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Press Release April 2009:
The Seldovia Arts Council
Summer Season 2009
The Seldovia Arts Council is delighted to announce its summer 2009 events, from June’s Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival to October’s Refugees concert. The Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival, June 18, 19 and 20 is in its 9th year of bringing to Seldovia some of the best music to be found anywhere. This year’s musical headliners will be Mary Jane Lamond with Wendy MacIsaac, both from Cape Breton Nova Scotia. Mary Jane Lamond performs classic Gaelic material but with a new twist, using modern instrumentation and arrangements that have won her Juno (Canadian Grammy) and East Coast Music Award nominations, plus critical acclaim and a worldwide audience. Wendy MacIsaac is a fiddler, piano player and stepdancer who has toured extensively in Europe, Brazil and North America. She has 3 CDs of her own, as well as being featured prominently on the recordings of Mary Jane Lamond.
Festival emcee Robert Post is the master of surprise. Not only do you not know what Robert is going to do next, you don’t know who he is going to be. You may meet Pasquale the wacky TV chef or the hapless Burglar Burt. Or you’ll see Robert turn 3 sticks into magical characters or watch him perform a steamy tango with a pair of red long johns. A first rate physical comedian, dancer, juggler and actor, Robert specializes in rapid-fire character changes, even down to different roles for different body parts. Robert has received awards and fellowships for his work, tours extensively, and still finds time to serve as an adjunct professor in theater at Ohio State University.
The list of supporting artists is long and varied, coming from as far away as Texas and as close-by as right here in Seldovia. You’ll hear the carefully crafted original songs of three-time Kerrville ‘New Folk’ finalist Jaime Michaels, and boogie woogie from singer, keyboard and accordion artist Radoslav Lorkovic. Robin Hopper returns with her original songs about life in Alaska, as does Seldovia’s own bluegrass favorite Billy Goat and local guitar wizard Rob Rurka. Add jazz singer Betsy Scott, singer/songwriter Tim Davis and the Red Mountain Ramblers with their original songs. We’re pleased to welcome back Homer’s answer to World music, Relatively Famous, and to welcome for the first time Anchorage singer/songwriter Eric Braedel. Hot Irish bands Back Alley Banned and Faolan will echo the Celtic theme of our headliners, and Anchorage’s Town Creek brings more bluegrass to the stage. Plus, there’s going to be music that must be danced to, whether it’s the great classic jazz of the Dan Mac Trio or the Hot Club of Nunaka’s acoustic swing / gypsy jazz. And you will not want to miss that sultry songstress of Seldovia… Simone de Biblioteque.
The Festival will kick off with a jam session aboard the M/V Tustumena, leaving Homer at 11:55am Thursday June 18. Enjoy 1½ hours of views, cruising, and great music with Festival headliners. Performances will be Friday and Saturday evenings. Look for Saturday morning jams and song circles and Saturday afternoon workshops. The workshops are a great opportunity to meet the artists and get tips on songwriting, Irish flute, piano, drumming, and much much more. Plus, there will be workshops just for children. Most Festival events are held at Susan B. English School in Seldovia. Check the festival website for updates.
The Arts Council will sponsor an Acrylic Painting Workshop with Lou Anne Person July 30 – August 2. Lou Anne fills large canvases with color, big splashy beautiful paintings of the flowers you know and love. Many of her paintings are realistic portrayals, but she also loves to paint extreme close-ups of flowers, resulting in abstracts and studies in almost nothing but color. Take a look at these striking works of art on her website.
On Saturday September 5 (Labor Day weekend) the Guitar Master’s Concert will showcase some of the top rated guitarists in the country. This year we’ll have 4 artists. Tennessee husband and wife duo Stacey Earl (Steve Earl’s sister) and Mark Stuart play an excellent blend of blues to folk to rockabilly to country. They’ll be joined by US Mandolin champion Radim Zenkl, on the cutting edge of the mandolin’s future playing progressive original and eastern European traditional music. And you’ll hear Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist Jill Jackson, who loves to play the kind of music she loves best, Dolly Parton, Shelby Lynne, the Stones, Buddy Holly, Chet Atkins and Joni Mitchell.
Save October 13 for the all woman group The Refugees. Top notch musicians in their own right, Cindy Bullens, Deborah Holland and Wendy Waldman have nineteen solo albums and multiple Grammy awards to their credit. They came together as the Refugees in 2007 to produce a unique blend of country, rock, folk, and Americana. The talented trio plays guitar, dobro, bass, mandolin, harmonica, accordion, and percussion to produce a unique sound. “With three terrific strong voiced songwriters whose voices soar when they blend, how could you go wrong?… Answer: you can’t”’ (Michael Tearson, Sing Out! Magazine).
The Seldovia Arts Council relies on grants, ticket sales, and your donations to sponsor these events.
You can volunteer, donate, as well as get more information and updates from:
Seldovia Arts Council (907)234-7614, firstname.lastname@example.org