Beloved Yukon “Fiddler on the Loose” Joe Loutchan passed away on Feb. 3, 2021, at the age of 82.
Loutchan played a weekly gig at the 98 Hotel for over 40 years, and the strains of his lively, heart-warming, toe-tapping music could often be heard coming through the doors as eager music-loving patrons came in and out of the bar.
In addition to being a fiddle-playing legend, Loutchan’s family described him as, “ a consummate Yukoner who captured the hearts of many as a mesmerizing fiddler, outdoorsman, trapper, machinist and DIY repairman.”
Loutchan touched so many lives with his music, and Yukoners are being invited to contribute to his legacy through Keitha Clark, who is helping to coordinate messages and digital artifacts from the music community, and Patricia Cunning of the MacBride Museum, who is gathering stories from Yukoners who want to share a tale about Joe and the influence he had in their life.
You can reach Clark at [email protected] or Cunning 867-332-1216 if you have a memory or story about Loutchan you’d like be remembered.