All main stage performances are FREE for everyone and located at the Wendy Williamson auditorium.
Thursday Evening, January 26, 7 pm
emcee: Leslie Kleinfeld & Marianne See
Russian Folk Dance Group Sudarushka
Sudarushka means lady, She’s very young, indeed: A dozen years dancing, Enchantment is her creed. She much adores Alaska, And in its frozen lands, She kindles Russian spirit, And its creative a blend.
Jennie and Betsy
Jennie Morris and Betsy Hunt have been performing together for 3 years doing music ministry and sing-a-longs at nursing homes, hospitals, and rescue shelters.
With tight harmonies and energetic playing, this folk/americana band with southern influences presents old standards, originals, and eclectic covers. With Tracy Simmons, Tyler Canup, Kristofer Simmons, and Stephen Simmons.
Settle in for an entertaining folk tale.
Three to Get Ready
Mike Hansen, Judy Jacobs, and Pam Pope present a special tribute to Guy Clark. Clark is one of their favorite Texas/Americana songwriters, a national treasure who passed away this year.
Bellows and a Bell
Meghan Holtan and Ben Histand trade melodies from Eastern Europe on trumpet and accordion.
“Cheeckako Country“: Original quirky songs about living in Alaska.
Froggie and the Bean
Tony Bustamante, Mary Bustamante, Mary Regat, Jacques Regat, Tamara McCoy, Eric McCoy, Greg Durocher and Matt O’Connor form a group offamily and friends that specialize in French and Spanish tunes and classic American folk, with a little Irish thrown in.
Destany Hawley and the Forerunners
Ian Wahl, Harrison Jennings and Matt Faubion join Destany Hawley. These long-time friends from the Alaska Folk Arts and Bluegrass Camps for Kids programs are all grown up except for Destany who can’t grow any more…
Blue Copper Pull
Mike Simpson, Brice Kilpatrick, and Brian Shea write and perform songs that stave off the wonderlust that has been traded in for a more stationary life. Influences incude artists such as Devil Makes Three, The Doors, Parsonsfield, Mississippi John Hurt, and Johnny Cash.
Ain’t it a Shame
Jeremy Cohen, Larry Cohn, Kent Crandall, and Chris Beck offer campground music that gets the neighbors joining in rather than demanding they respect the curfew. Hot leads & good rhythms on choice selections, from the usual and less than usual songs & artists: Dylan, Dead, Bob Marley, Hendrix, Taj, the Band…
Girl in the Yellow Dress
Zoey Bigelow offers all original songs, intended to make you smile.
Friday Evening, January 27, 7 pm
emcee: Matt Rafferty
Between the Keys
Clay Johnson and Caleb Swan (both high school sophomores) enjoy playing music together and creating their own mash-ups of traditional blues and folk tunes.
Julia McKay Nauheim
Julia has been performing at the folk festival since she was four. This will be year #10.
Big Chimney Barn Dance
Twin fiddle-based stringband mayhem….with Danny Consenstien, Jason Norris, Nate Williamson, Garren Volper, and Jay Marvin
You know the feeling you get when you hiccup and sneeze at the same time? thats the feeling they like to give the crowd every time they play: Ian Wahl, Matt Faubion, Harrison Jennings, and Clint Dallas.
Sons of Rank Strangers
Among this reunion of Anchorage’s 90s group, Rank Strangers, are not FRANK SOLIVAN, JOE PAGE or BERNARD GLANSBEEK. (But they’ll try extra hard to make up for it.) With Greg Booth, Dan Booth, and Joel Kadarauch.
Suzanne Little, Paul Paslay, David Mannheimer, and Chuck Dunnagan are Bootleg Brown, the best bluegrass band in Anchorage…in their price range! Two members have been bandmates for nearly 40 years, three are attorneys and one is a former State Senator. Together, they produce a clean bluegrass sound in the North.
The Lullaby Project
Alaska’s Lullaby Project combined the talent of 15 Anchorage musicians with the poetry written by 15 mothers incarcerated at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center to produce legacy lullabies for the children of incarcerated moms. Magic happened!
