Tickets for the cancelled Dirty Cello can be redeamed at the door at any of the next three shows.  Be sure to make a reservation for the show you are going to attend.





 

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.

http://www.qualityfolk.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/qualityfolkers

 

 

 

Saturday, March 5, at 8:00

Konrad Wert, known as Possessed by Paul James since 2005, (born JKonrad Wert, known as Possessed by Paul James since 2005, (born July 26, 1976), is an American folk singer, songwriter and musician from Lee County, Florida. His music is composed of string instruments including banjo, guitar and fiddle with written roots within folk, blues and punk. Raised within a small Mennonite Community among pacifists, service workers and transplants. He graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 2001 with a degree in liberal arts with various minors.[3] He is currently living in Boerne, Texas with his wife and sons meeting the music demand by touring, sales on line etc. He is also a special education teacher at Curington Elementary School in Boerne, Texas. [3]Possessed by Paul James has starred in The Folk Singer, a film by Slowboat Films in 2008 while in circulation internationally. He has toured with Frank Turner of Epitaph Records, Chuck Ragan of Side One Dummy, Jon Snodgrass and Chad Price Suburban Home Records, Jim Ward and others via The Revival Tour in 2009.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjKwcDKe988 

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 Billboard.com. 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.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtEFXm7eobg

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.”

http://www.thejaybirds.com

 

 

 

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”.

 

http://www.sallybarris.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo5pkKqIYwg

 

 

 

 

 

3 Leg Torso

 

"Daring, intelligent music!"

Lauren Ruth Wiener, Mongrel Music

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uksY4DCdB8k


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

http://www.3legtorso.com/Index.htm

 

 

 

 

Gideon Freudmann

 

http://www.cellobop.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xduZ49wRko

"Taking a modern artist's approach to the four-stringed instrument, Gideon Freudmann has brought the cello to a new realm. His latest album is a dreamy, cinematic tour-de-force!"- The Boston Globe

"Freudmann sounds like nothing less than a cutting-edge, avant-garde musician, whose genre-bending exploits combine aspects of performance art, new-classical, psychedelia and comedy, a sort of cross between Kronos Quartet and Leo Kottke." - Berkshire Eagle

"Gideon is sharp, witty, prolific, talented... A cross between Woody Allen, Frank Zappa, and a touch of Peter Schikele" - Maine Public Radio

"From first note to (deep breath) last, this CD is a treasure. Chock full of beautiful, infectious melodies and jaw-dropping musicianship, it never grows tiresome. If I had to choose just one CD to listen to for the rest of my life, it would be this one.A Masterpiece" - Margaret Nelson on BROQUE: Ghost in the Attic

"Truly a musical innovator, cellist Gideon Freudmann is a musician with a tremendously creative, genre-bending outlook toward his compositions... Part classical, part Beatle-esque pop, part pickin' and grinnin'." - The Valley Advocate

Saturday, July 23, at 8:00 p.m.

 

Gideon Freudmann, cellist and composer, has been on the forefront of that instrument's modern creative expansion for more than 30 years.

In the early 1980s, Gideon's formal education at the University of Connecticut laid a solid classical foundation for what has become a diverse soundscape encompassing a wide range of musical genres.

Gideon first came to the public's attention as one half of 'Holiday Clocks’, a raucous cello, guitar and vocal duo playing original and traditional folk tunes. After establishing a fan base in its home town of Storrs, CT, the duo made its way first to Boston, then to the Pioneer Valley, where they soon became local favorites at the Iron Horse Music Hall, among other local venues.

After debuting their first LP, 'Holiday Clocks’, and recording a follow up (More Batteries), the act disbanded, and Gideon moved on to release a series of cassette albums. He also recorded his first solo CD, "Fellini's Martini with a four-piece band (The Frog Project). ". At the same time, Gideon became a mentor and tutor, helping to train other cellists and introducing children to the instrument as a touring member of the Young Audiences network.

During the early 1990s Gideon continued developing his repertoire through both, solo and collaborative work (including co-founding the duo BROQUE, providing live accompaniment to dance troups, and many other engagements. Among the many innovative musical avenues he followed was to adopt the electric cello to craft the sound for which he is most known today. Using foot-operated effect pedals, he took his live performances into new territories of looping, soaring, multi-layered compositions and improvisations.

His East Coast success established, Gideon moved to Portland, Oregon in the mid-2000s where he is a founding member of the Portland Cello Project and the band Caravan Gogh. He has also branched into live soundtrack accompaniment to silent films.

 

 

 

 

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