Performers 2022

Barry SouthernBen Hunter and Joe SeamonsCaleb KlauderCaleb Klauder and Reeb WillmsCaleb Klauder Reeb Willms Country BandCameron DeWhittClinton DavisGabrielle MacraeHorsenecksJoel BrownKate O’BrienLori Prime and Ken TorkeMaggie and Patrick LindThe Macrae SistersNokosee FieldsOld Barn Preservation SocietyOlivia HorganPete Krebs and the Catnip BrothersScott KillopsSunFish Duo

Barry Southern↑↑

Two-finger Banjo Workshop, Village Ballroom, 704 NE Dekum St. Downstairs in the Oregon Public House Community Room, Saturday Jan. 15, 2022, 3:00-3:50 pm

Barry’s banjo playing ranges from thrilling and high-octane to moody and captivating, and his versatility shines whether playing clawhammer or driving two or three-finger banjo. He has been consistently active in the UK Old Time and Bluegrass scene for the last decade playing with The Horsenecks and other groups.

Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons ↑↑

We regret to inform you that Ben and Joe are no longer able to come to the Gathering.

Seattle songsters Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons give life to voices that have long been silenced in American culture. Their award-winning performances are highlighted by story-telling that, rather than bringing the past to life, vividly shows how the past still lives in the present. Through their songs, audiences witness current issues crop up again and again in folk songs, dance tunes, acoustic blues, and prison ballads.

Ben & Joe bounce from fiddle & banjo breakdowns to a cappella field hollers, early jazz to gospel songs featuring Piedmont guitar style and rattlin’ bones. With the same versatility that won them the International Blues Challenge in 2016, and allowed them to record with National Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins, the duo celebrates the ways Americans have triumphed over oppression through the vitality of their art. Audiences walk away from Ben & Joe’s concerts and workshops inspired to learn more of their own heritage, and engage more deeply with their communities. ​

Caleb Klauder↑↑

The Cabaret host is now Bobby Winstead.  The Cabaret is at the Alberta St. Pub from 205:00 on Sinday, Jan. 15.

Caleb Klauder hardly needs an introduction but we all know him as a member of critically acclaimed Foghorn Stringband as well as The Caleb Klauder Country Band and many others and performs nationally and internationaly. He has graciously agreed to step in and take over the MC duties at the Sunday Cabaret this year.

Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms↑↑

We regret to inform you that Caleb and Reeb are no longer able to come to the Gathering

Reeb Willms and Caleb Klauder met, sang, and liked it. They’ve been singing with each other ever since. “If you don’t like this music, you deserve to have your ears cut off!” was a quote recently heard late night in a bar where Caleb and Reeb were performing. A little harsh perhaps, but the sentiment exudes admiration for the pure and honest sound that these two produce. They are a vocally-driven duo whose music stands out as subtle, powerful, and compelling. Their sound is elevated by Caleb’s distinctive and lyrical mandolin playing and grounded by Reeb’s unwavering guitar playing as they perform original songs and tunes as well as their favorite picks from traditional and country repertoire. Both originally hail from Washington State: Caleb from Orcas Island, and Reeb from the Waterville Plateau. They tour regionally and internationally with both the Foghorn Stringband and the Caleb Klauder Band.

Caleb Klauder Reeb Willms Country Band↑↑

Cajun Honky Tonk Night at the Spare Room Bar, 4830 NE 42nd Ave., Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022  at 7:45ish.  Show starts at 6:00 pm

One of the great things about Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms is that they immerse you in the sheer joy of classic country music until all other cares of life fade away. These two originally hail from Washington State, Caleb from the coastal islands, and Reeb from the high desert plateau of central WA. They have come together in music and are two of the most compelling musicians making country roots music in America today. When these two sing together, their honest incantations leave us spell-bound and smiling. Caleb’s burnished voice and lyrical mandolin style compliment Reeb’s spell-binding voice and rock-solid rhythm guitar playing in a way that is undeniably real. They carry the torch of their music around the world touring as a duo or backed by their cosmic honky tonk band, as well as with the Foghorn Stringband. There’s a lot to admire in this singular perseverance and honesty.

Cameron DeWhitt ↑↑

Clawhammer Banjo Workshop, Village Ballroom, 704 NE Dekum St. Downstairs in the Oregon Public House Community Room, Saturday Jan. 15, 2022, 12:00-12:50 pm

Cameron DeWhitt is a clawhammer banjoist and Old Time musician living in Portland, Oregon. They are the innovator behind pitchfork banjo, a three-finger clawhammer technique that allows them a unique, improvisatory approach to old time banjo music. Cameron is also the host of Get Up in the Cool, a weekly old time music and interview podcast, featuring conversations and musical collaborations with today’s most influential traditional musicians, such as Jake Blount, Laurel Premo, Tatiana Hargreaves, John Reischman, Adam Hurt, and Kaia Kater. As an interviewer, Cameron acts as audience surrogate, asking illuminating questions to Old Time’s best and brightest while telling the larger story of the tradition’s modern era. And with over 5 years and 270 episodes, Get Up in the Cool is one of the largest and fastest growing archives of new traditional music.

