Anchorage Folk Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, member-supported, volunteer organization supporting folk arts in the community.
PERFORMER PROFILES- 2013
(updated 9:30 pm, 1/10/2013) Performer Profiles, PDF version for printing
WEEK ONE: Thursday Evening, January 17 – 7 pm
Alaska Flute Circle - Native American Flutes. Several individuals will perform solos and one couple will perform a flute and piano duet.
Soup Lady and Company - Singing and storytelling with Antonia Castillo, Sherri Livingood and Pastor Eldon Hicks
Brubaker Family Band - Ryan Brubaker – fiddle, mandolin, uke; Maya Brubaker - fiddle, mandolin; Neena Brubaker, fiddle; Carter Brubaker, guitar; Michael Brubaker, guitar. Playing Summertime, Blackberry Blossom, Little Talks, Red Haired Boy, I'm Yours
Nancy Rubenstein - Solo singer-songwriter on guitar and piano.
Grateful Reds - Zach Bassett - mandolin, banjo, ukelele (maybe); Jake Bassett - guitar, ukelele (maybe). These brothers spend the summer setnetting for the red salmon. When their fingers aren't too sore from picking fish, they find time to pick some strings.
Laura Oden – Singer-songwriter. Original songs.
Matt and Jessica - Two performers, one instrument.
Midnight Sun Zombies - Nino Muniz, guitar, mandolin; Todd Kelsey, guitar, banjo, harmonica; Skip Repetto, bass; Brett Jokela, mandolins. Feeling run down? Nothing perks you up like a nice wintery murder ballad!
Doug Briney – the Alaskan Cowboy, ICoMA Nominee for Best New Country Artist and Southern Star Network Nominee for Best Overall Artist will sing songs of life from his CD, It's All Country.
Long and Short of it - Meg Anderson, Bass and Vocals; Paul Paslay, Guitar and Vocals; John Schlomer, Harmonica and Vocals. Homey harmonies, harmonica, and height diversity from three long term Alaskan musicians.
WEEK ONE: Friday Evening, January 18 – 7 pm
6:45,or so -The Board Band - (a brief welcome by the AFF Board)
Cook Inlet Ceili Band - Elanor Carpenter, Donna Fearey, Maura Walsh, Marilyn Backus, Ben Saylor, Willow Feighery, Richard Gelardin, Garreth Ratchford, Brett Jokela, Jim Kerr, Kenny Karabelnikoff, Denise Martin, et al. Loosely configured Sunday afternoon practitioners of the Irish Tradition.
Full Sail - Tony Elder, guitar and vocals; Doug Shutte, banjo and vocals; Bill Yeagle, mandolin and vocals; Pete Schaab, bass; Richard Gelardin, fiddle and vocals. Contemporary bluegrass played outside the box.
Melissa Beck - Melissa Beck, guitar. Singer-Songwriter celebrating her 20th year in Alaska. Enjoy her songs of Alaska and life's journeys.
Steve Durr – Solo vocal and guitar. Original songs with an Alaskan theme. I have worked professionally in Alaska since 1969 and currently have contracts in Talkeetna that run daily from May through September performing my Alaskan songs. I'm at work on my 5th Alaskan CD.
Raggedy Banjos - Ken “The Flash” Olmstead, Tenor Banjo; Cheri Spink, Plectrum Banjo. Bringing back some toe-tapping, rapid-fire dixieland banjo tunes.
Midtown Revival - Silas Hoffman, Double Bass; Paul Anderson, Guitar and Vocals; Nick Petumenos, Mandolin. Powerful – Acoustic - Original.
Robin Hopper - Robin Hopper, vocals and guitar. Robin is an award-winning songwriter from Chugiak. Will she make you laugh? Will she make you cry? Settle back in your seats, and find out...
GUEST ARTISTS: Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers
WEEK ONE: Saturday Afternoon, January 19 – 12 pm
Alaska Jumping Flea Society - All ukulele Jam group. A group of five to seven new ukulele players that would like to show people how much fun a ukulele can be.
