Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Practice lists for Saturday, November 29th

Taborgrass WILL meet this weekend.

Here are the practice lists for Saturday, November 29th:

Morning Class
  • Liberty
  • I Saw The Light
  • Old Joe Clark
  • I'll Fly Away
  • Soldier's Joy
  • Bury Me Beneath The Willow
Afternoon Class
  • Dixie Hoedown
  • Long Journey Home
  • Cripple Creek
  • Lamplighting Time In The Valley
  • Gold Rush
  • Fisher's Hornpipe

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fern Hill Bluegrass Band in Concert at Taborgrass this coming Saturday! 11:30AM

Please plan on being at Taborgrass  by 11:30AM this Saturday, November 22nd.

We are honored to have one of the Northwest’s premier traditional bluegrass bands Fern Hill coming to Taborgrass to perform an instructional concert. The concert will start at 11:30am in the Parish Hall.


Fern Hill approaches its bluegrass music in the style of the classic bands of the 1950's. This special attention to detail results in an instantly identifiable rhythmic sound that both devotees and newcomers to the music will love. Fern Hill has a lot of fun playing this music and we know you'll have fun too!
  • Paul Smith,  the lead singer and rhythm guitar player for Fern Hill. He can sing all the harmony parts from tenor to bass. Paul has been playing this music since his childhood days in Kansas. Paul is also an accomplished bass player and handles most of the booking for the band. 
  • Rollie Champe is the tenor/lead singer and mandolin player for the band. Rollie, who also plays guitar and bass, has played in many well known bands from Oregon to South Carolina. Rollie has a classic bluegrass tenor voice and contributes to any harmony part. 
  • Mike Eisler is the fiddle player and harmony singer for Fern Hill. A Veteran multi-instrumentalist for many well know west coast bands. Mike has a recent original instrumental project recorded called "Lost Tribe". Mike's nickname is "Crazy Fiddle" and you'll soon know why!
  • Steve Bond is Fern Hill's bass player and, as you would expect, plays a big accoustic upright bass. Steve, also a veteran of several well known Oregon bands, rounds out many of the trios with his stratospheric and high baritone singing.
  • John Van Brocklin plays the 5 string banjo for Fern Hill. Known for his strong, straight ahead, classic style, John pushes the band's sound along like a locomotive. John also contributes to the vocals. 


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wedding Buster Jam at the Railway Heritage Center

Here's a pic from the Wedding Buster Jam we had on Sunday, November 16th at the Railway Heritage Museum. It was great fun and we hope to do it again. It's an amazing place for train songs!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Practice Lists for for Saturday, November 22nd

Here are the practice lists for Saturday, November 22nd:

Morning Class


  • Liberty (new)
  • I Saw The Light
  • Old Joe Clark
  • I'll Fly Away
  • Soldier's Joy
  • Bury Me Beneath The Willow

Afternoon Class


  • Dixie Hoedown
  • Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  • Soldier's Joy
  • Bluebirds Are Singing For Me
  • Angeline The Baker
  • Fisher's Hornpipe (new for 3rd year players)


Find Fisher's Hornpipe on the Music page.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Vocal Workshop This Saturday, November 15th at 11:30AM

Linda Leavitt will conduct a vocal workshop this coming Saturday, November 15th starting at 11:30AM in the Parish Hall. Be there!