Guest Artists: The Sweetback Sisters
NBC describes our Week 2 guest artists as “gorgeous girl-on-girl harmonies over sweet honky-tonk melodies…trust us, these guys are brilliant!” See page 31 for band bio and appearances.
Saturday Afternoon, January 28, 1 pm
emcee: Michael Allwright
Not Today, Maybe Tomorrow
These students work with Mary Schallert at the Anchorage Waldorf School. Miska Alexia, Jonah Doniere, Daniel Frankforter, Alex Godet, and Asa Marley-Jester will perform classic folk and pop tunes.
Great Land Choir
Members of the Great Land Christian Church – Andrea Vilez, Inez Vilez, Whitney Kazmierczak, Leonor Delgado, Kristen Martin, Kiana Gates, Byron Corral, David Steer, Jed Dixon, Casey Knight, Sio Fiso, and Jonathan Heynen – perform lively a capella renditions of traditional and modern gospel tunes and bring a warm and engaging energy to any room.
Charlotte Smith and Friends
Charlotte and her friends have a love for music and a love for life. She writes her own songs and wants to share them with you!
Grin and Baehr-it
Ken Baehr, Bob Fairchild, and Rolfe Buzzel perform Ken’s original folk songs.
John L. Anderson
John has a distinctive style of guitar playing, based on the guitar expertise of Chet Atkins. He also tells amusing stories and anecdotes between songs.
As the state’s only professionally ranked bagpiper, who has been playing almost 20 years, Mr. Krogh has seen success nationally and abroad. Besides competing and performing, he teaches bagpipes privately to all ages.
Brothers Kevin and Andy
Brothers Andy Zhang (8) has played the violin for 5 years and Kevin Zhang (6 ) has played the violin for 3 years.
Three Fish in a Tree
Family band doing the best we can with what we have: Devin Frey, Kluonie Frey, Bill Frey, and Shonti Elder.
Katie Scoggin and Mai Wen
Katie is a 14-year-old student at Steller Secondary who plays guitar and sings. She has been performing the past 5 years at venues such as Saturday South Farmers’ Market.
An eclectic blend of classic rock, folk, blues, reggae, and Alaska inspired originals. These friends are committed to fun and music, in that order! With Ed Silcox, Molly Towner, Becky Kotter, Kyle Vanderschrier, and Judd Wattenbarger.
Mathew Olson, Hannah Smith, and Megan Kemp are all return performers at Folk Fest. Together they offer original tunes and arrangements with a focus on Alaskan-themed songs.
The Cheapest Key
Laura and Laurence met through attorney Meghan Kelly. Kelly hails from Wisconsin—the Badger State—and now lives in Kodiak with her immortal, albeit balding, dachshund Rebel. Beard and Beard (Charlie Earnshaw and GW Neal) don’t know Kelly, but joined the band this fall anyway.
Tom & Dom
Tom Lambert and Dominic Mauricio bring you traditional accoustic blues with a modern flair – from Robert Johnson to Eric Clapton.
Contemporary bluegrass with a Fairbanks twist: Ken Brown, Carl Andersen, John Adams, Karlin Swearingen, Red Scullion, Jason Blair, and Matt Mahan.
Guest Artists: The Sweetback Sisters
Infectious, heartbreaking, charismatic, whimsical. Enjoy a preview of our Week 2 guest artist and be sure to catch their full set on Sunday, January 29.
Saturday Evening, January 28, 7 pm
emcee: Joel Kadarauch
Northern Lights Celtic Dancers
Northern Lights Celtic Dancers will present both traditional and state-of-the-art Irish dancing routines of reels, jigs and hornpipes. Our dance troupe always welcomes new students ages five and older to join us to learn Irish step dancing.
The Nuther Brothers
Michael Faubion, Tom Torvie, Dr. Bob Horwitz, and John Will: smooth lines and shy smiles.