Winds of Time - Linda Zimmerman, Mary Bustamante, Emily Becker, Shawn Campbell, Meredith Rude, Ingrid Lindberg, Sharon Theroux, Greg Daniel: all on recorder. A recorder ensemble that plays medieval to contemporary music.
First Cov - Phil Cannon, rhythm guitar; Jordan Kimble, bass; Hannah Markwood, banjo and vocals; Sara Markwood, vocals and maybe guitar; Jonathan Hanson, percussion; Lauren Brion, keys; Arnold Shavings, guitar. We usually lead Sunday music at our church, but will play some non-church music with a southern gospel, country, old-time feel.
Fiddlers Anonymous - Three sibling children will play their violins: Maren, Wyatt, and Carson.
Emineminem - Three of the original Emeralds and friends play classics from their heyday in the mid-90s. Matt Crimp, Matt Smith and Marth Leffek.
Dawn Berg - A Capella folk singing
Andy Baker - Singer-songwriter.
Jim Kerr - Jim Kerr and whoever is foolish enough to join me doing juggling, movement and music.
George Reandeau - Chromatic harmonica tunes.
Kjirsten Tornfelt - Kjirsten, acoustic guitar, vocals; Robert, cello. I love to play passionate and fun music that comes from the heart and intrigues listeners ears
Tina Hansen - A selection of classic Irish folk music along with some fun fiddle tunes played on the viola.
The AS Band - Sevrin, Anya, Stephan and Lloyd playing guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and string bass. An entertaining mix of folk and bluegrass music performed from a young, fresh perspective.
Dan “dirty d” Pascucci - Dan Pascucci: guitar, mandolin, big-bam-boom, and a puppet. Songs about the love of nature, and the nature of love.
The Good Cheese - Nicholas Nick “The Dream” Weaver, guitar; Rita Merrill, bass. Singer-songwriter Nick has been performing in Anchorage since 1997 in open markets, coffee shops, and various venues. Rita is a UAA music major graduate, and a very accomplished musician.
The Starling Sisters - Amy Lou Hettinger, Amanda Cash, Tamara McCoy and one guitar. Originals, Lullabies, folk songs, and some bluesy tunes.
Alaska City Folk Arts - Multiple performers of many ages - “The Future of The Festival.”
GUEST ARTISTS: Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers
WEEK ONE: Saturday Evening, January 19 – 7 pm
Alaska Button Box Gang – Multiple button accordion players, two percussionists, and one piano player play polkas, waltzes, schottishes, swing, and Latin.
Rogues & Wenches - Benjamin James, guitar and vocals; Erin Wells, flute and vocals; Lucia Woofter accordion and vocals; Hunter Woofter, bodhran, djembe and vocals; Robert Woofter, harmonica and vocals; Covenant Faithfulness, bodhran, fiddle, banjo and vocals, Erik Bollerud, vocals. Rogues & Wenches are patrons of a 16th-century Elizabethan alehouse, who sing for one another's mutual entertainment. Irish and Scottish pub songs, sea shanties, and pirate fare salted with sad love songs and happy war songs. www.roguesandwenches.com
Stephen Hendricks - Stephen Hendricks, 6 & 12-string fingerstyle and slide guitar. Stephen Hendricks is a composer, acoustic guitarist, and singer-songwriter. His music includes folk, blues, jazz, and alternate tuning fingerstyle. He performs vocal and instrumental compositions acoustically and with electronic effects.
Vocal Point - Kim Amaya: guitar, vocals; Adriana Amaya: guitar, vocals; Barbara Grant: flute, guitar, and vocals; Eleanor McMahon, vocals; Julia McMahon, violin and vocals. Mothers and daughters playing some of their favorite songs.
John L Anderson - Acoustic-Electric Guitar,Wide variety of Folk and Pop songs dedicated to the 40-60's Era Intensely influenced by Chet Atkins and developed a life-long association and friendship with him.
Elk de Rouge – Vocals with guitar, bass, mandolin playing bluegrass and some western swing.
Lauren Heyano - Voice and guitar. Acoustic folk from a singer-songwriter.
