Saturday, July 25, 2015

Taborgrass starts up again on Saturday, September 12th - Mark your calendar!

Taborgrass starts its 2015-2016 season on Saturday, September 12th and will continue every Saturday and through the holidays until our graduation day on Saturday, May 21st.

The morning class will have its song and tune list as we've done every year.  This year for the first time, the afternoon class will also have a specific song and tune list that we will cover for the year.

This year I am very excited to be introducing what we will call  "The Jams" for now.  The Jams will go from 1pm to 2:30pm every Saturday and will be led by professional bluegrass musicians!  The Jams will be for students that have advanced from the morning and afternoon classes and want to continue to be part of our wonderful Taborgrass community.  These students will also be encouraged to hang out for the soup break at 2:30 and to help out with the afternoon class jams.

Starting lineups for this year's Taborgrass;

Morning Class

Boil Them Cabbage Down
You Are My Sunshine
Cripple Creek
Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Soldier's Joy
Bury Me Beneath The Willow
Old Joe Clark
I'll Fly Away
Angel Band
Red Haired Boy
Amazing Grace
St. Anne's Reel
Nine Pound Hammer
Cherokee Shuffle
Long Journey Home
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Old Home Place

Afternoon Class

Billy In The Lowground
Meet Me By The Moonlight
Blackberry Blossom
Wayfaring Stranger
Salt Creek
Shady Grove
Gold Rush
Ashes of Love
Clinch Mountain Backstop
Love Of The Mountains
Angeline The Baker
Keep On The Sunny Side
Over The Waterfall
Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
Bill Cheatum
Rose Of Old Kentucky
Dixie Hoedown
I Am A Pilgrim

Happy pickin everyone!  See you in the fall!


Monday, June 29, 2015

Annalisa Tornfelt's new Bluegrass band playing on Tuesday night! "Annalisa & The TornHearts" at The LaurelThirst

Annalisa Tornfelt's new Bluegrass band is playing The LaurelThirst this Tuesday( 6-8pm) filling in for the Jackstraw happy hour. It's going to be AWESOME!

"Annalisa & The TornHearts"
Tuesday 7/30 6-8pm
LaurelThirst Public House

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

House Concert with Evan Marshall and Brian Oberlin on Friday, May 29th

Tammy Spears from Taborgrass is hosting a house concert featuring mandolinists Evan Marshall and Brian Oberlin on Friday, May 29th.

Spears Residence
4050 SE Ankeny Street
(Laurelhurst neighborhood - near 41st and Ankeny)

Friday, May 29th

Potluck dinner from 5:30PM-7:30PM (BYO drinks)
Concert starts at 7:30PM

$15.00/person – Pay at door (cash please)

Via Email:  or  (503) 816-7399

Reserve your space NOW, as limited seating is available

For more info on the artists visit:

Monday, April 13, 2015

Canadian performers Pharis and Jason Romero come to the Portland Folk Society stage - with Mountain Honey (Greg Stone, Linda Leavitt and Dee Johnson) - this Friday night, April 17th!

Canadian performers Pharis and Jason Romero come to the Portland Folk Society stage. They’ve collected a basket full of Canadian national music awards for Traditional and Americana albums. Their hand-made instruments are among the finest in any country. Their songs and harmonies remind us of great folk duets, past and present. Radio airplay of their recordings seems constant – their songs are that good, whether in folk, bluegrass or old-time genres. 

If you enjoy the harmonies and stylings of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings then Jason and Pharis are the west-coast equivalent but with their unique vocal and instrumental twists. They will have a newly released album of their latest works available.

Opening the show is the Portland bluegrass trio, Mountain Honey. Greg Stone, Linda Leavitt and Dee Johnson all come from the Taborgrass bluegrass class experience. Greg founded Taborgrass, and all play and sing in several local bands.

Friday, April 17th at 7:30PM. 
Doors open at 7PM
St. David of Wales Episcopal Church
2800 SE Harrison Street in Portland
$20 General Admission | $17 PFS members
$10 ages 12-18 (Under 12 free)
Info: (503) 642-9100
Advance tickets available online

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Set lists for our Graduation Concert Friday, May 15th at 7:30pm

Here are the set lists for our Graduation Concert Friday, May 15th at 7:30pm.

Morning Class

  • Cripple Creek
  • Old Home Place in G
  • Red Haired Boy
  • I Saw The Light in G
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast 
  • Blackberry Blossom
  • Long Journey Home in A

Afternoon Class

  • Angeline The Baker
  • Bluebirds Singing in A
  • Gold Rush
  • Tennessee Waltz in G
  • Dixie Hoedown
  • Rose Of Old Kentucky in D

Tell your friends and family and encourage them to come!