Alaska’s fiddling poet to perform on campus

Ken Waldman will be visiting campus soon to share his unique mix of poetry and fiddling that originates in his Alaskan adventures. Photo Courtesy of www.kenwaldman.com
Ken Waldman will be visiting campus soon to share his unique mix of poetry and fiddling that originates in his Alaskan adventures. Photo Courtesy of www.kenwaldman.com

Ken Waldman describes his survival of a single-engine plane crash in Alaska’s frozen wilderness as good story material, a perspective only a writer would take. A traveling performer for the last 20 years, Waldman, known as Alaska’s Fiddling Poet, will share his stories, poems and music with two performances on the Maryville College campus.

On Wednesday, Feb. 4, he will perform solo in Lawson Auditorium at 7:00, an event which is free and open to the public. At this performance he will be reading poems, telling stories and playing tunes on the fiddle and the mandolin. Waldman will offer insight into his creative process during this performance.

On Friday, Feb. 6, at 7:30, Waldman will perform in the Lambert Recital Hall with multi-instrumentalists John Fabke from Nashville and former Knoxville resident Brian Vollmer. This performance will be geared more toward stories and poems set to music, focusing on Alaska as a setting. For tickets to this performance, please call the Clayton Center Box Office at 865.981.8590 or visit http://www.claytonartscenter.com.

Waldman has published eight books, including six poetry collections, a memoir and a children’s book. He has produced nine CDs that mix Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry.

The Boston Globe said Waldman’s work, “…might tempt you to plan a road trip with a journal under one arm and a fiddle under the other.”

“Picture William Carlos Williams behind a dogsled. Walt Whitman jamming with the Carter Family,” said The State of Columbia, SC. For more information, see http://www.kenwaldman.com.

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