Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Alaska's Fiddling Poet Ken Waldman coming to Fullerton

In late June 2001, Ken Waldman, Alaska’s Fiddling Poet, loaded his Nissan Sentra and left his home in Anchorage. Two self-produced CDs had received rave reviews in print and wide radio airplay on public and community stations nationwide. Also, his first book of poetry with Albuquerque’s West End Press, a collection set in and around Nome, Alaska had gone into a second printing within a year, and another book was due out in early 2002.

A long-time Alaska resident, he’d begun touring outside the state in the late 90’s. Now, Waldman has six books and six CDs, including a big double CD, the 2006 release All Originals, All Traditionals, which includes 27 original fiddle tunes with five-piece band, and another 27 traditional tunes, all but two with Waldman’s trademark poetry and storytelling.

So, Waldman continues on tour, working a variety of venues, from concert series, to university reading series, to arts festivals, to folk clubs, to schools. For two nights, Wednesday and Thursday, April 9 and 10, at 8 p.m. Waldman comes to The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Avenue in Fullerton for his first public Los Angeles area performances in over a year.

Wednesday, Waldman will be accompanied by stellar Arcadia traditional multi-instrumentalists Tom Sauber, and his son, Patrick. Thursday, Waldman expects to be solo. From Waldman, expect new poems, old favorites, Alaska-set storytelling and some first-class Appalachian-style old-time fiddling. Ticket price is $15 in advance. $20 at the door.

Waldman says the National Poetry Month shows will be like a quick trip north to Alaska .

A twenty-two year Alaska resident, Waldman’s live performance has been described by Michael Miller, music columnist for The State in Columbia, South Carolina, as “Picture William Carlos Williams behind a dog sled. Walt Whitman jamming with the Carter Family.”

According to Austin Chronicle writer, Ric Williams, “Feels like a Ken Burns movie. . . . Always recommended.”

Recently, Shepherd Express Weekly in Milwaukee termed Waldman, “A one-man Prairie Home Companion.”

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