September 21, 2020
Dear Members, Supporters, and Friends of the Anchorage Folk Festival:
It is with a song of sorrow that the Anchorage Folk Festival Board reaches out to you with the decision to not hold an in-person festival in January 2021.
This was not an easy decision to make. However, at this time we cannot in good faith commit the organization to the fiscal and contractual obligations necessary to pull off an in-person event in January with so many uncertainties still surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
We also believe that in light of these uncertainties and related potential health risks associated with COVID-19 that we cannot put our friends, families, and community at risk by holding a weeks-long indoor event. Therefore, we have concluded that this is the best path forward for the festival this coming year.
In light of this weighty decision the Board is looking at options to hold a festival in some virtual format. While we may not be able to gather together to listen to and create music in person, many other festivals have successfully pivoted to virtual formats. We’re hoping to bring to bear some of our own experiences gained from the successful ‘Keeping the Folk at Home’ virtual festival we produced last May. It’s a far cry from the richness and fun of circling up to jam or dance with long-time friends, but it can still bring a sense of community and an opportunity to enjoy the soul-satisfying experience of sharing music together. So, stay tuned for more info to come regarding how the 2021 Anchorage Folk Festival might unfold and how you can participate!
We are so grateful for you- our amazing musical community- and for the support that you’ve given over the years. One of the strongest aspects of folk music is its ability to bring comfort and resilience to folks during times of challenge and change. We look forward to drawing on that strength in new ways to support our community through these unprecedented times.
Be well, stay healthy, stay in touch, and keep the music in your hearts, hands, and feet!
Kate Hamre, President
On behalf of the Anchorage Folk Festival Board
Anchorage Folk Festival and Alaska Folk Festival together with Stay At Home Festival Livestream Collaborations present a Virtual Festival
Saturday & Sunday, May 9-10 // 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Please join us for a virtual Folk Festival to Celebrate and Support local Alaskan musicians and musicians from farther afield who are part of Alaska's folk festival family and have been financially affected by this pandemic. We have a veritable ALL-STAR lineup. See below for artists and the full schedule!
We know you won’t want to miss this online treat- so STAY THE FOLK HOME!
- All proceeds from this festival will be split among the artists- so throughout the performances, so PLEASE DONATE generously via the virtual tip jar at: Stay At Home Festival
- The format will be just like the main Wendy Williamson or Centennial Hall stage. There will be MC's between sets and the show will continue over two days. Stay for the whole thing or drop in when you can! Tune in on Facebook at Anchorage Folk Festival or Alaska Folk Festival
- Anchorage Folk Festival and Alaska Folk Festival are member-based organizations, and we are so grateful for your financial support! Please make sure to renew your membership for the coming year by visiting our websites.
To the 31st Annual Anchorage Folk Festival! We have some exciting guest artists this year, as well as a variety of workshops and special events to draw you out of your cozy winter bunks. In these pages, you’ll find schedules, descriptions, and (eventually) ticket sales. Please be patient as things get finalized and updated, check back frequently, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest details, plus chickens. Lots of chickens.
Your friendly neighborhood, chicken-loving AFF Board
Jontavious Willis of Greenville, Georgia
Every generation or so a young bluesman bursts onto the scene. Someone who sends a jolt through blues lovers. Someone who has mastered the craft for sure, but who also has the blues deep down in his heart and soul.
“That’s my Wonderboy, the Wunderkind,” - Taj Mahal
Read more at http://jontaviouswillis.com/
Many fans of Willis regard him as an old soul. His style of playing the instruments and his voice touches the very roots of country blues. He brings back the true soul of the music. A newspaper headline once called him a “70-year-old bluesman in a 20-year-old body.”
Jack Broadbent - “The new master of the slide guitar”
Hailed as “The new master of the slide guitar” by the Montreux Jazz Festival and “The real thang” by the legendary Bootsy Collins, Jack Broadbent has spent the past year wowing international audiences with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar, and poignant folk and blues inspired vocals.
Born in rural Lincolnshire, England, Broadbent says, “I was always interested older American music. I naturally gravitated toward bands like Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers. I love a mixture of rock ‘n’ roll, jazz and blues.”
"Jack Broadbent. Wow." — Jeff Spevak, Democrat & Chronicle
Welcoming Feufollet from Southwest Louisiana!
This young and vibrant band takes Cajun, honky-tonk, and string-band music as their starting point, and keeps an open mind about where their song craft will lead them.
"At the outset, the group... demonstrated that it played authentic Cajun music like a group of grizzled veterans...as time went on, Feufollet demonstrated that the band wasn’t afraid to tackle new things and venture into new directions." - OffBeat Magazine
Chris Stafford: Vocals, Accordion, Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Kelli Jones: Vocals, Fiddle, Acoustic Guitar
Andrew Toups: Keyboards
Jim Kolacek: Drums
Philippe Billeaudeaux: Bass