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Seven days of concerts, dances, workshops and impromptu jam sessions begin Monday, when the Alaska Folk Festival opens at Centennial Hall. Here's a schedule of this week's concerts. Please see the Preview section in Thursday's Empire for the slate of next weekend's dances and workshops.
Monday, April 16
7 p.m. - Forget-Me-Not-Fiddlers and Firefly Fiddlers of Juneau: Grades 3,4,5 & 6 from the Juneau Community Charter School perform several violin tunes under the direction of Xia Guohua and Lorrie Heagy.
7:15 p.m. - Wayne Alex of Juneau: Very old Latin folk tunes, sea songs, old folk blues.
7:30 p.m. - Final Form II of Juneau: (Odin Brudie, Bill Childers) It's not broke, but I'm fixing it.
7:45 p.m. - JP's Peewit of Juneau: (Johnse Ostman, Erik Chadwell, Nicole Lantz) Old Time.
8 p.m. - Rik Romerein of Juneau: A man, his guitar & some old songs.
8:15 p.m. - Fruit of the Loon of Juneau: (Dale McFarlin, Andrea Mogil) Instrumental - Flute and Percussion.
Jam session: Beth Leibowitz plays a penny whistle and Charles Rohrbacher plays bohdran, a traditional Irish drum, at Centennial Hall during the 2000 Folk Festival. The pair were practicing Irish music.
BRIAN WALLACE / THE JUNEAU EMPIRE
8:30 p.m. - The Bluescast of Juneau: (Ron Clarke, J. Althea, Laury Roberts Scandling, Mo Hicks, Karl Ohls, Jeff Brown) Political satire you can dance to.
8:45 p.m. - Alaskapella of Douglas: (Ed Schoenfeld, Rob Bosworth, Bob Wolfe, Jon Pollard) Ed Schoenfeld and friends skip the instruments and use 4-part harmony to take on garbage bears, the gas line, and more.
9 p.m. - Mark & Scott of Juneau: (Mark Bush & C. Scott Fry) Acoustic ballads with lead guitar.
9:15 p.m. - Mitchell Franseth of Santa Fe, New Mexico: Vivaldi ... 'tis not ...
9:30 p.m. - Daughters of the New Moon & El Sehr of Juneau: (Kathleen Gamble, Katy Pak, Shawn Anderson, Diana Ground, Angelica Johnson, Matt Gamble, Sarah Asper-Smith, Phyllis Scott, Adrienne Scott, Pilar Scott) Middle Eastern Dance American Style performed to compelling rhythms.
9:45 p.m. - Panhandle Crabgrass Revival Band of Juneau: (Sean Tracey, Maridon Boario, Johnse Ostman, Ethan Abbott, Andy Ferguson, Erik Chadwell) Crabgrass an annual grass, digitaria sanguinalis, is often found in waste grounds and often occurs as a weedy pest in lawns.
10 p.m. - Odd Waters of Juneau: (Todd Walter, Christa Salmon) Like a pantyhose - egg in a tornado, Mr. Putts & I would go ...
Gospel tunes: The Tlingit Gospel Singers perform during their set during the festival last April.
BRIAN WALLACE / THE JUNEAU EMPIRE
10:15 p.m. - Dennis of the North of Auke Bay: (Dennis Nelson) Perform original songs.
10:30 p.m. - Crouching Midget, Hidden Beaver of Juneau: (Scott Jones, Jake Soboleff) Acoustic Rock.
Emcee: Jim Grammel
Stage Manager: Ann Gifford
Tuesday, April 17
7 p.m. - Juneau Pride Chorus of Juneau: (Chris Blust, Sara Boesser, Kristen Bomengen, Marsha Buck, Mary Cartmill, Cheryl Cook, Judy Crondahl, Lorie Daniels, Jacque Farnsworth, Jean Findley, Mary Graham, Bev Haywood, Kelly Henriksen, Kathy Hocker, Marilyn Irwin, Bobbi Jensen, Kim Kiefer, Mo Longworth, Pat McLear, Bonnie Palmateer, Jane Roodenburg, Gani et se, Jill Sandleben, Jeanette St. George, Mary Szczepanski, Bonnie Turner, Linda Vallie, Christina Wallace, Susan Warner, Taffy Wells, Corin Whittemore, Leslie Wood) We are a chorus of mothers, daughters, sisters, lovers, and grandmothers. Our common bond is a love of singing, as we join to celebrate our diversity.
