Dege Legg

Alaskan fiddler/poet does Cite des Arts

by Dege Legg

You ever felt like taking off on a cross-country trip and leaving your old life behind? Well, that’s kind of what Alaska’s Fiddling Poet and roustabout troubadour, Ken Waldman, did years ago. And it’s kind of what he still doesn now. A poet, a novelist, and fiddler extraordinaire, Waldman has been keeping himself busy over the past decade or two—writing books, teaching classes, playing music, and just exploring the cultural lexicon—in addition to keeping a rent house in Breaux Bridge over the past two years. He’s like a modern day Jack Guthrie or Woody Kerouac, bouncing around the country and digging stuff. He brings his show, “An Alaskan Holiday,” to Cite des Arts tonight, Dec. 19.  Waldman’s show features old-time mountain string-band music, as well as poems and seasonally relevant story telling. Expect to see Breaux Bridge banjo player Hogie Siebert joining him onstage as well for a wilderness jam. Sounds adventurous.  And it is. In addition, Waldman’s new CD and new book with Acadiana ties. Go check him out. $8 cover, $5 for young children, students, and seniors. Show starts at 7:00 p.m.