Welcome back to the Wendy Williamson folks!! We are so excited-we’ve missed you! Annually the Anchorage Folk Festival strives to present the ethereal creativity and passion of artists and musicians who so graciously give back to the community with their voices and riffs, but something has been missing the last couple years … and that’s YOU! It’s YOU performing on the mainstage! It’s YOU volunteering to lead a workshop, wrangle musicians and mic stands, and support the festival as a sponsor! And it’s YOU listening and participating in this crazy racket we’ve been hosting for the last 34 years! We are so grateful for YOU!
What a great festival we have planned for 2023! We have something for everyone … You’ll see old friends returning to the mainstage honed after years of forced-woodshedding! You’ll hear new voices that are sure to put a tear in your beer or make you want to dance! In 2023, we continue many AFF traditions such as the PITR kickoff, two weekends of workshops, Folk Week local musician showcases, and the Banjo Contest! We are throwing a party featuring our week 1 guest artist Mile Twelve at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub, and celebrating Burns Night with a Piobaireachd Competition! We’re reviving some past favorites too- the evening Community Jam, the Instrument Swap, and a barn dance featuring our week 2 guest artist the Bucking Mules! And don’t forget your instrument- grab a chair let’s get knee-to-knee and pick!
Finally, a special thanks to our Anchorage Folk Festival members, sponsors, and volunteers for your continued support! None of this would be possible without YOU. Please consider becoming a member or volunteering today.
I can speak for the Board of Directors when I say the last couple years have been challenging, but we are humbled and honored you have entrusted us to perpetuate and grow this tradition into the future, and we could not do it without YOU! If you are interested in joining our team we’d love to chat.
Have a great festival! We are so happy to see YOU again.
~the Anchorage Folk Festival Board of Directors