Slapdash - Cory Shepard, fiddle; Harrison Jennings, mandolin; Kai Kokesh, guitar; Stewart Bembenek, bass. A versatile, appealing, and well-rounded band of four young men who like to slap, dash, and play music!
Patrick McCormick – Guitar and harmonica. The Son of “Mr. Whistling Swan”, Patrick (age 10 or so) once passed a chip, just one, from the back seat of an 18-seat Van to Allison Krauss. Fifteen years later he is less stingy with chips and has learned to play guitar and write songs.
Wings To Fly - Marianne See, vocals, guitar; Elsa Aegerter, vocals, flute, guitar; Karl Wilhelmi, vocals, mandolin; Shonti Elder, vocals, fiddle; Ben Saylor, bass. Flying harmonies, and fun.
Mary Oudean – Mary plays guitar and sings bluegrass, country and gospel.
John Cook - John Cook, guitar and vocal. John Cook is known for his distinctive acoustic finger-picking style of guitar playing. He will be performing original music from a new CD. He teaches a finger-picking workshop during the festival.
Mountain Echo - Mike Childers, Guitar and vocals; Steve Hinds, autoharp and vocals. Hootenanny-style folk music that has you singing along with a smile on your face.
30-Cent Pistol – Ian, mandolin; Levi, bass; Ryan, drums; Matt, guitar. Bluegrass, served up fresh.
Sourdough Biscuits - Bob Fairchild, octave mandolin; Michael Faubion, guitar; Tom Torvie, bass; Matt Faubion, mandolin; Kelly Leseman, banjo. It's bluegrass done Biscuits' style. Get ready to tap your toes and sing along. Please note: no matter how fast they pick, their fingers never leave their hands!
Moose Mountain Pickers - Kelly Leseman, Chuck Dunnigan, Gary Markley, Doug Schutte and others, an Earl Scruggs tribute
WEEK ONE: Sunday Afternoon, January 20 – 12:30 pm
Country Gospel Band - Davis R., guitar; Jill, violin; Dan, bass and lead guitar. Gospel songs.
Cagey on the Sax – Saxophone.
Rant and Raven Dancers - Chris & Dawn Berg, Dan & Serena Coons, Lyn Lemon, Donna Lavesque, and Karin & Kirsten Gustafson - Traditional English folk dancing.
Clam Caravan - Hans Arnett, acoustic guitar, vocals; Russ Piessig, acoustic guitar; possible third (guest) acoustic guitar player. Garage-grade Gypsy Jazz with a contemporary twist.
Elisa Fleener, Storyteller's Guild of Anchorage – A one or two-storyteller event. A story to inspire people to overcome illness with an ending that uplifts!
C & H - A brother and sister duo - Harrison Sturm on guitar and Camas Oxford, ukulele and mandolin. They will play a variety of tunes from Hank Williams to the Beatles. Harrison has recently discovered the joy of bluegrass and classic 60's music; Camas loves lots of music and performing. Both are students of Kevin Cassity.
Steve and Anita Wright - Steve Wright, banjo; Anita Wright, guitar. Anita and Steve got their start 13 years ago jamming in the halls at the folk festival. Steve plays in the Cowboy Church of Anchorage Praise Band and Anita leads worship music with the children's service.
Alaska Celtic Pipes and Drums - Traditional Scots-Irish Pipe Band music on the Great Highland Bagpipes
Nick “The Dream” Weaver – Nick, guitar. Nick has been performing in Anchorage since 1997 in coffee shops, open markets, and various venues.
Selma Jesse Houck - Selma Jesse Houck is a twelve year-old Alaskan singer-songwriter who got her start playing guitar and writing songs at the Cordova 4H Music Camp.
Chris Thompson & Friends - Chris Thompson, guitar; Harrison Jennings, mandolin and fiddle; Rolfe Buzzell, harmonica, Paul Pasley, bass. Chris Thompson performs several haunting original folk compositions telling of love, loss and the journey, plumbing a range of human emotion. Harrison Jennings and Rolfe Buzzell add mandolin, fiddle and harmonica stylings to round out the mix.
