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

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

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

Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival Applications

13 01 2010

The following information can be sent to the Seldovia Arts Council regarding applications for the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival.


By two paid head-ling acts are selected.  If you wish to be considered for this, please contact us between July and November.  Acts that have been personally previewed will be considered first.  Notification of headlining acts will be January.

Beginning in January applications for  25 minute unpaid positions will be taken.  Acts chosen for these slots will receive transportation across the bay from Homer and housing while in Seldovia.

Send us:

Name of Act:

Band Members:
Describe a Workshop you would like to teach.

Stage Requirements Mikes, stands, chairs etc.

Housing Requirements  (Can you share a room etc.)
Transportation requirements (How do you plan to come to Seldovia?)

Biography of group for program.. Recommendations from media…a digital picture…
Send applications (postmarked by March 1)

Susan Mumma

Festival Director

Seldovia Arts Counci

Box 41  Seldovia,  Alaska

OR   Please send applications via email to seldovia.festival.gmail.com

Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival 2010

13 11 2009

festlogoJune  18 and 19 will be the main stage dates for the 2010 festival… Don’t forget the ferry jam on the 17th too!!

This YEAR!!!!Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival 2009

28 03 2009

“A sharing of gold is but brief, but a sharing of song lasts long.” – Gaelic Proverb

Headlining this year’s Festival will be Mary Jane Lamond Gaelic Singer and Wendy MacIsaac,  Cape Breton Fiddler and Patrick Gillis, guitarist, also from Cape Breton Island. Copy (1) of maryjane1

Mary Jane Lamond is a sharer of songs, stories and spirit. This sharing has garnered Mary Jane
numerous Juno and East Coast Music Award nominations, critical acclaim and a worldwide
audience. Mary Jane’s latest recording ” Storas” (Gaelic meaning “a treasure”), is a beautiful
interpretation of some of the Scottish Gaelic songs that have become part of Nova
Scotia’s Gaelic tradition. Her use of modern instrumentation and arrangements\
provides a respectful and beautiful framework for these Gaelic treasures but it is Mary
Jane’s spell binding vocal performance and heartfelt delivery that makes these
selections truly come alive for the listener.
Mary Jane Lamond is a sharer of songs, stories and spirit. This sharing has garnered Mary Jane numerous Juno and East Coast Music Award nominations, critical acclaim and a worldwide audience. Mary Jane’s latest recording ” Storas” (Gaelic meaning “a treasure”), is a beautiful
interpretation of some of the Scottish Gaelic songs that have become part of Nova Scotia’s Gaelic tradition. Her use of modern instrumentation and arrangements provides a respectful and beautiful framework for these Gaelic treasures but it is Mary Jane’s spell binding vocal performance and heartfelt delivery that makes these selections truly come alive for the listener.

Also heading this year’s festival is commedian Robert Post. The zany gentleman will act as master of ceremonies and treat us to some

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Adding spice to the mix will be a wide variety of local and Alaskan acts, such as120px-the_hopper_family_band2favorite singer -songwriters, Robin Hopper and Eric Braendel and jazz dance bands like theDan Mac Trio. We will also be hosting professional touring artists from across the United States and Canada. Jaime Michaels and Emily Kurn will be new the festival. Returning boogie woogie pianistRadoslav Lorkovic will be creating a special collaboration of artists and teaching piano workshops for the festival ,a great surprise for everyone concerned! Popular Anchorage bluegrass group Town Creekand jazz group Hot Club of Nunaka are hoping that you will bring your dancing shoes. Celtic artists, Faolanand Back Alley Banned will add to the Celtic celebration. Seldovian artists, Tim Davis, Rob Rurka’ s Red Moutain Ramblers , Betsy Scott, Simone de Biblioteque and Billy Goat will be featured as well. World music will steimg_1665p in time with Relatively Famous.

A special ferry jam on the “Tusty” will preceed the festival on Thursday. Shows will take place on Friday and Saturday Evenings beginning at  6:30 .We have added a Friday  Morning songwriting seminar featuring the skills of Alaskan Robin Hopper.  Saturday morning there will be song circles and jamming around town. Workshops, such as song writing, Irish flute, piano, drumming, singing and harmonizing and more will fill out Saturday afternoon beginning at 1 pm.
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Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy McIsaac

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Last Year’s Festival was a rousing success!!!

15 04 2008

The Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival, June 20 and 21, is headlined by two very accomplished musicians. Midwesterner Ralston Bowles has a smart catchy style with roots in both folk music and Rock and Roll that puts him somewhere between Lyle Lovett and Bob Dylan. Ralston has opened for T-Bone Burnett and performed with a long list of musical luminaries including Shawn Colvin, Hothouse Flowers, Chuck Brodsky and Peter Mulvey. Ralston just released his new CD ‘Rally at the Texas Hotel’ (2008) on Judy Collin’s ‘Wildflower’ label. Ralston brings with him Drew Howard, aka Captain Midnight, a master on the steel guitar. Joe Craven is a San Francisco musician, actor, storyteller, educator, visual artist, former museum curator, motivational speaker, and festival emcee. He plays the fiddle, the mandolin, the mug, the martini shaker … even a bedpan and a credit card. His stage set may look like your neighbor’s yard sale, but make no mistake, Joe is an extremely accomplished musician who played for almost 17 years with the David Grisman Quintet. Joe is going to help emcee this year’s festival, so you know that there’s going to be a lot of fun mixed in with all the great music.

The headliners will be joined by Roots/Americana artist Marion Walsh, coming to the festival from Vancouver BC. Marion made a name for herself by playing the clubs, coffeehouses and on radio shows of Boston and in Portland Oregon. ‘Marion sings with so much conviction she should be convicted for affecting the hearts of all whom listen to this new music’ (Roots Music Review). Seattle singer songwriter Wes Weddell spent 63 days In 2001 traveling the state of Washington, picking up stories about the people he met and turning those stories into song. The project ultimately fueled several CDs, featuring everything from playful tunes and ballads to rockabilly romps, one of which won Wes the 2006 Tumbleweed Music Festival songwriting contest.

Many of this year’s festival artists are Alaskans. Anchorage singer/songwriter Tom Begich returns to the festival with his insightful storytelling with blues rhythms and an easy picking style. Talkeetna’s Esther Golton is a singer/songwriter with a mountain dulcimer and a flute. It sounds traditional enough, but not when you perch the dulcimer on a home-made stand, coax out jazzy chord progressions, cross genres from gentle folk to pop to blues and jazz, and add insightful, often humorous lyrics. Returning to the festival is Anchorage pianist and jazzman extraordinaire Dan McElrath and his band, Shawn Zuke and renowned bassist Milo Matthews, plus many other musicians from around the state, including our own Seldovia talent.

Friday and Saturday performances begin at 6:30pm. The headliners and many of the other artists will host Saturday afternoon workshops, a great way for everyone to participate in the festival and to learn some new skills. There will be workshops just for children too. Festival events are held at Susan B. English School in Seldovia, where tickets will be available at the door. Prices for adults are $25 per performance and $10 for all workshops, or buy one ticket for the whole festival (performances plus workshops) for $39. Prices for children (K-12) are $10 per performance plus $5 for a workshop pass, or $20 for the whole festival. Check the festival webpage www.seldoviamusicfestival.wordpress.com for all the details.