Uncle Jimmy Roberts and the Hammerstones were locals whose sound was heavily slanted towards indigenous fiddle tunes
COVID-19 pretty much shut down live music in Dawson in 2020.
This year, the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (Dënäkär Zho), in partnership with the Dawson City Music Festival, has been trying hard to bring some of it back over the last few months. The result has been a series of Thursday and Friday evening concerts, with a show that would normally have been a one night stand stretched over two in order to allow for limited seating of no more than 25 per night, with the coffee house style table settings well spaced apart.
People have to sign up and pay for these $20 evenings in advance, using the Eventbrite online system, and arrive prepared to be masked whenever they are not seated at their tables and in their bubbles.
During the first few evenings people were required to remain masked for the whole slightly more than two hours, but that was later amended to allow them to unmask when seated in their bubbles, which was a great relief.
Audience members are still encouraged not to mingle.
There’s been no way to have the usual sort of concession/bar/potluck goodies for sale, but water, glasses, and tins of pop and juice are provided just inside the door at no extra charge.
The shows feature seven home-grown Dawson acts, seven from Whitehorse and one from Ross River, with two acts per evening and a short intermission between acts.
Now if they can just figure out how to restore our monthly coffee houses, it would give me an excuse to tune my guitar and practice.