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Juneau recording artist Riley Woodford will be among at least seven musicians taking the stage for the January 2 Gold Street Music concert.
Woodford, Wygant, Oil Barrel Band play January Gold Street concert 123009 AE 3 For the Capital City Weekly Juneau recording artist Riley Woodford will be among at least seven musicians taking the stage for the January 2 Gold Street Music concert.

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Riley Woodford performs at the 2009 Alaska Folk Festival. Woodford will be among at least seven musicians performing at the January 2 Gold Street Music concert.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Story last updated at 12/30/2009 - 12:13 pm

Woodford, Wygant, Oil Barrel Band play January Gold Street concert

Juneau recording artist Riley Woodford will be among at least seven musicians taking the stage for the January 2 Gold Street Music concert.

Woodford is a singer-songwriter who has performed solo, with the Bobb Family Band and as part of several Perseverance Theatre productions. For this show, he'll sing country and rock oldies with bass player Sergei Morosan.

"I'll be playing harmonica and guitar and singing with Sergei. It will be a much bigger sound than I would have by myself," Woodford said.

Other Gold Street performers are accordion player Dale Wygant, the political satire duo the Empty Oil Barrel Band, guitarist Mark Heard and old-time banjo player Paul Disdier.

The acoustic concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 740 W. 10th Street downtown. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Woodford says he's been working for about five months with Morosan, who also plays old-time fiddle with the band Rolling Freight Train.

"He grew up around music. He's got really good sensibilities and a really good ear. He's a delight to play with," Woodford said.

Wygant is also a recording artist, with several albums of international accordion music released. He's performed in Juneau with Cajun, old-time and German bands.

"Dale's always amazing to see," Woodford said. "Until you hear him on stage, you can forget how powerful the accordion can be in the hands of someone who plays it so well."

The Empty Oil Barrel Band performs parodies, political satire and other humorous songs.

"Since the concert is January second, we'll be singing sort of a year-in-review set," said band leader Ed Schoenfeld, who will perform with his daughter Maggie. "2009 gave us Palin's resignation, Sean Parnell's ascension, Lisa Murkowski's GOP leadership promotion and, of course, the airport remodel. All are good for a verse or two."

Mark Heard and Paul Disdier round out the night's entertainment.

"Mark plays guitar and will be doing some instrumentals and some vocals," said concert organizer Terry Hoskinson. "Paul will be playing banjo and doing old-time songs."

Gold Street Music is a local non-profit group that hosts the regular, coffee-house-style folk music events. For more information, contact Hoskinson at 523-6999.


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