept with all the power of modern mathematics, but can they produce music?

3:00 p.m. Caldwell & Friends, Juneau. Ray Caldwell, Jerome Kane, Brook and Andrew Mandoline. Original songs by Ray Caldwell with a bluegrass back-up.

3:15 p.m. The Brudie/Childers Project, Juneau. Odin Brudie, Charli Childers, Bill Childers. Join Odin, Charli, and Bill for their latest blues and country collaboration!

3:30 p.m. Thea Fermin, Juneau. Singer songwriter performing her new songs from Cabo to Alaska with love and light!

Sunday evening, April 13 (Emcee: Jeff Brown; Stage Manager: Emily Kane)

7:00 p.m. Alaskas Kit and the Kaboodles, Auke Bay. Kit, Steve Wilde, Doug Bridges, Simon Taylor, Dale McFarlin and John Knight. Alaska's Kit is a 12-year-old singer who is releasing a CD this year with the help of some of Juneau's finest musicians.

7:15 p.m. Will and the Hefferputians, Fairbanks. Will Putman, Trudy Heffernan, Molly Putman and Liam Putman. Our first attempt at a family band - it might not be any good, but it should at least be cute.

7:30 p.m. Tram Wreck, Douglas. Heidi Johnson, Jamie Marks, Tania Lewis, Bobby Jones and Dave Kovach. Last year's Retreadwells from Thane, Douglas and Gustavus collide again to play some soon-to-be classics.

7:45 p.m. Burl Sheldon, Haines. Original tunes from his 2007 CD "Busy Makin' Money."

8:00 p.m. Natalie Edelson, Whitehorse. Winter's been harsh, here's more tunes from the marsh!

8:15 p.m. Ratfish Wranglers, Ketchikan. Ray Troll, Dave Rubin, Amos Hopkins, Shauna Lee, Craig Koch, Patrick Troll, Bob Banghart and Forrest Gibson. "Where music, ichthyology and art collide." Southeast Alaska's weirdest garage band return like spawning humpies...

8:30 p.m. Concertina Queen - Denise Martin, Anchorage. Denise Martin, Amanda Kerr, Ben Saylor, Jim Kerr and Shonti Elder. Traditional Irish tunes from her CD-laptop, featuring Jubilee and Amanda Kerr.

8:45 p.m. Acousticasters, Portland, Ore. Forrest Gibson, Grant Dermody and Scott Law. Gonzo-coastal, non-linear, exponential blues-folk. Three-fifths of Harmonicasters.

9:00 p.m. Les Amis Creole, Lousiana and Texas. James Adams, Cedric Watson, Ed Poullard, Corey Ledet. Guest artists for the 34th annual Alaska Folk Festival.

• Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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