Saturday, November 28 at 8:00

 For over 10 years, Kathryn Claire has been a force in the celtic and folk music scenes in the Pacific Northwest. Her diverse musical career has spanned a wide range of genres and she has been an integral part of many music projects. From her early days with Eugene-based Irish/punk pub band, Toad in the Hole, to co-founding and fronting Portland based all-star band Circled by Hounds with Matthew Hayward-Macdonald, to her extensive and award-winning collaboration with Hanz Araki from 2010-2013, Kathryn Claire has continually been evolving as a singer, guitarist and fiddle player. Her deep love and respect for traditional music has long been a driving influence, and those roots are evident in her music.

Kathryn has released 4 solo albums of original music over the past 10 years, and is completely at home both the roll of front person or side person. Her charismatic presence and infectious smile have made her a favorite at venues and festivals around the world. She has toured and performed extensively in the US, Japan, India, Holland, Belgium and France.

Over the past year, Kathryn has been honing a unique sound that draws from her diverse musical background. The sound is energized, inspired and eclectic, yet there is a distinctive sound that is her own.

"There is something magic that happens when the five of us play together. There is a deep and abiding sense of respect that is shared between us, and our diverse backgrounds complement each other beautifully, making for a fresh sound."  Kathryn Claire.

Zak Borden has put down roots in many musical disciplines. In his late teens, he fell in love with bluegrass music. As it does for so many, that fertile American hybrid introduced him to a world of other styles: from the country soul of The Band to the lilting traditions of Ireland; from modern string band takes on Thelonious Monk to the syncopated rhythms of Brazil. However, as a performer and educator he soon came to find that it was really just passionate, well-played and interesting music that he loves; Music that connects and tells a story. Zak's shows employ nimble picking on guitar or mandolin and a deep baritone voice that leaps easily into a clear, high tenor.

Kathryn Claire

and the Dream Band

Allen Hunter has been playing live and recording with Portland area songwriters and bands for the past 20 years and has been touring internationally for the past 10 years with LA-based band, Eels. He has also recorded with the Eels on Vagrant Records, Michael Dean Damron & Thee Loyal Bastards on Rosa Records, Black Angel, James Low, Alan Charing, The Vibrasonics, and Jim Mesi to name a few. 

With an upbringing split between the hills of Appalachia and the heart of New York City, Ara Lee's dichotomous childhood made for a unique musical education. Ara cut her teeth fiddling and singing in the folk and gospel traditions of Tennessee, and then lived a second life in New York as an R&B and blues soloist, studio and commercial vocalist, and back-up singer. In her current incarnation as a singer-songwriter based in Portland, Ara's powerful, soul-infused vocals combined with the simplicity of acoustic folk create a style uniquely her ownone that has been perhaps best described as "Soul-folk-tribal-funk-heathen-gospel butter."

Dirty Cello
          Cello like you have never heard it before.

 Saturday January16 at 8:00 P.M.

Starting with a bang and never stopping, Dirty Cello features the virtuosic cello stylings of Rebecca Roudman, one of the San Francisco bay area's most exciting cross-over cellists. Dirty Cello takes you on a wild tour of up-tempo music featuring down home blues, Eastern- European dance music, a bit of bluegrass, and some classic rock.

With a truly unique voice, Dirty Cello presents a high energy performance of everything a cello can do. Having wowed audiences in numerous tours throughout the U.S., plus acting as cultural ambassadors to China and working the European festival circuit, Dirty Cello has a unique voice that’s resonated around the world.

Dirty Cello presents a clap along, danceable mix of music that puts a unique spin on common genres. Whether wailing out the blues with virtuosic skill, getting toes tapping with some gypsy jazz or flying through wild music, the Dirty Cello band presents a show that fans and critics have described as, “Amazing!” and “Inspiring."

As classically trained musicians who also love to rock out, the Dirty Cello band puts on a unique performance that shows a whole new side to the cello. Think B.B. King meets Yo-Yo Ma.

A rockin' band, a sexy cello player and an exciting stage presence make Dirty Cello a band that brings in the crowds and leaves them wanting more!


Saturday,  Feb. 13 at 8:00 p.m.

Kate & Steve deliver the real deal in a push-button world with music that soars with melodious, lyrical originality, joyful harmonies and masterful string play from two musicians who open the hearts of their listeners with ease. Kate and Steve have appeared as special guests on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. Power's song "Travis John" won the Grand Prize from Music2Life at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas for 'songs that make a difference.' Together, Kate & Steve shared stages with many folk luminaries, including the iconic Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton.

Kate & Steve hit the road in 2010 to bring music to the far-reaching corners of the USA and by day taught absolute beginners how to play and sing on ukes with their fun Ukalaliens® Method, the Ukalaliens Songbook and Homespun DVDs "You Can Play Uke!" and "Seven Great Ukulele Lessons"

Kate Power:  singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist

Multi-instrumentalist, Kate is a DADGAD guitarist, open-back banjo, 6-string ukulele and high-strung Nashville guitar. Kate's first instrument is a voice that delivers songs from the broad brush of a warm heart. Poet, Kim Stafford, says Kate "writes from the beginning of time" rendering songs that feel familiar in new songs.