Clawhammer Banjo Workshop: Anticipated Notes and Ghost Strokes

Beginning a melody a half beat before it’s expected can add forward motion to your playing, and those anticipated notes need the space of a ghost stroke to make their full impact. In this workshop you’ll learn basic exercises to build muscle memory for these techniques and apply them to a well known tune. Let the syncopation begin!

Clinton Davis↑↑

Concert at the Village Ballroom, 704 NE Dekum St. Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 Concert starts at 7:00 pm
Intermediate Fiddle Workshop, Upstairs, Village Ballroom, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022  2:30-3:30 pm.  (See description below)

Clinton Davis is an old-time folk musician based in San Diego. A fifth-generation Kentuckian, Davis grew up in Carroll County. He currently performs on guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, mandolin, and piano. He has performed at folk festivals across the country. Davis’ skills across instruments and genres have earned him acclaim at home in Southern California and across the country. Stefan Grossman, renowned authority of American roots guitar, has called him “a master…carrying on the traditional music torch of Mike Seeger.” No Depression calls his work “a joyous and soulful restoration of one of the lost treasures of American musical tradition.” Davis is an official artist of the Deering Banjo Company.

Fiddle Workshop:  We’ll learn the G tune “Gate To Go Through” as recorded by Andy Palmer for Gennet Records in 1932 with musicians from my home in Carroll County, Kentucky. A beautiful melody great for beginner-intermediate players. If time allows, we’ll explore some variations.

Gabrielle Macrae↑↑

Beginning Fiddle Workshop, Downstairs, Village Ballroom, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 2:00-2:50 pm

Gabrielle’s playing style is the result of being raised in the Old Time music hotbed of Portland, OR and being exposed to the fiddle traditions of the Southeast through years of traveling to festivals and learning from some of the greatest players in the genre.  She is a skilled teacher and with husband Barry Southern, perform all over the US and UK as The Horsenecks.  If you’re just starting out on fiddle this will be a great opportunity to learn some basics

The Horsenecks↑↑

Saturday Night Concert Set at the Village Ballroom, 704 NE Dekum Street, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022.  Concert starts at 7:00 pm.

Barry – 2-Finger Banjo Workshop, at the Oregon Public House Community Room, downstairs from the Village Ballroom, 704 NE Dekum St., Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, 3:00-3:50 pm

The Horsenecks play hard-hitting and heartfelt Old Time, classic Bluegrass and original roots music. Their sound is centered around the pairing of the signature rhythmic Appalachian fiddle style of Oregonian Gabrielle Macrae and the driving yet subtle banjo playing of Liverpudlian Barry Southern.  They’ll play a concert set on Saturday night, stepping in for Vivian Leva and Riley Calcago who are no longer able to perform.

Joel Brown↑↑

Joel Brown and Devin Forest-Hines, Slow jam hosts, downstairs from the Village Ballroom in the Oregon Public House Community Room, 700 NE Dekum St. Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Joel lives in Portland and has been attending the POTMG for the last 7 years and has been playing fiddle for equally as long. He will be leading the Slow Jam along with his buddy and band mate from Rats Gone to Rest, Devin Forest-Hines.

Lori Prime and Ken Torke↑↑

Jam at the Moon and Sixpence — 2014 NE 42nd Ave. Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, 7:00 – 10:00pm. With Scott Killops.  Outside under the heat lamps and roofs
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Ken and Lori love old time tunes and know a bunch of them. Come join us for some of your favorites and a maybe you’ll even pick up a few gems to add to that list! They’ll be joined by Scott Killops for tunes, tunes and more tunes.   A lot of beers to choose from. Great pub food!

Maggie and Patrick Lind↑↑

Guitar Workshop, Village Ballroom, Downstairs in the Oregon Public House Community Room, 704 NE Dekum St.,
Saturday Jan. 15, 2022, 1:00-1:50 pm

Maggie and Patrick Lind are long time Portland musicians and educators. They teach guitar and banjo for the Portland String Band class and Maggie inspires students to make musical community a part of their daily lives through Guitar Classes for Adults, and as a certified teacher with Music Together of Portland. Outside of the classroom, Maggie calls and plays for square dances and enjoys performing with friends and husband Patrick. You’ll get all the the basics in this old time backup guitar workshop from these two excellent musicians.