Visiting musicians:Robin Dale Ford and Eric Graves of Fairbanks play with their band, Dang, at the last folk festival. About 150 acts from around the state will be performing concerts and dances and teaching music this year at Centennial Hall and the National Guard Armory.
BRIAN WALLACE / THE JUNEAU EMPIRE
7:15 p.m. - Bill Cassidy of Juneau: Strummer/singer of country and folk songs.
7:30 p.m. - Y'all of Ester: (Leighton Nunez, Jessica Beck, Marie Mitchell) Cheese grating, mandolin playing misplaced Cajuns (but we love our new home).
7:45 p.m. - Mental Matriarchs of Juneau: (Julie Pigott, Alyse Galvin, Putt Clark) A trio of moms slingin' some harmony.
8 p.m. - Pat Henry of Juneau: Songs from Jeanie's kitchen.
8:15 p.m. - The Bog Water Boys of Juneau: (Todd Walter, Jeff Goetz, Terry Schwarz) Play some Folky Songs.
8:30 p.m. - Dr. Thompson's Medicine Show of Ashland, Oregon: (Larry Thompson) Banjoist and Nostrum Merchant.
8:45 p.m. - Irene Muller of Juneau: This year, Irene has a set all to herself! She'll fill it with some of her favorite songs.
9 p.m. - Hannah and the Blue J's of Juneau: (Jeremiah Blankenship, Jake Sobeloff, John Lager, Hannah Lager) Three working men and that one chick ...
9:15 p.m. - Canso of Juneau: (Gani et se, Corin Whittemore, Cory Jean Whittemore) We don't just carry a tune, we drive it around on back roads.
9:30 p.m. - Dave Stancliff and Friends of Juneau: (Dave Stancliff, Chris Gaylord, Becky Miller) Acoustic tunes just for you.
Closing ritual: The Centennial Hall chairs are stacked after the last song, Good Night Irene, was sung to mark the end of last years festival.
BRIAN WALLACE / THE JUNEAU EMPIRE
9:45 p.m. - Big Kind Blue ... Thing of Juneau: (Shosh Seligman and Albert McDonnell) Sonorous steel drum and the sonorous upright bass, together on the FolkFest stage. Relax and enjoy!
10 p.m. - Michael Maas of Juneau: Local singer-songwriter of cheesy-yet-intelligent piano-based pop songs.
10:15 p.m. - The Invisible Circus of Juneau: (Brian Sullivan, Georgia Horton) One Hand Clapping!
10:30 p.m. - Greg Maloney of Juneau: Singer/songwriter performing his own & others' songs that explore meaning and humor.
Emcee: Darius Manino
Stage Manager: Laura Lucas
Wednesday, April 18
7 p.m. - All Nation's Children of Juneau: (Natasia Johnson, Katy Waid, Ruby Soboleff, Joni Skrzynski, Denise Gossman) Multinational children's dance group.
7:15 p.m. - Bryce Edgmon of Juneau: More original stuff.
7:30 p.m. - Kah Du Shan of Juneau: Songs reflecting the soul of the Taku "What if the Rain was Love?"
7:45 p.m. - Tlingit Gospel Singers of Juneau: Hymns from SE Alaskan Presbyterian tradition.
8 p.m. - Ashh-leigh Robbins of Juneau: Various fiddle selections.
8:15 p.m. - Outside Waters of Sitka: (Kermit Whittemore, Vern Culp, Cindy Edwards) Some more original music from the Southwest [southwest of Juneau, that is].
8:30 p.m. - Teri Tibbett of Juneau: Original Songs.
8:45 p.m. - Glacial Erratics of Juneau: (Betsy Sims, Martha Scott, Kim Barlow) The rolling stones return with some new tunes uncovered from beneath the ice.
9 p.m. - Buddy Tabor, The Singing House Painter of Juneau: Call me for a free estimate: 364-2280.
