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Press Release June, 2009 -
The Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival
June 18, 19 and 20, 2009
The Seldovia Arts Council presents the 9th annual Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival on June 18, 19 and 20 2009. The three day festival kicks off on Thursday June 18 with a special jam session aboard the State of Alaska ferry M/V Tustumena. This is a chance to enjoy music with the headliners as the ship cruises from Homer to Seldovia. The festival continues with Friday and Saturday night performances, beginning at 6:30pm each evening, and running to about 11pm. Saturday morning jam sessions and song circles around town are followed by workshops from 1 to 4pm. All of the headliners and many of the other artists teach workshops focusing on songwriting, Irish flute, piano, drumming, singing, harmonizing, and more. In between scheduled Festival events, get out and enjoy this historic community and its beautiful setting.
This year’s musical headliners are Gaelic artist Mary Jane Lamond with fiddler and step dancer Wendy MacIsaac. Mary Jane performs Nova Scotia’s traditional Scottish Gaelic songs using modern instrumentation and arrangements, bringing a fresh new twist to these ancient melodies. She is a leader in the preservation of Celtic heritage, and an expert in Celtic culture and Gaelic music. Wendy MacIsaac has toured extensively with Mary Jane over the last 10 years. She has 3 CDs of her own, as well as being featured prominently on the recordings of Mary Jane Lamond.
Festival emcee Robert Post specializes in rapid-fire character changes, including different roles for different body parts. This master of surprise is a first rate physical comedian, dancer, juggler and actor. Robert was featured on the Today Show on May 18, doing a steamy tango with a pair of red long johns (see it here). Robert tours extensively, but when at home he serves as an adjunct professor in theater at Ohio State University.
From jazz to bluegrass to folk and beyond, the Festival features many other wonderful artists such as Radoslav Lorkovic, Robin Hopper, and Jaime Michaels. Check out the Festival lineup:
Mary Jane Lamond (long set)
Robert Post (short set)
Red Mountain Ramblers
Robert Post (long set)
Mary Jane Lamond (short set)
Most events take place at Susan B. English School, Seldovia. Tickets will be available at the door. Tickets are $30 for each evening performance and $10 for a Saturday afternoon workshop pass. Or purchase an all-Festival pass for $49, which gets you into all events. Prices for children (K-12) are $10 per evening performance and $5 for a workshop pass, or $20 for an all-Festival pass. SPECIAL: Buy your all-Festival pass in advance for only $39. These tickets must be purchased by 5pm, Wednesday June 17, at Herring Bay Mercantile in Seldovia. This special rate will not be available at the door, and applies only to the adult, all-festival pass.
Get more details including the complete schedule at www.seldoviamusicfestival.wordpress.com. For information on getting to and staying in Seldovia, click the ‘Visitor Info’ link. The Alaska State Ferry on Thurs. June 18 leaves Homer at 11:55am and arrives in Seldovia at 1:30pm . Check http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/ for details.
What makes this festival so special? It’s big – we bring artists to Seldovia from across the country and the State of Alaska. AND, it’s small, – one stage with an audience of 200 people. Get a great seat for the performances, meet the headliners in person, take a Saturday workshop. Wander around lovely little Seldovia, meet the artists, and maybe pick up an instrument and jam. This is a great way to spend those longest days of the year.
The Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival is a Seldovia Arts Council event
made possible in part by funding from the Alaska State Council on the Arts
(907)234-7614 or email@example.com
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 Postis 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 Bannedand 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’sacoustic 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
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