The annual Fall Folk Festival kicks off Saturday, November 11 with a free concert broadcast live on KPBX.
SPR Music Director Verne Windham and former Nacho Celtic Hour host Carlos Alden will host a diverse group of folk performers at Spokane Community College.
Audience members are 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.
About the Performers
Mellad Abeid - House Musician
Mellad is a versatile guitarist who has been performing since the age of 17 with various groups. He works as an adjunct at several local schools and universities. He is a member of An Dochas as well as a songwriter and arranger for many independent artists.
A songwriter at heart, Kori Ailene turns personal experiences into vulnerable ballads that are universally accessible. Honeyed vocals draw you in while her raw lyrics catch you off guard. Her folksy finger-picking nimbly spans classic folk to modern Americana, and pairs all too well with a tumbler of whiskey or a pint of beer.
Brad Keeler & Jackie McIntyre Fox are an acoustic duo performing original, traditional and cover songs. Their performances glow with a feeling of home as they explore multiple musical genres rooted in tradition and inspiration. Brad is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, composer and interpreter of vintage music. Jackie’s songs provide vivid imagery and she performs with great passion. You will experience their influences with a great set of listening pleasure.
Dan fell in love with folk music as a teenager and began his music career during college at WSU. He began Inland Folk 35 years ago and his love of folk music has done nothing but grow over time.
Paul Ely Smith
Paul Ely Smith has been part of the traditional and acoustic music scene in the Northwest for nearly four decades, beginning with a pair of critically-acclaimed LPs on the Flying Fish label in the early 80’s and performing music all over North America. His work as a composer has been performed by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Chanticleer, Pacific String Quartet, and Northwest Chamber Orchestra and he taught World Music at Washington State University for 15 years. His published research on early African-American banjo music led to his recently released CD, "American Akonting."
At age 13, Ernie's first guitar was retrieved from a trash can. At the same time the Ed Sullivan Show featured a Spanish guitarist by the name of Manitas de Plata (Hands of Silver). His passion was lit and for the next 53 years, He's tried to emulate the master. Still trying.
Whimzik plays Celtic music and includes Glenn Kastrinos on guitar, flute and whistles, Kjelsty Hanson on bodhran and percussion, and Michael Cruitt on uilleann pipes. All of their travels and experiences have inspired and add to their music and art. They chose the name, Whimzik to reflect the traditional music and improvisational way they work together.