9:15 p.m. - Greg McLaughlin, Ellen Ferguson and Wendy Parker of Juneau: Irish tunes on concertina & piano.
9:30 p.m. - Pam Bob & Friends of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory: canceled.
9:45 p.m. - Rainee Godwin and the Bandtogethere of Juneau: Bandtogethere Music of the genre Country with Rainee Godwin, Terri Gallant, Albert McDonnell, Melissa Zahasky, Jim Griswold, Martha Scott.
10 p.m. - Shamrocks on Ice of Fairbanks: (Julie Baldridge, Marty Baldridge, Erin Tilly) Music for former trees (with strings & keys).
10:15 p.m. - Sarah C. Hanson and Great Support from Great People of Fairbanks: A home town girl singing songs inspired by land, love and people all around.
10:30 p.m. - Christine Gaylord and Alaska Friends of Woodridge, Illinois: (Chris Gaylord, Becky Miller, Bryce Edgmon) Acoustically yours from Chicago.
Emcee: Tom Paul
Stage Manager: Anne Fuller
Thursday, April 19
7 p.m. - Juneau Children's Peace Choir of Juneau: (Joselle Abad, Beatriz Abella, Jasmine Araki, Laurel Araki, Andria Budbill, Joshua Egli, Sierra Handley-Merk, Cheyenne Kennedy, Dana Manchee, Denali Murray-Shapland, Haila Schultz, Elisha Thibodeau, Sage Thibodeau, Tanya Roust, Karen Kirts) Free children's choir for any singer in 2nd-6th grades, specializing in uplifting, fun-filled, happy songs.
7:15 p.m. - Eric McDowell of Juneau: Friends & Family.
7:30 p.m. - Costa's Chicken-Head Eaters of Juneau: (Collette Costa, Joel Bergsbaken) Come get yer drink on and gawk at local oddities, whilest enjoyen the finer sounds of banjo-ukes, kazoos and hatchets. Must see to believe.
7:45 p.m. - Loose Strangs of Girdwood: (Peter Zug, George Sleichter) Two fiddles - no waiting.
8 p.m. - Tom, Brad and Alice of Arcadia, California; Carrboro, North Carolina; Durham, North Carolina: (Tom Sauber, Brad Leftwich, Alice Gerrard) Guest Artists for the 27th Annual Alaska Folk Festival.
8:45 p.m. - Chantal and Dominique of Carcross, Yukon Territory: (Dominique Jarry-Shore, Chantal Briscoe) Coffee roaster and social worker from Yukon play Appalachian folk. Great harmonies and unique songwriting.
9 p.m. - Frostfire of Fairbanks: (Susie Hallinan, Scott Darter, Emmalisa Sparrow, Andy Reynolds) Dangerously Celtic.
9:15 p.m. - Katie Henry of West Lebanon, New Hampshire: This year I'll bring songs, new and old, from New Hampshire, but this is always home.
9:30 p.m. - The Moondogs of North Douglas: (Jillian & Nik Zymonas and friends) Original music with an embracing yet precarious resonance, luminous yet obfuse ... well, original anyhay.
9:45 p.m. - Mr. McFeely of Fairbanks: (Gage Choat, Joe Hardenbrook, H. B. Telling) A delicious blend of savory rock aroma and a full-bodied folk taste.
10 p.m. - Man in the Desert of Juneau: (Mark Lemmel, John Mark Gregory) Mystical sounds from the desert.
10:15 p.m. - Douglas Delivery Service of Douglas: (Manya Pungowiyi, Ron Reed) Manya & Ron trucking original lyrics your way from the Big Island across the Channel.
Emcee: Jane Roodenburg
Stage Manager: Steve Merli
Friday, April 20
7 p.m. - Something Random (AKA Decaf) of Fairbanks: (Britt Arnesen, Becky Brubaker) Two groovy girls with groovy original music!
7:15 p.m. - Two or More of Cordova: (Steve and Tia Vican) Straight from Cordova! Original music that's fresh like a fish and funky like a mushroom.
