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This is made of America calling I’m gate would and we are taking a look at the Athabasca fiddle festival. Join us and 2809-9 6 to eat for 8 earlier we heard from Josephine Mel and she is a volunteer at the Athabasca fennel festival , she’s also an instructor with Dancing with the spirit . She is quite gun at the Baskin also here with us today from the glitch in nation from the Northwest Territories . We have Wilbert Kendry and though he joins us today from Fairbanks , Alaska , he’s a singer-songwriter based in Arctic village Alaska and he will be performing at the festival . It’s my pleasure also welcome him into the hour . Well , thank you for being with us . And you know if it weren’t for the music . I don’t know if this festival would be what it is in being somebody who hops on stage Greece your community with your sound . How does it make you feel too to be bringing communities together through music specially this festival .
I believe the good lord the Baird ever us get there , get there is , it will , and you get , and it’s also a culture and I I feel it when I get only Jacob good on because I see people like those he that that I never see could quite quite some time and we also paying homage to elders that passed on and the league us to this year , but we still go on life goes on. Everybody have online that’s likely seeing people it makes a stronger people have fun and be strong is basically said it’s a sober environment and they see people and can play with friends that we’ve never played like Catalin and all you can we know played with them for a while , so it’s just one they’re having fun with the people and get them going a good company and good atmosphere , and the only the I those very people are great and it’s good to see that .
I began , I hear you , because there are certain things that we haven’t seen friends from a very long time or relatives and there’s something that brings you together and you know , the music is good are ready , and then when you have that kind of thing going on , or being able to dance with family members or that special someone or someones it really you know brings things into a really good light and excited to hear more about this and maybe you want to share some of it , give us a call when it hundred 9-9 6 to eat for 8 well let’s try at the Ashley again our caller in Fairbanks , Alaska , Ashley. Thank you for being with us and go ahead . Share your thoughts .
I planning Ashley and for further Glasgow and 50 at all. I’m not Athabasca and you pick ask the mom is some western Alaska who made my dad and moved to Fairbanks along got me it has steadily I show clinging around 6 you know all of the theater feeling as any kind life .
And Ashley well what does it mean to be able to step on stage , or especially bringing your music to a festival like this and you see your community dancing together. What do you think .
It’s an honor for me to get up on stage and pay my fair or.
I bet and I hear that people are working really hard so that young people have their pathway to this or I’m more interested in this and Ashley for you what has the fiddle brought to your life.
The city old bra sorry the film’s diet to my life with the federal I probably wouldn’t be into music you you think those things.
You started really young. So can we to maybe even feature you one day on this program but when you have your album out or hop on one of these great bands and Ashley , what do you want to tell people who are getting ready for the fiddle festival .
Sorry , say that again.
What do you wanna tell folks who are a packing their bags now or getting the food ready or making plans to make their way to Fairbanks , what do you wanna tell them.
It will be worth it. They play about an hour and continuity .
Oh. Nice .
The food oh boy very nice and Ashley what program you with who the fiddle.
Hello , and most of them by ear.
Well , what you I have somebody who is also connected to that , why don’t we go ahead and introduce him to Ashley. Thank you for calling and we wish you the best in really excited to hear about your passion for music , it’s really inspiring . Thanks for your call actually from Fairbanks , Alaska we of killing me he is a fiddle player and he’ll be performing at the festival . He teaches young native Fed lawyers and also works with the young native figures as well as the Dancing with the spirit . Our pleasure to have him here , and Kelly , I don’t know if you know Ashley or just stem thoughts about hearing how much the federal means to her any thoughts and welcome .
Good morning , thanks for having me and it’s an honor to be able to teach with young native and dancing with the spirit and I remember when I see first walked in. She was very young and small and and we had our first music lessons together and it’s being freed . You know there every Saturday . Ever since she was 6 and plan their very in the loons learning music and having fun and just been a great smile around .
And Kelly. Well , go ahead .
Of those pretty much it.
All right. And in your you pick and you are going to be performing at this year’s festival and we heard a little bit from World Bird about his excitement . Can you tell us anything more than we haven’t heard yet about what happens at these kind gatherings and what it means to Paul the community together through music this way .
Is what this is. It’s a tradition , that’s been going on for almost a couple hundred years now and .
It is a great.
Make opportunity for myself. Just to be able to do some some cultural values such as giving and being able to give music as like some that really hits my heart even inside and it does for a lot of the students and young native Phillies and the teachers for Dancing with the spirits such as well beaten and Josephine and I see it , all while the old teeth all really happy about the biggest smiles and they can’t imagine doing anything more . And then when you get to the central festival everyone is just so happy to see each other’s as hugs everywhere everyone’s nice . I mean , just like they are all year , but it it’s it’s a fantastic time we .
Play and we see a lot of elders that we’ve seen for many years.
And play music gets know each other , even more.
You know wondering when the music is going. Can you tell where a come a band is from just based on their sound and Wilbert , any thoughts on that .
Unless a lot like you could tell like different players like their style. It’s going to elders great kind of holiday play their style . You could . I don’t go by names I just go by how they claim their tradition shows in how play and we just follow along and we meet a lot of people , like I say , there are some of the marathon , and we miss them , then we get one and our best , it will show that we learned a lot them and how we live and we try our best theory have fun .
Oh , nice , well you know what , let’s give them a little bit of fun. This is track that is coming to us from young needed today is our look at the Athabasca fiddle festival and you can join us any thoughts about this and did you hear the sound and think that this was something coming out of your own community , how does your community connect to the federal give us a call when you 9962848 is the number . Thanks again to our young caller Ashley , who is a part of the young leader fillers and if you’re curious . Here’s a little bit of what they sound like here they are playing 6 Eagle Island Blues .