In play with Steve Einhorn, guitars, banjo and ukuleles lay the strings under harmony as it was intended to be; natural, beautiful, one.

Born in Boston to musical parents in a large Irish-American family, Kate came of age during the folk revival in New York City and "metropolitan New York" (New Jersey). At 15 years old, Kate began to play in coffeehouses & festivals and established her place in the New York folk scene as a singer-songwriter playing clubs and coffeehouses from Manhattan to Woodstock. Kate migrated to the Pacific Northwest in 1977 to explore the last of the American frontier and has called the Pacific Northwest home ever since.

In Portland, Oregon, Kate stepped on stage as the lead singer & multi-instrumentalist in the Portland Irish band, "Wildgeese" (1982, produced by Micheal O'Domhnaill). Kate joined the folk scene in the Great Northwest while growing her audience worldwide through independent releases with Steve Einhorn (Dancing in the Kitchen, Harbour, Now & Then, Tales from Puddletown, Pearls, Brick & Mortar, Bicycle Songs). She also has been a select artist for Celtic recordings with Hearts O'Space (Celtic Twilight 3, Lullabies, Celtic Twilight 4, Celtic Planet, and Celtic Woman 3: Ireland in 2008 among others.

Kate joined forces with Steve Einhorn in 1994 and they have been harmonizing ever since.

"Sometimes we don't know what we have until we've lost it; other times we don't know what we've been missing until it enters our lives. Such was the case when Kate Power and Steve Einhorn introduced me to my first ukulele. My son and I have become addicted to this little musical powerhouse. Thank you, Quality Folk!"       -      Carter Brey, Principal Cellist, New York Philharmonic

"I am totally mesmerized by your compositions, your easy to listen to voices and great, great instrumentation. The quality of your work is outstanding. What joy you bring through your music. I would drop everything to come to hear you two."       -       Hal Melnick, NYC

New folk and traditional roots in Americana, Kate & Steve "bring us to that place that can only be reached at the hands of journeyman artists. The power and precision of their performance gives [me] the complete trust to lean into the music, to get lost in it." - NW Examiner

 KKate Power  and Steve Einhorn

Steve Einhorn  singer, songwriter, guitar, trumpet lips, ukulele

Steve Einhorn is a lifetime musician with a deep understanding of the relationship between the story and the song. Hands-on, he has been making music from an early age in the 60's in New York City to Boston and then to Portland and the Great Northwest since 1978. Steve's music originated in jugband favorites inspired by Jim Kweskin, bluegrass in Boston band, Foxfire and moved into original new folk in the Great Northwest, bringing many of the finer flavors of Americana with him.

The classic sound of his guitar lends rich and elegant backgrounds to a voice that growls warm with a sweet molasses and a shade of grit. New folk or traditional; Steve Einhorn is the groundwire who holds the audience in his hand with a deft wit that matches the warmth of his music. He delivers his songs with a sure hand that lends itself to good stories and songs you can feel. Genuine, warm and funny, Steve Einhorn carries music to fresh heights by playing it straight with a boundless love for guitar and a voice that has been singing for a lifetime.

Founder of "The Appalachian Philharmonic Jugband", Steve debuted at an early age with gigs at the Bitter End in New York City and various clubs in the mid-60's. He toured the northeast with Boston-based bluegrass band "Foxfire" before moving to Portland, Oregon in 1978. His early solo Kicking Mule release, "Whole World Round" became a regional favorite as his music for peace, the environment and countless causes for a better world grew his reputation in music activism. His guitar and harmonies are sought after and found behind dozens of recordings for popular artists in the Pacific Northwest.

Steve Einhorn's name was synonymous with his extraordinary music shop, a legend in Portland since 1981, Artichoke Music. Owner of Artichoke Music from 1981 through 2006, Steve inspired and taught thousands of people about music, instruments and songs and grew a deep and rooted reputation for making a better world through music and helping people get their start while running the shop and performing in the region all along.

In 2007 he handed off the duties of the shop to pursue the call as performer, recording artist, producer, visual artist & teacher, both at home in the Great Northwest and on the road with Kate Power.


Saturday, March 5, at 8:00


“On the evidence of Stellar Jays, John Reischman and the Jaybirds are in their prime as contemporary bluegrass musicians capable of maintaining and extending the music's legacy,” says Bluegrass Unlimited magazine describes tone-master and composer John as “one of the world's undisputed masters” of the mandolin, a frequent accolade since his days with the Tony Rice Unit and California's Good Ol' Persons. John went on to record two outstanding solo albums and numerous sessions before forming the Jaybirds in 2001 to release a self-titled debut album, followed by the Canadian Juno-nominated Field Guide, and in 2005, The Road West.