Super Saturated Sugar Strings
Powerful, funky and alt-folky, the Super Saturated Sugar Strings have a very nostalgic, yet contemporary sound; rich with vocal harmonies, string melodies, and an element of carnival sideshow. With Carlyle Watt, Theresa Watt, Miriah Phelps, Logan Bean, and Kevin Worrell.
Eric Sticee, Bev Grogan, Marianne See, Rhea McDonald, and Celine Vaillancourt play Cajun dance music from southern Louisiana. AAAY-YEEE!
Blues and Beyond
Jim Haack, Linda Springhill, Stephanie Bissland, and Tim Coons perform acoustic blues for the mind, body, and soul.
The Lucid Dreamers
A trio of girls – Jessica Zimmer, Natalie Fraser, and Charlotte Severin – who love dogs, food, fandoms, and most importantly singing. The Lucid Dreamers can frequently be found at Middle Way Café open mics, or pretending to practice and be productive around Anchorage.
Amy Liu, Angela Oudean, Richard Gelardin, and Danny Booth with old time and bluegrass instrumentals and vocals
Folk’s Tales was founded in 2001 with the idea of preserving the traditions of story telling and acoustical folk music with a special emphasis on ”old timey“ and ”blue grass“ music. Enjoy this offering from Shane Mitchell, Wayne Mitchell, Erin Mitchell, Lindsay Lamar, Dennis Cleary, Leif Sawyer, and Kristin Fernandez.
Music by Shonti Elder, Elsa Aegerter, Denise Martin, and Jim Kerr.
The Squash Blossoms
Peggy Finnegan, Amy Hayes, and Jessica Speed are three gals who love to harmonize and play together.
Wings To Fly
Harmonious friends and songwriters: Shonti Elder, Elsa Aegerter, Karl Wilhelmi, and Marianne See
Singer/songwriter known for finger style guitar in both standard and open tunings. Currently working on a new CD and also leading a finger picking guitar workshop. (See p. 14 for details.)
Wade Hampton Miller
Wade was the 1980 United States Mountain Dulcimer Champion, and has played concert tours in Finland, Sweden, Japan, Korea, Russia and Canada, as well as the United States.
Patrick was once one of the kids sliding down the banister at the Wendy. Now he’s one of the adults doing it.
Sunday Afternoon, January 29, 1 pm
emcees: Ryan Brubaker & Dylan Williams
Lisa Maloney has had so much fun dancing to Irish fiddle music over the years, she decided to try making a little music herself. Hopefully Ben and Chris Richardson of Red Cap & the Cyser Boys can keep her from getting into too much trouble.
Not Quite Wright
Duncan, Addy, Oliver, Cathy, and Geoff Wright have a collective love of music that spans genres including punk, hip-hop, folk, reggae, country, and world music. They run all of these influences through an acoustic blender and add plenty of DIY attitude!
Alaska Celtic Pipes and Drums
Selection of various sets of Scottish and Irish Pipe and Drum Music, from Richard Christiansen, Gary Craig, Carsten Christiansen, Dave Matthews, Jürgen Christiansen, Jakob Fultz, Friedrich Christiansen, Cameron Kelley, Tyler Ferrell, Sean Crumley, Christine Christiansen, Madelyn Madsen, and Susie Kobierowski.
Just the Three of Us
Pam McCarl, George Lehtinen, and Richard von Kenmen sing and play.
A group of Kevin Cassity’s guitar students, ages 9-17, fills the stage with some classic folk and pop tunes. With Noah Bemben, Jason & Jesse Cooper, Colton & Spencer DeBerard, Daniel Frankforter, Augustine Hardison, Greta Helgeson, Milo & Wyatt Kornmesser, Willem Meehan, Julia McCay Nauheim, Habimfura Ndayikunda, Uma Prasad, Harrison Sturm, Caleb Swan and Isaac Tuyishime.
