The 23rd Annual Portland Old Time Music Gathering is happening live and in person.  We are so excited that we will get to see you all in person and not on a screen! 

The dates are Jan. 12 – Jan. 16, 2022. 

We are putting together a smaller, “back to basics” Gathering because of the uncertainty of the pandemic.  Events will take place on the East side of Portland at the Spare Room Lounge, The Village Ballroom, The Alberta St. Pub and other nearby venues.

Our usual Wednesday night hosted jam at the Moon and Sixpence pub is on!  We will most likely be outside under their permanent roofs and heat lamps.  Hosts will be Scott Killops, Ken Torke and Laurie Prime.  Starts at 7 pm

Thursday night is the Cajun Honky Tonk night at the Spare Room Lounge featuring the Happy Valley Sluggers from Bellingham providing the Cajun music and the Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms Country Band providing the Honky Tonk. 

Friday night will be at the Village Ballroom on NE Dekum St with a concert upstairs featuring Clinton Davis, The Macrae Sisters and Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons.  Jamming will take place downstairs at the Oregon Public House and upstairs after the concert.  There will also be jamming at nearby Dekum St. locations, the Alberta St. Pub and all through the Gathering at the NW Hostel Cafe. 

Saturday will be at the Village Ballroom with instrument workshops and jamming downstairs, kids’ events and a panel on Inclusivity and Diversity presented by Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons followed by a square dance and jamming upstairs. 

Sunday we’ll be back at the Spare Room Lounge for our popular Cabaret from 1-4:00 pm.  Children are welcome during this time. 

Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms and friends will provide music at the Moon and Sixpence Pub till the wee hours Sunday night.  This is not an official POTMG event but it is our traditional Gathering wrap-up good time.

Some of the jams will be hosted and there’s more band information to come as we get everything confirmed.

You might want to come in a day early and catch a fabulous show at the Alberta Rose Theater on Wednesday.  Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms, and Riley Calcagno and Vivian Leva will play a show that night.  This is not a POTMG event, but it will definitely get us in the mood for the Gathering.

We will be following all current Co-vid 19 protocols and proof of full vaccination will be required to attend the events.  If you are not vaccinated, proof of a negative Co-vid test within 72 hours will be required.  You will need to show proof of a negative test for children too young to be vaccinated.  At-home tests and medical and religious exemptions will not be accepted in lieu of a negative test.  We will provide test sites and vaccine locations soon.  Masks will be required indoors unless the state mandate changes.


The 22nd Annual Portland Old-Time Music Gathering

Jan. 14-17, 2021 Online – Free

Hello everyone, the Portland Old Time Music Gathering has come and gone and we’re all feeling that it was a huge success!  Thanks to everyone who participated: the performers, workshop teachers, workshop assistants, zoom hosts, jam & song swap hosts, hangout hosts, the organizing committee, our Panel presenters, the kids who performed in the Open Mic, Bubbaville for financial support, all you Cabaret performers and all of you who watched the concerts on the Youtube channel and on Quarantine Happy Hour and who zoomed in.  It was absolutely wonderful to see  everyone from near and far (Australia, the UK, New Zealand, Alaska, way back east – US and Canada – to mention a few).  We had close to 700 inquires via email to get the zoom link, plus everyone who is a subscriber to the Old Time Newsletter and we’ve had a combined count to date of approximately 3,500 views for the concerts, Red Yarn kids’ show, the Square Dance for Two or More People and the Crankie Show!!  They are all available on the Quarantine Happy Hour Facebook page and on the Gathering’s Youtube channel (links below).  Here’s hoping we see each other in person for 2022!!


Yes!  We have POTMG 2021 Quarantine Edition T Shirts and Posters for sale.  Click on the On-line store tab at the top of the page. 

Thanks to our artist Erin Chmela for designing our poster for 2021.

A few Zoom events got recorded.  Here’s a link to the Kids’ Open Mic. We’ll post any additional we end up with as soon as we can.

The Thursday, Friday and Saturday night concerts are available on the Quarantine Happy Hour Facebook page and on the POTMG Youtube channel.  Please subscribe to the Youtube channel to keep up to date and “Join” the Quarantine Happy Hour group for easier access.  

