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 http://wildgeesepdx1983.wordpress.com 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 have treasured this timeless recording and find out why. The good old days are here!  ~ Wildgeese

Oregon Music News journalist, Tom D’Antoni wrote us last month to find out when we’re coming home and to ask “Where’s the parade going to be?” Here’s the answer.
Piano Room


Wildgeese_portrait_1983Wildgeese: Celtic Music of the Northwest! Re-issue of 1983 recording is almost ready! Check it out at GoFundMe here

See and read more about it on the new Wildgeese blog!

A great gift for someone you’d love to help get past first strum and onto a home run to stylish playing on ukulele…
Web_Ukemobile by Steve Einhorn©2013UKULELE DOJO with Kate Power & Steve Einhorn
All Day Uke for Intermediate Players!
Saturday, 2/28/2015
10AM to 4PM $60, Lunch Included
Contact & Reservations to Nancy Chesler at vnches@me.com
(Easy access west side home setting)

UKULELE DOJO, Portland OR – Are first-position doldrums setting in? Are you ready to get past first base on the ukulele? Do you want your uke to accompany your singing with style? Do you want to go somewhere new on your fingerboard?

Bust out from simple strumming and move into fingerpicking patterns and rhythms that move with feeling. Take a day with Kate & Steve to learn simple ways to grow your personal uke style. Learn how to find the right key and transpose easily.

The left hand will blaze a new trail up the fingerboard as the right hand works the strings in simple intervals to move with the melody.
Kate & Steve teach uke with tunes and lyrics so be ready to sing and play! Learn how to play well with others and the secret to bringing songs and tunes to life. Kate & Steve will draw from a broad range of music to demonstrate techniques that can be applied across styles. Handouts provided. Recording devices encouraged.

This workshop is appropriate for advanced beginners to intermediate players who are comfortable with first position chords and strumming. Basic picking ability is helpful but not required. Ukulele lovers will come away with skills that enhance solo, duet and ensemble playing.

Collectively, Kate and Steve have boiled more than a hundred years down to a musical roux that offers tasty learning no matter what the mix. Co-creators of the Ukalaliens Songbook and several Homespun DVD’s, find out more about Kate & Steve at http://www.qualityfolk.com.

Song samples we may teach from include:
Somebody Stole My Gal
Jug Band Music
Coney Island Washboard
San Francisco Bay Blue
Hesitation Blues
Blue Moon
City of New Orleans
Peace Call
The Water is Wide
Jamaica Farewell
Under the Moon

OLIVE&POPCopyWith deep thanks, we wish you a season filled with blessings and love; family, friends, community and music! May you have all you need and need all that you have. We’ll be home in Portland after the new year. We look forward to the times ahead and being with you in  music, heart and soul. ~ Kate & Steve

Upcoming Concerts & Workshops for your calendar…
Wish you could play the ukulele? Kate & Steve are available to provide their popular Ukalaliens Workshop: Beginning Uke for Absolute Beginners in libraries, homes, schools and community settings. We provide 30 ukes to share and teach how to play and sing with uke in less than 1 hour! Call 503-331-1994 or email to folks@qualityfolk.com for more information or book a date.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 – Dusty Strings Open House Concert – Kate & Steve at 7PM (following Arthur Migliazza with Peter Spencer and followed by The Canote Brothers!) FREE admission and homemade cookies.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 – Opening and backup for Tom Paxton at The Triple Door, 216 Union St, Seattle WA. Tickets available now. Doors at 6:00PM, 7:30PM Show. All ages welcome with adult.

Friday, January 16, 2015 – Opening and backup for Tom Paxton at The Alberta Rose, 3000 Alberta St, Portland OR. Tickets available now. Doors at 6:30PM, 7:30PM Show. All ages welcome with adult.

Saturday, January 31, 2015 – Winterfolk Concert at Aladdin Theatre, 3017 Milwaukie Ave, Portland OR to benefit The Sisters of the Road. Lineup includes Bryan Bowers, Kate Power & Steve Einhorn, Avery Hill and many more! Emceed by River City Folk host, Tom May. Tickets at Music Millenium.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 – Ukulele Dojo! All Day Ukulele Workshop with Steve Einhorn & Kate Power. 10AM-4PM. $60 (lunch included). Private home in Portland. For reservations contact Nancy at vnches@me.com. Limited seating. Intermediate players.

Saturday, April 4, 2015 – Double bill with The Quiet American in House Concert at Abbie Weissenbloom’s in southeast Portland OR. Reserve seats here or email to abbiew@froggie.com. $15 suggested donation. 6:30 Potluck, 7:30 Show

Saturday, April 25, 2015 – House Concert in Hood River at Paul & Kristen’s at 401 Montello. Reservations by calling 541-387-4011 or email to paul@speedfish.com. 7PM Show.