He gives credit to his parents for instilling the value of service to others that is evidenced in his teaching of students with special needs and when Konrad Wert morphs into the performer Possessed by Paul James, the medium may change, but the desire to make a difference in people’s lives doesn’t. When Possessed by Paul James performs, his passion equals the passion he brings to his class Monday through Friday, with many witnesses to the Possessed By Paul James show referring to it as more of a life-altering experience 

Possessed by  Paul James



Konrad Wert came up with the Possessed by Paul James moniker as a way to channel the spirits of his late grandfather, Paul, and his father, James. Whether Wert is percussively stomping on an old wooden box, sawing a dusty fiddle, picking a banjo, or yelping a song as his head bobs and weaves from a seated position, fans are never under the impression they are seeing and hearing something of this earthly realm. The mix of roots and emotional electricity at a Possessed by Paul James show is akin to a live electric socket missing its cover as stripped wires spark with flickers of enthralling danger. The albums released under the PPJ name have increased in quality each time out, beginning with 2006’s self-titled debut, and all the way to 2014’s widely-acclaimed There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely.

"If I were to make a list of the 20 most important singer/songwriters of our time, Konrad Wert/Possessed by Paul James, would undoubtedly be among those at the very top." - No Depression


John Reischman and the Jaybirds


“On the evidence of Stellar Jays, John Reischman and the Jaybirds are in their prime as contemporary bluegrass musicians capable of maintaining and extending the music's legacy,” says Bluegrass Unlimited magazine describes tone-master and composer John as “one of the world's undisputed masters” of the mandolin, a frequent accolade since his days with the Tony Rice Unit and California's Good Ol' Persons. John went on to record two outstanding solo albums and numerous sessions before forming the Jaybirds in 2001 to release a self-titled debut album, followed by the Canadian Juno-nominated Field Guide, and in 2005, The Road West.

Saturday, April 16, at 8:00 p.m.

Years of European and North American tours, five critically acclaimed albums, two Juno nominations and two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations...little wonder, the buzz around John Reischman and The Jaybirds continues to grow. Like the mandolinist at its helm, the group fashions a stylish, elegant take on bluegrass that is at once innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned, yet unselfconsciously new. To see their live show is to believe it. A genial blend of story-telling and side-show humor provides the backdrop to their studied performance of original songs, instrumentals, and newly arranged traditional material.

Hailing from the variegated ranks of the contemporary West Coast acoustic music scene, each of these 'birds has certainly earned his wings: the list of projects they have contributed to over the years is nothing less than a short list of acoustic power houses. Together, their seamless ensemble work makes for one of the freshest, most tasteful band-sounds on the folk and bluegrass circuit today.

As FolkWax says, John Reischman and the Jaybirds offer “clarity, energy, good ensemble work, classy originals, and an adventurous approach” to the world of bluegrass and folk music — along with engaging stage humour in powerful live shows. They are what SingOut! calls “ thoroughly professional ensemble with a rare ability to produce music that is simultaneously traditional and contemporary . . . the Jaybirds are a band that continues to hit on all cylinders.”




Sally Barris



“Sally Barris has a voice like sparkling crystal. You could have knocked me over with a feather the first time I heard her.  Her writing is from a deep, yet innocent, place and her point of view is just a bit off center. I am excited for her, she is standing at the beginning of her journey in this town, with all of it ahead of her. It reminds me of the first time I heard Beth Nielson-Chapman or Nanci Griffith. It’s going to be fun to watch.”

- Kathy Mattea

Saturday, May 14, at 8:00 p.m.

Sally Barris is an A-list Nashville songwriter who has had songs covered by such top-level artists as Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, and Lee Ann Womack. Her song “Let The Wind Chase You”, recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, received a Grammy nomination for vocal collaboration in 2009.

While her writing credits mightily impress, fans and peers are most captivated by her bright spirit and expressive mountain soprano.  Dirty Linen says “Barris knows how to write lyrics that are as forthright as a stream of clear water and how to support them with melodies that share that quality”.

When Sally is not touring solo, she is known as “Sister Waymore” in the power trio; The Waymores with Tom Kimmel and Don Henry.

In the last 3 years, the Minnesota native has performed Mountain Stage,  New Bedford Summer Fest,  The Wildflower Festival and The Kerrville Folk Festival. Sally is currently touring with her new cd “Wilder Girl”.






3 Leg Torso


"Daring, intelligent music!"

Lauren Ruth Wiener, Mongrel Music

Saturday, June 25, at 8:00 p.m.

Three Leg Torso formed in 1996 as a violin, cello and accordion trio that came together with the humble goals of creating a passionate and new sound for their instrumental trio and having fun. Fun was had early on with a number of street performances that the trio termed "Meestering". Over the following years the band expanded, the principal composers, founding members Béla Balogh (on violin and trumpet) and Courtney Von Drehle (on accordion) were joined by veteran percussionist-mallet player Gary Irvine, the fastidious mallets-percussion of Kyle MacLowry and the fiery upright bass player Michael Papillo. Their original repertoire evolved into a combination of Modern Chamber music, Tango, high energy Middle Eastern and Eastern European folk music, that, coupled with a cinematic sense of musical storytelling, bridged the worlds of serious art and popular culture. The group has been profiled on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and on Oregon Public Broadcasting's "Artbeat."

"3 Leg Torso is just about as creative as a group can get... music that is evocative, varied, non cliché"

Joe Natoli, Jan Press



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