Wintergrass 2013 Performers-Wayward Vessell

Portland, Oregon’s Wayward Vessel is an adventurous alternative acoustic ensemble exploring the boundaries of bluegrass and folk music. With superb musicianship and lush, natural vocal harmonies, the band creates a unique palette to portray their rich library of original and traditional music. Wayward Vessel was born when Ken Chapple (guitar) and Julie Schmidt (fiddle) met at a bluegrass pickin’ session in SE Portland in 2009. It was immediately obvious that the two musicians had a connection, and began to go to work composing, arranging and jamming around the clock. In 2011, Ken and Julie joined forces with two Portland friends, Josiah Payne (mandolin) and Belinda Underwood (bass) who complete the current lineup.

Wayward Vessel fiddle player, Julie Schmidt grew  up in Tuolumne, CA, Julie comes from a muscial family. Miss Schmidt is a talented multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, but most impressive are her fiddle playing and singing. Her violin weeps with sincerity, and her voice resonates with sweetness and maturity.

jaime-wayward-vessel-gorge-3-thumbWayward Vessel mandolin player, Josiah Payne hails from the bluegrass hotbed, Pagosa Springs, CO, Josiah has been playing groundbreaking licks on the mandolin since he was a wee lad, with his family band, The Hot Strings. Josiah won several mandolin competitions, including Rockygrass and the Walnut Valley Mandolin Championship in Winfield, Kansas.

Wayward Vessel guitar player, Ken Chapple is a guitarist and songwriter, composing the majority of original material for Wayward Vessel. Ken is a musician’s musician who has studied many genres, and is able to intelligently combine them to create new and beautiful sounds. Learn more about Ken at

Wayward Vessel bass player, Belinda Underwood  is an extremely talented bass player who’s thoughtful understanding of groove, and feel for the movement of music add a add a toe-tapping momentum to the music of Wayward Vessel. Belinda has deep roots in Jazz and classical music, and brings a unique voice to Wayward Vessel’s lower frequencies. Learn more about Belinda at

Currently the band is doing a Wednesday night Residency in Portland at The Laurelthirst Pub during Feb 2013


Wintergrass 2013 Performers-Tim Connell & Jack Dwyer

Jack and Tim met back in 2006 at a Centrum mandolin workshop hosted by Mike Marshall in Port Townsend, WA. The two connected immediately and began playing together in an on and off partnership that has led to tours of Alaska, CA, and Northwest, and now a debut CD, Mando Planet.


Jack Dwyer is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and teacher based in Portland, OR. He teaches mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and bluegrass guitar on the adjunct music faculty of Lewis and Clark College. He grew up performing professionally with various bands in Alaska and New York’s Hudson River Valley, including his family bluegrass band, The Dwyers. After a stint as mandolinist in the Blackberry Bushes Stringband he decided to focus on leading his own projects. In addition to his work with Tim, he performs solo, in various acoustic projects around Portland, and as frontman for an electric alt-country rock band.

A graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist with over twenty-five years professional performing experience, Tim Connell is a rising star in the acoustic music scene, forging a sophisticated and worldly voice for the mandolin in his work with Mike Marshall, Avi Avital and Radim Zenkl in the international mandolin supergroup The Ger Mandolin Orchestra; his recordings and tours with Brazilian choro group Rio Con Brio; his intimate mandolin duo arrangements with fellow 8-stringer Jack Dwyer; and his genre-bending, improvisatory fireworks with acoustic guitar great Eric Skye.

Wintergrass 2013 Performers-Laurie Lewis and The Right Hands

  Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands will be at Wintergrass 2013 playing both on Thursday and Saturday. Laurie’s music has twice won her the  California’s Women’s Fiddling championships,a Grammy for her part in  True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe 1997, nominated with Tom Rozum for a Grammy with The Oak and the Laurel, in the category of Best Traditional Folk Album of 1995, and twice named Female Vocalist of the Year by the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association). They always are great live with originals songs, great instrumentals and some times you even get Laurie doing some dancing.

Tom has been playing mandolin and singing with Laurie since 1986. Tom’s versatility and diverse musical influences come to the fore every night on stage with the band. He plays primarily mandolin with the band, but is also an accomplished fiddle, mandola, and guitar player. His background as a rock and swing musician adds a uniquely satisfying flavor to the band.

Chad Manning, who has woOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAn plaudits as the fiddler with the David Grisman Bluegrass OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAExperience, is a much-sought-after teacher, and greatly in demand as a session player. Chad has been playing fiddle since the age of 8, and toured the Northwest extensively with his family’s band, Homeward Bound. As a teenager Chad twice won Washington State Junior OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFiddle Championships. He also placed in the top five in the Junior and Adult divisions at the National Old Time Fiddler’s Contest in Weiser, Idaho.