_20140607_29126_KATE AND STEVEKate & Steve are coming to Portland on October 17 to play for the Portland Folklore Society in a double bill with Sarah McQuaid at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church , 2800 SE Harrison Street, Portland 97214. (A church is located at the same address in Milwaukie, which confuses some GPS units. Use the zipcode.)

St. David is located just east of the Ladd’s Addition neighborhood. Harrison Street is midway between Hawthorne and Division. There is limited free parking in the church parking lot and additional on-street parking in the immediate neighborhood. All concerts are smoke-free; a handicapped-accessible entrance is available.

Concert at 7:30 pm; doors open at 7 pm. Tickets: $20 General Admission, $17 PFS Members, $10 ages 12-18 (under 12 free)

Dear Friends,
Here’s a little photo essay I prepared to tell the story of my junk art for you to explore. It continues to be a great adventure. There are several pieces now on display in the “First Light” gallery at the new Bainbridge Island Museum of Art from now until mid-September; free admission, seven days a week. It’s a short ferry ride from Seattle and the museum features indigenous art. I welcome your comments and look forward to sharing more with you as the story continues to unfold. All the best, Steve
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Ukelimba…The Story

My “go to” uke is a Kala “C-tuned, low G” cutaway baritone that arrived at my doorstep in a box filled with broken ukes sent to me by Kala a few years ago. It was broken into three or four pieces, and all the electronics had been ripped out, leaving gaping holes. It was a mess!

With a little super glue, some minor repair work and a new set of strings, the playability and tone of that instrument surpassed a variety of more expensive instruments at hand, lending credence to the old saw; “It’s the magician, not the wand.”

“Guns for Ukes” and “Ukes Without Borders” grew into slogans from our “Johnny Appleseed” tour as Ukalaliens (2009-2012). Kala Brand Ukulele Co. generously supplied us with most of the artillery (aka ukuleles) necessary to help spread the gospel of the uke; a natural outcrop of the “Ukulele Convergence” we held at Artichoke Music in Portland, Oregon back in 2001. That event inspired us to write the “Ukalaliens Songbook” and to dedicate some time, travel and teaching to the conversion of non-musicians to the joys of making music after we sold the store and hit the road.

Here’s how it all began…
While running my music shop, Artichoke Music in Portland, Oregon (1981-2007), a few encounters instigated what has become my passion for reshaping found materials into unique musical instruments.
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I met a retired school teacher from Montana who sold me a very playable and nice sounding guitar and banjo he had made using corrugated cardboard for the bodies and scrap pine lumber for the necks and a little bit of interior bracing.

Crispin's Guitar

Crispin’s Guitar

In 2003, I traded a store-bought guitar to a boy, Crispin Mungure from Zimbabwe, for a guitar he built from an old hollowed out plank of wood and a flattened vegetable oil can for the body and neck and stripped bicycle brake cables for strings. Crispin wrote and played beautiful songs on his home made guitar in his village and in coffeehouses in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Web_Scrap Uke_Steve Einhorn©2013My “Ukelimbas” are all made from “scrap” ukes that Kala sent me over the past few years; and “found” objects, including street sweeper brush bristles, that I pick up on my long walks in Olympia, Seattle, New York City, Brooklyn, or wherever I happen to be walking. It’s rare that I pass by a piece of hardware that I see in the street without picking it up. (Hey, there’s music hidden in that hand-fashioned junk!)

Steve Einhorn's knolling table

Steve Einhorn’s knolling table

The only “store-bought” material I’ve used in the construction of my Ukelimbas is 5-Minute Epoxy and Super Glue to repair any cracks or loose braces. Some bracing is impossible to access by hand so there is some buzzing and other rogue vibrations that “enhance” the sound of the vibrating metal keys.
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“And they shall beat their swords into plowshares … and their guns into ukuleles”
What if we all “lay down our swords and shields, down by the riverside” – picked up our ukuleles and played a song together … and what if we re-purposed all our guns into ukuleles? Wouldn’t the world be a better place?

UKALALIENS_cover3.inddBack in 2009, under the moniker of The Ukalaliens, and with the sole purpose to put ukes in the hands and songs in the mouths of as many people as we could find, my wife and music partner, Kate Power and I hit the road with two dozen Kala Travel Tenor Ukuleles in tow. Our tour route took us around the country across thousands of miles and the response was stupendous! The look of surprise and delight as people played their first chords was worth more than gold – it was a life changer.

Being peace-loving music makers, the Ukalaliens dreamed up a new program we announced to concert audiences; “Guns for Ukes” and “Ukes Without Borders” became slogans to promote peace through music and art. “Trade us your gun and we will give you a ukulele in exchange and teach you to use it …and while we’re at it, let’s turn that gun into a uke.

