Warm Texas swing and harmonies filled the Northstar Theatre Tuesday evening while snow dusted town outside.
Hosted by the Cordova Arts and Pageants, the Quebe Sisters performed for an energetic and packed crowd on March 6 after making stops in Skagway, Haines and eventually on to Anchorage and Juneau.
The sound of fiddles with a sturdy bass beat and background guitar filled the auditorium as the trio sang and offered opinions on Alaska between songs.
Sophia Quebe spoke about flying to Cordova on the milk run, which had the crowd laughing. “There were only about six people on the plane and we were five of them!” Hulda Quebe added with a smile.
Sophia spoke fondly of seeing glaciers from the plane, “We don’t have ice or things like that in Texas!”
The Quebe Sisters, originally from Fort Worth, attended their first fiddle competition in 1998 at the ages of 7, 10 and 12, and went on to win state and national championships from 1999 to 2002.
Since then, they have recorded three acclaimed albums and performed alongside Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Connie Smith and others.
The audience tapped their feet and hands, some spilling rhythmically into the seat next to them.
This is the group’s first time in Alaska, although having toured all over the U.S. and globally, including Russia, France, Scotland, Switzerland and more.
“We’ve really enjoyed Alaska, the people, just the whole experience,” Sophia Quebe said. “Everyone is just so friendly. I’m really touched by it.”