Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival 2013 set for June 20-23

18 01 2013

The following information will be required by the committee for your application:

Seldovia Arts Council
Summer Solstice Music Festival 2013 Application
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Applications are now open.   Please send  your application to Seldovia Arts Council Secretary, Box 257,  Seldovia,  Alaska  99663


Festival 2012 a Huge Success

27 06 2012

Just a few Notes, Kudos and Thank Yous !

I would like to personally thank all those who did such a great job on the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival.  It was a great success, well attended and beautiful to listen to.
I think the spirit of the festival was best seen at the beginning and the end of the festival.  Each night the music was ushered in by Aliah Wheeler and Brian Slover on their Native American Flutes. The notes, so artfully made, soared around the room transforming it.  The evening performances were equally special. Our local group Billy Goat rounded out the Friday night performance with great harmonies.  Saturday night a rousing all-performer ending chorus of “Summertime” was returned by an equally enthusiastic return chorus by the audience, which many of the performers said sent chills up their spines.

Highlights of the festival for me included the sunny days making outdoor jamming fun,  the high quality workshops that were so well attended this year, and  the shows themselves. Funny, dramatic, beautiful, each of the acts were a special treat.  The headliners, Dan Crary and Thunderation and James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt were icing on the cake!

Many thanks to all of the performers, volunteers and sponsors and Seldovia and Homer businesses and private families that came to aide, providing housing, transportation, food and more for this event. .  Each of your efforts is greatly appreciated and needed.

Here are some thank yous that we at the Seldovia Arts Council received and appreciated.

Thank You Susan Mumma and The Seldovia Arts Council, and thank you to all the wonderful musicians and friends who came. Your music is a gift for us. We watched your fingers fly across the strings, we listened to your cotton candy voices, we danced to your souls, and we were happy. Thanks for an experience of immeasurable value. We love you all. Rose, Sam, Zack.

Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival is a class act! Great musicians. Warm Seldovia hospitality. The snowy mountains, the clean fresh breeze. A spiritual presence. Meticulous sound crew. The last moment of music when the audience roared out Summertime gave us musicians on the stage a rare thrill. Love hugs and gratitude to all who made this magic event happen. Lindianne Sarno

Dear Susan and Seldovia Arts Council Folks,

This card is meant to represent pure joy- beautiful muisc, friendly and fun people, incredible weather and setting. THANK YOU for all you do to make the Seldovia Solstice Music Festival happen. We love coming–treasured memories.  Love, Dianne and Elliott Barske  

and to sum up…. I would like to quote from a previous music festival.

Joe Craven 9:40am Mar 9
…and when these things are at their best, they are way more than “music festivals”. They are consciousness-raising events, celebrating everyone’s story and place at the table to tell it in whatever creative way they wish! Go Susan, Go Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival (and consciousness raising event)!!! As I always like to say, “There’s nothing more dangerous than an idea…if it’s the only one you have.”

Such a grand time was had by all.

Thank YOU!!

Susan Mumma Director SSMF…and all of us at the SAC

A Big Thank You to all our Festival Volunteers, Performers, Sponsors and Supporters

25 06 2012

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The Seldovia Arts Council would love to thank those who helped us produce the 12th Annual Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival. Many thanks to our sponsors, volunteers and performers:

