Photo Courtesy of Sarah Ells Fish
I hope that we are always able to play at a farmers market the weekend before Halloween.
Playing for dancing dragons and dinosaurs and Alice in Wonderland and a tiny Elvis is an awful lot of fun.Thanks to the Woodstock Farmers Market for allowing us to join in the celebration, as well as to the other markets we had the great pleasure to play at: Oregon City, Hollywood, Kenton and Woodlawn.
We met an awful lot of great people and, of course, ate very well all summer.
Sunday's market was also especially fun because we were joined by Sarah Ells Fish and Dan Fish, of the Sunfish Duo. For the day, we were Free Range Sunfish. Those two bring a sparkle and new joy to the old time tunes they love, and it was a delight to play with them.
As we move inside for the rainy season, we'll be conscious of how lucky we are to live in a climate that produces amazing food and a culture that builds community around local agriculture. We'll do our best to keep that spirit alive until the sun shines again.
Free Range: Just for fun
Free Range is a musical duo that's out to make sure its audiences enjoy every song.
Drawing from bluegrass, country and folk traditions, they sing and play simple music that makes for great listening.
In short, their music is user friendly.
Free Range is two voices, accompanied by guitar, banjo and dobro. You'll recognize some of the tunes -- others will be new to you, but it's all engaging and entertaining. Their major musical influences are Doc Watson, Laurie Lewis, Mike Auldridge, Linda Rondstadt, Tim O'Brien and Gordon Lightfoot.
Look for Free Range at Portland area farmers markets and summer festivals, and think about them when you're looking for a small ensemble for your next event. We love performing for weddings, birthday parties and company picnics!
"Matt and Claire play incredibly well together and have a delightful sound! We can't wait to have their Bluegrass tunes back at the Vancouver Farmers Market." - Kate Reudink, Market Manager
"Thank you so much for your fantastic performance earlier today! My highest compliments. Your music was such a beautiful addition to our market". - Sara Wagstaff, Oregon City Farmers Market
We would love to hear from you. Give us a call at 503-830-3453!
This lovely little pub opened up in the year before Covid -- and we are so happy it survived. It's a combination of library, bookstore, a place to drink good brew and eat good food, a place to challenge yourself with trivia contests and lectures -- and a place to hear acoustic music. We hope you can join us and enjoy this little marvel on Fremont.
Check out the grange's website to see the great bluegrass shows scheduled every month during the winter. We are so happy to be included in this series!
Market music is back! Please support your local growers and vendors at this lovely mainstay of the Oregon City community!
Bluegrass at the Grange is back! And we'll be Free Range at the Grange on the Eighth of January!
The jam starts at 5 p.m., show starts at 7. Free Range will be sharing the stage with another Portland area bluegrass band, which will be terrific. Suggested donation is $10.
Sue and Bill Svendsen have created a beautiful community gathering space and arts center on the Long Beach Peninsula. They have kept the venue going through online activities through Covid, and recently have started in-person concerts outdoors. We are delighted to have the opportunity to play here, where we feel we've become part of the peninsula community through their on-line events. We hope to see you on Oct. 16th.
We are delighted that the markets have returned, and we will get to play at one. Oregon City's is terrific. Please join us there between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.