Sunday, January 17, 2016

First Friday Open Mic Night at St. David's! Starts Friday, February 5th

Open Mic Night at St. David of Wales Church!

Join us the First Friday of each month for a night of music and fun in the Parish Hall, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, beginning Friday, February 5th.

Bluegrass, Old-time, country, swing and honky-tonk, all-acoustic.

Email Linda Leavitt at to sign up in advance or put your name in at the door. Each performer will have a chance to do two songs.

$10 suggested donation.

Saint David of Wales Episcopal Church
2800 SE Harrison Street
Portland, Oregon  97214

Friday, January 15, 2016

Taborgrass Guitar, Banjo & Songwriting Workshops with Dan Crary, Bill Evans & Steve Spurgin - Saturday, February 6

Taborgrass Guitar, Banjo & Songwriting Workshops
with Dan Crary, Bill Evans & Steve Spurgin

When: Saturday, February 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
How much: $40
Where: St. David’s Episcopal Church, 2800 SE Harrison Street, Portland, OR

IMPORTANT: Reservations for the workshops need to be made in advance. To register email Greg Stone at or call him at 971-207-3195.

Supercharge Your Flatpicking with Dan Crary (guitar)
Creating Your Own Bluegrass Banjo Solos with Bill Evans (banjo)
Songwriting: You Can Do It! with Steve Spurgin 

Supercharge Your Flatpicking: Everything You Need to Know in 90 Minutes: It’s easy to get caught up in the world of music instruction and be overwhelmed by all of the details. This workshop is Dan’s cut-to-the-chase 90 minutes where you’ll get right to the essentials, get unstuck and move ahead faster than you ever imagined. Dan is a musical legend, master of the guitar, a founder and pioneer of flatpicking and a stylist with an international reputation for innovation, taste & brilliance. Enjoy this rare opportunity to learn from one of the greats in this Portland workshop!

Creating Your Own Bluegrass Banjo Solos with Bill Evans: One of the greatest challenges for bluegrass banjo players at all levels is finding the melody on the fingerboard and choosing just the right rolls and licks to create their own legitimate sounding, driving bluegrass solos. Bill will show you how to find the melody notes and he’ll move on to show how roll choices can enhance the effectiveness of solos. Along the way, you’ll get exposed to many of the essential licks that come up again and again in Scruggs’ greatest solos. Bill is one of the best loved banjo instructors in the world who has taught thousands of players over the last thirty years through books, DVDs, workshops, camps and private and online lessons.

Songwriting: You Can Do It! With Steve Spurgin. Steve brings with him decades of experience as an award-winning (BMI, IBMA, Kerrville Folk Festival) songwriter and performer. His teaching resume includes The RockyGrass Academy, MerleFest, Steve Kaufman Acoustic Kamp, Walnut Valley Festival and numerous others. Learn from a former Nashville staff writer how to create impactful lyrics and moving melodies using simple insights from the obvious, and not-so-obvious, world around us. You'll come away inspired and ready to write.

Catch CES in concert on Friday, February 5 at Abbie’s Inner SE Portland house concert series and on Saturday, February 6 in Lake Oswego! Info at

Friday, January 8, 2016

Jim Hurst guitar workshop on Monday, January 25th

The amazing Jim Hurst is offering a guitar workshop at Clair Levine's home in Northeast Portland during the evening of Monday, January 25th.

Jim is a remarkable guitar player and a fabulous singer, and he is equally respected as a thoughtful, practical guitar instructor.

Here's a description of the class he's offering:

Melodies and Solos: 2.5 hours, hands-on instruction

Jim will demonstrate how to play melodies better with feeling and dynamics to raise the quality of playing. Playing the melody and understanding how to do so in different positions and keys are the cornerstones for most musicians looking to grow with quality. Hands-on guitar instruction. Attendees should know basic chords and some picking. Audio recording accepted for personal use only. No video recording allowed.

The workshop runs from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and costs $45.

Visit Jim's webpage: to learn more about him, his music and his approach to teaching.

Email Claire Levine at if you wish to register. 

Do not contact Taborgrass about this - email Claire directly.

We will limit attendance to 12, so please register soon if you expect to attend.  Feel free to pass this on to other guitar-playing friends who may be interested.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Sessions this Saturday, December 5th: Annie Staninec on fiddle and Tim Connell on mandolin

Leading the Sessions this Saturday, December 5th at Taborgrass will be Annie Staninec on fiddle and Tim Connell on mandolin.

They will also perform a couple of tunes for us at our 1pm sermon.

Please come join us!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Taborgrass Scholarship Fund

One of our students has generously contributed $400. to Taborgrass to establish a scholarship fund!  This means that Taborgrass now has a Taborgrass Scholarship Fund.

This fund will serve as a resource for students who need financial help in furthering their musical education. It will also serve as a safe place for others to make contributions to a good cause.

The Taborgrass Scholarship Fund needs to hear from you!  If you, or anyone you know, needs assistance, please let Greg know. If you know of an educational project that needs funding, let Greg know. Greg will also take your contributions at any time. He will also give periodic reports on the status of the fund.

I am so proud to be part of such a wonderful music community in Portland. Thank you anonymous donor! You rock!!