Sjofn – Sjofn, guitar and vocals; Paul Montserrat, clarinet. Sjofn is a folk duo from the Chugach Mountains of Alaska. Their CD called “Secret” has been released world-wide and has met with critical acclaim.
Wright on Down - Three generations of Wright kids that love hangin' out and making noise together. Influences range from the Carter Family to the Clash; and did we mention that we love the Anchorage Folk Festival? Duncan, Addy, Cathy, Oliver, Phil and Geoff Wright.
Sarah B. & Harry J. - Sarah Bartholomew, fiddle; Harrison Jennings, mandolin. Two folk musicians with a variety of bluegrass tunes and fast fingers!
Froggie and the Bean - Tony Bustamante, Mary Bustamante, Tamara McCoy, Jacques Regat, Mary Regat, Greg Durocher, Matt Oconnor. Friends that play old time folk music infused with French and Spanish Songs. We accompany our harmonized vocals with banjo, guitar, percussion, and bass.
Jenny Baker - Vocals and acoustic-electric guitar. Jenny, a singer-songwriter who moved to Anchorage eight years ago began performing at fifteen in Bend, Oregon. In 2003, she sold her first CD and was nominated Bend's Best Musician.
AllGood Family Band - Ry Allwright (8), violin; Ezra Allwright (4), cello; Michael Allwright, bass; Lilly Goodman-Allwright, violin. Step aside Von Trapps, the AllGood Family Band takes the stage with original versions of folk favorites and maybe even jazz. Enjoy downhome music with family zest!
Swiftwater - Dan Guzauskas: Guitar, banjo, mandolin; Sam Guzauskas: Bass, banjo; Dave Guzauskas: Guitar. Swiftwater returns for its third year to the Anchorage Folk Festival. Dan and his sons, Sam and Dave, play a variety of bluegrass, old-time and folk music for their own amusement and, hopefully, your enjoyment.
WEEK ONE: Sunday Evening, January 20 – 6:30 pm
Folks Tales - Shane Mitchell, harmonica; Wayne Mitchell, percussion; Erin Mitchell, vocals Dennis Cleary, guitar; Lindsay Lamar, fiddle; Petra Banks, vocals; Elle Janachek, auto harp; Kristin Fernandez, vocals; Leif Sawyer, mandolin. Folks Tales has been part of Folkfest since 2002. Dedicated to the arts of storytelling and unplugged music, we play the sorts of songs everybody should sing along with.
Three Fish in a Tree - Kluonie Frey - vocal; Devin Frey - vocal, guitar; Bill Frey - vocal; Shonti Elder - fiddle, vocal,Harmonious family, sensitive and / or silly originals
Edward San Martin - Solo performance on guitar and mandolin,Using altered tunings I have a lively piece to open up with, then using a looper I will play and accompany myself, and then finish it off with a lovely mandolin piece that I have written, and performed frequently.
2000 Miles Fresher - Luisa Yoter, Maria Hanson, guitar, bass, mandolin,When the big sisters are away the little sisters will play!
The Skirts - Peggy Finnegan - guitar; Amy Hayes - Mandolin; Jessica Speed - Bass,Three gals who love to play music together (sometimes in skirts) and sing the harmonies
Lou Nathanson - Lou Nathanson, Guitar/Vocal,Lou has declared his candidacy for president in 2016. Campaigning on a platform of reducing the size of people in government, he hopes to raise 1.5 billion for his campaign by selling CDs. (I'm Lou Nathanson, and I approved this performance.)
Crooked Road - Maura Walsh, fiddle; Ben Saylor, flute; Denise Martin, concertina; Jim Kerr, guitar. Irish Music.
Hot Dish - Dan Harter - banjo, vocals; Matthew Pustina - mandolin, vocals; Lucas Soden – guitar,vocals; Sam Snyder - dobro, vocals; Nicolos Pustina - bass, vocals, comedy. Hot Dish, an Anchorage-based progressive bluegrass/newgrass band started out as a few old college buddies sitting around picking. It quickly became one of the hottest new bluegrass bands in Alaska. Hot Dish is ready to raise the bar for their already legendary performances.
