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The Gold Street Music acoustic concert series resumes Saturday, Nov. 7, with Yukon singer Art Johns and Juneau's Kray Van Kirk, Mary DeSmet and Greg Burger.
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Yukon singer Art Johns will perform at the Gold Street Music c concert Nov. 7.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Story last updated at 11/4/2009 - 12:22 pm

Gold Street Music concert to feature Yukon country singer Art Johns

The Gold Street Music acoustic concert series resumes Saturday, Nov. 7, with Yukon singer Art Johns and Juneau's Kray Van Kirk, Mary DeSmet and Greg Burger.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 10th Street and Glacier Avenue, about a block from the Federal Building. Admission is $5 at the door.

Johns, the featured performer, sings country and cowboy songs, accompanying himself on the guitar. He's been a regular performer at the Alaska Folk Festival, the International Folk Festival and other musical events in the north. He'll be backed up by Skagway fiddler Nola Lamkin.

Johns is an elder of the Carcross Tagish First Nation. He's been an advocate for the preserving woodland caribou in the southern Yukon and northern British Columbia.

Concert organizer Terry Hoskinson says Johns has been an inspiration to other traditional and acoustic musicians of the north. His portion of the show will begin with a tribute from Juneau singers Jim and Martha Stey and others.

"He'll be introduced by people who have learned songs from him and have been inspired by his music through the years," said Hoskinson.

Also on the program is Kray Van Kirk, an accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter. He's based in Juneau, though he used to tour throughout the Western United States and Canada.

Van Kirk is a recording artist, but is consciously restricting his published music to free online downloads.

"I don't make CDs any more, because the last thing we need in the world is more stuff," he said.

Mary DeSmet and Greg Burger sing and play piano, guitar, mandolin and fiddle. They operate Juneau's Full Circle Music Studio and have performed at the Alaska Folk Festival many times. They'll be joined by fellow acoustic musicians Cecily and Art Morris.

Gold Street Music is a nonprofit group that organizes the folk music concert series. Hoskinson says it's held in small venues, such as church halls, without amplification.

"We designed it to be a little bigger then your living room," she said. "It runs the gamut from real experienced people to folks who are before an audience practically for the first time."

Proceeds from admission cover expenses. Baked goods are sold during intermission to help cover costs.


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