Kate O’Brien↑↑

Kate is no longer able to host the jam.  Olivia Horgan will be hosting the Kids’ Jam, Upstairs in the Village Ballroom, 704 NE Dekum St., Saturday Jan. 15, 2022, 12:30-1:30 pm
Kate O'Brien
Kate grew up in a musical family outside of Detroit (the one in Michigan). Back in the 70’s, her Dad would come home from work at GM, loosen his tie and sit at the piano and play an eloquent mix of classical, boogie woogie, stride and whatever else he felt like, in the quiet dark of the living room. There were four kids running around that house and he never had to tell anyone to be quiet in that room – it was unspoken respect and reverence. Kate often just sat and listened. And then he discovered the BANJO! Kate has played violin since she was 9 years old and although happily classically trained, she, like her Dad, has been exploring other genres for the last 15 years. She calls it her musical ADD. She caught the groove of the old time bug about 10 years ago. She loves the people who play this stuff as much as the music itself. She has had a private violin/fiddle teaching studio in SE Portland for the last 12 years. Kate is happy to meet your kiddos and families again this year! Come learn a new tune and jam!

Macrae Sisters↑↑

Concert at the Village Ballroom, 704 NE Dekum St., Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, 7:00 – 7:45 pm

The Macrae Sisters grew up in Portland Oregon in a musical family and much to the dismay of their jazz musician parents, got involved in the seedy late ’90s and early 2000’s Portland square dancing scene as teenagers. Just like so many youth of their day, for them the lure of the sweaty palms, plaid shirts and pulsating body odor at Foghorn square dances and Flat Mountain Girls concerts proved too strong, and they all three fell prey to the Old Time life, quickly ruining any chances they might have had of becoming successful jazz flutists, concert violinists or vocal soloists. Their now out of print debut album, Old Sledge, was released in 2008 and quickly became a classic of it’s time. You may or may not be able to buy the album digitally at this time. No one really knows. After embarking on their first international tour in 2012, the sisters have maintained a rigorous performance schedule of two gigs every 10 years. They now work as accountants, orchestra teachers, and unemployed people while remaining active in the vibrant Northwest traditional music scene.

Nokosee Fields↑↑

Concert at the Village Ballroom, 704 NE Dekum St. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, Concert starts at 7pm.
Jam Host at Good Neighbor Pizzeria from 2:00-3:30 pm. 800 NE Dekum St. (Inside) Saturday, Jan.15, 2022

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Born and raised in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Nokossee Fields began studying orchestral violin at a young age. After years of learning and performing Classical and Early music, Nokosee has recently turned his attention to various forms of traditional American music, performing, teaching, and touring professionally. As a bassist, he tours with the Country band Western Centuries. As a teacher, he has taught at the Augusta Heritage Center and has been involved with Dancing with the Spirit—an Alaska-based youth and community music program that aims to re-inspire fiddle and dance traditions in indigenous communities throughout the region.

Nokosee will play a concert set Saturday night and will lead a jam.  See above for times and locations.

Old Barn Preservation Society↑↑

Jam hosts at the Alberta St. Pub, 1036 NE Alberta St. Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 from 5:00-6:30 pm
Sunday Brunch Time Music — P’s & Q’s Market, 1301 NE Dekum St., Saturday, January 15, 2022 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Old Barn Preservation Society is a Portland old time string band that plays Appalachian fiddle tunes with some early country and gospel tossed in. They like to hoot, but love to holler.  Leading a jam and providing brunch time music will be two fifths of Old Barn; Dan Leif and Dennis Reynolds,

Olivia Horgan↑↑

Kid’s Open Mic Host, and Kid’s jam host Upstairs  in the Village Ballroom, 704 NE Dekum St., Saturday Jan. 15, 2022, 12:30 – 1:30 and 1:30-2:20 pm

Here’s a chance for your child to shine at a special hour of open mic performances. Sign up at 1:30 in the Ballroom with Olivia Horgan who will be joining us again as our facilitator.

Pete Krebs and the Catnip Brothers ↑↑

Honky Tonk Night at the Spare Room Restaurant and Lounge, 4830 NE 42nd Ave., Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Show starts at 6:00 pm with the Catnip Brothers

The Catnip Bros. are joining us this year at the Old Time Festival with a set of Western swing for your drinking, dining and dancing pleasure. Featuring the dynamic duo of Rusty Blake on steel and Ian Miller on jump-off guitar, Brother Brent Martins on string bass and Pete Krebs on vocals and rhythm. Shake it!

Scott Killops↑↑

Jam Session Host at the Moon and Sixpence Pub, 2014 NE 42nd Ave. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2022, 7:00 – 10:00 pm with Ken Torke and Lori Prime.  Outside under the heat lamps and roof.
Jam at the NW Hostel Cafe, 479 NE 18TH Ave. Thursday and Friday, 7pm till 2:00 am.

Scott Killops will keep the tunes coming. Come jam with him and Ken Torke and Lori Prime.

SunFish Duo↑↑

Saturday Brunch Time Music — P’s & Q’s Market, 1301 NE Dekum St., Saturday, January 15, 2022 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Get some delicious brunch while you’re waiting for the Gathering events to start at the P’s & Q’s Market while listening to the Sunfish Duo. With Sarah Ells Fish on guitar and Daniel Fish on mandolin, you’ll go back in time to hear traditional harmonies and simple melodies from the roots of Bluegrass, Country, and Old-time music.