7:30 p.m. - Jim Wimmer of Santa Barbara, California: Violin Maker/ Fiddle Stylist
7:45 p.m. - Tetrafiddles of Fairbanks: (Lander Ver Hoet, Aurora Bowers, Sara Brauser, Meredith Clark, Katy DeLong, Colleen Herning, Paige Steiner, Adrienne Tilly, Jody March, Joel Martin, Becca Rorabaugh, Jessie Rostad, Katie Sousa, Collin Stackhouse and friends) Music for a found millennium.
8 p.m. - Alaska Fiddlers' Convention: Ron Klein Photo (Wear your favorite Folk Festival shirt!).
8:15 p.m. - The Smelter Rats of Tacoma, Washington: (Kevin Cavanagh, Mike Murray, Peggy Sullivan) Sensitive Redneck Music.
8:30 p.m. - If I Had a Hammer of Juneau: (Michael Sakarias) A musical potpourri of favorite tunes on solo hammer dulcimer.
8:45 p.m. - Gene Ryder of Fredericksburg, Virginia: Prodigal troubador returns!
9 p.m. - Mark Jaqua & Friends of Ketchikan: Handcrafted songs for the mass production world.
9:15 p.m. - Burl Sheldon of Thorne Bay: (with a couple of friends) Dad's favorites.
9:30 p.m. - Andy Baker of Anchorage: Anchorage based singer/songwriter with new songs inspired by a journey through New Zealand.
9:45 p.m. - Ward Van Allen of Seattle, Washington: (with Kermit Whittemore) Original folk/rock.
10 p.m. - Will Putman, Shonti Elder, and Trudy Heffernan of Two Rivers and Wasilla: Original songs - kind of like before only completely different.
10:15 p.m. - Paul Roseland "The Singing Sourdough" of Anchorage.
10:30 p.m. - The Doberman's Wallet of Eagle River: (Dan Possumato, John Walsh, Kenny Karabelnikof, Gerard McDonnell) Classic Irish music in the grand old Tradition.
10:45 p.m. - Av Gross - Elizabeth Gross of Juneau: Some Old, some New - fiddle and guitar.
11 p.m. - Fiery Gypsies of Juneau: (Steve Tada, Dale Wygant, Bruce Simonson, John Staub, Phil Miscovich) "Faster than a steroid-laden Olympian, more powerful than a Seattle earthquake, able to leap over difficult phrasing with a single note!"
Emcee: Michael Christiansen
Stage Manager: Mie Christiansen
Saturday Afternoon, April 21
12 p.m. - Dr. Stangelove of Fairbanks: (Jay Stange) The Spenard Files: songs of love and death, written and performed by this Whitehorse-born Alaska guy.
12:15 p.m. - The Aardvarks of Juneau: (Spencer Miller, Sterling Snyder, Sean Otteson McKeen, Q Smyth) Four young guys sing 3 old songs.
12:30 p.m. - Janice Stamper of Anchorage: Original folk songs about the triumphs and trials of life in Alaska.
12:45 p.m. - Malani of Cordova: (Malani O'Toole) Young singer/songwriter from Cordova will touch you right in the heart.
1 p.m. - Sloughgrass of Cordova: (Mike Mickelson, Rob Collins, Aaron Lang, Rion Schmidt) The Hottest Bluegrass band around a single mike in the Prince William Sound area.
1:15 p.m. - Ron Wise of Willow: A talented finger style guitarist. He emphasizes the Chet Atkins style of finger picking, and mixes it with jazz and modern music. He has performed at the Grand Ol' Opry, Vegas, and as a backup on the road for well-known performers.
1:30 p.m. - Rumblythumps of Fairbanks: (Paul Pendery, Caitlin Warbelow, Dennis Stephens) Celtic/cowboy/musher fusion.
1:45 p.m. - Greg Thomas of Ketchikan: Australian/American folk.
2 p.m. - Kim Rogers of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory: Long-time singer/songwriter who loves to sing romance, history & legends of the past. Her first CD "Canyon City" has sold very well in the North.
2:15 p.m. - Two Steps Up of Fairbanks: (George Paul, Karen Rosene, Mr. Fiddle Player) Traditional Celtic and then some.
2:30 p.m. - Steele Creek of Fairbanks: (Scott Kiefer, Charlie Hunt, Dave Misiuk) New acoustic music for mandolin, guitar and bass goes upstream.