AK Jazz Workshop Advanced High School Ensemble
This community after school music group is composed of gifted, energetic young jazz improvisors from Anchorage and Eagle River exploring the creative art of jazz improvisation. This group really cooks! Featuring Arthur Welsh, Ben Rogers, Harry Turner, Cade Chastain, Sawyer Barta-Bari, Alyssa Hargis, Hudson Adams, and Maya Bowler.
Country Gospel Band
Davis Normand, Jill Ekstrom, and Jan Fry will perform a few country gospel tunes.
db pedersen hails from Wisconsin, where he taught himself to throat sing in the style of nomadic sheep herders of Tuva and Mongolia. He works in dance, scores and does voice Foley (sound effects) for theater, and sings for kids of any age.
Tom Lambert, Liz Santoro, and Scott Weller take you on a 15-minute tour from Duke Ellington to New Orleans to Cuba to Latin America… Yes, it can be done.
The Sevrin Persson Band
Sevrin Persson, 9th grader at South Anchorage High School returns for his 6th AFF, performing a variety of music with family and friends: Lloyd Persson, Jason Norris, and Stefan Otterson.
Irish Cultural Collective
The Irish Cultural Collective is a roving, community-based session of Irish folk music and dancing. Join us!
Aaron and Al Koenig perform music by Giuseppe Silvestri, Hans Last, and Guy Clark, done in their own inimitable style. These tunes must be experienced to be believed.
Kathy Burgoyne and Raqs On
Kathy Burgoyne teaches and performs authentic middle eastern dance in Anchorage. Djinn Fizz celebrates these traditions with the group since 2012, creating something colorful, engaging and joyful. Performers: Kathy Burgoyne, Sharon Headley, Laura Kelly, Linda Gow, Justine Riekena, Deb Addie, Maria D’Agostino, Rose Fitch, and Corliss Kimmel.
Winds of Time
A recorder ensemble playing music from medieval to contemporary. Members inclue Mary Bustamante, Ingrid Lindberg, Meredith Rude, Linda Zimmermann, Sharon Theroux, Emily Becker.
Two classically trained violinists, Amy Farnham, and Rachel Silverstein, take up fiddle with Angela Oudean.
Nick ”The Dream“ Weaver
Nick is a singer/songwriter and has been performing actively in Alaska since 1997. All songs that he has available are recorded in his home studio and made available for free downloads on Facebook, Reverbnation, and Soundcloud.
Sunday Evening, January 29, 7 pm
emcee: Brett Jokela & Terri McCoy
The Brubaker Family Band
Straight from the home fireside, Ryan, Maya, Neena, Carter and Michael Brubaker bring a blend of traditional, bluegrass and contemporary music and harmonies that will warm up your evening.
Chad Reynvaan is a staple on the Anchorage music scene, playing what the Anchorage Press calls ”happy go lucky pop rock.“ Chad has two albums of original solo material, one with his group “The Sweeteners,” and he’s in two other bands.
Chris Thompson & Friends
Chris Thompson, Rolfe Buzzell, Harrison Jennings, and Rebecca Bingham perform original tunes composed by Chris Thompson, melodic stories of love, loss, and life’s journey. Many invoke imagery of the far North, lives well lived, and lessons learned.
The Biscuits – Bob Fairchild, Michael Faubion, Tom Torvie, Matt Faubion, and Kelly Leseman – continue to bring music to the stage that makes you want to tap your toes and sing along.
Dan Booth & Amanda Kerr
Alaskan husband and wife duo will play a few of their favorite traditional (and not-so-traditional) duets and fiddle tunes.
The Vinyl Floors
The Vinyl Floors performs its last AFF before three members depart for college this fall. They have performed over 30 AFF performances between them, and have always looked forward to this special event in January of each year. With Zach Bassett, Ryan Brubaker, Spencer DeBerard, and Dylan Williams.
Guest Artists: The Sweetback Sisters
Our guest artists close out the Folk Festival with rollicking country swing that illustrates their love for traditional music and their joy of singing together. With their surrogate-sister harmonies and signature matching dresses, the Sweetback Sisters offer a varied and engaging repertoire. See bio on page 31.