Clayton Center presents Ken Waldman, from Maryville to Moose Pass
when: Fri, February 6, 2015
where: Harold And Jean Lambert Recital Hall
Known as Alaska's Fiddling Poet, Ken Waldman has drawn on his 25 years in Alaska to produce poems, stories, and fiddle tunes that combine into a performance uniquely his. Nine CDs mix Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry. Eight books include six poetry collections, a memoir, and a children's book. Since 1995 he's toured full-time, performing at the nation's leading festivals and clubs.
Ken uses his music in performance as backdrop as he shares original poems—poetry often about this music—and tells stories. A former college professor with an MFA in Creative Writing, he's been a visiting writer at over 80 colleges and universities, a visiting artist at over 200 schools in 32 states, and has led workshops from Alaska to Maine.
Here in Maryville, Ken will be joined by a pair of multi-instrumentalists, John Fabke from Nashville, and former Knoxville resident, Brian Vollmer. The Friday night show concludes a four-day residency in the community.
“A solid old-time fiddler . . . Waldman's originals are worth noting.”
“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].”
--Sing Out! Magazine". . . might tempt you to plan a road trip with a journal under one arm and a fiddle under the other."
“This performance and four day residency is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission.”
• Fri, February 6, 2015 at 7:30pm