Project Jukebox

Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

English Bay Band

English Bay Band
Interview Information: 

Bobby Kvasnikoff, John Kvasnikoff, Mackie Aven Ukatish, Leo Ash, Eric Kvasnikoff, and Wally Kvasnikoff, members of the English Bay Band, are interviewed in November 1996 by Leo Ash in Nanwalek, Alaska. In this interview, the various band members talk about their personal backgrounds, the instruments they play, and how they got into playing music and what music and musicians inspired them. They also talk about learning songs for the New Year Masking celebration, and facing prejudice, and they provide advice to new musicians about playing and performing.