2018 Press Release

November 1, 2017


Dance, Play, Listen and Learn: Get Ready for a Wonderful Weekend of Traditional American Music
The 19th Annual Portland Old Time Music Gathering Takes Place Jan. 10-14, 2018

For fans of square dancing, banjo playing, guitar picking and everything else acoustic and old timey, January in Portland is the best time of year, and the upcoming winter will be no different. For the 19th straight year, the Portland Old Time Gathering will bring together talented musicians — and those who just love to be around the sound — for five days of family-friendly fun at a variety of venues around the Rose City.

Old time music is a traditional American genre that incorporates a range of styles and instruments, and at the Portland Old Time Gathering, there is room for all: square dances involving live bands and hundreds of gleeful participants, plenty of space for friends old and new to come together and jam, workshops where musicians of all skill levels can grow their skills, and concerts featuring some of the finest old time players in the nation.

Also, for the 2018 event, the Gathering will for the first time be featuring an artist in residence. This initiative will feature North Carolina-based banjo player Travis Stuart, who has toured internationally with the Stuart Brothers, the Dirk Powell Band and others. Travis will be performing in the Gathering’s Friday Night Concert at the Tiffany Center (1410 SW Morrison St.) on Jan. 12. He will also be leading a banjo workshop and playing for a square dance during the weekend.

In other exciting news, the 2018 Gathering marks the release of “Gathered,” a two-disc compilation album featuring nearly 30 tracks from top Gathering concert performers going back to 2005. Old time music lovers will have their first chance to purchase this limited-edition offering on site at the Gathering in January.

Whether you are new to this music or have been fiddling and strumming for years, the Portland Old Time Gathering offers up energy, inspiration and interconnection to deepen your ties to the music itself and the vibrant community of musicians and dancers in the Pacific Northwest.

Head to bubbaguitar.com/gathering for the full schedule of events and to buy advance tickets at a discount. See you in January!