Irish folk music duo The Murphy Beds of New York, are this year’s Guest Artist for the 43rd annual Alaska Folk Festival. Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary are known for their close harmonies and dynamic arrangements featuring guitar, bouzouki and Mandolin. Together they reinvent traditional folk songs with a repertoire from Scotland, England, America, and write original tunes.
The Murphy Beds’ first set is Thursday at 8 p.m. They’ll also be leading workshops throughout the weekend, host a dance at the JACC, and will close the festival at 9 p.m. Sunday.
- The primary source of school funding would not be reduced. Permanent fund dividends would be cut in half, to $1,100.
- 360 North’s new documentary “Inside Out: Leaving Prison Behind,” premieres 8 p.m. this Friday, June 23 on 360 North.
- The state is advertising the ferry Taku again. It listed the ship earlier at $1.5 million, then at $700,000. This time, there's no advertised minimum.
- The National Endowment for the Arts has named a Chilkat weaver from Juneau as one of its nine National Heritage Fellows. Anna Brown Ehlers, 62, has been recognized for her mastery of this challenging art form that's specific to Southeast Alaska and parts of British Columbia.