The annual Fall Folk Festival kicked off Saturday, November 12 with a free concert broadcast live on KPBX!
Nacho Celtic Hour's Carlos Alden and SPR Program Director Verne Windham hosted a diverse group of folk performers at Spokane Community College.
Audience members were welcome to watch and listen anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Lair Auditorium at the college on Mission and Greene.
This Celtic folk-rock band is known for inciting random acts of dancing, revelry, and spontaneous sing-alongs. Free Whiskey performs a mix of old and new, playing punchy pub fare, traditional Irish melodies and rowdy rock anthems to fit any crowd. This 6 member band consists of drums, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass, whistle, bodhran, and lush vocals.
Acclaimed Northwest guitarist Truck Mills has a foundation in the country blues tradition but he roves far and wide from this grounding. He plays traditional and original music from the Middle-East and South America on the Turkish saz, the South American charango and the Middle-Eastern oud. Truck has shared the stage with artists such as Keb' Mo', and Jesse Collin Young and was featured on the national public radio show Sandy Bradley's Pot Luck. Known for his finger picked slide guitar, in which he found inspiration from Blind Willie Johnson, Mills is looking to find and immerse himself in the music that “touches deep inside of all of us.”
Michael and Keleren Millham blend European-American finger style guitar and lush vocals. They find roots in modal tunings of the British Isles with touches of Sufi, Cuban jazz, contemporary folk art song textures. The Millham’s writing style is best described as progressive acoustic. They record, perform in concerts, teach and travel throughout the Western United States and beyond.
Dr. Bob Riggs
Dr. Bob Riggs is a folk singer and finger picker who performs a mix of covers and his own music. Riggs has developed his own unique style since first playing the guitar as a teenager. His experiences as a medical doctor and outdoor enthusiast influence his songs.
Brown's Mountain Boys
Featuring three long-time veterans and one young hotshot, this band plays original and traditional bluegrass with confidence and skill. Kelly Bogan is the banjo and dobro player who is also well known for his instructing in the area. Dan Gore has played mandolin since his early years in North Carolina and has recorded with Tim O'Brien and Pete Rowan. Mark Harding has been a long-time presence on bass and guitar in many Inland Northwest bands. And Aaron Castilla, the youngest in the group, has been turning heads for the past decade with his amazing fiddle work.