Auntie’s Whole Foods, Dawn Berg, Chris Berg, Boardwalk Hotel, Bridgekeeper’s Inn, Simone De Biblioteque, Eric Braendel, Sean Braendel, Rick Brooks, Tamara Blodgett, Lorinda Bridge, Phil Bridge, City of Seldovia, Jenny Chissus,Marina Chissus, Virginia Chissus, John Cook, Serena Coons, Crystal Collier, Courtney Collier, Kirby Corwin, Crabpot Grocery, Dan Crary, Darlene Crawford, Andy Criscuolo, Kathleen George, , John Dettrich, Andrea Dettrich,Lewis Dickinson, Jackie Dickinson,Mary Anne Driscoll, Mike Driscoll, Cliff Eberhardt, Janette Garrison, Doug Garrison,Amy Gilson, Grant Aviation, Karin Gustafson, Al Hand, Eileen Hand, Val Henning,  Zane Henning, Kari Hendrich, Pam Henry, Monty Hingley, Laurel Hilts,  Sunni Hilts, Hopkins Brothers Construction, Robin Hopper, Homer News, Homer Tribune, Hurricane Dave, Inn at Harbor’s Edge, Integrity Survey, Inc.  Esther Int-Hout, KBBI Radio, Peggy Keesecker, Tom Keesecker, Angela Kositz, Rebecca Lambourn, Lyn Lemon, Chris Lethin, Judith Lethin, Savannah Lethin, Tim Lethin, Donna Levesque,  Chris Lillo,Linwood Bar and Grill, Marsha Lind, Milo Matthews, Robert D. Maurer,  Margie McCord, Dan Mc Elrath, Veda Mc Elrath, Rosanna Mc Innes,  Cindy, McKenna, Bob Moser Harmony Moser, Mary Montgomery, Susan Mumma, Sandy Murray, Lee Pekrul,  Rene Purpura, Tim Quinn, Rant and Raven Morris Dancers, Joanne Teague, Tide Pool Café, Olivia Turner, Serena Turner, June M. Uminsky Trust, Vivian Rojas, Lindianne Sarno, Gary Sawdy,  Sea Parrot Inn,  Ruth Sensenig, Seldovia Chamber of Commerce,  Seldovia Gazette, Seldovia Seacatch, Seldovia Rowing Club Inn, Seldovia Village Tribe, Sunrise Sjoberg, Steve Spurgin, Tania Spurkland, Tobben Spurkland, Brian Slover, George Smallwood, Trina Smallwood, Jeff Snedgen, James Lee Stanley,  Martin Stevens, Jerry Stranik, Suzie Stranik,  Susan B. English School, Suzanne Summerville, Sadi Synn,Marcia Uminski,  Mike Webber, Mary Ann Wilson , Aliah, Wheeler, and Susan Zerwick.

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6 06 2012

All about the Seldovia Festival 2012

24 05 2012


What do you get when you cross a flat picker, a former Klingon, part of a roller coaster, and a shrew tamer??? Why, you get Seldovia Arts Council’s, walloping 2012 Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival. This year’s headline acts include:  flatpicking  legend, Dan Crary and his band, “Thunderation “, and James Lee Stanley teaming with Cliff Eberhardt to create “All Wood and Doors”, an acoustic version of the “Door’s” greatest hits. They will be joined by 14 solo artists and groups from all over Alaska, who will “knock your socks off” as they entertain and present workshops over four fun-filled days, of the twelfth annual Seldovia Summer Solstice Music festival.

  • June 21st – 24th
  • Most events will be at the Susan B. English School

Dan Crary is a flatpicking stylist with an international reputation for innovation, taste and brilliance. With more than 50 years as a performer, he is one of the few artists whose work transcends the boundaries of style and genre. A long and distinguished recording career, featuring solo projects and award-winning group efforts, have brought Dan Crary acclaim as a versatile performer. He is able to range from Mozart to Anglo-American fiddle tunes to moody, evocative original compositions. “Jammed If I Do” (1994), with guests, Tony Rice, Doc Watson, Norman Blake, and Beppe Gambetta, was hailed as one of the decade’s great gatherings of guitarists, while his 1992 solo album, “Thunderation”, won the National Association of Independent Record Distributors and Manufacturer’s annual “Indie” award for “Best String Instrumental Album.” Crary’s “Holiday Guitar”, won 1998’s “Indie” for “Best Seasonal Music” from the Association For Independent Music. Dan is also a university professor that has produced excellent flat-picking guitar DVDs, taught 100s of workshops, toured the world, and has recently produced “Primal Twang, the Legacy of the Guitar”. It is the first definitive theatrical journey through the guitar’s colorful and surprisingly controversial 3,500-year history. It will be presented at the festival as a workshop.

Dan is accompanied on this visit to Seldovia by Martin Stevens and Steve Spurgin. Steve Spurgin, a native of Texas, is one of the most prolific song writers of his genre with numerous hit songs covered by country greats such as Reba Macintire. Martin Stevens is an up and coming mandolin whiz-kid with a decade of touring. All three musicians will be playing and teaching instrumental workshops during the festival.

Songwriter and guitarist, James Lee Stanley, is returning to the Seldovia Summer Solstice Festival as a headliner by popular demand.  He is constantly creating new and interesting material and putting smiles on folks’ faces as he tours around the U. S. and Europe.  Some people do not know that James spent time on the TV set playing a Klingon for Star Trek or that he is very active in the National Folk Alliance as a board member, that he spent time in the Air Force as a Chinese linguist or that he was a “Two Man Band” with Peter Tork of the Monkeys. He has created eight albums, nineteen compact disks and more, all having received critical acclaim. He has currently produced the acoustic version of many Rolling Stones tunes with John Batdorf,  “All Wood and Stones” and with Cliff Eberhardt,  “All Wood and Doors“. James will be performing with Cliff and will also be teaching an arranging workshop at the festival. He will be our festival MC! Helping out with this will be Cliff Eberhardt and Robin Hopper.