Jared Woods - Singer-songwriter
The Anna Lynch Band - Singer-songwriter Anna Lynch loves making music with friends. She shares with you a few favorite tunes. Anna Lynch, Garren Volper and Peter Hamre.
GUEST ARTISTS: Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers
UAA Student Activities MLK Day: Lecture &
Student Showcase, Thursday, January 24 – 7:00 pm
LECTURE: 7:30 – 9:00 PM - ...
STUDENT SHOWCASE – 9:15 pm
Kathy Burgoyne and Raqs On with Djinn Fizz (on the Raqs) - dancers: Kathy Burgoyne, Sheree Baker, Linda Gow, Bobbie Stanley; Musicians: Deb Addie-cello, Rabia Duddy-vocals, Rose Fitch-clarinet, Corliss Kimmel-percussion, Martin Stendevad-guitar, Shawn Stendevad-percussion, Melissa Wanamaker-flute, clarinet, percussion; Mari Gallion, viola. Kathy Burgoyne and Raqs On present dances inspired by the Middle East; and include finger cymbals, water-jugs, a veil and a Turkish 9/8 rhythm. Djinn Fizz (on the Raqs) came together to create Middle Eastern dance music for AFF 2013! Four musicians are also accomplished dancers. Opa!
Mike Hansen with Good Company - Mike Hansen, Guitar and vocal; Pete Schaab, bass; Forest Wilson, dobro. Bluegrass-tinged country folk with a little Canadian tractor jazz just for upbeat fun.
Delaney Scott - Delaney Scott, singer; Tim Scott, singer, guitar player. For nine years, Delaney and her dad have enjoyed sharing what they love with the AFF community...country classics with a little bit of soul and rock 'n roll.
Jonathan J. Bower - Acoustic guitar and harmonica; maybe Aaron Benolkin on lap steel, or a fiddle or accordion player. I moved to Alaska from Pennsylvania in 2003 to pursue creative writing. I sat down to write what I thought was going to be a novel, and instead emerged with a handful of songs.Cora and Friends - Cora Trowbridge
From Spenard With Love - Chad Meyer, Piano/Melodica; Arkadi Futerman, guitar/bass; Theresa, maybe. A few folk classics my mom sung to me growing up, and maybe a jazz tune; also we might play a folk song from the year 2052.
WEEK TWO: Friday Evening, January 25 – 7:00 pm
Jubilee - Elsa Aegerter, flute; Ben Saylor, whatever; Jim Kerr, guitar; Denise Martin, hammered dulcimer, concertina; Shonti Elder, fiddle. Acoustic variety music.
Midnight Sun Cloggers - Dixine, Kari, Katrina, Lyn, Marcy, Robin, Shannon & Tiffany. All-female contemporary clog & percussion dance team performing to the wonderful music of Denise & Jim & Friends.
Northern Lights Celtic Dancers - Irish Dancers. State-of-the-art and tradtional Irish Dancing including Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes and Figure Dancing.
Amy Lou - Amy Lou, piano and voice,Born and raised in Kentucky, singer-songwriter Amy Lou was lucky to be steeped in music. Currently, she teaches the delightful second graders at Anchorage Waldorf School. www.amyloumusic.com
Bootleg Brown - Dave Mannheimer - Lead Guitar; Lowell Webb - Mandolin; Suzanne Little - Guitar; Paul Paslay - Bass; Chuck Dunnagan - Banjo/ Dobro,Hot progressive bluegrass. Alaska's best....in their price range.
Al Koenig - Al Koenig playing guitar, perhaps a vocal or two. Original compositions played in an unusual style.
Dangertown - Mandy Booth, mandolin and vocals; Andy King, guitar and vocals. Acoustic honky tonk.
GUEST ARTISTS: Cahalen and Eli
WEEK TWO: Saturday Afternoon, January 26 – 12:00 pm
Wade Hampton Miller - Wade is a former United States Mountain Dulcimer Champion who has performed in England, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Japan, as well as throughout much of the United States and Alaska.
