Whistling Swan Productions

Celebrating Twenty Years of Subscription Seasons in Southcentral Alaska
2016-17 Season

Subscription and single tickets available August 17 for the following shows!

Over 325 artists, 500 shows and still counting

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Porter Nickerson (featuring Willy Porter)

Saturday October 22 - Sydney Laurence Theatre - 7:30 pm
Sunday October 23 - Vagabond Blues - 6 pm

Guitarist and singer/songwriter Willy Porter’s blistering guitar playing, rich songwriting, and warm, playful performance style make him a one-man triple threat. He joins forces with vocalist and Milwaukee native Carmen Nickerson to form Porter Nickerson - two distinct artists, one unforgettable sound.

Nickerson’s vocals add lush harmonies to Porter’s songs, making them feel both fresh and timeless. In 2016 the duo performed as the featured musical guests on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion.

“He’s an amazing guitar player, singer and songwriter. His female accomplice (Carmen Nickerson) produces a very smooth, accurate harmonic blend with him. Did I say I liked this? I REALLY do.” - Al Kooper, music legend/producer

“Willy is an entertaining performer, an excellent guitarist, and someone who obviously loves what he does.” - No Depression

“Porter accentuates well-rendered tales with spit-fire percussive acoustic guitar strumming and fiery color-chord picking."- Billboard

 

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Aofie O’Donovan

Saturday November 5 -Vagabond Blues - 7 pm

Aoife O’Donovan sings richly personal songs with sparse, delicate arrangements and compelling melodies. Since performing four shows in Southcentral Alaska for Whistling Swan Productions as the lead singer of progressive bluegrass/string band Crooked Still, O’Donovan has collaborated with a variety of A-listers, including Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Sarah Jurosz and Alison Krauss, toured with “A Prairie Home Companion, and released two fine albums.

"...her songwriting is full of thoughtful and moving ruminations on life." - The Guardian

“Sweetness and sadness find a tenuous balance in the voice of Aoife O’Donovan,” - The New York Times.

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John Gorka and Cheryl Wheeler: A Twin Bill Concert

Saturday November 12 - Discovery Theatre - 7:30 pm
Sunday November 13 - Massey Theatre (Palmer) - 4 pm

Performing together in Alaska for the first time, these venerable performers bring more than sixty years touring experience to the stage. Terrific singing, terrific songs, fine guitar playing. This show will tap the entire range of listener emotions with heart tugging ballads, foot tapping tunes, and more fun and humor than many comedians serve up on any given evening.

Here’s what ticket buyers at Ticketmaster said about a show last winter at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia:

“To see these two seasoned performers work together is to see something magical happen. There were times that John Gorka sang along with Cheryl Wheeler's work, and times when she sang along with him.”

“What a magical evening!!! I can't wait until they appear together again! Favorite moment: Every minute was a treasure...”

“Their conversations with one another and with the audience were a big part of the show's charm. They're witty, earthy, and incredibly talented. Of course, the music was phenomenal.”

“Cheryl is a Goddess and John ain't too shabby”

“...He has a sweet, funny, self-deprecating stage presence. Cheryl was her usual hilarious self. Some people in the audience were laughing so hard they were crying..."

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The Revelers

Saturday December 10 -7:30 pm - TapRoot

Bring your dancing shoes for an evening with Louisiana’s supergroup!

“If you’ve ever been nagged by the feeling that all Cajun and zydeco music was starting to sound a bit too much like the same old thing, The Revelers will toss that notion back on your ears. This is Louisiana-bred party music sustained by the sonorous signature of its native milieu, but perked up by an injection of contemporary pop, rock and R&B.”
- Doug Loach, Songlines (UK) June 2013

“From the opening resolution-pleading strains of Blake Miller’s trebly accordion, this is special... These songs and hooks will burrow their way into your subconscious and be your nagging earworms for days on end.” - David Innes, R2 Rock’n’Reel (UK)

Seating is limited. Ticket guarantees venue entrance only. We will try to create maximum room for dancing.