We promised a shrew tamer and he is coming to us direct from the stage of the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C. The Western musical version of “Taming of the Shrew” showcases a unique shrew, one that is influenced and inspired by the amazing music of singer/songwriter, Cliff Eberhardt, who composed the original music and is performing in a role called “The Blind Balladeer”. At fifteen, Cliff and his brother Geoff began touring as an acoustic duo, playing the Eastern club circuit. He has long been one of the most respected songwriters on the club scene. After nearly two decades of touring his debut album, ”The Long Road” (1990), received an outstanding response. The Philadelphia Inquirer called the album a “repeatedly astounding collection”. His critically acclaimed album “The High Above and the Down Below” was named the number five album of 2007 by USA Today. It was recorded with noted jazz players, Gordy Johnson, J. T. Bates and Rich Dworsky. Cliff’s new album “500 Miles: The Blue Rock Sessions” may be his finest to date. It is an intimate album of powerful originals and unique covers which features a reworking of his hit “The Long Road”. A collection of his songs has been published in “The Cliff Eberhardt Songbook” (Cherry Lane Publishing). Performers who have recorded his songs include Richie Havens, Shawn Colvin, Russ Taff and Buffy Sainte Marie.

The headliners are joined by two “Alaskan Songwriter of the Year” winners, Robin Hopper, and Eric Braendel.  Look forward to solo artist Rick Brooks, the duo John Cook and Ken Sease , Tom Begich, Milo Matthews,  the Cindy McKenna Band, Hurricane Dave Rush,  duo Angela Kositz with Lee Petkul and the rollicking “Rant and Ravens Morris Dancers”.  There will also be some tunes by our famous local band, “Billy Goat”, that “Naughty Lady Simone D’ Biblioteque” and some grand accompaniments by master jazz pianist Dan McElrath.  In addition, Susan Sommerville, PhD, mezzo-soprano, choral conductor and music historian, formerly of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will be presenting a workshop on the history of music and song in Alaska. Many of the musicians will be presenting workshops in many areas of their expertise: some for instruments, some for voice, and some for little children.

The festival schedule will surely include something for everyone, and many opportunities to interact with the artists. The festivities begin on Thursday around noon with a ferry jam on the Alaska State Ferry, the Tustemena. On the way to Seldovia, the performers will share a song or two with the lucky folks on the ship. Once they arrive in Seldovia, they will be hosted by local families. At 6 pm join them at the Linwood Café for a “meet and greet” and then, perhaps attend the OPEN MIKE session in which locals and out-of-towners, who are not officially in the show, share a song or two on the Festival Stage. Friday Morning the workshops begin at 10 am with a two hour workshop with Suzanne Sommerville and a 1 pm presentation of “Primal Twang” with Dan Crary. Friday evening the Festival Stage will begin at 6:30 pm. Saturday morning, join everyone for a “cuppa coffee” at the Tide Pool Café at 10 am where there will be a songwriters’ circle led by the headliners and maybe even a sing along. Look for our newest “meet-up”, the official uke circle at 2:30 pm (bring your ukulele and join the fun). Tim Quinn will be leading this event, hopefully, outside in the park. There will be over twelve workshops on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Saturday night at 6:30 pm there will be more show time at the Festival stage. Finish off the festival on Sunday afternoon at 2 pm with a Gospel Jam on the deck of the Dancing Eagles Lodge.

The price for the whole festival is $49 at the door.  If you are a local and are in Seldovia before the festival you can buy a ticket at Thyme on the Boardwalk for $39 (must be purchased by Wednesday June 19th). Children’s ticketing and one day festival tickets will be available at the door.

