Wintergrass 2017 Sponsors-Hales Ales

Another great sponsor of Wintergrass is Seattle area brewery Hales Ales– The vision of Hale’s Ales began in 1982 while Mike Hale spent a year bicycling among the small villages of southern England. In the course of his travels he developed a great appreciation for the traditionally brewed ales of England’s small breweries. It was then that he conceived the idea of opening a brewery in his home state of Washington to produce the kinds of ales he hhalesad come to love in England.

Hale’s has since developed into not only a very busy brewery, but also a gathering place for food, brews and music at Hale’s Palladium in Fremont, one of the venues for the fantastic Moisture Festival. We deeply appreciate their steadily growing friendship with and support of Wintergrass.


Wintergrass 2017 Performers-Mr Sun

Returning to Wintergrass this year will be Mr. Sun for 3 of the 4 festival days including a performance with the Youth Orchestra on Sunday.

Mr Sun comprises 3 generations of some of the sharpest minds to apply themselves to the American String Band.
Legendary fiddler Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent, and is a member of the original “nuclear” generation of pickers who extended Bluegrass, Jazz, and Classical music to find their common ground. Joe K. Walsh is recognized as one of the foremost contemporary mandolinists, with 4 award-winning years in the Gibson Brothers. Joe has also won acclaim and affection for his vocals and his guitar and octave mandolin work. Grant Gordy is a standout in the crowded field of Acoustic Guitar Wunderkinds. Grant’s work has been widely recognized for its kaleidoscopic excellence and start

ling emotion, fusing Jazz and Bluegrass concepts to an unprecedented degree. The group recently added the spectacular young bassist Ethan Jodziewicz, who currently studies at Curtis Institute with Edgar Meyer. Ethan is one of the most virtuosic and versatile bassists anywhere, and is now helping to revolutionize the bass’ role in American String Music.
The 4 musical points-of-view in Mr Sun are so strong and personal that one might imagine the group could explode but for the palpable love and humor that emanate from every note they play.

Wintergrass 2017 Sponsor-D’Addario

Wintergrass is deeply grateful to be a recipient of the support of D’Addario. This family-run business has a multi-generational commitment to music and musicians that expresses itself in thoughtful generosity. Wintergrass never turns away anyone who wants to participate in the Youth Academy because D’Addario makes that possible. In addition every student receives a great pile of goodies that include strings, polishing cloths, picks and all kinds of other stuff that make every kid feel like a real musician. Thank youlogo_daddario

Bluegrass Christmas 2017 @ Nectar Lounge

12.18 Sunday (Bluegrass)
Nectar & The PBJ Present:
Todd and the Toots
The Mighty Dreadful Stringband
Bluesy Santa
$8adv / $12dos
6:30pm doors
7pm show 21+delta_band07_web
Nectar Lounge
412 N 36th St
Jim Faddis, Cort Armstrong, Rick Meade and John Pyles collaborate in an acoustic quartet that puts singing at the forefront of their sound. A very simple and distinctive instrumentation accompanies the band’s smooth vocal sound and brings the songs they perform to life. Like a fine whiskey, FarmStrong’s sound is pure distilled country magic. Not exactly what some would consider a country band, and definitely not a bluegrass band, FarmStrong taps deep into the roots of these musical genres, as it reaches beyond the surface to a vast array of American roots based music, from folk and rock, to Motown and blues.

Wintergrass 2017 Sponsors-Port of Seattle

Wintergrass bows to the Port of Seattle for their support as they help spread the word to visitors who may otherwise not know about Wintergrass, nor about the endless recreation and culture events that Seattle offers. We value the Port of Seattle for their financial contributions but also for their renowned sustainable practices on the Seattle waterfront and other Port properties.


Since 1911, The Port of Seattle ensures economic vitality by keeping the airport and seaport vibrant and robust. The Port of Seattle oversees marinas, maritime sites, cargo terminals and select waterways. Just like Wintergrass, our Port of Seattle welcomes people from around the world to discover and to explore the beauty of the Pacific NW. The Green Gateway offers the lowest carbon footprint for cargo that is shipped from Asia to Seattle. The Port also awards cruise ships whose environmental standards exceed regulatory requirements. Thank you Port of Seattle for improving the quality of our environment and for your support to the Arts.

Wintergrass 2017 Sponsors-City Of Bellevue Arts Program

City of Bellevue Arts Program – Bellevue has welcomed Wintergrass to their fair city with enthusiasm and friendliness from day one. This year we are so pleased to welcome the City of Bellevue as an official sponsor. We love a city that believes the arts are an essential part of creating healthy, happy living space. We love being part of the plan. Thank you Bellevue for not only letting the banjos ring, but for actually being a big part of providing the support necessary to do so.

