PFS Concerts now booking for 2018-2019

Please notice that the PFS concert venue changes in March. The venue is listed for each concert below.

Doors open at 7:00, concert starts at 7:30.

Friday, February 16: Shanghaied on the Willamette and Bilgerats & Pyrettes

Welcome Aboard!

ship I soon got used to this singing, for the sailors never touched a rope without it . . . Some sea captains, before shipping a man, always ask him whether he can sing out at a rope.
–Herman Melville, Redburn

February's concert is treasures from the deep: the rich nautical tradition of sea shanties, by two groups who keep this tradition alive by digging deep into the canon of songs with fresh interpretations and time honored favorites.

Shanghaied on the Willamette

Shanghaied on the Willamette

Shanghaied on the Willamette is the lively musical duo of Jonathan Lay and Gordy Euler. They perform songs and tunes “plundered from land and sea,” including traditional Celtic, English, and Old-Time American music, especially music of the sea and waterways. They accompany their vocal harmonies with a fleet of acoustic instruments, including fiddle, bodhran (Irish drum), guitar (6- and 12-string), mandola, tin whistles, harmonicas and banjo.

Jonathan, who's powerful and supple voice can do justice to a gentle ballad or a rough-and-tumble sea chantey, plays guitar, tin whistle, harmonica, and a rollicking bodhran. Gordy is a skilled vocalist and a multi-instrumentalist who easily switches among fiddle, mandola, tin whistle, guitar and banjo. This broad range of sounds allows them to craft exciting and varied arrangements and programs.

Their first performance together was in the 1992 Work Songs of the Sea Festival in Portland, Oregon, and they formed Shanghaied on the Willamette in the fall of that year. In the days of sailing ships, it was a common waterfront practice to force men onto outward-bound vessels to serve as sailors. This abduction came to be called “shanghaiing” since Shanghai, China was a typically-remote destination. From the mid-1800s and into the early 1900s, Portland was one of the notorious shanghaiing ports on the west coast, along with San Francisco, Astoria, and Port Townsend. The Willamette flows through the heart of Oregon's farmland. Portland is located at the confluence of the Willamette and the Columbia Rivers.

Listen to a sample track. Another.

Bilgerats & Pyrettes Bilgerats & Pyrettes

This hot Portland based band will swash yer buckle as they reinvent the classic sea shanty with enticing twists of genre and brilliant harmonies, capturing blues, celtic, nordic, latin, calypso, country, rock, hot jazz and even a few forced men along the way! Their collection of pirate themed music features traditional sea shanties, original compositions and familiar contemporary sounds, all woven together by dramatic interludes which tell the tale of a renegade life on the sea. The 6-piece band features mother/daughter team Kate and Signe Larsen, on guitar, fiddle and lead vocals, Shuhe Hawkins on bass and lead vocals, Jeffree White on midi-guitar and mandolin, Alan Dragon on drums and Janet Hansen as back-up vocalist.

The founders of the band, Kate and Shuhe, are actors who find themselves mired in piratical work. For seven years they produced the very popular Portland Pirate Festival, one year even setting a Guiness World Record for the “largest gathering of pirates in the world”. You can currently follow their journey on the Multnomah Channel as they strive to save the tall ship Royaliste along with her dedicated crew, including some hearty band members. Royaliste is a Nova Scotia built interpretation of a ketch-rigged privateer gunboat typical of those in service from 1755-1812. Margot la Méchante and Luc the Lucky (aka Kate and Shuhe) are also producing highly rated micro boutique wines from their vineyard in the hills of NW Portland. Last summer they were featured on the cover of Oregon Wine Press for the special July entertainment issue. Find Seven Sails Vineyard, Tall Ship Royaliste, and BilgeRats & Pyrettes online. Come sail the seven seas with The BilgeRats & Pyrettes and “Prepare to be Boarded!”

Listen to a sample track. Another.

Their website

I dream of songs. I dream they fall down through the centuries, from my distant ancestors, and come to me. I dream of lullabies and sea shanties and keening cries and rhythms and stories and backbeats.
– Rosanne Cash

For more information call 503-704-7037

Please help with publicity: Download a poster by clicking its image and post in your neighborhood

Tickets: $20 General Admission, $17 PFS Members, $10 ages 12-18 (under 12 free)

Buy tickets now at

Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church,
2828 SE Stephens Street, Portland, OR 97214.

Friday, March 16: The Hanson Family and Tom Swearingen

Venue change!

This concert will be held at:
Reedwood Friends Church
2901 SE Steele Street
Portland, OR
March 16 will be an evening of cowboy music and poetry.

Cowboy music has a vibrant following and holds a unique spot in the folk tradition. It is not ‘country’ music. It goes hand in hand with cowboy poetry, and is part of the lives of people who work livestock, ranch, farm and other rural lifestyles across the Western United States.

Hanson Family The Hanson Family

The stage comes to life with the energy, talent, and enthusiasm of Lisa, Theresa, and Daniel Hanson. Dazzling audiences everywhere with new and fresh arrangements, this dynamic trio brings you the best of Western Swing, yodeling mastery, rousing fiddle tunes and blazing harmony combined with humor and audience participation.

The beautiful harmonies and vocal arrangements of The Hanson Family have won, among other awards, the 2014 Academy of Western Artists Duo/Group of the Year, the 2014 Western Music Association Crescendo Award, the 2013 Kamloops Cowboy Festival “Rising Star Showcase”, the 2016, 2015 and 2006 WMA Marilyn Tuttle “Best of the Best” harmony award, and the 2005 WMA “Youth Yodeler of the Year”.

Their website

Here is a locally-produced Promotional Video that is a good sample of their charming show.

Tom Swearingen Tom Swearingen

will open the show. Tom is an Oregon horseman who tells stories of the people and land of the American West through original cowboy poetry that is often inspired by his own experiences and observations from the saddle. Tom brings his stories to life with rhythm and rhyme and a style that makes him a popular performer not only at cowboy gatherings and horse camps, but in singer/songwriter circles and wherever else you find folks who appreciate well-crafted verse. A two-time winner of the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Poetry Contest and three-time Western Music Association Top-5 Male Cowboy Poet of the Year, Tom's poems have been published by the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, featured in Cowboys and Indians Magazine, and recognized by such organizations as the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. His two CDs have each been recognized as finalists for WMA Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year.

His website

New venue!
Concert at
Reedwood Friends Church,
2901 SE Steele St.,
Portland, OR.

Tickets: $20 General Admission, $17 PFS Members, $10 ages 12-18 (under 12 free)

On-line tickets will be available after February 16.

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