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Willie Nile

Saturday February 11- 7:30 pm - TapRoot
Sunday February 12 - 6 pm - Vagabond Blues

Willie has toured across the U.S. with The Who and has sung with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. His live performances are legendary.” His album “Streets Of New York” was hailed as “a platter for the ages” by Uncut. BBC Radio called “The Innocent Ones”

“THE rock ‘n’ roll album of the year.”
“One of the great guides to unraveling the mystery that is the troubled beauty of America”- Bono

“One of the most brilliant singer-songwriters of the past thirty years” - The New Yorker.

“Willie’s so good I can’t believe he’s not from New Jersey!” -Little Steven

“Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I’d be opening up for him instead of him for me.” - Lucinda Williams

“Crossing the power of the Clash with the social consciousness of Woody Guthrie...he’s stronger than ever!” - The Morton Report

“The epitome of real, true American rock ’n’ roll!” - Pop Matters


"One of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years." - New York Times

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Peter Mulvey with special guest Heather Maloney


Saturday February 25 - 7:30 pm - TapRoot
Sunday February 26 - 6 pm - Vagabond Blues

Since his last visit here two years ago, Peter Mulvey has been on a roll. The video of his heartfelt political statement “Take Down Your Flag” went viral and inspired personal versions of the song by the likes of ‘Keb ‘Mo. He’s recorded a new, soon to be released album with Ani DiFranco on Ani’s Righteous Babe label. He’s toured incessantly across this continent and in Europe. And he continues to make thoughtful passionate music accompanied by his stellar guitar work.
Heather Maloney will join Peter on this Alaskan swing with her own set of songs. Her acclaimed third album “Making Me Break,” produced by Band of Horses ‘ Bill Reynolds, features , according to The Bluegrass Situation, ”... an intoxicating blend that captures the sonic texture of indie rock, the humanity of folk and the spirituality of a Rumi poem."

"His voice feels like fine old leather, and his guitar sounds like it's on steroids... a superb technician..." - The Boston Globe on Peter Mulvey

“With sharp, versatile vocal prowess, Maloney can shift seamlessly from the stylings of Mitchell on “Flutter” to Ella era jazz (“Great Imposter”) to inspirational pop (“Oh Hope, My Tired Friend”) as quickly as it takes to shuffle a playlist. Though her sonic sensibilities differ substantially from the country-folk twang of Nashville’s Lera Lynn, they’ve taken similar career paths”. - Huffington Review on Heather Maloney

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The Refugees

Saturday April 1- 7:30 pm - Sydney Laurence Theatre
Sunday April 2 - 6 pm - Vagabond Blues

The trio of artists that is The Refugees emerged on the music scene as a verifiably unmatched force of talent, diversity, and experience. Each successful in their own right as a solo artist, Individually Cidny Bullens, Deborah Holland and Wendy Waldman have logged almost four decades in the industry, with more than twenty solo albums and multiple Grammy Award nominations to their credit, featuring musical styles that blend country, rock, folk, blues and Americana.

"The Refugees offer up a terrific combination of engaging, passionate, and poetic songwriting, high-caliber musicianship, and gorgeous vocals. The combined musical pedigree of Cindy Bullens, Deborah Holland, and Wendy Waldman is unparalleled. Don't even think about missing an opportunity to catch them in concert."
- Anil Prasad from Innerviews, Guitar Player and Bass Player

"Heavenly harmonies - Celestial singing. Sounds of stars in the making, ...with your songs as safe haven. Terrific."
-- Michael Nesmith. of The Monkees

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Shane Koyczan

Thursday April 19, 2017 - 7:00 pm - Vagabond Blues

Internationally recognized author and spoken word artist Shane Koyczan has emerged as a creator of poetry that dares to belong to the people and speak directly to them in their own voice. In 2013, he collaborated with animators to make the anti-bullying viral video “To This Day” which has had over 13 million views, and he performed a customized version “For the Bullied and the Beautiful” to acclaim at the 2013 International TED Conference in Long Beach, California.  Shane shapes his words and delivers in multi mediums from authored, video, spoken word, operatic, and musically performed.