Patrick Sauber on banjo, has been playing old-time, Cajun, and bluegrass music ever since he can remember. His introduction to performing came at the knee of his father, old-time master fiddler and claw-hammer banjo player Tom Sauber, a stalwart of the traditional music scene in Southern California. Under the guidance of his father (with whom he still performs), . Patrick has recorded or performed with many artists, including Doc Watson, Herb Pedersen, Weird Al Yankovic, The Limeliters, Richard Greene, Christ Stuart & Backcountry, Dirk Powell, and many others. In 2003, Christopher Guest asked Patrick to be the banjo player in The New Main Street Singers in the folk-music satire movie, A Mighty Wind. Patrick also played on the soundtrack CD and toured with the film’s cast.

Sharon Gilchrist formerly the bassist  with  Uncle Earl and them on mandolin with the PeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet. In 2010, Sharon began performing with Darol Anger in several configurations including a special guest performance with The Republic of Strings in 2010, the Cascadia Yulegrass project in 2009 and 2010.

Wintergrass 2013 Performers-Pickled Okra

Pickled Okra, from Seattle Washington, is an hayrideentirely different category of Bluegrass band. They are a true cross-over band, appealing as much to other folks, as to true bluegrass fans. Though their definitive sound spans a wide slice of Americana, it could probably be described as “old-school, porch-settin’, sing into a can-style bluegrass” – they are devout practitioners of single mic performance. Never quite falling completely into a ‘generic’ bluegrass groove however, they tend to skirt the edges of many different genres, infusing their sound with twinges of funk, reggae, pop, and gypsy jazz, and regularly offer up “Pickled” versions of pop/rock tunes by the likes of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Bob Marley, to name a few.

Founders Todd and Paisley Gray (mandolin and upright bass respectively) make up the core, and have been playing together since 2006. Todd, thought of as the ‘heart’ of the band, hails from New England, and was a professional drummer for decades, before taking up the mandolin. He brings a distinctive style born from early influences of reggae, prog rock, and fusion jazz. If Todd is the heart, Paisley is the face. Flamboyant, and larger than life, this Montana mountains native is often described as “the Minnie Pearl of the West”. Musical influences she brings to the table come from the folk, punk rock, psychedelic rock, and jam band genres. No one knows where her bad jokes come from.

In 2011, Gary and Alyse Read (mandolin/guitar and banjo respectively) started filling in for original Pickled Okra banjoist Tony Markey, and have since become full-fledged members. Gary grew up locally, but spent years in North Carolina, steeped in bluegrass, after first cutting his teeth on classic rock, oldies, and surf rock. He brings rich bass vocals, Monroe-style mandolin, and Carter-esque guitar to the mix, as well as some fine moonshine-making skills. Alyse, an Alabama native, and a true daughter of appalachia (her grandmother ran moonshine in Virginia), is simply the embodiment of old-time mountain music. She imparts down-home blues and old-timey influences with a smokey voice and banjo pickin’ style that could only come from such a heritage

Todd and Paisley with some friends  are also featured in Karaoke-Grass!! featuring Karaoke Hits performed live in Bluegrass Style at the Nectar Lounge in Fremont,WA

Karaoke-grass is scheduled for at least Feb 5th and March 5th. 2013

Wintergrass 2013 Performers-Polecat

Formed in Bellingham, Washington in March 2010, Polecat has quickly established itself in the Northwest, with two records and over 200 shows in two years. Their uniquePolecat instrumentation is comprised of Karl Olson (drums), Jeremy Elliott (electric guPolecat 2itar and vocals), Aaron Guest (vocals and 12 string guitar), Cayley Schmid (fiddle), and Richard Reeves (upright bass). This enables them to seamlessly blend genres including bluegrass, country, celtic, rock, and world music into their sound. “The core audience of Polecat is, well, everybody. There is a sense of mass appeal attached to Polecat for it’s unique take on bluegrass, as well as an acknowledged respect for their honest approach to their genre” (H. Nightbert, What’s Up! Magazine, June 2010) Seattle area fans can catch Polecat on Sat Feb 16th at the Nectar Lounge.

Aside from their self-titled E.P. and full length album ‘Fire on the Hill’, one of the best aspects of Polecat is their live show. Their music celebrates life, love, and good times, and it reflects on the faces of the players and their audience.

Relix Magazine 2013 Wintergrass Ticket Giveaway!!

Relix magazine was launched in 1974 as a handmade newsletter devoted to connecting people who recorded Grateful Dead concerts. It rapidly expanded into a music magazine covering a wide amount of artists. It is the second-longest continuously published music magazine in the United States after Rolling Stone.  Take a look around their website after entering the Wintergrass 2013 Free Pair of Tickets giveaway.