Artichoke Music Legacy Project

The Artichoke Music Legacy Project has been established in tribute to Bill Bulick’s significant contribution, his love of music and his generous support to emerging artists throughout his life. Donations are tax-deductible and will be used in support of new and emerging musicians and artists through Artichoke Community Music. An accomplished musician (Wildgeese) and former owner of historic music center, Artichoke Music, Bill was highly respected for his development of non-profit arts organizations in Portland, Oregon and across the United States.

Celebrate the life of Bill Bulick on Saturday, August 4 in the Atrium at the Reed Performing Arts Building at 11am, 3203 Southeast Woodstock Blvd, followed by a parade to the grounds and music. Participating artists include Michael Curry, Kate Power & Steve Einhorn, Darryl Grant, Gary Haggerty, and many more artists affected by Bill’s seminal work. All are invited to attend! Continue reading

Bill Bulick, Celebration of Life

Flute and whistle player from Wildgeese, Bill Bulick, died peacefully on March 15, 2018 after a ten-year struggle with Parkinson’s. An epic celebration of his deeply effective and wide-ranging life in the arts will be held at Reed College Performing Arts Building on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Vignettes, dances, performances, and videos of Bill’s life will revolve around special performances by celebrated Oregon artists befriended by Bill during their emergence into the local, national and world stage with his support for artistic work through grants, subsidies and personal support. Each artist will honor Bill’s memory in expressions of music, dance, QiGong, and puppetry. Music will be played freely among friends and musicians in a festive outdoor setting on the grounds to follow the tribute program inside the Performing Arts Center at 3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland at 11am. Practitioners of QiGong are invited early to practice in the beautiful windowed, shoeless dance room set aside for QiGong on the second floor in Bill’s honor. Elevators and ADA accessible.

Past Present Perfect

Kate and Steve will perform a set to include Paddy’s Lament at Tony Moylan’s tribute KAM concert in Kinvarra, County Galway, Ireland on May 28, 2017 – along with a host of very special guests. See the video here.

Kate originally learned Paddy’s Lament in 1983 from the “Purple Album” by Paul Brady and Andy Irvine while singing in Wildgeese. The traditional song stems from the immigration of the Irish to America during the Civil War from the perspective of the immigrant.

Paddy’s Lament – on just released Portland Romance, Kate Power & Steve Einhorn – and took the Livies Award for Vocal Cut of the Year 2017 from LiveIreland radio in Dublin, Ireland and lauded for revolutionizing the song.

Many thanks to House Party, Bill & Imelda’s weekly radio show, Chicago’s WCDB channel and LiveIreland in Dublin, Ireland.

Paddy’s Lament was recorded at Big Red Studio for the new album, Portland Romance – Kate Power & Steve Einhorn. A recent video can be viewed here.

Ready, Set – Wildgeese!

Sunday, March 1, 2015 is the official re-release of the rare 1983 Wildgeese “Celtic Music of the Northwest.” Produced by Míchéal O’Domhnaill, this remastered recording will be available for the first time in over thirty years. As of March 1, you can purchase and download your copy at CDBaby! Read all about it on the Wildgeese facebook and blog with us at to add your memories and describe this amazing time in Portland. If you were there, please follow our blog, like our page and help us spread the good news. If you weren’t, give yourself the gift of Wildgeese: Celtic Music of the Northwest reissue and join those who treasured this timeless recording and hear why. The good old days are here.  ~ Wildgeese

Wildgeese 1983 CD Re-Release

wildgeese_cover_300x300A spark in the life of music in Portland, Oregon has been found and fanned in the restoration of the 1983 recording, Wildgeese: Celtic Music of the Northwest, produced by Mícheál Ó Dohmnaill and engineered by Michael O’Rourke at Grass Roots studio. Band members of Wildgeese are faceted in the institutional history of Portland’s folk music scene and together created a buzz of evocative music, ecstatic dancing and a deep community that remains intact to this day.

We’d like to thank the folks who responded and contributed to the Wildgeese GoFundMe to  raise the funds needed to remaster the original recording and make it available – CD re-release date is set for February 1, 2015. You will be able to order the CD and downloads at

Sincere thanks go to Sunny Rossi, Mary Anne Hannibal, Caroline O’Brien, Al & Melissa Josephy, Mary Power-Hall, Steve Grimsrud, Kaye Exo, Gail Foster, Melany Berry, Anonymous, Ken & Lori Einhorn, Rob Einhorn, Edgar & Bobbie Einhorn, Jacqueline Magerl, Peggy O’Neill, Jane Keefer, Mira Leslie, Susan Power Dalton, Fred Shipley, Fay Malloy, Laurel Fichman, Deborah Medenbach, Gina Beinecke, and Jose Sponberg. Wildgeese thanks you for your generous support and contributions to make this release possible. We are deeply grateful.

Read more and follow us on the new Wildgeese blog for updates, lyrics, anecdotes and more! If you remember these days and musical moments in Portland, we invite you to contribute your comments, stories, pictures and music to this ‘live’ blog.

Thanks for visiting and reading about Wildgeese: Celtic Music of the Northwest and the unfolding adventure to re-release this beautiful recording. We hope you will join us!

Stay tuned…