Thank you for helping us celebrate our 27th year of sharing folk arts in Anchorage, with eleven days of performances, workshops, jam sessions, and dances. The festival features more than 140 performances on the Wendy Williamson Auditorium stage, more than 40 weekend workshops on the UAA campus, our famous Banjo Contest, and Folk Week venues around town – all for FREE. We love the opportunity to share live music with our audience, and encourage our listeners to participate as performers, and to dust off those old instruments in closets and be inspired to start playing music again. Fantastic guest artists join us again this year, with progressive bluegrass band Front Country the first weekend, and Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys the second weekend. Both represent Americana at its best: music with deep roots and wide-ranging vision. Whether at the Festival on campus or around town, you’ll find plenty of friends, old & new, sharing their talents.

We especially want to thank our Major Sponsors – BP and UAA Student Activities – for their continued support, as well as all of our other Commercial Contributors, who have supported us with ads in this program. Most of all, thanks to all of you, the folks who become members of the Anchorage Folk Festival, attend, and who volunteer your time to help out backstage, in the lobby, and putting on the Festival.

It’s easy to join our wonderful Festival community online, or at our table in the lobby. Then, come to our Annual Business Meeting, Saturday, January 30, 2016, at 5:00 pm in PS 166. All members are welcome. See you there!

Marty Beckwith, AFF President