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“Wailin!” in the New Year

Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2008


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  Michael Morgan, founder of World Music for the Kenai with twin sisters Amirah and Adrinne Marey at a recent Kaladi Brothers gig.

Michael Morgan, founder of World Music for the Kenai at a holiday Kaladi Brothers gig.

World Music for the Kenai (WMFTK), founded by Kasilof’s own Michael J. Morgan Ph.D. has promised since the organizations inception to present, “Some of the greatest artists you’ve never heard ofand will never forget.” With recent concerts that included Po’Girl and Antje Duvekot, Morgan is fulfilling his mission, “To bring world class, multi-cultural music and performing artists to the Central Kenai Peninsula.” Many of WMFTK’s memorable concerts have taken place in Morgan’s Moose Pasture located at mile 107.3 of the Sterling Highway, but has also included concerts at the Kenai Visitor & Cultural Center, Old Town Playhouse, Soldotna Senior Center and Peninsula Grace Auditorium. Morgan is devoted to bringing music and joy into people’s lives through performing and teaching.

At a recent holiday concert at Kaladi Bros. in Soldotna, Morgan donned some festive reindeer horns, “These antlers I’m wearing on my head tonight were given to me by a little boy who said he brought them to me because he felt my head was so bald that I might be cold, and his smile when he saw me wearing them was as warm as a Hawaiian breeze,” said Morgan. According to Morgan WMFTK has a great line up for 2008 beginning with the return of the award winning Wailin’ Jennys “They're coming back to the Great Land, and they'll be making magic as only they can at Peninsula Grace Auditorium on Sunday, February 17, at 7:30 pm and tickets will only be available at the door.”


Michael Morgan, founder of World Music for the Kenai with twin sisters Amirah and Adrinne Marey at a recent Kaladi Brothers gig.

Three extraordinary female voices, The Wailin’ Jennys are being spurred on by a growing fan base throughout the United States, Canada, U.K., and continental Europe. Their debut album “40 Days” won a coveted Juno award and includes one of their live show staples “One Voice,” which describes their devoted purpose of seamless song. “Like three little birds singing softly and sweetly in the early morn, the harmony of the Wailin’ Jennys pleasantly rises from the speakers and greets the listener with a refreshing start to the day,” writes David McPherson regarding the Jenny’s latest CD called “Firecracker.”

Morgan says there will be lots of music to go around in 2008, “We have so much great local talent and we’re inspired to be able to present groups like the Wailin’ Jennys and their equivalents.” To get on the WMFTK e-mail list contact Mike Morgan at 262.6548 or email for more info.


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