RECEIVES AWARD FROM GOVERNOR
Bill is a member of the National Old Time Fiddle Association, and although he is nearly 70 years old, he continues to travel. In 2000, he traveled to Scotland for the Orkney Folk Festival, as well as the Lower 48, including Kentucky. Several local musicians and fiddlers often travel to events with Bill. In late February 2003, Bill performed at the Gathering of Cultures, a Founder’s Week event in Sitka. Traveling with Bill to perform at the Field House on the Mt. Edgecumbe High School campus was Walter Newman. Bill and Walter are both former Mt. Edgecumbe students. This summer will take Bill to the Mystic by the Sea Music Festival in Mystic, CT.
Bill is truly an amazing individual. He speaks openly of drinking in his early days and of his successful journey to sobriety. Bill shares his love of music with everyone he meets. He finds music in the ordinary, everyday things that surround us. Bill keeps the Athabascan style of fiddling alive through his many performances in the Interior. The preservation of fiddle music and its ties to the Athabascan culture is very important to him. Exposing our youth to this style of music is furthered each November at the Athabascan Old Time Fiddling Festival, of which Bill is one of the founding members.
Stevens has won numerous awards for his fiddle playing and has produced four CDs. His most recent CD is titled “Grey Eagle, Old Time Fiddle Music.” In late 2002, Bill underwent successful knee replacement surgery. While he was out of commission for a couple of weeks, he quickly returned to his music. Bill is not one to let anything keep him from his fiddle."