  • Schedule in a Nutshell
  • Thursday 
  • Join us on the Tustemena  for the Ferry Jam…leaves around 11AM  Homer Dock
  • 6:PM  Community  Meet and Greet at the Linwood
  • 7:30   OPEN MIKE at the Commons

  • Friday
  • Friday Morning Workshops around the Commons area
  • 10 AM  Popular Music in the 49th State   with Dr.  “Phil”  Suzanne Summerville  
  • 1   PM  “Primal Twang”  (special personal presentation of Dan Crary’s  PBS special.. on the big screen)
  • Friday  Evening  Performances   START AT 6:30 PM  Commons

  • Saturday
  • 8:30 Yoga for Performers with Amy Gilson at the Sea Otter Community Center
  • 10 AM Song Circle at the TidePool  Cafe
  • 11:30  Uke Jam (bring your ukulele)
  • Saturday Afternoon Workshops  1 -4   (12 to choose from)  Commons and Sea Otter Community Center
  • Saturday  Evening  Performances  START AT 6:30 PM

  • Sunday
  • Sunday Afternoon  Gospel Jam on Dancing Eagle’s Deck with Judith Lethin

Some Songs by our headliners

Cliff Eberhardt and James Lee Stanley

Have YOU HEARD    

What Would You Do


 Moonlight Drive 

On the Bus




Dan Crary and Thunderation

North Country Fair

Sail Away&Sally Ann

Dan Crary

Lady’s Fancy

Workshop on HomeSpun

Flatpicking Medley

Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival Performer Roster!

7 05 2012

2012 Seldovia Summer Solstice Performer list :

Rant and Raven Morris Dancers:  Dawn Berg, Chris Berg, Lyn Lemon, Joanne Teague, Karin Gustafson, Serena Coons, Dan Coons, Donna Levesque

Angela Kositz & Lee Pekrul

Cindy McKenna Band: Cindy McKenna, Sunrise Sjoberg , Tim Quinn, Milo Matthews, Lindianne Sarno

Rick Brooks

Dan Crary &Thunderation: Dan Crary, Steve Spurgin, Martin Stevens

James Lee  Stanley  & Cliff Eberhardt

Eric Braendel & Sean Braendel

Billy Goat: Kirby Corwin, Kari Henrich, Chris Lilo and Jeff Snedgen

Hurricane Dave

Robin Hopper

John Cook &Ken Sease

Dan Mc Elrath   Take a look at Dan and Inga from last year’s fest

Susan Mumma

Milo Matthews

Tom Begich

Dr. Suzanne Summerville

2012 Headliners for Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival Announced…June 21-24

21 11 2011

!!Dan Crary and Thunderation

A concert by Thunderation is whistling winds in the pines, rambling boys and tragic girls, joys and laughter from old times, fast and furious instrumental tunes and a little touch of glory-to-god. And it’s ghosts of Jimmie Rogers and The Carter Family and Bill and Lester and Earl and Woodie Guthrie and all the greats who showed us the way

When Thunderation plays, you may “shiver when the cold wind blows,” but it’s OK because pretty soon, “sun’s gonna’ shine in my back door someday.”

DAN CRARY is the musical legend, master of the guitar, a founder and pioneer of flatpicking, and a stylist with an international reputation for innovation, taste, and brilliance. His performance style blends traditional material from a variety of American sources and continues to blaze exciting new territory in his recordings and personal appearances today. Dan is a veteran of tours in more than thirty countries as he connects musically and personally with fans throughout the world. If creativity, quality, and longevity are hallmarks of artistic achievement, then Dan Crary must be recognized as one of the greatest traditional artists of our day.

STEVE SPURGIN is a native son of the Lone Star State whose song writing, recording, and performing have spanned the globe and earned him wide acclaim and a multitude of fans. As a former Nashville staff writer penning songs for the publishing companies of Gene Watson and Reba McEntire, Steve has several major country music hits to his credit and has received awards from BMI and IBMA, as well as being a “New Folk” winner at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival. His “performed with” resume’ includes, among others, the super group California, Byron Berline and Sundance, Mason Williams, Freddy Fender, and The Limelighters.

MARTIN STEVENS already packs a musical wallop. He has a decade of experience and a substantial reputation in the Pacific northwest. He is destined to become a force to be reckoned with in American roots music.

James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt  All Wood and Doors

Fans of The Doors, acoustic guitar aficionados, as well as Crosby Stills & Nash, Buffalo Springfield, Rubber Soul, the Eagles, or classic Beach Boys harmonies are in for a real treat.

Can you imagine what The Doors songs would have sounded like if they had been created with acoustic guitars? Would Light My Fire, Riders On the Storm or Touch Me been as powerful played on acoustic guitars and filled with vocal harmonies?