2:45 p.m. - Karen Boylan of Anchorage: Karen fuses an extraordinary vocal range and complex guitar with emotionally rich lyrics in a selection of songs from her debut CD.
3 p.m. - WBHPTL of Juneau: (BJ Gardner, Jacques Norvell, Rick Pearson, Family and friends) Family Gospel sing-a-long.
3:15 p.m. - Lou Nathanson of Anchorage: Unglued, unhinged, undone, but still unrepentant. Appearing today for an undisclosed sum. Unbelievable!
3:30 p.m. - The O'Tooles of Cordova: (Sam, Linden, Malani and Makena O'Toole) Enjoy 15 minutes of family harmony from Cordova!
Emcee: Roblin Davis
Stage Manager: Dawn Pisel-Davis
Saturday Evening, April 21
7 p.m. - Good Ol' Friends of Juneau: (Cooper Galvin, Forrest Allen, Miles Allen, Sean Galvin, Rowan Kurtz, Reid Kurtz) These guys have been playing together for more than half their life! These 7, 8, 9 & 10 yr olds enjoy their great music humor and old fashioned fun. Watch out, old timers!
7:15 p.m. - Bearfoot Bluegrass of Cordova: (Kate Hamre, Malani O'Toole, Mike Mickelson, Angela Oudean, Annalisa Woodless, Jason Norris) Talented teens from Cordova and Anchorage playing hard-driving bluegrass.
7:30 p.m. - Allan, Nathan, Chris & Christa of Fairbanks: (Allan Bent, Nathan Schwartz, Christopher Carlson, Christa Wisneski, George, Kliff) Acoustic Gypsy Swing.
7:45 p.m. - Celtic Confusion of Fairbanks: (Colleen Herning, Lisa Jaeger, Patrick Webb, Max Newman, Gary Newman) Fairbanks Celtoids back at long last. Isn't that Irish CD done yet?
8 p.m. - Dick Gumm of Ester: Solo acoustic guitar instrumentals.
8:15 p.m. - Skagway Beach Picnic of Skagway: (Barbara Kalen, Ardy Miller, Mary Beattie, Mike Wanner, Pete Beattie, Rob Miller, Gene Bartell) Bears and more bears.
8:30 p.m. - Both Wild of Portland, Ore.: (Straford Wild and Andrea Wild) Brother-sister duo from Liverpool performing traditional British Folk.
8:45 p.m. - Northern River of Fairbanks: (Daniel Berberich, Gary Markley, Joe Page, Gary Schultz, Carl Hoffman) Traditional Bluegrass - Alaskan Style.
9 p.m. - Michael Truax of Juneau: Fresh from his Spur Road Tour.
9:15 p.m. - Harmonies - Two sisters come together to do the thing they love most.
9:30 p.m. - Larry Zarella of Talkeetna: Songwriter-singer from The Denali Cooks brings insight and humor with his original folk songs.
9:45 p.m. - Adam Bartlett of Anchorage: Alaskan compositions for the classical guitar.
10 p.m. - Rank Strangers of Anchorage: (Joe Page, Frank Solovani, Joel Kadarouch, Greg Booth, Bernard Glansbeek) Contemporary, Traditional, Newgrass.
10:15 p.m. - Pat Fitzgerald & Robin Dale Ford of Fairbanks: We're just campin' ... heaven's our home.
10:30 p.m. - Pearl Django of Seattle: (Neil Andersson, Michael Gray, Rick Leppanen).
10:45 p.m. - Ford James of Juneau: (with Robert Cohen, Wayne Norlund, Andy Engstrom) Original New Age Jazz.
11 p.m. - Wind in the Bores of Juneau: (Henry Hopkins, Wendy Parker, Gary Newman) Irish session tunes from Juneau.
Emcee: Collette Costa
Stage Manager: Rachel Beck
Sunday Afternoon, April 22
12 p.m. - Just for Fun Music of Juneau: (Kathleen Wiest, Alyse Galvin, Joe Funk, Callie Conerton, Aldyn Brudie, Mircea Brown, Logan Miller, Hannah Wilson, Robin Woodby, Cooper Galvin, Sean Galvin, Paul Christian, Annika Ord) Charter School kids ages 7 to 11. Be ready to sing and laugh along with us.
