Athabascan singer – songwriter comes to Homer

• George Holly Jr. performs 7 p.m. Friday at Homer Council on the Arts

Photo Provided - George Holly Jr. (Center) is a contemporary Deg Xit’an Athabascan singer/songwriter who performs Friday at Homer Council on the Arts.

Photo Provided - George Holly Jr. (Center) is a contemporary Deg Xit’an Athabascan singer/songwriter who performs Friday at Homer Council on the Arts.

When the devastating earthquake and subsequent nuclear power plant eruption hit earlier this year in Japan, a Kenai Peninsula musician decided to write a song. Called a world-wide “Healing Meditation and Prayer for the Japanese Nuclear Power-Plant Workers,” George Holly Jr., dedicated the song to those who were consciously giving their lives for the sake of all.
“This is an inter-faith effort to send them healing energy and God’s love,” Holly wrote beneath his YouTube posting.
The contemporary Deg Xit’an Athabascan singer/songwriter comes to Homer on Friday for a performance at the Homer Council on the Arts, a rare treat on the music circuit. Holly began creating his own adaptations of standards for the bluegrass sound 16 years ago. He writes verses in Deg Xinag and Dena’ina Athabascan with the help of elders and other language learners. His compositions have been sung by Native dance groups in Southeast Alaska, the Yukon and on the Peninsula.
He also has written music that has been featured at the National Museum of the American Indian in D.C., the Field Museum and Newberry Library in Chicago and children’s programming in the Juneau School District and Perseverance Theater in Juneau.
The band features Holly on the banjo and Paul Gray on mandocello and djimbe.

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