Square dancers, musicians and other fans of traditional Appalachian music have come together for the Portland Old Time Music Gathering for more than 20 years. This year’s gathering continues in a new virtual format.
The multi-day event is putting a special focus this year on the ways Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities have significantly influenced American roots music and continue to do so today.
The Gathering’s Quarantine Edition airs January 14-17 and features streaming concerts from acclaimed national musicians, acoustic instrument workshops, online jamming, song swaps, a Sunday Cabaret, kids’ programming and lots more. All events are open to the public and presented free of charge. Online donations will be gratefully accepted for performers, workshop leaders, and Bubbaville, the Portland nonprofit that hosts the Gathering each year.
2021 performers include Hubby Jenkins (of The Carolina Chocolate Drops), Houston’s Keyun & the Zydeco Masters, North Carolina fiddle and banjo player Paul Brown, Portland fiddle phenom Annie Staninec and others. Sunday, January 17, Tatiana Hargreaves and Jake Blount lead an online discussion on the Black and Indigenous roots of old time music.
All concerts will stream on Portland Old Time Music Gathering’s YouTube channel and Quarantine Happy Hour Facebook page. Workshops, jams and discussions take place via Zoom.
The details and full schedule with performer bios is all at bubbaguitar.com/gathering.