12:15 p.m. - Ursa Major String Ensemble of Juneau: (Ren DeCherney, Franz Felkl, Kelsey Preecs, Austin Moline, Tristan Knutsen, Megan Bush, Thersea Badilla, Nina Schwinghammer, Hunter Brown, Daniel Piorowski, Mark Means, Mackenzie Slater) Suzuki string players from Juneau.
12:30 p.m. - The Allen Family Band of Anchorage: (Bill Allen, Forrest Allen, Miles Allen, Mary Schallert) Combining old festival geisers with some up and coming ones, a family with a noble purpose.
12:45 p.m. - Esther Golton of Talkeetna: Talkeetna performer accompanies her original songs with non-traditional mountain dulcimer.
1 p.m. - Mossberry Jam of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory: Compositions by Daphne Mennell, keyboard; Mike Wanner, accordion, electric bass; Deb Jutra, vocal, Gerry Fiscus. fiddle/guitar
1:15 p.m. - Braided River of Cordova: (Carolyn Roesbery, Mary Roesbery, Susie Roesbery) Acoustic family folk band from Cordova.
1:30 p.m. - Reid Tippets of Juneau: Four original songs; one is an Alaskan lullaby
1:45 p.m. - Jason Messing of Juneau: Acoustic guitar and vocal. Original works
2 p.m. - Bear Paw Pickers of Hoonah: (Stephanie Harold, Ben McLuckie, Bob Hutton) Tunes from the den.
2:15 p.m. - Margie Anne of Anchorage: (Margie Day, Yogi Lawrence) A singing bus driver.
2:30 p.m. - Freezing Rain of Juneau: (Molly Trostel & Cate Ross) Folk music from two wet girls.
2:45 p.m. - Large Red Kings of Juneau: (John Church, Pan Fish, Two Fish, Dan Fish, Blue Fish, Squack Fish, Rock Fish) Alaska's largest jug band.
3 p.m. - Ivory Smith from Seattle of Seattle: Hometown girl returns after years of living down under (Seattle) to scat, surprise and bewilder.
3:15 p.m. - Robin Hopper of Chugiak: This songwriter from Chugiak will have you giggling one minute and reaching for your Kleenex the next.
3:30 p.m. - Joe Karson of Homer: (with Blind Lemon Assenmacher) Amish blues.
Emcee: Sutapa Banerjee
Stage Manager: The Tetrafiddles
Sunday Evening, April 22
7 p.m. - Alaska Youth Choir of Juneau: Juneau's Alaska Youth Choir features the voices of 56 youngsters, ages 8 - 16, in the Concert Choir and the Resident Training Choir. AYC gives young people an additional opportunity to sing beginning, intermediate and advanced choral music.
7:15 p.m. - River of Life of Juneau: (Greg Lindsay, Jan Dennis, Eldon Dennis, Heidi Johnson, Keith Goering, George Trani) Contemporary & traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel.
7:30 p.m. - Kevin Barr of Carcross, Yukon Territory: Kevin Barr is a singer-songwriter from the Carcross-Tagish area of the Yukon.
7:45 p.m. - Ken Waldman, Alaska's Fiddling Poet - and Friends of Anchorage: Fiddle tunes and fiddle-tune-related poetry.
8 p.m. - John Palmes of Juneau: What you see is what it is, what you hear is how it sounds.
8:15 p.m. - Landbridge Tollbooth of Nome: (Jim Dory, Carol Gales, Margie McWilliams, Peter Neitlich) Nome's one and only all-purpose old-time band.
8:30 p.m. - Cliff & Julie Landis of Bolinas, California: Happiness is a warm cow. Munch a little hillbilly sagegress.
8:45 p.m. - Art Johns & Friends of Carcross, Yukon Territory: (with Kevin Barr)
9 p.m. - Tom, Brad and Alice of Arcadia, California; Carrboro, North Carolina; Durham, North Carolina: (Tom Sauber, Brad Leftwich, Alice Gerrard) Guest Artists for the 27th Annual Alaska Folk Festival.
10 p.m. - Good Night, Irene
Emcee: Jeff Brown
Stage Manager: Susan Phillips