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Guitar Masters Weekend Concert in Seldovia

| August 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

by The Seldovia Arts Council

Tim Williams  http://www.cayuse.com.
Mr. Williams is a blues-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. He is a 40 year veteran of the Roots music scene in North America, roots which stretch back to the coffee-house scene of his native California in the mid 60’s.  Tim is also a studio musician, producer, and a performer in constant demand. Tim has played festivals, folk clubs, concert halls and roadhouses from Rabat, Morocco, to Melbourne, Australia, and from Dawson City, Yukon Territory to Zihuatanejo, Mexico, all to huge acclaim. His guitar skills are frequently compared to Ry Cooder and David Lindley (and like them, Tim plays a wealth of other string instruments), and his songwriting has won praise from the likes of Tom Russel and Willie Nelson. A string of Maple Blues Award nominations (Toronto Blues Society), three JUNO award nominations (Canada’s Grammy equivalent), and roughly a dozen awards from Real Blues magazine (as artist, guitarist, producer) attest to the high caliber of his work.  Inspired by the Hillbilly and Western Swing music he heard as a child, Tim absorbed late Fifties Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll, Hawaiian and Mexican music, early Sixties Folk, and Bluegrass “like a sponge” before discovering a passion for traditional blues styles which was fueled by seeing many first generation blues musicians live during the “Blues Boom” of the mid and late Sixties.

Doug Cox   http://www.dougcox.org

slide/dobro master Doug Cox.There are world musicians, and there are musicians of the world. In the case of Alberta-born Doug Cox, this extremely talented six-stringer happens to be both – and a lot more besides. As a young bluesman, this devotee of bottleneck slide guitar had a life-transforming moment nearly 30 years ago when he first saw Jerry Douglas play the Dobro. That eerie, slightly plangent music resonated deep in his soul and changed everything. The next morning Doug went out and bought a Dobro and has never looked back.

Always a gifted slide guitarist, Doug immediately displayed a special affinity for this most expressive of instruments. His talent and passion proved nearly boundless, and before long he was playing and recording with masters such as Ellen McIlwaine and David Essig. Eventually his musical world expanded to include such diverse virtuosos as Indian slide guitarist Salil Bhatt, Hawaii’s Anela Kahiamoe, dearly departed bluesman Long John Baldry, guitar slinger Amos Garrett, and expat Rwandan The Mighty Popo. His own bands and solo recordings display a similarly expansive arc, as the folk-blues of Bone Bottle Brass or Steel eventually led to old-timey supergroup Strung (Band of Gypsies – with Tony McManus and April Verch), New Orleans funk (Make A Better World – featuring John Boutte on Vocals), or countrified Austin Americana in company with BettySoo (Across The Borderline). It’s fair to say that Doug’s extensive recorded output has been at or near the forefront of creative acoustic music for many years now.

Two-time Grammy-nominated Kim is a storyteller; a weaver of emotions and a tugger of heartstrings. Tender, poetic and aching with life’s truths, Kim’s songs transport you to her world, where words paint pictures and melodies touch the soul. And then there’s her voice. Pure, arresting and honest, her voice makes you take notice;

Beppe Gambetta  http://www.beppegambetta.com

From his unique background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, Beppe has travelled the world and even crossed the “Iron Curtain” to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. After eleven CDs, DVDs, teaching books and collaborations with many other top-flight musicians, Gambetta is increasingly known as one of the true live master innovators of the acoustic guitar.


Over the Rhine Brings Music and Fans to Seldovia

| August 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

by The Seldovia Arts Council

Something a little different for Seldovia, a band bringing an audience, but we can come too!

Over the Rhine is coming to Seldovia Wednesday, Sept. 4th and bringing an entourage of fans traveling with Alaska Train Tours with them aboard the Discovery, arriving Seldovia harbor early afternoon after a wildlife tour on the boat.  After a few hours of walking and sightseeing in Seldovia they will join Seldovians for a concert hosted by the Seldovia Arts Council at the Seldovia Conference Center at 5:30 PM.  Tickets are the regular Seldovia Arts Council price of $15.00 and child and family rates will be available.   “MEET ME  AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD” is certainly an appropriate name for a new album released in Alaska!

“There may be no more soothing voice in music than Karin Bergquist’s.
She could be interpreting jazz standards, but fortunately she applies that balm
to her and husband Linford Detweiler’s beautifully languid originals…”  
– Entertainment Weekly

PRESS RELEASE – NASHVILLE, TN – Meet Me At The Edge Of the World, the upcoming double album from the highly acclaimed band Over The Rhine, is set for a September 3rd release on their Great Speckled Dog label. Over The Rhine’s nucleus of husband and wife duo Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler have created their most ambitious offering to date with Meet Me At The Edge Of The World, and they did not need to look far to find their muse.

