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2013 Far North Fiddle Fest to Benefit Hospice Services


Fairbanks, Alaska (AK)The 3rd Annual Far North Fiddle Fest is happening in Fairbanks, from Thursday, Sept. 5 through Saturday, 7, 2013. Scheduled events include a three day workshop, an informative lecture on Palliative and Hospice care, a folk concert, an open community jam session, and a concert in Hering Auditorium. Guest artists include five musical groups traveling to Fairbanks from Canada and the Lower 48, performing crack fiddling and hard step dancing mixed with sweet singing and amazing guitar playing. The Jeremy Kittel Band, a fiddle/guitar/bass/mandolin group playing jazz, Celtic and a multitude of musical styles and traditions, The ALT- Nuala Kennedy, John Doyle and Eamon O'Leary lauded by their smooth vocals accompanied by guitar and violin, and The Treble singing and playing folk music, spiced with Samantha Robichaud traditional Celtic violin melodies. Special guest artists include: Troy MacGillivray born and raised in Nova Scotia paired with Fairbanks' own Caitlin Warbelow, playing a mix of traditional Cape Breton and Irish tunes.
The concert highlights include Kieran Jordan hailing from Boston, Mass., whose dance style is fluid, musical and expressive and combines Irish step dance with improvised percussive dance. Canadian born Quinn Bachand, a gifted and creative guitar player adds a contemporary edge to traditional Celtic music, salted with deep Asturian and Brenton roots.
Far North Fiddle Fest three day workshops are being offered to the public and are open to ages seven to adult. The workshop classes will be held on Thursday and Friday, September 5th and 6th, from 12:30pm to 4pm and on Saturday, September 7th from 9:30am to 1:45pm. The workshops are located at Door of Hope Church, 270 Fairhill Road in Fairbanks. Workshop fees are $25 a day. Interested participants may request a workshop registration packet at www.fairbankshospitalfoundation.com, or by emailing fnff2012@gmail.com. Several needs based Scholarship opportunities will be available for students attending all three days. Classes are open to beginning fiddle players up to intermediate and advanced levels.
The Far North Fiddle Fest Concert will be held on 7pm on Sat. Sept. 7th in the Hering Auditorium Tickets are $20 Adults and $10 for Children, Seniors, Military and UAF students. All proceeds for this event will benefit FMH Hospice Services (f/k/a Hospice of the Tanana Valley). The two major sponsors for the Fiddle Fest are Fairbanks Cancer Care Physicians, P.C. and The Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation.
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