Check out the teasers by Jake Blount, The Onlies, and Pete Krebs and  the Catnip Brothers on the POTMG Youtube channel, the Bubbaville Facebook page and the Portland Old-Time Music Gathering Facebook page 

The Bubba Award

Congratulations to Gabrielle and Barry Southern for being awarded the first ever Bubba “Instigator’s Award” for their outstanding vision and work in creating the Quarantine Happy Hour on Facebook, keeping us all connected in this difficult year.  Congrats also to Jinny Macrae as recipient of the annual Bubba Award.

Square Dance for 2 or more people, Crankie show and Kids’ show with Red Yarn

A Square Dance for 2 or more people featuring caller Paul Silveria, a kids’ show with popular Portland children’s entertainer Red Yarn and a Crankie show are available on the Gathering’s Youtube channel.

The Crankie show features Crankies by Kelsey Nelson, Charmaine Slaven and Charlie Beck, and Emily Teachout and Eric Neatherlin with Music by the Sassafras Sisters.

The Sunday Cabaret

Our Sunday Cabaret was a great success.  It was so wonderful to see everyone coming together in the spirit of our live event to make this a truly memorable experience.  Our host this year was Caleb Klauder who graciously agreed to step in and take over the MC duties from our long time costume-changing host Brooks Masten who was not able to be here this year.  Thanks Caleb for a job well done!

Kids’ Open Mic

Our Kids’ Open Mic took place on Saturday, Jan. 16 via Zoom with our hosts Olivia Horgan and Tazwell Brandabur.  Thanks so much to all the kids who performed.  What a joy to see the next generation coming up steeped in old time music.  A link to the recording of the Open Mic is here.

Spanish Coffee Making Hangout

The Sunday night Spanish Coffee Making Hangout was a hoot!  Thanks to our hosts Gabrielle Macrae and Sophie Enloe and to everyone who joined in the fun.  There was fire!  If you missed the hangout but still want to make Spanish Coffees – get the recipe here

The Joke Jam Hangout

The Saturday  Joke Jam Hangout was the best ever on zoom.  Our host – Bellinghammer and all-around jokester Andy Rick stepped up to make it a truly memorable evening.  Thanks Andy!!  Definitely no recording of that.

Hot Winter Cocktail Making and Pre-Concert Hangout

The Hot Winter cocktail making hangout with host Bobby Winstead was definitely a hit!  Well done Bobby!! Here’s the ingredients to Bobby’s cocktail:

HOT APPLE JERRY Ingredients:
Sailor Jerry Rum (or whatever rum, whiskey, brandy)
Apple Cider
Good Unsalted Butter
Ground clove and cinnamon
Apple slices
Milk frother or immersion blender
Optional: whipped cream 

Song Swap and Sing-Alongs

The two song swap and sing-alongs were were super fun – thanks everyone who tuned in and participated.  Sarah Ells Fish and Dan Fish who led one of them have made their song sheet available here.


“Gathered” – our CD

Gathered-Album-cover      Gathered-Album-back cover

The 2018 Gathering marked 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 can now purchase the beautiful CD with complete liner notes from Bandcamp.

Donate to Support Traditional Music and Dance

The Gathering is sponsored by Bubbaville, a non-profit, all-volunteer arts organization that supports old-time music and dance in Portland, Oregon. Donations to Bubbaville help to guarantee such events as “The Portland Old-Time Music Gathering”. We provide some financial and logistical backing for musical endeavors that we have determined to be important to the further development and enrichment of the local old-time music community. Visit our website for information on other events Bubbaville supports.

Your donation to help fund The Gathering and other worthwhile old-time music and dance efforts does so much more than provide operating funds for current events. Your generosity will ensure a long-term positive effect on old-time music and dance in the Nortwest. What we do today will enrich the world our children inherit. Our gift to them will be a legacy of wonderful music and dance. Clicking the button at the bottom of this page to make a donation or you can mail a check payable to Bubbaville:

PO Box 6012
Portland, OR 97228
EIN: 42-1682932
Oregon non-profit registry number: 318180-99

The Gathering’s Mission Statement

The Portland Oregon Old-Time Music Gathering is a grassroots volunteer-run festival that aims to celebrate and enrich the community of traditional old-time Appalachian style stringband musicians. We wish to create an environment where the music is as meaningful as it is when we gather to swap tunes and play in a friend’s living room or meet to play at a campsite during a summer festival. As such, we feel that it is important to keep the event non-profit and volunteer run; whether we are taking tickets, sweeping the floor, organizing an event, or playing music for a concert; we are all volunteers contributing to make this thing happen.