Bands

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Old Timey

Caroline Oakley and the Old Time Highway
Old-Time and bluegrass square dance band. Caroline Oakley is also a dance caller, and available for private events, family dances, weddings.
The Cully Cuttups
Hard driving Old time fiddle music with a classic NW tone. It’s happy and lighthearted, but rooted firmly in the Appalachian traditional Stringband style. Fiddle, guitar, banjo and upright bass.
Caleb Klauder
calebklauder@gmail.com
971.242.9140

Gone Fiddling Again
A duo consisting of vocalist & fiddler; playing a variety of music
Flat Rock Stringband
Featuring Linnea Spitzer on fiddle, Brooks Masten on banjo, Robin Wilcox on bass, and Eric Bagdonas on guitar, the Flat Rock Stringband has been playing old-time tunes together around the Portland area since 2009. The band’s name can be explained by a phrase found twice in Kesey’s Sometimes a Great Notion that refers to how much it rains in the Northwest.
The Hapa Hillbillies
Old time hillbilly swing with a jazz attitude and a little Hawaiian flavor.
The Horsenecks
Hard-hitting Old Time and early Bluegrass Stringband music. Made up of Gabrielle Macrae on fiddle, Barry Southern on three-finger and clawhammer banjo, Brian Bagdonas on bass, and Kevin Sandri on guitar.
The Macrae Sisters
Sisters Joanna and Gabrielle Macrae play old time music on fiddle, banjo, and guitar, with lots of harmony singing. Available as a duo or with a full band.
Maris Otter
Maris Otter is an old-time stringband from Portland, Oregon, featuring Brian Bagdonas (guitar, fiddle), Sean Burke (banjo, fiddle, mandolin), Ryan Fitzpatrick (mandolin, fiddle), Andy Sheie (fiddle, guitar, banjo), and Lucas Jones (bass).
Possum Six Pack
Old Timey string band – fiddle music from the South – with occasional Cajun and modern songs thrown in.
Old Barn Preservation Society
We’re a Portland-based old time string band that’s been together since 2014. We play tunes in the corner at the Liberty Glass tavern in North Portland the last Wednesday of each month, and we’re open to a wide variety of other gigs — dances, farmers markets, parties, baby showers, meteor showers, vision quests, etc. We keep it loose and holler a lot.
Squirrel Butter
Husband and wife duo, Squirrel Butter, performs traditional and original music influenced by Appalachian, early country, jug band, and blues artists from the late 1800’s through 1950’s.

Bluegrass

A Sudden Tradition
A Sudden Tradition offers a wide variety of Americana music: bluegrass, folk, old time, old country, standards, contemporary, and original songs– all with a traditional roots sound. The band may be hired as either four or five performers.
Half-Grass’d
Half Bluegrass, half Old-School Country, Folk and Blues… Americana.
The Hillwilliams
Traditional and original bluegrass featuring high lonesome harmonies and hot picking and fiddling.
Lost Creek
From Portland, Oregon, Lost Creek delivers a driving blend of bluegrass and old time standards with terrific vocal harmonies and tasteful instrumentation. For years they’ve delighted audiences at festivals, pubs, parks, dances, markets, and weddings throughout Oregon and Washington.
Thomas Creek Band
A trio playing traditional bluegrass and old time — looking for playing venues and festivals.
Train River
Train River is a collective of amateur bluegrass musicians in Portland, OR led by guitarist/mandolinist Jeffree White. The repertoire includes many traditional bluegrass numbers and fiddle tunes, along with more modern additions which have become standards.

Cajun

The Too Loose Cajun/Zydeco Band
Eight piece electric band – fiddles, guitar, accordion, rubboard, keyboard, rhythm section, and vocalists. We play authentic Louisiana-style dance music including cajun, zydeco, and a little New Orleans R&B and piano. You just can’t keep from dancin’!

Country

Brad Creel & the Reel Deel
Brad Creel & the Reel Deel are a country band playing original songs and country hits from the 60’s and 70’s.
Caleb Klauder Country Band
Original and classic Honky Tonk Country music with fiddle, steel guitar, mandolin, drums, bass and acoustic guitar. Vocal harmonies and a dance beat.
Honky-Tonk Rebel
Mario Carboni specializes in an extensive repertoire of honky-tonk, blues, country-western, early rock and roll, swing, New Orleans jazz, and boogie woogie, featuring two keyboards, a trumpet, a harmonica, and killer vocals. Although a mere one-man band, Mario’s big sound shows are high-energy, and his extraordinary talent does not go unnoticed. He plays to his audience, and when he performs, people are happily engaged. If there’s a floor, they dance!
The Waysiders
Drawing on the traditions of Country, Swing, Honkey-tonk, Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll, the Waysiders play a mix of classic and original early American music. Members include Gabrielle Macrae on acoustic guitar and vocals, Joanna Macrae on harmony vocals, Jamie Herrmann on bass, Barry Southern on electric guitar, and Don Lawry on drums.

Gypsy Jazz

Hot Club of Hawthorne
gypsy jazz and vintage swing acoustic stringband

Jugband

Hops and Honey String Band
The Hops & Honey String Band brews up an intoxicating blend of ragtime, early jazz, hokum and country blues music from the 1920s and ‘30s.
How Long Jug Band
The How Long Jug Band plays vintage blues, ragtime and string band music on standard and homemade instruments.

Blues

Steve Cheseborough
Steve Cheseborough re-creates the blues, ragtime and hokum of the 1920s-30s, interspersing the songs with stories, history and humor. He has the uncanny ability to turn any setting into a 1925 Mississippi jook joint.
Lauren Sheehan
Lauren Sheehan is an internationally acclaimed roots player and singer steeped in oral tradition but not bound by it. Expect country blues, old and new folk, bluegrass and old time light, standards, all accompanied by guitar, resonator, mandolin and banjo. Lauren often plays with hot shot side men as well as