Henry Duffel - Henry Duffel with guitar and harmonica playing original country music.
Mike Cox – Hailing from Michigan, Mike is known as “The Man From the Land of the Hand.” He has performed at Arctic Entries and with the Anchorage Storytellers Guild.
Roger Fuson – Storytelling. Noodlehead stories
KinnickKinnick - Paul Jaeger, dumbek (he'll be 93 on 1-15-13); Sharon Ann Jaeger, vocals; Brenda Jaeger, vocals. Three folksongs: Greenwood Sidey-O, How Can I Keep From Singing?, and Jubilee.
Terry Kelly - Solo singer/songwriter. Guitar songs about love, bears and other wildlife. Think George Harrison, John Prine and James Taylor sharing a tent on the Iditarod Trail.
Flute & Fiddle - Alice Wright, violin, vocals; Mary Anne Green, pennywhistle, vocals. Celtic, Gospel, & classical music.
J.U.D - Ursula Gould, vocalist; Diane Hall, guitar; Joe Craig - bass guitar. Jazz Standards
Aunt Rhody's Allstars - Suzuki guitar students of Kevin Cassity playing folk, pop & pirate music
Running on Ice - Linda Springhill, vocal and guitar; Bill McDonald, bass; Deb Addie, cello. Eclectic, but not electric basement band with high hopes.
Midnight Sons Chorus - A Capella music. Twenty-five performers sing Barbershop four-part harmony music.
Three Sets of Sandals - Hollis Hasbrouck, banjo; Harrison Jennings, mandolin, fiddle; Connor Quraterman, guitar. Three guys wearing sandals. What could be better?
Mountain Waxwings -Three(Mat-Su)Valley girls with fiddle, guitar, and soaring bluegrass harmonies. Suzy Crosby, Melanie Keenan, and Jessica Dudek.
TGB - Willow Feighery, guitar; Irene Bembenek, violin; Yana Smith, violin; and Erin McCarthey-Keeler on the keyboard. Four girls who like to play music together.
The Hopper Family Band - Caitlin Hopper, vocals; Grady Hopper, vocals, bass; Bruce Hopper, vocals, mandolin; Robin Hopper, vocals, guitar. The family that plays together, stays together.
Sentimental Journey - Kathy Hughes, Rorey Landers, and Maren Chadwick. A musical mixture of old time tunes and folksy blues.
GUEST ARTISTS: Cahalen and Eli
WEEK TWO: Saturday Evening, January 26 – 7:00 pm
Bowheads – A large ensemble of fiddles, mandos, a guitar, and a bass (maybe). Playing waltzes and some jazzy retro numbers.
Ski Major - Zach Bassett, mandolin, guitar; Canyon Tobin, banjo, flute; Liesel Von Imhoff, fiddle; Maggie York, bass. Scales, trails, skis, and bows - these musicial athletes work hard at keeping their gear straight for their practice sessions! As if these skiers don't get enough of each other on the ski trails, they find a few spare moments in their middle school lives to gather for band practices.
The Nuther Brothers - Michael Faubion, guitar; Tom Torvie, bass. They look like brothers. They sound like brothers. Making music makes them brothers.
Julia Nauheim & Friends - Julia Nauheim, Kevin Cassity, Mari Jamieson and friends doing vocals, guitars, violins. Soul-pop and fiddle!
Terrence MacLaren - Terrence MacLaren, Vocals, recorder. Celtic tunes ranging from Scottish Gaelic puirt a'beula to original instrumentals.
Hearts in White Mountain - Sis Bolivar Vocals, Guitar; Ed Silcox, vocals, guitar; Cheryl Silcox, vocals, cello. Sis Bolivar Band plays original contemporary folk tunes from their Pocketful of Change album, plus some new music performed by three souls longing for White Mountain but loving life wherever we are. Join us in a sing-along, too.
Rebeqa Rivers and Al Koenig - Rebeqa Rivers, vocals; Al Koenig, guitar. When music runs in the family, beware tall tales and calamity. A niece with a voice, plus an uncle with a guitar spinning yarns from a mason jar.
