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Ask for details.tvacreditunion.comAny its the little things that make all the difference in your lifes direction.Just ask Esther Golton.

A serendipitous series of events will have brought this singer-songwriter from the foothills of Denali Mountain in Alaska to the foothills of the Smokies to per-form Tuesday, Feb.12.

It began when Fountain City resident Angela Hill was travel-ing through Alaska last summer and visited Whole Wheat Radio (www.wholewheatradio.com), an interactive independent mu-sic webcast originating from a log cabin in tiny Talkeetna, Alaska.There she heard Esther Golton, a clear-voiced singer who accompanies herself on the mountain dulcimer.

Impressed with Goltons original handling of genres from folk to pop to jazz to blues, An-gela returned to Knoxville want-ing to hear more.

She e-mailed Esther, who just happened to be planning her

rst East Coast tour, and helped her get booked at Fountain City caf The Lost Savant 6:30 p.m.Feb.

12.A stop in Knoxville would

t in nicely in Esthers itinerary

right be-tween Maryland and Alabama! More serendipity: after post- rmed Lost Savant Alaskan singer-songwriter Esther Golton will perform at the Lost Savant on Feb.

12.From Denali to the Smokiesdate on her Web site, www.es-thergolton.com, Esther received an e-mail from another Knox-ville fan who had visited her a few years ago and had noted her tour schedule.The message sug-gested that as long as she was in Knoxville, why not contact the folks who put together WDVXs Blue Plate Special? Esther then e-mailed host Matt Morelock, and lo and behold, they had a rare opening in their lineup and invited her to be on the show at When things fall into place like this, you start to think it was meant to be.But Esther gives all the credit to her network of fans

When you are a lesser-known independent musician, this grass-roots method works incredibly well...
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I have fans all over the country who have been hosting house concerts, helping me

nd venues and getting the word out to help gather an audi-ence.Its amazing and Im grate-Unconventional Golton is a Pennsylvania na-tive and seasoned performer whos hiked the Appalachian Trail and traveled from Japan to Maine before settling in her self-built cabin in Alaska.She had been helping to present other musicians for four years when she answered an inner call to put her own creativity back on the The result was Goltons 2007

nished Housescludes some cover songs re ect-ing her enduring commitment to her fellow songwriters.It was a thrill to breathe my own interpretation into those songs, says Esther.Other art-ists I admire write so differently from the way I do.That can be freeing and tremendously fun to Esthers rich and varied life experience has infused her own songwriting with stories and hu-mor, and her dulcimer technique extends way beyond the old-time music tradition.

She uses the in-strument to coax out interesting chords and textures, all the while QUOTEof theWEEKKeep close to natures heart ...and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.Wash your spirit clean.anchoring her melodious songs with heartfelt lyrics evocative of her varied life and the Alas-kan wilderness.Shes a genuine original, singing tunes that are quirky, poetic and thought-pro-voking.Folk artist Carrie Newcomer has said of Esther, It is an act of courage and bravery when-ever we send our art out into the world; but the world so needs works of honesty and truth and worth like these.Catch Esther at one of these local shows, and this rising star might even light up the stage with some improv on her

ute.

You never know

you might get caught up in a serendipitous Tuesday, Feb.12, noon: Blue Plate Special, Knoxville Visitors Center, 301 S.Gay Street (corner of Gay Street and Sum-mit Hill Avenue) or listen online at www.wdvx.com.Tuesday, Feb.12, 6:30 p.m.: Lost Savant, 5703 North Broadway.Call 689-9990 for Smoky Mountain Harmony o ers singing valentinesWhat a great idea for a unique Valentines Day gift! Members ofSmoky Mountain Harmony Show Chorus, the areas award-winning womens a cappella show chorus, can help surprise your loved one Valentines are performed by a quartet or small group and are avail-able 10 a.m.

to 9 p.m Feb.14, in the Knoxville, Maryville, Oak Ridge and Loudon areas.Fifty dollar packages include a love song, card with your personal greeting, long-stemmed red rose and candy.

Telephone singing valentines are also available for $25.For info or to reserve a singing valentine, call one of the following: 984-4206 (Maryville area), 458-4164 (Tellico/Loudon area), 925-3180 (Knoxville area) and 457-Knoxville Zoo hosts Jungle LoveWomens Connection sponsors luncheonThe Knoxville Womens Connection is sponsoring A New Year, ABuddys Banquet Hall on Kingston Pike, featuring Across the Creek

Old Harp Shape Note Singings are scheduled in February.All Sunday, Feb.

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