Seldovia hosts annual Solstice Music Festival

• Planning for workshops starts now

Dan Crary

Dan Crary

What do you get when you cross a flat picker, a former Klingon, part of a roller coaster, and a shrew tamer?
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 entertain and present workshops over four days in the 12th Annual Seldovia Summer Solstice Music festival June 21-24.
Most events will be at the Susan B. English School.
Dan Crary is a flatpicking stylist with more than 50 years as a performer. He transcends the boundaries of style and genre in a long and distinguished recording career, featuring solo projects and award-winning group efforts.
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.”
He is also a university professor who recently produced “Primal Twang, the Legacy of the Guitar.”

All Wood and Doors Bill Eberhardt and James Lee Stanley

All Wood and Doors Bill Eberhardt and James Lee Stanley

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
Register for festival workshops at http://seldoviamusicfestival.wordpress.com/, call 234-7614 or write to seldarts@gmail.com.

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