The 24th Annual Portland Old Time Music Gathering will take place from Wednesday, Jan. 11 through Sunday Jan. 15, 2023. 

The schedule page is up!  Click on the schedule tab above to see everything that is happening at the Gathering!  (It’s subject to change but we hope not much.)

The ticket page, volunteer sign up page and performer pages will be available very soon

We’ll start with a hosted jam at the Moon and Sixpence Pub on Wednesday night.  Returning to host the jam are Ken Torke and Laurie Prime. 

Thursday is our Cajun/Honky Tonk Dance night at the Spare Room Bar and Restaurant.  The Cajun Honky Tonk Night features The Happy Valley Sluggers Cajun Band from Bellingham, Paradise Drifters from Seattle and the Caleb Klauder Reeb Willms Country Band!  There will also be a 2-Step dance lesson taught by Marta King and accompanied by Bet Your Bottom Dollar 

Friday and Saturday will take place at our new location – the Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta St.  To see a short video about the Alberta Abbey go here, scroll down and you’ll see the video.  Sunday will wind up back at the Spare Room with the Cabaret back.  There will be rooms to jam in at the Abbey and the Hostel Café in NW Portland, (479 SW 18th St.) will also be hosting jams. 

The Friday night the concert will feature Artist in Residence indigenous Métis fiddler Jamie Fox, Sally Jablonsky and friends, and Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons.  Saturday will be a full day of workshops, jams, singing sessions, square dances and kids’ events. 

Thanks for your patience as we get everything worked out.

Regarding Covid:  as there is no requirement at this time to wear masks inside or show proof of vaccination we will not be doing so.  We hope that everyone is vaccinated and please wear a mask if you are uncomfortable inside without one.


Meanwhile, here’s a look back at the

2022 and 2021 Gatherings.

The 23rd Annual Portland Old Time Music Gathering has come and gone.  It was a Gathering like no other.  We experienced daily ups and downs and disappointments as performers were not able to attend.  But we pulled it off with the help of dedicated performers and volunteers.

For 2022, we haven’t made up shirts due to covid uncertainties. But if you would like to make your own shirt, you can download the logo.  Urban Kingdom, 6359 NE Martin Luther King Blvd, in Portland, makes custom shirts with a quick turnaround.  https://www.myurbankingdom.com/

Many thanks to  Justin Auld for the wonderful poster and logo this year and for putting up with the many changes.  Since the poster went to the printer things changed a lot so it’s no longer up to date. The schedule page reflects what really happened.

Friday and Saturday night concerts were live streamed and you can continue to view them.  Follow the links below

A big thank you goes out committee member Dan Leif for figuring out how to live stream to three different sites on the fly.  Way to go Dan! 

Here are the links for the live streams:

Gathering YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFAmo9ZcfuBotRK08a8Pisw

Quarantine Happy Hour: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1106385289724371

The Gathering’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/portland.gathering


A big thank you to all the volunteer who helped us pull of the Gathering.  We couldn’t have done it without you.


Previous 22nd Annual Portland Old-Time Music Gathering

Happened last year Jan. 14-17, 2021

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!!

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.  

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 

“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.