2021 Virtual Festival

Welcome to the 32nd Annual, 1st Virtual Anchorage Folk Festival

Howdy, Folks!
We're so excited to announce that the 2021 Anchorage Folk Festival is going Virtual over the weekend of January 29-31.
There may be a global pandemic going on, but that doesn’t mean the music has to stop. In fact, we probably need it now more than ever! So we're going to bring Festival directly into your homes for a fun-filled weekend of music and workshops.
Virtual Mainstage
We have hand-picked several local Alaskan favorites to present two virtual mainstage shows. You won't want to miss these intimate sessions, recorded and produced locally. We're still assembling the schedule - so watch for details here and in your email.
Calling All Performers
As part of our weekend of music, we’re inviting everyone in our community to share their gifts and talents. Sadly, we can’t all share the mainstage this year but we are still committed to our mission to feature performances by the broadest possible representation of community performers.
Please visit our virtual open mic website for guidelines of how to submit your performance video. Both Ears Live Sound will be stitching these sessions together into a broadcast loop.
All Virtual Open Mic performance submissions are due no later than December 15, 2020
Workshop Opportunities
Our workshops have always been a popular way for musicians to hone their craft and learn something new, and we’re excited about having online opportunities this January.
Please visit our workshop presenters form if you are interested in leading a workshop.
Volunteer Opportunities
AFF could not exist without our family of volunteers. A virtual festival changes the available volunteer opportunities - but we still have plenty for you to be involved with!
Can you help with Fundraising? Are you a Social Media Guru? Do you aspire to be a Videographer? If you have skills, time, and energy to volunteer with AFF, please visit our volunteer sign-up form.
Membership Updates
We know these are tough times for many folks financially, but, if it's within your means, please consider renewing your membership or becoming a new member of AFF by visiting our membership support page. We thank you!
Commercial Sponsorships
With a virtual format, we’re having to reset our sponsorship opportunities, but we still need your support. Please visit our commercial contributions page if you’re interested in supporting the Festival through a sponsorship or in-kind donation.

2021 Live Festival Cancellation

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

31st Annual Anchorage Folk Festival

Welcome,

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.

Love,

Your friendly neighborhood, chicken-loving AFF Board

It’s THAT Time!

We're THRILLED to announce the guest artists for the 2020 Anchorage Folk Festival, January 15 - 26! (Details to follow, but here's a taste to whet your appetites...)
Jontavious Willis

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.”

Centrum Names Jontavious Willis Artistic Director for Acoustic Blues

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

Read more on their website...

Feufollet - Coming Soon!

Featuring:

Chris Stafford: Vocals, Accordion, Acoustic and Electric Guitars

Kelli Jones: Vocals, Fiddle, Acoustic Guitar

Andrew Toups: Keyboards

Jim Kolacek: Drums

Philippe Billeaudeaux: Bass

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