Frozen Fingers Festival
The rich musical traditions of barn dances and county fairs come together at the Frozen Fingers Old Time Music Festival at Minot’s Sleep Inn Feb. 14-15.
Karen Rath of Minot, president of the Frozen Fingers association, said the Roe Family Singers from Kirkwood Hollow, Minn., will headline the concert lineup Feb. 14.
Other groups to perform include young Minot fiddler Stephanie Houston at 3 p.m. Feb. 14. Members of the Frozen Fingers association also will entertain Feb. 14.
Musicians who will entertain Feb. 15 include Dakota Playboys, the Gilbertson-Qualley family, Country Sunshine, the Peterson family, Highway 43, and Walt Storey with Dakota Rose.
“Frozen Fingers has lots more to offer, “Rath said. “A group of cloggers from Mandan will entertain everyone, and the dance begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14.”
She noted free hors d’oeuvres, served at 6 p.m., and a dance, with Dakota Rose providing music, is included in the ticket cost for Feb. 14. A free 10:30 a.m. guitar workshop, led by Willie Rose, is covered in the Feb. 15 ticket cost. Concerts run from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Each day’s ticket is $15. A concession stand will also be available Feb. 15.
“Kim Roe, an award winning female vocalist, and her husband, Quillan, lead a band (The Roe Family) that married old-time sounds from barn dances and country fairs to a passion for rock ‘n’ roll,” Rath said. “They feature banjo, autoharp, guitar, plus Appalachian clogging. They play every week at the 331 Club in Minneapolis, as they have since 2005.
They have performed with Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley and Mike Seeger, and were winners of a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians in 2011.
Country Sunshine, a group from the Tioga-Powers Lake area, combines the talents of accordionist Arlo Moberg, Tim Hegland on mandolin and guitar, pianist Alice Anderson, and vocalist and saxophone player Marilyn Albertson.
New Rockford’s Dakota Playboys, Mike Williams, Doug Smith and Quentin Georgeson on guitar, piano and fiddle respectively, have made old-time music at area events for more than 50 years.
Dakota Rose features guitarists Floyd Borud, Larry Nelson and Willie Rose with Rath on keyboards. They play music from country and gospel to waltzes and polkas, performing across North Dakota and into South Dakota and Montana.
Tioga-based Ron Gilbertson, with his daughter Shirley and her husband Tom Qualley, host an annual gospel jam each January in Tioga. They provide classic country western songs as well as gospel.
Highway 43, a trio from the Turtle Mountain area, offers a repertoire ranging from bluegrass to country including original works by Ron Hett. He, along with band members Dick and Brenda Johnson, has performed at events including Norsk Hstfest. They play banjo, mandolin, bass, guitar and harmonica.
The Peterson family, including Arlon and Jan and their seven children, ages 4 through 20, add a variety of instruments to their vocals. They live on a farm at Alamo.
Matt Storey, a native of northern Minnesota, sings with a group that entertains at special events and nursing homes. He is active in Norsk Hstfest Accordion Club and accompanies the Western Plains Children’s Choir. Country and gospel songs are among his favorites, but music of the 1950s is also high on his playlist.
Tickets to Frozen Fingers festival will be available at the door.