An Intimate Evening of Americana with Fiddle
Ken Waldman with special guest, Andrea Earley-Coen
Saturday, April 8, 2017
An intimate evening of Americana, “old-time music” and poetry is set for April 8, 2017, 7:30 p.m., as the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College continues its “Artists You Need to Know” series and welcomes Ken Waldman, with special guest Andrea Earley-Coen. Limited tickets are available as audience seating will be on stage with the performers.
Waldman, who began playing fiddle in 1981, uses his music as a backdrop as he shares his poetry and stories about the tunes or Alaska (including his survival of a plane crash on a flight from Brevig Mission to Nome in 1996). He plays what he references as “old-time music,” which predates bluegrass. Historically, bluegrass is a string-band music linked to Appalachia, though Waldman maintains that there are variants most everywhere in North America. Some of the tunes he plays are more than two centuries old, plus he also has recorded more than 100 of his own compositions that are in the style.
Wrote Sing Out! Magazine, “By age-old tradition, itinerant and touring performers have lives in which their music is interwoven with their lives. No one conveys this better and more powerfully [than Waldman].” A former college professor, Waldman has published six full-length poetry collections, a memoir, a children’s book, and has released nine CDs that mix the old-time Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry. Waldman is also a popular visiting artist in classrooms. Using both his fiddle and a repertoire of writing exercises, he has led workshops in more than 200 schools across 31 states, and has been a guest writer at numerous colleges and universities.