Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival

Kluane mountain twang

The Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival (KMBF) has an unfair advantage. It has never had to work to attract world-class performing acts and is known widely on the festival circuit as “the one to play.” The performers, awestruck by the St. Elias range and the beautiful community of Haines Junction, are grateful for the warm reception …

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A Good Old Time in Haines Junction

Bluegrass music goes back to the Appalachians. The 2017 Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival headliners are The Boxcars from east Tennessee.

This is Home

Former Yukoner Jerome Stueart and Yukon author Marcelle Dubé will read together form their books on Dec. 13 at Baked Cafe. It will be an evening about fantasy novels.

Out of the Rec Room

Scott Wilson doesn’t credit either ’50s TV host Arthur Godfrey or campy falsetto Tiny Tim with the current popularity of the humble ukulele. Instead, the Whitehorse musician thinks it likely stems from a few years back, when Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s hauntingly beautiful medley of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” became …

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O Brother, It’s Bluegrass

When Chris Quinn exchanges his banjo for a guitar, and Chris Coole makes the opposite switch, that’s the signal the Foggy Hogtown Boys are about to move from bluegrass to oldtime Appalachian music. Apart from that, and some “subtle nuances” in how mandolin player Andrew Collins approaches the rhythm, you may not notice much of …

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Pickin’ on The Junction

In the pines, in the pines, the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Music Festival will take place June 10, 11, and 12. It is held annually at the St. Elias Convention Centre and St. Christopher’s Log Church in beautiful Haines Junction, Yukon. The mostly volunteer-run festival is the first of many music festivals held throughout the Yukon …

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Perogy Blessings

Perogies have always been a part of my life. Every meal that includes homemade perogies is a special occasion. Learning the best way to make them has been a lifelong process. I am the child of first generation Canadians. My mother’s family emigrated from Finland; my father’s from the Ukraine and Poland. My father, who …

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The Gold Sisters

Making Plans for the Midnight Sun

Rumour has it the 2015 lineup is the Kluane Bluegrass Music Festival’s best yet. No shortage of interest in headlining 2 decades in.

Full Circle

On June 12, the Yukon’s annual bluegrass bash is heading back to Kluane Country, where it all began. After a three-year sojourn in Whitehorse, the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival will celebrate its 12th anniversary next week in what artistic director John Faulkner calls its “ancestral home” of Haines Junction. “It’s feeling good to everybody,” he …

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The Many Faces of Claire Ness

I’m in the ‘98 drinking water (sober January) and waiting for Claire Ness to arrive. “London Calling” by The Clash is playing, which, for some reason, doesn’t feel out of place here. Once Claire arrives, the first topic we land on is her upcoming adventure with her Frenchman: they are looking for the sweet chassis …

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Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival returns to the Junction

The summer of 2015 will see the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival, which went on temporary hiatus last year, returning to its old stomping grounds in Haines Junction. “ We’re really excited to go back there, and the Junction is excited to have us back as well,” says Robbyn Chiles, president of the Yukon Bluegrass Music …

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Bluegrass From the Heart

Real music for real people, that’s the Gibson Brothers’ philosophy. “You have to believe what you’re singing about,” says guitarist/vocalist Leigh Gibson, who plays with his brother Eric. “I hope that people, when they listen to us, even if they don’t love what we’re doing, they think we’re being true to ourselves and are real.” …

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The Music Fest Two-Step

Are you ready? Have you done your lunges? Assembled a method of attack? Bought your tickets? Studied the various MySpace sites? Another music-festival month has arrived in the Yukon and, while you don’t necessarily need to be a yoga master or have a stringent preparedness plan, it is highly recommended. After all, you don’t want …

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The Many Genres and Venues of Marg Tatam

Every community has its hidden gems. Some are inclined to sit quietly in the showcase and sparkle, while others are more like butterflies, travelling from flower to flower ever seeking to learn more. Marg Tatam definitely belongs in the latter category. This piano and violin teacher (who also plays organ, accordion, cello and pennywhistle) has …

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Folk Music in Overdrive

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival, and as anticipated, it shaping up to be quite the event. “I’ve been a fan of bluegrass for many years, and been to many festivals in the States,” relays John Faulkner, bassist of Canyon Mountain. “These are the same folks playing this year …

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