Randal Bays ~ fiddle
In 1983 ~ Recognized as one of the finest traditional fiddlers in the Northwest, Randal has played with the groups Portland Fancy and Jacky Tar and was also instrumental in forming the Portland Ceili Club, which sponsors monthly dances, classes and workshops. Randal played guitar in various folk groups as a teenager before devoting himself to a serious study of classical guitar. He played and taught for several years and started getting back into folk music after moving to Portland from southern Oregon in 1976.
In 2015 ~ Randal Bays is widely recognized as a master of that complex and ancient art, in particular the fiddle styles of rural western Ireland. Fiddler Magazine has deemed him as “among the best Irish style fiddlers of his generation.” He has toured in the U.S., Europe and Canada, and is a highly respected as a teacher of Irish fiddle. www.randalbays.com
Kate Power ~ vocals, guitar, harmonium, percussion, 5-string banjo
In 1983 ~ Kate was born in Boston in a large Irish-American family. She was exposed to a wealth of traditional music throughout her childhood and began singing and composing songs early on. From the mid-1960’s, before moving to Oregon in 1977, Kate was very active in the folk scene back East through her involvement with Pete Seeger’s “Sloop Clearwater” project and solo appearances at concerts, festivals and coffeehouses.
In 2015 ~ Kate Power tours with her music and soul mate, Steve Einhorn. During their many years as owners of Artichoke Music in Portland, Kate & Steve were featured on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, won the Music2Life Grand Prize for “songs that make a difference” (Travis John, 2006) and have shared stages with folk luminaries like Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton. Kate & Steve have taught Ukes Without Borders to new players around the country with their friendly Ukalaliens® Songbook (Hal Leonard). They are artists, creatives, producers and publishers with an ongoing interest in building community through music and the arts. Kate and Steve reside in Portland, Oregon. www.qualityfolk.com
Bill Bulick ~ flutes & whistles
In 1983 ~ Bill has been involved in the Irish music scene in Portland almost from the start, having played in several bands including The Lost Arts Quartet, Na Ceoltori and Jacky Tar. As part owner of Artichoke Music, Bill has produced a highly acclaimed series of folk concerts in Portland for several years bringing many of Europe’s finest traditional musicians to the public. Bill spent two years in Ireland (76-78) where he studied and played with many great traditional musicians.
In 2015 ~ Bill Bulick has had a stellar, 30 year career in cultural and community development as founding Program Director of Pioneer Courthouse Square, Director of the Metropolitan Arts Commission, founding Director of the Regional Arts and Culture Council, board member and Treasurer of Americans for the Arts, chair of several National Endowment for the Arts panels, President of the U.S. Urban Arts Federation, and as a cultural planning and development consultant to over twenty communities across North America. In 2012, Bill was honored by the U.S. Urban Arts Federation and Americans for the Arts as the recipient of the Ray Hanley Innovation Award. Given annually since 2007, the award recognizes one outstanding individual’s career spanning contribution to arts and culture in American cities.
Jim Chapman ~ whistles, bouzouki, harmonium
1983 ~ Jim brought a wealth of experience on whistles, bouzouki, mandolin and keyboards. While living in Corvallis in the late ’70’s, he was actively involved in the Corvallis Folklore Society and a member of the band Euphonia. In 1980 Jim moved to Seattle and helped form the popular folk band Copperfield. His strong interest in Irish music brought him back to Oregon in 1982 where he was a welcome member of Wildgeese, and later joined The Strayaways.
In 2015 ~ Jim Chapman continues to play and record and is a sought after musician in select studio and session settings in Portland and around the Pacific Northwest. He grew up playing piano and has been playing Irish music for over twenty years. Jim has been a longstanding member of the Irish music scene in the Pacific Northwest and plays bouzouki, tin whistle and keyboards. He has played on radio, stage, and television, and was a featured soloist with the symphony orchestra. He still performs in and around Portland where he also resides.Barry Crannell ~ guitar, mandolin
In 1983 ~ Formerly a member of a well known Eugene band, In Cahoots, Barry’s background includes many prizes won at folk festivals and competitions all over the West Coast for his guitar mandolin and banjo playing. While in Eugene, Barry taught music and was involved in a number of different folk groups. Barry was also the Eugene regional Pente champion and has appeared on the “Gong Show.” He won.
In 2015 ~ Barry Crannell has mentored countless players at the popular Puget Sound Guitar Workshop with his keen guitar and melodic clawhammer banjo skills. He has written, produced and recorded songs and albums with his music and life partner, Julianna Waters. www.heartandhammer.com