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A pair of talented Sitka brothers rocked and waltzed the stage at the Alaska Folk Festival.
Sitka brothers offer diverse folk fest sounds 041713 AE 1 Capital City Weekly A pair of talented Sitka brothers rocked and waltzed the stage at the Alaska Folk Festival.

Owen, left, and Connor Fulton, from Sitka, play for a Saturday afternoon crowd at the Alaska Folk Festival in Juneau's Centennial Hall. Photo by Sarah Day / CCW

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Story last updated at 4/17/2013 - 2:14 pm

Sitka brothers offer diverse folk fest sounds

A pair of talented Sitka brothers rocked and waltzed the stage at the Alaska Folk Festival.

The duo is multi-talented in instruments, but played mandolin and violin pieces for a Saturday afternoon crowd.

Owen and Connor Fulton - the Fulton Boys - opened on mandolins with "What a Blast," by Mike Marshall and Chris Thile.

Owen said his mandolin teacher showed him that song and they felt it would suit the festival.

"The second song, that was a waltz I wrote," Owen said. "I was trying to avoid Spanish homework and I wrote that. I got that done in a day. I had the tune in my head. I was done in 3-4 hours. That's actually the first piece I wrote. I do a lot of arranging."

The final song was a violin duet - to "Sweet Child O' Mine," by Guns N' Roses. Owen said he'd heard a violin quartet of the piece, and he rearranged it into a duet.

The duo has been playing violin since they were six, so 10 years for Owen and 8 years for Connor.

Connor, 14, and Owen, 16, don't just play those two instruments. They've already got their hands on the piano, Connor plays the French horn in band, and Owen plays the bassoon and some percussion.

Owen couldn't really pinpoint how they've come to be skilled in so many instruments already, when most pick up one instrument, if any.

"I think we're just insane," he said. "We're very musically talented. It's not too hard for us to pick up an instrument and learn it. I think we just really enjoy music. The more ways we can play it, the better."

The brothers tend to play together at events like the Alaska Folk Festival in Juneau, but back in Sitka Owen also plays with some friends.

What's up next in their musical endeavors?

Learning "Stairway to Heaven," by Led Zeppelin, "Thunderstruck" and "Hells Bells," by AC/DC. Clearly they enjoy the fusion of classical instruments with Rock and Roll.

The pair attended the festival starting on Thursday of the weeklong event.

"We got to see a couple of really good performances," Owen said.

"You're missing out if you're not here," Connor said.

Sarah Day is the editor of Capital City Weekly. She can be reached at sarah.day@capweek.com.


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