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Other Alaskan Folk Musicians and Bands
Please note that I am generally overwhelmed with individuals and bands asking for listings. I would be interested in having some other enterprising person take over this band list service.
- Ice Jam is a musical pileup of hammered dulcimer, banjo and guitar with Seth Danielson, Sarah Garland and Skip Nodler. You can email Skip at skip(at)mosquitonet.com for further info.
- Northern River from Fairbanks - Northern traditional bluegrass with southern Appalachian roots - Carl Hoffman, Gary Markley, Joe Page, Albert McDonnell. Call Carl at 488-9376.
- Clark County - Fairbanks based bluegrass of the finest order, including Nathan Swartz (guitar and mandolin), Jeremy Kane (banjo), George Gianakopoulos (bass), Holland Sands (mandolin), Danny Berberich (dobro), and Dan Ison (guitar). Contact Jeremy at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also read a review of their CD at: www.mosquitonet.com/~trudy/reviews.html.
- Trill Music's Recordings - here is another place to find Will, with his wife and partner Trudy and also sometimes Shonti Elder, a fine fiddler and person from Anchorage.
- Five Buck Fiddle is an old-timey band with a lot of character.
- Toyos - Andean music from Fairbanks. Stranger things have happened!
- Full time musicians Robin Dale Ford & Pat Fitzgerald are in a mix of bands and do solo and duo acts as well, notwithstanding their recording studio "10th Planet". The things some folks will do to make a living, yeah!
- Alex Clarke and Ann McBeth also are a wonderful musical duo.
- Greg Pacetti and Marcia Trainor also are a musical couple. The two wives are joined at the hip or brain at least, also with a couple of other very talented ladies Vicki Andrews and Nikki Eiseman as Trina and the Triceratops. Their husbands are also musicians, but they shun the spotlight (sshhh).
The Rosie Creek Stringband doesn't play much of late, but worth hearing when they do play, espousing the old time string band tradition in Interior Alaska. Band members include:
Gary Fitch - fiddle, guitar,
Rich Flanders - guitar, bass, Gretchen Kerndt- banjo-uke, Mike Emers - fiddle (contact phone 479-3642), and occasionally Kate Bull - banjo.
The Spur Highway Spankers, based on the Kenai Peninsula, perform anywhere in the state throughout the state, playing a mixture of original and traditional bluegrass songs. They've done up a nice website, IMHO.
- The Spit City Slickers from Homer - Southern old-time country music. Scott Meyer, Kate Meyer, Ray Garrity, Willy Dunne. Scott also plays with the
Improbabillies. Contact Scott via email or at 235-8729.
- Ray-Jen Cajun Band also from Homer - Traditional and modern Louisiana Cajun
and zydeco dance music. Ray Garrity, Jennifer King, Mike Patch, Jeff Szarzi, Scott Meyer. Call Jennifer at 235-4250.
Glacial Erratics are usually boulders carried by glacial ice and deposited some
distance from its place of origin. In folk music, "Glacial Erratics" is a group of four independent women who have followed the trails of the glaciers north to deposit themselves in Alaska and the Yukon to play folks music around the country.
Burl Sheldon, folksinger-songwriter from Haines has a CD out. Reached via Box 952 Haines, 99827.
Other Areas in Alaska
Just Next Door
Our neighbors to the west in the Yukon Territory have a thriving musical scene as well, centered around Whitehorse, near as I can tell. I'm hesitant to single any out, hoping some enterprising Yukoner will take on the webpage for their own area, so I'd like to encourage one such fine musician Mikel Miller and who does a fine webpage himself to get a Yukon folk Music webpage developed.
How to list your folk band
I am currently overwhelmed with individuals and bands asking for listings. I would be interested in having some other enterprising person take over this band list service. Not to want to discourage folk music, but this entire website has been a 100% volunteer effort by one person since 1996 and that person needs to get a life!
In case you need a band name, try the Random Band Name Generator
Gary Newman, 907-488-2001 or gary(at)alaskafolkmusic.org via email