Category Archives: 2010

Guitar Master’s Concert September 4


Three of the instructors from the Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp, will be playing a special concert in Seldovia following the camp. Seldovia Arts Council has hosted instructors from the camp for the last few years.   Included in this year’s line-up will be: Steve Braughman, Betty Soo and Doug Cox.  The concert will begin at 8 PM on September 4. Come on up to the Susan B. English School Commons for this event.

Doug Cox is one of Canada’s finest Dobro players. He is one of the originators of the Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp and is returning to Seldovia  as it has become one of his favorite places. We love to have Doug, his smiling face, and great music here in Seldovia!

Steve Broughman, hailing from San Francisco, California is an amazing Celtic fingerstylist. Steve’s production, Clawhammer Guitar: The Collection, is on Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s list of 20 Years of Essential Acoustic Albums.  “Celtic Guitar Summit, by Steve Baughman and Robin Bullock, sheds new light on O’Carolan’s enchanting melodies and on the long history of Celtic music they inspired.”
—The Washington Post

“A star of fingerstyle guitar: very deft, thoughtful, quietly adventurous, deeply lyrical and playful.”
— Radio National, Australia

Change is good. Sometimes, you just need a little shake-up to get things to how they always ought to have been. WithHeat Sin Water Skin, BettySoo adds some welcome edge and grit to the heartbreaker ballads and bell-pure vocals she’s come to be known for.

Teamed with seasoned producer Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, Slaid Cleaves), BettySoo has made a record worth sitting up and paying attention to. Her vocals are striking, the players strong, the sound gripping, and the lyrics compelling.

Her first studio efforts (Let Me Love You, 2005; Little Tiny Secrets, 2007, Never the Pretty Girl EP, 2007) were well received by critics, earning praise locally and nationally – even securing her performance opportunities overseas. And she’s not slowing down any time soon. Since their release, she has earned multiple songwriting awards (including Kerrville New Folk, Wildflower Festival, and Big Top Chautauqua Songwriter of the Year) and has proven herself a strong emerging live performer.

Joining her on Heat Sin Water Skin are Todd Wilson on organ, Gene Elders on fiddle, and Dave Terry on drums. BettySoo and Gurf handled the guitar and vocal parts themselves. As for genre, she’s still nestled in the folk-rock world, but she is bringing something new to her listeners. “There’s a little gospel, some straight-ahead folk, a bit of twang, and maybe even a familiar oldie with a new twist. Be ready for a surprise.”

Then again, not much about BettySoo isn’t surprising. People are surprised just to see her take the stage. Plain-faced, petite (clocking in at exactly 5 feet), and freckly, people don’t have any idea what to expect – they certainly don’t expect such a large voice and moving songs. “I guess Asian-American singer-songwriters aren’t that common,” she comments, “at least, not in Texas.”

And, of course, there’s the whole issue of her name. How did a second-generation Korean end up with such a classic southern name? Is it a stage name? “No,” she answers, laughing, “I guess I’m just lucky that way. It’s right there on my birth certificate. Soo is my dad’s middle name, too. Yep, he’s a boy named Soo.”

Join us for Noontime Tunes:2 Trombones and Great Desserts


Noontime Tunes

As part of its Summer Festival, two members of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, Mary Simondsen and Eric Simondsen will be coming to Seldovia on August 9 to play a trombone duet  at a lunch time concert for Seldovians.   According to Laura Norton, festival director, “…this is the first time we in many years that we have included a community outside of Kenai, Soldotna & Homer.” This is very exciting!!!!

The concert will be at the  City Multi-purpose Room right after the Senior lunch. Join us for dessert!

The Concert is expected to begin around 12:30 …

This will be a free concert open to the public, with donations to the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra at the door.  Please contact Susan Mumma for details… 234-7164

This Concert is jointly sponsored by Seldovia Arts Council, Kenai Peninsula Orchestra,  City of Seldovia, Seldovia Bay Ferry and the Senior Lunch Program

More about the Kenai Peninsula Summer Festival Kenai Peninsula

Orchestra poster

What a fantastic afternoon!!!!!

Folks from Seldovia enjoyed the concert and hope that these folks will return soon!!

The Simondsen’s enjoyed a bit of Seldovia wildlife!!!

Old Believers Concert Lots of Fun


By Susan Mumma (Photos by Susan Mumma and Rebecca Lambourn)

July 18 a not nine but 14 piece band came to the Seldovia Arts Council sponsored event.  Three bands, The Old Believers, Congratulations, and Red River made a combined band on the Susan B. English Stage.  The young musicians, played guitars, key boards, drums, french horn, and trumpet, plus smokin’ vocals.  They  played original tunes and songs by each of the groups and made a smorg-board of sounds our local crowd to enjoy.  Nelson Kemp and Keeley Boyle both Alaskans, returned home as part of this tour and like the pied piper lead the group through several Alaskan cities.

Thanks to Joe Rizzo of Triumpherate Theater in Kenai for writing a Rasmussen Foundation Travel Grant to make the trip possible for the group.   Thanks to Seldovia Arts Council members for set up and clean- up. Thanks to SVT for the use of their vans for traveling around Seldovia, and to many folks in our community

for providing a pot-luck and breakfast treats. And last but not least thanks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, specifically Susan B. English School for allowing the use of the facility on a rainy, blustry day…we were warm and dry.

Event Chair: Rebecca Lambourn

Overseer: Susan Mumma

Set up Crew: Tania and Tobben Spurkland,Susan Mumma, Sadi Syn, Rob Rurka, Byron McCord.

Clean up crew: Tobben, (Tobben’s friend from Colorado) Jerry Stranik,  Susan Mumma and Sadi.

Food contributions:Valerie Morin, Tanya and Tobben Spurkland, Laurel Hilts, Meta, Susie Stranik

Posters: Laurel Hilts

Thanks to everyone..The kids were a part of a grant to encourage young people in the arts and they were very appreciative.  They said that Seldovia was the nicest town they have every been in.

Old Believers at Susan B. English School