Wintergrass 2017 Performers-Darlingside

Darlingside first toured as a five-piece indie rock band with drums, but finding the right delicate balance of voices and instruments was a challenge early on. Then, in 2013, the band parted ways with their long-time friend and drummer. “In our first few shows without Sam, we felt naked,” says Auyon. Listening to the current quartet, you can hear fingers on strings, breathing in the singing, squeaks and pumps from a harmonium. The band now performs the songs the same way they practice and write them—seeing them live is like sitting in their living room. There are still vestiges of the rock format: electric guitar fuzz and ambient feedback creep into otherwise acoustic arrangements. But in the new format, voices and melody have shifted to the forefront—a shift that has become important to the band. Harris explains, “we try to write songs that exist out of the context we set them into, songs that can just be sung.”



After six years of playing together and a decade-plus of knowing each other, the band’s collaborative process has evolved side by side with their friendships. “We’ve become intimate with each other’s childhoods, families, fears, goals, insecurities and body odors,” Auyon notes. “That kind of closeness is typically limited to romantic relationships. It’s gotten to the point where we often mistake each other’s stories and memories for our own.” Birds Say is a patchwork of the artistic and personal visions of four equal songwriters—a mashup of their individual and collective experiences and dreams. “The process is so entangled,” Don says, “I sometimes can’t remember what I wrote, or what anyone else wrote. We don’t consider a song finished until we’re all satisfied with it. It may not be the fastest process, but we know that when we all agree on something, it’ll sound like us.”


DON MITCHELL‘s oldest memory (age 2) is of a colorful dragon kite that folded down into a can on his parents’ sailboat ‘Acacia.’ More pertinently, he remembers growing up in rural Connecticut, where his musical training began as a boy alto in Chorus Angelicus and as a liberally-freckled cast member of such regional theater productions as “How to Eat Like a Child.” Adolescence came and went in its unflattering way, leaving Don with a repository of skillz including guitar, juggling, and uncanny Dr. Claw impressions. At college, he studied songwriting, music theory, and animal tracking, each of which is indispensable to him now as his alter-ego Doug, the band’s official Road Food Scout. Doug’s greatest finds, which include a vegan/vegetarian buffet located inside a Hare Krishna Temple in Dallas and a toothsome kombucha bar-cum-sandwich shop in Richmond, are traditionally celebrated with hearty pats on the back and rousing cheers for “More Doug!”

A feeble child, young AUYON MUKHARJI‘s lack of athleticism and physical prowess prompted his parents to enroll him in music classes at the tender age of three in the hopes that he might one day be a well-rounded college applicant. He proceeded to play the violin at a mediocre level throughout his youth, drifting in and out of youth symphonies and orchestra summer camps. He began mixing with the wrong crowd in college, which inevitably led to a years-long stint of a cappella singing and frequent experimentation with the mandolin. Upon graduation, he traveled around the world for a year as a vagrant musician, studying folk music in Ireland, Brazil, and Turkey. Auyon has been referred to as “naïve, without financial wherewithal, and most probably very anxious to return home” in the LA Times, and as “an embarrassment and a hooligan” by his mother, Jyoti. He serves as the band’s Director of Special Projects.

HARRIS PASELTINER has been playing cello classically since age 6. He has also played guitar self-taughtingly since sometime in high school. In his spare time, he enjoys playing Dave’s bass, or the organ he discovered at the town dump, or his erhu, or Auyon’s mandolin, or the organ that the band was given in Illinois, or perhaps Auyon’s saz, or Don’s banjo. As the old adage goes, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” Regarding music, Harris is like a horse that drinks substantial amounts of water whenever it is available. And regarding other things, Harris is often like a horse that is very thirsty and would you mind taking it back to the water, please? (Harris will also happily drink a pour-over, or scotch, or a nice pu-ehr if you were to lead him to one of those.)

As a child, DAVID SENFT would cry at the thought of going to college because he thought that singing was mandatory (his older cousins having all been in college singing groups). Young Dave preferred doodling in class, naming individual trees, and anything involving computers. His first website, at the age of 15, was devoted to the number 8. In college, Dave chose his extra-curricular activities based on which organizations seemed to need a new website, and wound up in a singing group after all. Soon after, he enrolled in a songwriting course with two friends, made a website for the class, and never looked back. Dave then spent two years after college as an itinerant street performer, and began learning bass when the band formed in 2009. If he’s not making music, or this website, he’s often found preparing breakfast, or looking for anything at all that might have been grass-fed.