Ch'adzah Aghwaa ('He Carries Dances')
|| Bill Stevens
is the most recognized Athabascan
fiddler in North America today. For 20 years he has been sharing
his cultural history of his music through recordings and public appearances
in the state of Alaska and around the world. He has made a concentrated
effort to ensure that the music of his culture is not lost.
"...Born at an Indian trapping camp, Nitchie Village, on the
Black River in the interior of Alaska. Bill's family home is in
Fort Yukon, Alaska. He grew up in the wilderness in a traditional
Indian lifestyle. Fiddle music was played at social events such
as potlatches, dances and holiday celebrations. As a young boy at
a dance he heard the fiddle music of the late Paul Ben Kassi of
Old Crow Yukon Territory Canada, inspired he took up fiddling....."
Underground Music Archive
A regular at the Athabascan
Old-Time Fiddle Festival held each November in Fairbanks, AK,
Bill shares his culture with fiddlers from all over the world in
festivals year-round. In addition, he speaks and performs for many
schools and also travels to Old Crow, all across Alaska, and the
world, educating others
through his performances.
summer, from May through mid-Septemtber, Bill is working again as a cultural
interpreter and artist in residence for Doyon/Aramark at Denali National
Park in Alaska. He will provide tour guides and music. Check out these
31st through August 3, Bill will be attending and performing at the Moosehide
Gathering in Moosehide Village via Yukon River in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada.Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Government - 867-993-7100
latest CD, "Fiddlin' Through the Years",
is a compilation CD of many of his past works.
See Bill's family album from the liner
notes of his latest CD!
Bill plans for this to be his last CD he'll be putting out.
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To know more about Athabascan music, Bill highly recommends reading "The
Crooked Stovepipe" by Craig Mishler. It should be mandatory reading
for anyone interested in learning about this music. The book is filled
with information about many Gwich'in fiddlers, past and present, with
the utmost detail.
Bill was also featured in the Summer '99 issue of Fiddler
Magazine. Both the book and the magazine article provide samples of
the music. I've tried playing it to his CD and let me tell you, it's not
as easy as you might think!
For booking availability & CD Information:
PO Box 10025
Fairbanks, AK 99710
Phone: 907.451.TUNE (8863)
You can also contact me through Facebook:
Bill Stevens - Athabascan Fiddler
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