The 36th Annual Alaska Folk Festival

Juneau plans for more than 150 free music performances

By: By Skye Mayring

Guy Davis will perform at the 2010 Alaska Folk Festival // (c) Skip Gray, Alaska Folk Festival

Guy Davis will perform at the 2010 Alaska Folk Festival // (c) Skip Gray, Alaska Folk Festival

From April 5-10, Juneau will host the 36th annual Alaska Folk Festival. More than 150 free music performances - in the style of bluegrass, folk, instrumental, gospel and Appalachian swing - will be held at Centennial Hall. In addition, the festival is planning free dance and music workshops as well as nighttime dances.

This year's guest artist is Guy Davis, the blues musician, composer, actor, director and writer. Davis has dedicated his art to revising the traditions of acoustic blues, and the Alaska Folk Festival audiences will get to experience his music firsthand.

The festival will also have an honorary Alaskan guest artist this year, 82-year-old Doc South from Wasilla, Ak.,who will play old-time and bluegrass music on the fiddle.

The featured dance band will be The Tallboys from Seattle, Wash., a four piece old-time string band, well-versed in traditional fiddle tunes and mountain songs.

Alaska Folk Festival
www.akfolkfest.org

 

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