Back to the top

David Carson

Bill Dempsey

Location

  • Main Page

Bill Dempsey is a singer who accompanies himself on guitar, ukulele, banjo, dulcimer, harmonica, concertina, tin whistle and a myriad of other instruments.  Originally a trombonist he has continued to expand his music over the years.  He is truly a one man band!

Bill has a deep and abiding love of the sea.  He has been the Shanty Man onboard the Brig Pilgrim and booked, performed, MC’d the Tall Ships Festival in Dana Point, Ca. for 26 years.  He has performed at major sea music festivals on both coasts.  He has two sea music CDs: “Shanty Man” & “Round The Horn.”

Megan Cronin

Location

  • Main Page

Portland, Oregon-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Megan Cronin blends sweet and sadness with heartache with renewal in her pointed lyrics and ethereal string arrangements.

Portland, Oregon-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Megan Cronin blends sweet and sadness with heartache with renewal in her pointed lyrics and ethereal string arrangements.

 

Megan grew up listening to all types of music with her family in Michigan. She learned to play the violin in middle school and, though she was quite squeaky at first, she kept with it and eventually made it to first chair in high school, lettering in orchestra as well as learning classical string bass along the way.

After graduating from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, Megan joined a bluegrass group and taught herself fiddle style.  In 2008 she moved to Portland, Oregon and started playing in various rock and folk groups while studying classical violin and viola.  Now working as a violin, viola and composition teacher, Megan has also added a singer/songwriter set to her repertoire.  She can be seen performing solo and with groups in the Northwest, playing violin, viola, acoustic guitar or her new love, tenor guitar.  Megan is celebrating the release of her fourth EP titled “Home,” realeased April 2021.  You may learn more about Megan and her music at her website, http://megancroninmusic.com/.

“Driving down a two-track backroad with the windows rolled down: a warm summer breeze whisping through your hair: the sun shining through the bright pigments of summer leaves:  a soft smile on your lips at your inner feeling of peace.  The music of Megan Cronin is like this.  A sound so smooth and pure, it lulls one into a simple bliss with delightfully effortless tunes.”  Fallon Gates – The Michigan Daily

Jerry Callahan

Location

  • Main Page

Jerry Callahan is a singer/songwriter/guitarist from Kennewick.  He grew up in Western Massachusetts and started playing electric guitar in his teens.  He led several rock bands in Holyoke and Amherst MA in the 70s and 80s, playing the college circuit and building a repertoire of original rock and blues tunes.

After relocating to the Pacific Northwest in the late 90s, Callahan started playing acoustic guitar, performing at open mics and farmer’s markets around the area.  His acoustic music reflects his love for acoustic blues, his Irish heritage, and artists such as Neil Young, Jorma Kaukonen, and Nick Drake.

Mike Murray

Location

  • Main Page

Mike Murray has been playing folk, country, and original acoustic music pretty much all his life.  He’s won the Tumbleweed Songwriting Contest twice, performed at nearly every Tumbleweed Festival since the first one, and at other festivals such as Seattle’s Folklife, the Alaska Folk Festival, and others.  He’s played with the Smelter Rats, Smoke Creek, Brownsville Road, Idyll Hands, and solo.  A few years ago, the Kingston Trio  covered his “Grandpa Held the Snakes,” which also was a Tumbleweed Songwriting winner one year.  You can learn more about Mike’s music at his website, http://www.smokecreek.com/.

The Whateverly Brothers

Location

  • Main Page

Starting as a mainly maritime music band over twelve years ago,  The Whateverly Brothers have broadened their repertoire considerably.  Original member Dan Roberts plays guitar, mountain dulcimer, and mandolin and sings bass.  Chris Glanister came in early with a fine tenor voice, tenor banjo, cittern, whistle, mandolin, and more recently guitar.  Our newest member, baritone Rob Kneisler is a wizard of fingerpicked guitar in many forms.  With the Whateverly Brothers, you can expect a variety of genres, varied instrumental textures, tight harmonies, and madcap humor.