http://www.flemingartists.com/artists/shane-koyczan

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Liz Vice


Saturday April 29 - 7:30 pm - Sydney Laurence Theatre
Sunday April 30 - 7:00 pm - Glenn Massey Theatre


Liz is managed by The Avett Brothers team and cut from the same cloth as Mavis, Aretha and some of the greatest gospel/soul singers of all time. Liz has toured with The Wood Brothers and an arena tour with Lecrae, as well as festival performances at Merlefest, FloydFest, Forecastle, High Sierra and many more.
Check her out at :
NPR's Songs We Love / NPR's World Cafe / NPR's Weekend Edition / WSJ.com (exclusive video premiere)
"The connection between gospel and 60s soul is reaffirmed on There's A Light.” - New York Times

There's A Light, .. a satisfying sound that pulls from Motown roots and offers a hopeful message” - NPR

“With a voice reminiscent of Aretha Franklin, Liz Vice offers up a tasty mix of R&B and gospel on her debut album, There's a Light.” -KCRW

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Dougie MacLean

Saturday May 13 - 7:30 pm - Vagabond Blues
Sunday May 14 - 7:00 pm Sydney Laurence Theatre

“Dougie MacLean is Scotland's pre-eminent singer-songwriter and a national musical treasure” (SingOut USA) who has developed a unique blend of lyrical, 'roots based'  songwriting and instrumental composition. He is internationally renowned for his song 'Caledonia', music for 'Last of the Mohicans' and inspired performances. His songs have been covered by Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, Ronan Keating, Mary Black, Frankie Miller, Cara Dillon, Kathy Mattea and many other top performers. He has received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and an OBE!

'A musical hero.'    - Wall Street Journal

   
 

 

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Visit our Past Artists Page to see just some
of the great performers that Whistling Swan Productions
has been proud to bring to Alaska over the years!
We thank you for your patronage.

Contact Mike@whistlingswan.net with questions/comments/concerns.

Venue Information

Wilda Marston Theatre ~ Anchorage
Vagabond Blues ~ Palmer
The Glenn Massay Theater
~ Palmer

Tap Root Public House ~ Anchorage
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts ~ Anchorage
Snow Goose Theatre ~ Anchorage

Ticket Information
Tickets for performances at the
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

are available at CenterTix.

 

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Tune into E-Town on KNBA Saturdays at 11am and 10pm, and The World Cafe Mon-Fri. at 6 pm. Hear live and recorded performances from many of the same great artists Whistling Swan brings to Alaska!

MIKE SEZ: Check this out!!
www.acousticaccents.net
"Radio From The Last Frontier"

ACOUSTIC ACCENTS is a syndicated program taped at Spin Monkey Productions in Tok, Alaska and broadcast weekly in Alaska on KNBA-FM Anchorage, KBRW FM Barrow, KYUK Bethel, KUAC-FM Fairbanks, KIYU Galena, Nome Public Radio, and KCHU Valdez. The show is also transmitted via translators and repeater stations across Interior Alaska. Available live on the web at www.kuac.org and www.knba.org

The nice folks at Whistling Swan Productions, headquartered in scenic Eagle River, Alaska, would love to hear from you! Do you have a favorite artist you would like to see come up? Comments or suggestions?

Whistling Swan Productions
P.O. Box 773354
Eagle River, Alaska 99577

Email Mike (that guy with the great east coast accent...)

 

 

This page maintained on a volunteer basis... which means as time allows, so please be patient with updates! Thanx!

Very Cool Links:

- WSP Past Artists Page!
- KNBA - 90.3 FM
- E-Town
- World Cafe
- Rick Miller Sound
- AK Midnight Sun Songwriters Camp
- Anchorage Folk Festival
- www.AlaskaFolkMusic.org
- Arctic Wild
- Alaska Folk Festival

last updated 08.14.16