Coming Soon!

Portland Fiddle Camp is hosting 2 camps this year.

Campers age 6 – 16 will learn fiddle tunes, how to improvise, and how to create band arrangements with their peers. Bubbaville is proud to sponsor scholarships for youth to attend the camp!

REGISTER for one or both weeks: July 23-27 | August 6-10

Sparky & Rhonda Rucker

Sparky & Rhonda Rucker – Photo by Pam Zappardino

Bubbaville is excited to present a house concert with East Tennessee duo Sparky & Rhonda Rucker.

What: House concert + potluck + jam

Where: NE Portland. Please email for details!

When: Aug 8, 7:30 (potluck 6:30)

Cost: Sliding scale, suggested donation $15


Sparky and Rhonda Rucker deliver an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with humor, history, and tall tales. They take their audience on an educational and emotional journey that ranges from poignant stories of slavery and war to an amusing rendition of a Brer Rabbit tale or their witty commentaries on current events. Their music includes a variety of old-time blues, slave songs, Appalachian music, spirituals, ballads, work songs, Civil War music, railroad songs, and a few of their own original compositions. Sparky Rucker has been performing over forty years and is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller, and author. He accompanies himself with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo, and spoons. Rhonda Rucker is a musician, children’s author, storyteller, and songwriter. Her blues-style harmonica, piano, old-time banjo, and bones add musical versatility to their performances. They have performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival as well as NPR’s On Point, Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and Morning Edition. Their recording, Treasures & Tears, was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award, and their music is also included on the Grammy-nominated anthology, Singing Through the Hard Times.


The Zigzag Old Time Music Campout  on Labor Day weekend, August 31 – September 3, 2018!  Bubbaville is proud to sponsor the visiting featured artists this year: Julie Shepherd-Powell (banjo, flatfoot dance) and Todd Meade (fiddle, banjo, bass). They will be teaching SW Virginia tunes. We’ll have a local instructors Leela Grace, Steph Noll and Kate O’brien with us to offer workshops as well, including kid’s fiddle and family activities. These fabulously talented folks will be offering several workshops over the weekend, and they’ll be around to jam and to play in a Sunday night concert. Read more.

Stay tuned for the 2018 Workshop Schedule. We’ll be posting it soon!


The new CD is hot off the press and met a enthusiastic response at the Gathering. You can now order your own copy (recommended – the beautiful case design and liner notes are well worth the extra couple dollars) or download it directly by clicking the image.

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