Kristin Gordon

Location

  • Main Page

Kristin Gordon is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist living in Portland,OR. She loves coffee, singing in harmony,laughing, and looking for meaning inevery-day things. She grew up inKennewick and had her folk-singingdebut at a Three Rivers FolklifeCoffeehouse! She’s part of both our liveand virtual performances.

Depth Charger

Location

  • Main Page

Emotionally charged lyrics enriched with refined harmonies and a crushing rock instrumentation.  Synths, Strings, and Sorrow in the firm Grasp of Alt rock:  Depth Charger is a four piece indie rock outfit out of Richland, Washington. The track “There” from EP 1, their five track EP, is a moody piece of relationship rock pushed through synth laden dreamy filters that give the song an almost sci-fi rockish tone.  The electronics are offset by the organic almost new wave emo meets art rock ballad crooner vibe with the deep almost emotionally monotone vocal performance by guitarist Kevin Laws.  Depth Charger is rounded out by Joel Peterson on Drums, C.J. Tatman on Strings and keys and Andrew Meyer on bass.

Jacquelin and the Clones

Location

  • Main Page

Jacquelin Gurung has been singing folk music with her loved ones in Chicago her whole life, with a focus on harmonies.  She would sing at local folk festivals and nursing homes with her family and friends.  She has always had a love for old traditionals, and ballads that are bawdy or end in tragedy.

After she moved to Washington, she stumbled upon the Tumbleweed festival in 2017 and became a yearly kitchen volunteer.  When the pandemic hit, Jacquelin decided to learn how to sing with her clones, because music is an essential vitamin.  She created a YouTube channel and started posting videos of her clones singing traditional folk tunes, rounds, and ballads.  She performed in the Tumbleweed Virtual Music Festival in 2020 and 2021, and is continuing to make more music with her clones in the 2022 virtual Tumbleweed Music Festival.

Thaddeus Spae

Location

  • Main Page

Thaddeus Spae:  A forty-year veteran of the folk wars, award-winning singer/songwriter Thaddeus Spae is an innovative, eclectic entertainer who mixes unreliable narratives with songs ranging from humorous and deftly satiric to inspirational, literate, and allusive.  He accompanies himself with precise exuberance on an improbable assortment of instruments, including 12 string guitar, harmonica, trombone, banjolin, ukulele, guitarron and percussion — sometimes several at once.  Thaddeus is an arranger, a writer, a technician, and a great side man when not leading his own band.  He brings an unusual jazz influence to songs and provides melodic interludes.

Skweez The Weezle

Location

  • Main Page

Skweez The Weezle is an acoustic band that has been proudly carrying on the Celtic music tradition since March 1999 from their base of operations in the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland), West Richland, Benton City, and Mid-Columbia area of southeastern Washington State.  Founding member David Lanigan plays both Scottish Lowland bagpipes and smallpipes (bellows-blown bagpipes with three drones in a common stock), and whistles (commonly called tin or penny whistles).

Mike Day plays Irish bodhrán (frame drum played with a tipper), floor-standing bass drum, and snare cajon (wooden Afro-Celtic drum).

Their current repertoire includes traditional and original tunes from Highland and Lowland Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton Island, Brittany, Wales, and the USA.

For more than twenty-two years, the band has kept a busy schedule performing throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana at festivals, Highland games, concerts, coffeehouses, wineries, book stores, universities, weddings, receptions, and private parties.  Skweez The Weezle’s sold-out CD “A Celtic Band” was released in May 2002, and has been well received by listeners around the world.

© 2021 Tumbleweed Music Festival - Sponsored by Three Rivers Folklife Society & the City of Richland | Co-sponsored by Northwest Public Broadcasting, OneWorld Telecommunications, Southam Creative, Print Plus, Artmil Design, and Gearhead Grip and Electric.
Skip to content