Betty Arnett - Betty Arnett, Storyteller is back to bring you another intriguing tale.
Eric and Sean Braendel - Eric & Sean with two guitars, possibly a cello. Father and son duo performing original folk and blues.
Marty Raney - Marty Raney, guitar.
Hurricane Dave - Hurricane Dave - vocals, guitar, harmonica. Cheechako singer-songwriter performs songs about living in Alaska; some funny, some serious, written from the cock-eyed viewpoint of a relative newcomer.
Chugach Mountain Range Cloggers - Karen Beaudin, Vickie Citro, Janie Clayton, Racheali Feller, Rhonda Kutzner, Rhea McDonald, Jackie McIntire, Leslie Patrick, Dave Ulmer, Virg Ulmer Celine Vaillancourt, Lisa Willard. Precision dancing to formation dances.
Mary Schallert and Friends - Vocals, guitar or piano, maybe fiddle, one singer-songwriter teacher and lifelong passions for community music.
The Derry Aires - Robin Bassett, fiddle, vocals; Erin Ingle, vocals; Terri Mayeur, wind instruments, vocals; Peggy Monaghan, guitar, vocals; Nancy Steely, bodhran, vocals Originally a trio, this cult phenomenon has become an amorphous performance ensemble that expands to quintet status whenever they can. Though originally an A Capella ensemble, you just never know what these women will do on stage.
Tom and Dom - Tom Lambert acoustic guitar; Dominic Marrico, guitar. Acoustic blues.
The Twangabillies - Wendell Wright, guitar; Wade Hampton Miller, guitar-banjo; Karl Wilhelmi, lead guitar; Scott Kiefer, bass guitar; Wayne Campbell, drums; Bob Curtis-Johnson, random percussion. Faster than a speeding Nerf ball, more powerful than a stack of Marshalls, able to leap entire musical genres in a single bound, it's the Twangabillies!
Super Belfry String Collective - Carlyle Watt, guitar; Michael Howard, dobro; Eve Van Dommelen, accordion; Molly McDermott, cello, mandolin; Heather Stewart, piano. Combined members of The Super-Saturated Sugar Strings, The Westchester Collective, and In the Belfry, this debut super-group performs original, enchanting, gypsy-influenced folk.
WEEK TWO: Sunday Afternoon, January 27 – 12:30 pm
Irish Dance Academy of Alaska – An energetic Irish dance group performing choreographed performance pieces.
Sally's Kitchen - Approximately fourteen performers plus cello and guitar.
Robbie Beebe and Friends - Robbie Beebe, vocals, guitar; Ken Brown, vocals, mandolin; Judy Jackobs, vocals, fiddle; Sandy Haag, fiddle. Country blues.
Three For The Road - Three: guitar, mandolin, bass. Close-harmony bluegrass music.
Alaska Gypsies - Lindy White, guitar; Adam Bartlett, guitar; Scott Hanson, bass. Instrumental Gypsy swing jazz.
Destany Hawley – Destany, voice, guitar, and piano. A fun mix of pop, folk, and Irish songs.
Hot Sauce - Bob Fairchild, bass; Matt Fabion, guitar; Ian Wahl, Mandolin. Hot picking and some saucy bluegrass.
Gary Stedman - Gary Stedman playing guitar.
Cowboy Church of Anchorage - Debra Oudean, bass; Steve Oudean, guitar and vocals; Andrea Gressett, fiddle; Steve Wright, steel, banjo; Doug Briney, guitar and vocals. The Cowboy Church of Anchorage's Praise Band invites you to join us each and every Sunday 9:30 at Wayland Baptist University for weekly worship.
Marrianne Bacon - Solo with guitar and voice playing three original songs.
Greater Friendship Church - The Greater Friendship Baptist Church Choir will be singing gospel Songs!
60/40 - Michael Faubion, guitar; Hank Roesing, guitar; Tom Torvie, bass; Howard Okland, snare drum. Four older guys keep getting smoother with age.
