Squirrel Butter & Greg Blake Trio
Saturday, June 30

Squirrel Butter

“Squirrel Butter’s sound is authentic, raw, and true to tradition. Give them a listen and you’ll be amazed that such full sounds can come from two lovebirds who only play with what they can carry on their backs from one gig to the next.”
– Devon Leger, Hearth Music

Recently featured on A Prairie Home Companion, Squirrel Butter performs traditional and original music influenced by Appalachian, early country, jug band, and blues artists from the late 1800’s through 1950’s.

This husband and wife duo of Charlie Beck & Charmaine Slaven started performing together after meeting at a music festival in 2005. Sharing a deep love of traditional music, they explore the genres of old-time, early bluegrass, blues, country, & cajun while adding their unique perspective to these traditions and threading these influences into their original compositions. Multi-instrumentalists, they play banjo, guitar, fiddle, steel guitar, step-dance, and sing in harmony. Occasionally, Squirrel Butter appears with guest musicians to form a trio or quartet. Currently both members of honky tonk project, The Lucky Shots, and were also half of venerable string band, The Tallboys. They are anchors of the old-time music, honky-tonk, & square dance communities in the Pacific NW and beyond.

Squirrel Butter
Squirrel Butter

Greg Blake Trio

Greg Blake Trio

The music of the Greg Blake Trio ranges from traditional bluegrass favorites to vintage country and old-time music along with a sampling of original material. Three part harmonies, spectacular instrumental abilities, and great songs make their shows a must see for any lover of quality acoustic music.

Greg Blake grew up in the mountains of southwest West Virginia, and when he sings, you can hear a voice that connects to the great old generations of mountain singers, invested with a rich twang and rumbling drawl, and the kind of eerily powerful high tenor cry that first inspired the ‘high, lonesome sound.’

Greg is joined by multi-instrumentalist Isaac Callender. Isaac began his musical career as a contest fiddler winning titles all over North America. Isaac’s music continued to develop when he joined renowned Canadian fiddle and step dancer April Verch on the guitar and mandolin.

The trio is rounded out by Portland, Oregon native Ellie Hakkenson. Ellie’s fiddling background is a unique blend of classical training simultaneously blended with years of traditional bluegrass fiddling. She recently won the 2016 Rockygrass Fiddle contest and has received many other accolades for her playing and singing.




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