Press Release 2017

For immediate release

Nov. 7, 2016

Contact: Dan Leif,

Old Time Music Comes Alive in Portland

The 18th Portland Old Time Music Gathering gives all attendees a chance to play, dance and connect over five lively days in January,

With the tap of a button, most of us can now stream virtually any song ever recorded. But participating in the rich history of American folk music through jamming, dancing and learning? Sorry, Spotify — that takes a community.

Fortunately for Portlanders, one of the most vibrant “old time” music scenes in America exists right here in the Rose City. This January these fiddlers, banjo players, guitarists, square dance callers, harmony singers and others will once again come together for the Portland Old Time Music Gathering, presented by local nonprofit group Bubbaville.

Old time music is based on fiddle tunes from Appalachia and other regions of the Southern U.S., and it served as the precursor to bluegrass and country. Over the last several decades, Portland has become a hub for this truly American genre of music.

Entering its 18th year, the Gathering is centered around participation. The region’s finest old time bands provide the musical backdrop for giant square dances where everyone is welcome and beginners can find themselves promenading in no time. In addition, centuries-old fiddle tunes are kept alive through informal jam circles. And workshops and concerts help musicians of all ages and abilities delve deeper into the music.

Kids have a place at the Gathering too, with special workshops, jams, square dances and concerts geared toward the next generation of old-time aficionados.

The 18th Portland Old Time Music Gathering is taking place January 11-15, 2017 at several different venues, including the Spare Room, Velo Cult, the Moon & Sixpence and the Tiffany Center. See the schedule below and head to for complete information and to purchase advance tickets.

Start planning now to be at the center of the old time action in January!

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, January 11

Kickoff Party at the Spare Room

Featuring Maris Otter, Gros Brouillard Cajun Band and the Waysiders Country Band

7 pm, free

Thursday, January 12

Square Dance at Veo Cult and Jam Session at the Moon & Sixpence

7 pm, free

Friday, January 13

Concert and Square Dance at the Tiffany Center

Concert features WB Reid & Bonnie Zahnow, Tatiana Hargreaves, and Foghorn Stringband

Concert 7 pm, Square Dance 10:30 pm

$20 advance, $23 at the door

Saturday, January 14

Workshops, family events, concerts, square dances and more

Concert features Ron Kane & Meghan Merker, Thompsonia, Canote Brothers, Brittany Newell & Johnny Fitzpatrick

Doors open at noon

Free from noon to 6 pm; $20 advance, $23 at door for events after 6 pm

(Weekend pass for Tiffany Center is $35 advance, $38 at door on Friday)

Sunday, January 15

Cabaret at the Spare Room

1:30 pm