Lauralee and The Jake Legs - Lauralee Honkola -guitar, piano; Peter Johnson, fiddle, mandolin; George Sleichter, fiddle, guitar' From lonesome love to rowdy outlaws, Lauralee & The Jake Legs have got a tune for you. Old-time aficionados, their driving fiddle tunes and vocals will have you light on your feet!
Pam McDowell Saylor - A traditional tale from the living oral tradition.
Paul Paslay - Paul will play guitar and sing.
Lindianne - Lindianne was commissioned to compose these beautiful piano pieces for the video documentary “Arctic Son” screened at the 2012 Anchorage Film Festival. Lindianne plays, sings, and comments.
F.E.M. - Charlotte Smith, guitar, violin; Karen Habicht, piano, guitar. Two best friends who share a love of singing, dancing and playing music. They've been classmates since kindergarten, and have known each other since they were 2 1/2 years old.
WEEK TWO: Sunday Evening, January 27 – 6:30 pm
Guido's Paddleboat Jam – A large group with guitars, mandolins, ukeleles, fiddles, banjos and bass performing familiar songs from the past.
The Henry Shavings Family - Lead guitar, maybe more than one rhythm guitar, bass and accordion playing for your entertainment.
Gal Pals - Marianne See, guitar; Mary Oudean, fiddle, guitar; Jessi Cotter, guitar; Linda Ziegler, bass. Together again, with more of our favorite songs for you.
Bayou Glacee - Eric Stice, fiddle, vocals; Beverly Grogan, fiddle; Gary Fitch, fiddle; Bill Allen, guitar, vocals; Patti Hamre, bass; Rhea McDonald, triangle; Celine Vaillancourt, accordion, vocals. Cajun music.
Backyard Swing - Terri McCoy, chanteuse; Linda Ziegler, bass; Doyle Williams, guitar; Brett Jokela, mandolin.,The latest update on classic swingin' and singin' that is sure to Pump You Up!
Midnight Starlight - Tom Lambert, piano; Liz Sartoro, Acoustic Bass, Lena Gonzales, vocals. Corlis Kimmel, Percussion,American classic jazz standers, Gershwin, Ellington, Cole Porter
John Walsh and Friends: Paddy in the Snow - John Walsh, banjo; Mikey Beglan, buttonbox; Nancy Conescu, guitar and vocals. Refugees from Portland's Alberta Street Ceili Band gang up on the Itinerant Banjoist.
Acoustic Banana - Peter Crimp, guitar; Kippie Lanz, percussion; Mari Jamieson, fiddle; Kevin Cassity, banjo, mandolin; and a mystery guest or two. Eclectic folk-pop and vocal harmony.
Hot Club of Nunaka - Eric Rogers, vocals, fiddle; Derek Christianson, guitar; Carter Bancroft, guitar; Nathan Levine, bass; Carl Posh, clarinet.
GUEST ARTISTS: Cahalen and Eli
Unscheduled Stand-by Groups:
New Annointing – Alailefaleula family: Sina A. & Chantel A., singers; Apelu A., Bass; Matthew A., keyboard; Junior A., drums. Gospel songs.
AFF Production Staff:
Dance Coordinators - Kenny Powers & Brian DeMarcus
Folk Week Coordinator - Suzy Crosby
House Manager - Joe Meehan
Lighting - Ken Brown, Jerry George, Grady Hopper, Ian Wahl & other volunteers
Lobby Manager - George Knight
Program Coordinator - Merideane Kennison
Program Layout -
Scheduling Coordinator - Mary Schallert
Social Media Coordination - Chris Oudean & Garren Volper
Sound - Lucy Peckham & Rick Miller
Stage Crew and Technical Support - All of our wonderful volunteers
Stage Manager Coordinators - Marianne See & Bill McDonald
Stagecraft - Shane & Wayne Mitchell & the Wendy Williamson Staff, from the design by Katie Sevigny
Volunteer Coordinator - Amy Hettinger
Webmaster - Ken Brown
Workshop Coordinator - Garren Volper