The 19 tracks on Meet Me At The Edge Of The World were all recorded live in only six days, with Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Bettye LaVette et al) at the helm. Most of the songs were literally born out of the land surrounding the 1830s brick farm house Bergquist and Detweiler purchased eight years ago in southern Ohio. The couple refers to their home as Nowhere Farm. Upon moving there, they knew little about the land’s flora and fauna. Over time, the land began to slowly reveal itself to them as they became more in tune with the natural setting and began calling trees, birds, weeds and wildflowers by name. Eventually the surroundings seeped into the music, both physically and spiritually, that would become Meet Me At The Edge Of The World.

All songs were written by Bergquist and Detweiler, with the exception of their stunning rendition of The Band’s “It Makes No Difference.” The transitional experience of moving from the city to the farm is captured on “All Of It Was Music,” while the two trade vocals for the first time on the beautiful “All Over Ohio”. The heartwarming “Earthbound Love Song” cites the love of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash as an important reference for any aspiring musical couple, and “Favorite Time Of Light” documents the daily ritual of stepping outside when the changing evening light conjures an imaginary Ohio Ocean. “Baby If This Is Nowhere” is an affirmation that Nowhere Farm is where they know they are meant to be. And on “Sacred Ground” and “Blue Jean Sky” the couple discovered  a new sound as they began singing in unison for the first time.

Through the years, Over The Rhine’s music has maintained an important place in the lives of their thousands of devoted fans. Their songs become close friends and often accompany the band’s followers during life’s major milestones, both happy and sad. There is no doubt the songs on Meet Me At The Edge Of The World will also become tried and true companions.

Big Band Herrick in Small Town Seldovia

| August 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Seldovia Arts Council

Herrick to Host a Free Community Workshop!

| August 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Seldovia Arts Council

Herrick – Telly Award winning Band is coming to Seldovia!

| August 17, 2013 | 2 Comments

by Jenny Chissus

HerrickAward2I had a great opportunity to meet with Donna Herrick on the phone the other day regarding their upcoming concert here in Seldovia on the 20th. We enjoyed a conversation regarding her excitement about coming to Alaska, and all the things that she is looking forward to while she’s here. Donna is most excited about meeting her fans in the great state of Alaska!  Herrick was in Alaska three years ago and they are excited to be coming back!   She said “Jenny, I can’t wait to breathe in the fresh air and be in the open environment of Alaska!  I love the camping/roughing it experience – so coming to Seldovia, a remote place in Alaska is super appealing!”  The band will also get a chance to go halibut fishing and is looking forward to the opportunity to be on the water and see the wildlife in our area, they are hoping that their drummer, Jeff  “Bradshaw” doesn’t get seasick on this trip!

When I asked Donna how she got started singing, she said that it all started in Southern Gospel music.  One of the greatest things was the crowd in Gospel was so gracious, it was a very safe environment to learn and grow and develop her skills. Donna mentioned that when she was young you could never have seen her on stage at all, but with the gospel music crowd who was so accepting, it was a great way to  ” cut her teeth”,  before she went to Nashville and started writing music.

The band is made up of four individuals: Donna and her husband Kerry, Jeff  “Bradshaw” the drummer and Jefferson Rogers on guitar.  Donna expressed with enthusiasm that this is her best team ever !  She and her husband have been together 12 years and had various support band members.  “Often a band may work really great together, musically, but  for every hour on stage they have 23 Continue Reading

Madison String Quartet

| August 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Suzie Stranik

MadisonStringQuartetSignLooking back at a wonderful evening with the Madison String Quartet; if you missed this, you missed something really special.   This event of the Seldovia Arts Council was actually a fund raiser for the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra (KPO).  This was the sixth year the quartet has traveled from New Jersey to perform with and do workshops for the KPO.   It was a sold out concert from Homer

Screen Shot 2013-08-16 at 9.32.13 AMto the SVT conference center, beginning with sparkling cider and appetizers.    The Homer guests arrived via the Seldovia Bay Ferry’s evening run.   The Seldovia Bay Ferry was chartered to take everyone back to Homer after the concert.   Forty Seldovians also attended the concert and partook of the refreshments.  The music was spellbinding, the view incredible, and the food fantastic.

MoreGreatFood We hope this will  become an annual event.   Many thanks to the chairs Tania Spurkland and Suzie Stranik for organizing the event and Laurel Hilts for jumping in last minute with the final details.   BeautifulCaterersA big thank you to our sous chefs and servers, Felicia Rowland,  Darlene Crawford, Mary Anne Driscoll, and Margie McCord as well as our oyster shuckers Mike Webber and Tobben Spurkland.