The idea behind James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt going into the studio in May of 2010 was to make a recording like no other you’ve ever heard. The secret? Take classic Doors songs and rearrange them through their (James & Cliff’s) own sensibilities of acoustic guitars and rich vocal harmonies, tempered through thirty years of making acoustic rock music. Both James Lee and Cliff are well equipped to deliver the goods.

FI magazine called James Lee Stanley’s solo guitar and voice cd, Freelance Human Being, “a masterpiece and one of the all time great recordings.” Sing Out magazine said of Cliff Eberhardt’s latest solo effort, “palpable intimacy and passion… it’s Eberhardt’s soulful renditions, mixed with the CD’s perfect acoustics, that fools you into thinking Cliff was performing in your living room.”

Between them Cliff and James Lee have recorded over 30 acoustic rock music albums. Then they came together and created a genuine masterpiece. All Wood and Doors will serve to reintroduce the musical genius of James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt to the world.

James Lee and Cliff spent the better part of 2010 picking and arranging the songs, recording and producing, mixing and mastering what Beachwood Recordings considers to be one of the crown jewels in its catalog. James Lee was either in the studio recording his latest solo CD, Backstage At The Resurrection or recording All Wood and Doors with Cliff for the entire year. Cliff has been on tour promoting his latest solo CD, 500 Miles: The Blue Rock Sesssions, when he wasn’t in the studio with James Lee recording All Wood and Doors. James will be returning to Seldovia as a headliner and Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Workshops at Seldovia Summer Solstice Festival were half the fun!!! :School was never this fun!!

22 06 2011

Streching not only your imagination....

Ferry jam getting started.Moira teaching a song.

Streching not only your imagination…


practicing with Dan McElrath

Slow hand jam techniques..with Kevin Cassidy

Moria Smiley and Voco’s harmony workshop.

Robin Hopper's Choirchimes and Boomwackers

The Nelezen's dance

Songwriting intensive with Robin Hopper

Songwriting workshop with Jaime Michaels and Paul Thompson

Meet and greet at the local pub

jamming on the ferry, Tustemena

jamming in the sunshine

moira and VOCO get creative

Boomwacking with Robin Hopper

Songwriting intensive with Robin Hopper

moira and VOCO harmony and body percussion

2011Schedule for Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Fest

26 05 2011

June 16
11:45 Tust:emena leaves the Homer dock for Seldovia Ferry JAM
6:00 No host dinner performer get together.. TBA
8:00 Open Mike for those who are not already in the festival line-up

June 17
8 AM yoga for everyone
10 AM Contra dance workshop
10 Am Writers workshop
10 Am Sound check for headliners
1-4 PM Sound checks see schedule

7:00 PM
Festival Mainstage

June 18
8 am yoga for everyone
10 AM Tide Pool Song Circle
1-4 Workshops
4-6ish.. Performer Dinner
Festival Mainstage

June 19
2 PM Gospel Jam

2011 Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival June 16-19

22 05 2011

The 2011 Seldovia Solstice Music Festival features headliners: moira smiley and VOCO from Los Angeles, Calfiornia and Jamie Michaels from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Both are award winning performers in their genre. (see individual biographies in the column to the right.)

Other performers include a mix of national and international pros and Local Seldovian favorites. Those performers are: Paul Thompson from the United Kingdom, Bianca De Leon from Austen, Texas, Karen and Don Mc Natt from Nashville, Diamonds in the Rough , from Illinois,Anne and Rob Nelezen from Wisconsin, Anchorage area performers, Mt. Echo,

Dan McElrath, Robin Hopper and the Acoustic Banana and local performers, Betsy Scott, the Rob Rurka Band and Brian Slover and Billy Goat!

Participants and performers alike can begin the festival on June 16, while attending the Ferry Jam on the Alaska Marine Highway ship, Tustemena, then follow up with an evening of open mike participation. Those who bring their instruments and talent to Seldovia, yet are not on the roster can be a big part of these events.

Friday morning will include workshops in songwriting, and contra-dance, a session of yoga and a chance to get some sight-seeing done. Friday evening the first main-stage event will take place. Be there at 7 PM for an evening of fine performances.

Saturday morning get up early for a session of yoga for musicians and then head on down to the Tide Pool Cafe for a song circle. Saturday afternoon 1:30-4 workshops of all types for all ages will be part of the fun. Again in the evening 7PM great performances on the mainstage.

Sunday at 2 PM you can join the gospel jam on the

porch of Dancing Eagles Lodge.

More events will be added so keep an eye on this post..