The Band

cropped-wildgeese_portrait_1983.jpgStanding left to right: Randal Bays, Kate Power, Bill Bulick, Jim Chapman
Front: Barry Crannell

wildgeese-logo41.jpgRandal 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.

wildgeese-logo41.jpgKate 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 continues her long career with her music and soul mate, Steve Einhorn in duo, and as members of The Portlanders, a popular local folk band. During their many years as owners of Artichoke Music in Portland, Kate & Steve were featured guests on A Prairie Home Companion, won the Music2Life Grand Prize for “songs that make a difference” (Travis John, 2006) and shared stages with folk luminaries like Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton and countless others. Kate & Steve have introduced uke playing and singing to thousands of new players around the country and the world with their friendly Ukalaliens® Songbook. Artists, creatives, producers and teachers with an ongoing interest in building community through music and the arts, Kate and Steve reside in their adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon.

wildgeese-logo41.jpgBill Bulick   ~   flutes & whistles
July 2, 1952 – March 15, 2018

In 1983 ~ Bill was involved in the Irish music scene in Portland from the start, having played in several bands including The Lost Arts Quartet, Na Ceoltori and Jacky Tar. Bill co-owned Artichoke Music with his wife and partner, Carol McIntosh, and produced a highly acclaimed series of folk concerts in Portland for several years bringing many of Europe’s finest traditional musicians to the Portland public. Bill and Carol spent two years in Ireland (76-78) where they served as house staff for a benevolent employer both in Ireland and France, during which time Bill studied and played with many great traditional musicians.

In 2015 ~ Bill Bulick left an impeccable legacy and brought countless emerging performance artists, dancers and musicians to the regional, national and international forefront during a stellar 30-year career in cultural and community development. Bill was 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.
After ten years of meeting the challenges of advanced Parkinson’s disease, Bill succumbed while surrounded by his loving family on March 15, 2018.
We will miss you, Bill.

wildgeese-logo41.jpgJim 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.wildgeese-logo41.jpgBarry 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.

Original woodblock graphic by Carol McIntosh ©1983

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