Maridon Boario's first Folk Festival band, The Manholes, was a temporary collaboration that made only one appearance on the Centennial Hall stage in 1997. While short, the performance marked the beginning of a long relationship with the festival for Boario herself.The local bassist has played on the main stage or at dances at nearly every Folk Fest since: with the Panhandle Crabgrass Revival Band (2000-2006), Sean Tracey & the Splinter Pickers (2008-2009), Honky Tonk Habit (2009-2010), Fais Do Do (2012) and the North Country Cajun Club (2013), among other acts.
Pat Henry isn't sure what songs he played at the first Alaska Folk Festival, then called the Southeast Alaska Folk Jamboree, in 1975.
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One of the best things about the Alaska Folk Festival, said longtime performer Mike Truax, is its consistency. The rules that defined it when he first got on stage - free to the public and open to all performers - still define it today.
Guy Unzicker was a nervous 12-year-old when he first performed at the Alaska Folk Festival as part of The X-Step In-Laws, a family band that included his dad - well-known local guitarist John Unzicker - his mom and other relatives.
Part of the Alaska-ness of Alaska's music scene - apart from the actual Alaskans - is the do-it-yourself approach to learning and performing, said longtime local musician Jane Roodenburg.
Juneau musician Henry Hopkins used to commute from Fairbanks by car to attend the Alaska Folk Festival; his first trip was in 1992 while he was a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Folk and Americana duo Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer will kick off a week-long tour of Southeast Alaska April 2 with a performance at the Gold Town Nickelodeon.
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As the photos on these pages show, the Alaska Folk Festival's history tells part of the story of this community - of its creativity and interconnectedness, of its gains and losses.
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