31st Annual WINTERFOLK - Benefit for JOIN PDX
Feb 2, 2019 at 7:00 PM
21+ Show
Doors open at 6:00

$30 Advance
$32 Day of Show

A fantastic lineup of folk singer-songwriters join together to raise money for JOIN PDX.

Winterfolk, Portland, Oregon’s largest annual folk music event, a benefit for JOIN, is celebrating its 31st Anniversary.
“Winterfolk” is one of those rare expressions of giving which brings disparate parts of our area together, in the common celebration of music and caring- and a sure knowledge that every dollar raised at the door goes to the folks it is intended to help.

JOIN is an organization pledged to assist folks find and maintain housing, throughout the Portland metro area.

Performers include:
Josephine County (feat. Hanz Araki & Colleen Raney)
Mary Flower
The Portlanders (feat. Kate Power & Steve Einhorn)
Kim Stafford
Richard Colombo and Laurie Linn
Tom May & Friends
Ticket sales ended Feb 2, 2019 6:00 PM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
Josephine County combines the talents of four powerful traditional musicians into one exceptional musical experience ranging from the United States to Ireland and back. Award-winning fiddler and singer Erica Brown dedicated herself to traditional music at a very young age. Classical, French Canadian, Bluegrass, Country, and much more can be found in her wide-range of musical expertise. Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Shipman’s love of traditional music is apparent in his mastery of Bluegrass, Country, and Irish styles of playing. His detailed and thoughtful guitar, mandolin, and banjo playing captivate and delight audiences nationwide. Traditional Irish flute player and singer Hanz Araki is known worldwide for his fresh and innovative approach. His musical sensibility is both inspired and disciplined and has made him a household name from the UK to Japan. Among the finest interpreters of traditional songs of her generation, singer Colleen Raney brings warmth and authenticity to music from Ireland, Appalachia, Scotland, and beyond. more >>>
The Portlanders | 7:00 PM
Folk supergroup and songwriting multi-instrumentalists, The Portlanders are Kate Power, Steve Einhorn, Mick Doherty and Kevin Shay Johnson - four lead Oregon folk musicians who between them have four decades of friendship and collectively two hundred years in music. The Portlanders stir the hearts and spirits of their listeners with beautiful vocals, instrumentals and harmony arrangements in an urban folk blend with original, traditional, world and contemporary influences.

Instrumentation includes Kate Power on Vocals, 5-string Banjo, dadgad Guitar, Lili'U Tenor Uke, Baritone Uke, Bodhran, Bones - Steve Einhorn on Vocals, Guitar, Tenor and Baritone Uke - Mick Doherty on Vocals, Upright Bass, Hammer Dulcimer - Kevin Shay Johnson on Vocals, Guitar and Harmonica. more >>>
Woodlander | 7:00 PM
Woodlander is a trio of musicians who have played together since the 1970s in a popular Northwest rock/country/bluegrass band called Wheatfield, which was recently inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. As an acoustic Americana trio, we perform on a variety of instruments, with a strong tilt towards original songs and a well-developed talent for entertaining our audiences.

Woodlander consists of Kerry Canfield on upright bass and accordion, Paul Douglas on guitar, fiddle and harmonica, and Will Hobbs on guitar, mandolin, harmonica and flute. All three write, and Will has several local and national songwriting and lyric competition wins to his credit. With three singers and multi-instrumentalists, you can expect many three part harmonies, along with various combinations of instrumentation and musical influences.

Our CD, Oregon Routes, is self-produced and self-engineered, and we performed and sang all parts: between us, we played 15 different instruments, sang all of the harmonies, and wrote all but one of the songs. more >>>
Kim Stafford | 7:00 PM
Kim Stafford is Oregon's Poet Laureate, a prolific writer and emotional truth teller. His poems about homelessness vividly paint a picture of the reason "Winterfolk" exists" We are honored to have this nationally renowned poet read some of his work at this year's "Winterfolk". more >>>
Richard Colombo's music is a celebration of the possible and a reflection on the beauty of life, even in troubled times. He is joined by longtime
singing partner, Laurie Lynn. For years, Richard directed the programs and concerts at Artichoke Music- and remains committed to this "music that makes a difference" more >>>
Mary Flower | 7:00 PM
Mary Flower is a world-class guitarist and lap slide player who swings the blues. In the atmosphere where Mary operates, she’s recognized as one of the pre-eminent fingerstyle guitarists who continue in the rich acoustic blues tradition. Picking a few of her jaw-dropping instrumentals, sliding on her perfectly controlled lap slide, she comes by her music naturally, like a walk in the park. Add a rich voice to the virtuoso picking and you can step into the present state of ragtime, blues and singular acoustic string music.

With nine albums to her name, this Yellow Dog Records recording artist has earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike for her instrumental skill - a mastery of the Piedmont blues style that takes most players a lifetime to hone - for which Flower is most celebrated.

Her performances around the world include Merlefest, Prairie Home Companion and the Winnipeg Folk Festival to name a few. A seasoned teacher, Mary has been on staff at many guitar workshops including Fur Peace Ranch, Centrum Blues Festival and Swannanoa Gathering.

2008 and 2012 Blues Music Award Nominee
2000 and 2002 Finalist at National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship
2011 Muddy Award Recipient from Cascade Blues Assn. for "Acoustic Guitar"

“A world class fingerstyle guitarist and lap slide player”. Downbeat Magazine

“There are few musicians in the genre bringing as much creative spark and low-key mojo to this century-old music…”
Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“Marries acoustic blues with touches of ragtime, folk, and jazz… the interplay is always interesting, often provocative, and sometimes breathtaking.”
Living Blues more >>>
"Winterfolk" founder and director Tom May will be joined by longtime bassist and singer Donny Wright, and also by dobro/banjo player extraordinare Matt Snook, as well as Grammy award winning guitarist Doug Smith.
Writing and playing his own music, and eloquently interpreting the songs of others; sharing through his music history, romance,and his travels with folks throughout the U.S., Canada and overseas in concert halls and clubs; hosting and performing weekly on the national radio/TV program River City Folk--that is just a glimpse at Tom May’s 44 years as a professional folksinger. more >>>
JOIN PDX | 7:00 PM
JOIN is an organization pledged to assist folks find and maintain housing, throughout the Portland metro area. They also provide a day center that supplies mail service and a variety of other essential services to those without a stable address who are striving to establish housing security in our competitive, expensive market. more >>>