Your Communities. Your Traditions. Your Folklife.
Northwest Folklife aims to strengthen our communities through arts and culture. This calendar brings together our greater community’s events and gatherings. Here, you will find events ranging from cultural celebrations to music and dance performances and traditional gatherings.
Together, we can continue to celebrate the rich arts, cultures, and traditions that thrive in the greater Pacific Northwest.
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NW Fiddlers Showcase (Seattle Folklore Society)
January 25, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm$18
A Special Showcase Concert of Fiddlers of the Northwest: Hosted by Stuart Williams, the format for the show will be along the lines of The Fiddlers Showcase Concerts at Folklife in conjunction with the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association – a sampling of short sets from some of the Northwest’s finest. Here’s what you have to look forward to:
Gary Lee Moore is a 4th generation Oklahoma fiddler who has also learned directly from Benny Thomasson, Clark Kessenger and many others. “…Having spent years hearing older players like Thomasson, Gary’s touch on the fiddle is a bit sweeter than many of the up-and-coming contest style fiddlers. He plays with the precision the style requires, but he is so lyrical with his variations that even a die-hard hoedown fiddle fan would find it hard to keep from smiling at the ease in which he glides from one idea to the next.” (Old Time Herald)
Jeff Anderson of Olympia, WA is a 3rd generation Norwegian and Norwegian/American fiddler inspired by the fiddling of both of his grandfathers, men who also happened to be fiddling buddies back in North Dakota. He has been featured in Fiddler Magazine and included in Norwegian musicologist Einar Eimhjellen’s 2000 study of Norwegian music in America, the American Project. Einar noted that while Jeff was influenced by other styles, he has “best kept the tradition of the early immigrants from Scandinavia.” Locally he can be found, with his wife Jane, playing for Scandinavian dances and at Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association events.
Jamie Fox plays the Métis, Canadian and Northwestern fiddle music of the Belknap Reservation in Montana where she was raised. She has learned from many of the Métis fiddlers in the surrounding area and on up into Canada. The Fox Family, including Jamie’s father and brother, has toured widely. Her playing has a warmth and playfulness that I have long admired. She currently serves in the Air Force at Joint Fort Lewis/McChord and can be heard locally at contra dances and fiddle shows.
Ramon Selby grew up in Casper, Wyoming and played fiddle in his family band for square dances and other shows. He has a host of fascinating tunes from his family’s repertoire, some very complicated waltzes for example, tunes he learned from his teacher, fiddler Jack Blakely, and many more tunes he learned from the legendary Hugh Farr, fiddler for the Sons of the Pioneers, who was a family friend and frequent visitor to the Selby household. Ramon was a 2012 inductee into the Northwest Western Swing Music Society Hall of Fame.
Hank Bradley’s Southern old time fiddling inspired a generation of us coming of age in the Northwest and up and down the coast. Having played violin as a youth in California he found himself in the southeast while serving in the army in 1962. He took every opportunity to visit and learn from a great many fiddlers in nearby North Carolina and Virginia. His ears were wide open and as he took in the sounds of the mountains he gave them a playful twist and a turn that has made dancers jump in wild abandon ever since. While he is equally at home playing Greek or Balkan music, he promises to grace us with some of the Southern repertoire in the able company of Bill Meyer on guitar and Candy Goldman on banjo.
Paul Anastasio is an amazing swing and western swing fiddler. He studied with Joe Venuti during Joe’s years in Seattle and toured and recorded with the likes of Asleep at the Wheel and Johnny Gimble. He is also a highly respected teacher and a writer for Fiddler Magazine. Over the last decade or so he has studied the fiddle music of the Tierra Caliente region of Mexico intensively, particularly with the great fiddler and composer, Juan Reynoso. Paul will be joined by Juan Barco on Bajo Sexto and Elena DeLisle-Perry on guitar.
Tickets available now at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/528946 OR Take the “Fiddler’s Tour”! Buy a special combination ticket that includes this concert AND an afternoon at the Northwest Folklife’s Winter Fireside Party (at the Vera Project/Seattle Center) for $35http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/522723