Peace Piece by Steve Einhorn ©2013

Peace Piece by Steve Einhorn ©2013

The gun came in. It was an old Mossberg .22 rifle traded to me by Ann, an Eastern Oregon big-game hunter, for a nice Kala tenor uke. Steve filleted the rifle stock and cut the rest into several pieces and rebuilt it into the “Peace Piece”; an electric lap-steel ukulele – to which a scrapped Kala fingerboard was added.

A bit of irony: I grew up in the suburban town of Teaneck, New Jersey, where on a designated Saturday every Spring, all residents would remove “junk” from the attic and basement and put it in big piles by the curbside for pick up. If we got out early enough, my friends and I would go collect treasures from the neighbor’s piles. The first thing I found and brought home was an old Springfield military rifle. Of course, I showed it to my dad, who marched me back to return it to the pile it came from. After that, it was old tube radios and loudspeakers torn out of big wooden consoles … from guns to music!

Shapeshifting Art

The words “Recycling” and “Re-Purposing” have become key words in pop culture. What do these words mean? One organization that is doing some monumental work in that vein is LandFillArt.org: An Artist Reclamation Project. The earth has limited resources to draw from. Music, art and new compositions await creation and recreation with discarded materials and a little imagination.

Remember that uke that you ran over on your way to the gig? You didn’t throw it away, did you?

BIMApackardThree of Steve’s playable music sculptures are currently on exhibit at the recently opened Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, a short ferry ride from Seattle in Bainbridge, Washington. The inaugural exhibit runs from mid-June to mid-September 2013;Web_51Pontiac_Banner_Steve Einhorn©2013 and others will be shown at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA in September 2014 in the “Hubcap as Art” exhibit (click for YouTube of Steve wth resonator hubcap guitar).
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More information on Steve Einhorn art is available by email to steve@qualityfolk.com or visit http://www.qualityfolk.com.

About Us
Steve Einhorn and Kate Power are Quality Folk; Pacific Northwest artists dedicated to promoting peace, community and sustainability through art, music, writing, performance art and collaborative action. The original concept, design and name of the “Ukelimba” ©2011 is the original creation of Steve Einhorn and may not be reproduced without explicit permission. All Rights Reserved. Co-creators of the Ukalaliens, Ukes Without Borders, Kate & Steve have converted countless new ukulele players in the world and are dedicated to spreading goodwill through the arts. Steve & Kate reside in Seattle, Washington. We welcome your comments and thank you for sharing us with your friends.

Press Release
Publish Date: July 10, 2013

Ukulele+Kalimba = UKELIMBA
Kala is Giving Ukuleles with Broken Necks a New Life!

Petaluma, CA
July 10th, 2013

The new Kala Ukelimba is the creation of musician/artist extraordinaire Steve Einhorn, who while tinkering with some broken Kala Ukes and various items collected on long walks created the first Ukelimba. The result is a resonant and lovely sounding instrument in the Key of C that goes perfectly with the ukulele.

The Ukelimba came to life in a very organic fashion. Einhorn explains, “My “Ukelimbas” are all made from broken ukes that Kala has sent me over the past few years; and found objects, including street sweeper brush bristles, that I pick up on my long walks in Olympia, Seattle, New York City, Brooklyn, or wherever I happen to be walking. The only store-bought material I’ve used in the construction of my Ukelimbas is 5-Minute Epoxy and Super Glue to repair any cracks or loose braces. Some bracing is impossible to access by hand so there is some buzzing and other rogue vibrations that “enhance” the sound of the vibrating metal keys.”

Web_Ukelimba Tangs_Steve Einhorn©2013Some of Einhorn’s first Ukelimbas are on display at Kala’s headquarters. “Everyone who sees them, loves them and wants to play them,” stated Mike Upton. “Once people start to play them it is hard to get them back. It is a very addictive percussive instrument that anyone can play. This makes it a great instrument to have during a jam session. It is very easy for anyone to play and no matter what you play on the Ukelimba it sounds great!”

Kala has begun making a limited number of Ukelimbas, which will be the first available to the public. Models will include soprano, Concert and Tenor sizes including versions with pickups and custom
One of a kind pieces. The Ukelimbas are hand-made at Kala’s California industrial workshop, and are available at KalaGear.com.

Click here to check out current available Ukelimbas at Kala.

About Steve Einhorn:
STEVE EINHORN is an artist and a lifetime musician with a deep understanding of the relationship between the story and the song. Hands-on, he has been making music from an early age in the 60’s in New York City to Boston and then to Portland and the Great Northwest since 1978. Einhorn, along with Kate Power, was inspired to create the Ukalaliens method for teaching people to play and sing. Steve & Kate have brought their fun method along with a trunk full of dozens of Kala ukuleles to teach the uninitiated how to enjoy the ukulele. http://www.qualityfolk.com

About Kala Brand Music Co.
KALA BRAND MUSIC is the result of an ever-expanding vision of quality, affordable instruments. With over 150 models currently offered, there is an instrument to fit everyone’s tastes and budget.

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