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quality folk = kate power & steve einhorn

Folksingers, songwriters, multi-instrumentalists and raconteurs, Kate Power & Steve Einhorn, have been dubbed a folkstitution in the northwest for their contribution to the Portland folk music scene since the 1970’s. Pete Seeger called their harmonies “wonderful!” and they have worked with Tom Paxton and a long line of folk luminaries over the years, played as featured guests on A Prairie Home Companion, produced countless community events to raise social awareness and funds for neighbors in need, and fueled the uke craze as hosts to the first Uke Convergence at Artichoke Music in Portland in 2000 up to the present day. Together with the creation of their whimsical Ukalaliens Songbook (illustrated by Steve) and dozens of Kala ukes-to-share, they have traveled with a long-term mission to convert small groups of the uninitiated to the joys of singing songs and making music on the uke from scratch. Kate & Steve may be heard in concert, in duo and as founding members of urban folk super-group, The Portlanders, and on various recordings available at CD Baby, including the latest, Portland Romance and Rosa Lucy. More online at

Kate & Steve on Oregon Music News

Oregon Music News reporter, Tom D'Antoni catches up with Power in a catch up at World Cup:­tag/­kate-power/­

Oregon Music Live with Kate & Steve - February 2015­watch?v=zaHoHEqBxs0

Kate and Steve have been featured as special guests on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. Power's song "Travis John" won the Grand Prize from Music2Life at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas for 'songs that make a difference' and together, Kate Power & Steve Einhorn have shared stages with many folk luminaries, including the iconic Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton.

"So earthy and fresh is your music. I love it." - Lloyd "Tommy" Doss, Sons of the Pioneers
"Your music is wonderful! I love your harmonies. Keep on!" - Pete Seeger
"Steve & Kate are the Roy & Dale of folk." - Mary Flower
"Exquisite." - Eric Andersen
"Nice harmonies!" - Arlo Guthrie
"You guys are the best - the absolute best." - Dave Carter

"I am totally mesmerized by your compositions, your easy to listen to voices and great, great instrumentation. The quality of your work is outstanding. What joy you bring through your music. I would drop everything to come to hear you two." - Hal Melnick, NYC

New folk and trad roots in Americana, Kate & Steve "bring us to that place that can only be reached at the hands of journeyman artists. The power and precision of their performance gives [me] the complete trust to lean into the music, to get lost in it." - NW Examiner

"Sometimes we don't know what we have until we've lost it; other times we don't know what we've been missing until it enters our lives. Such was the case when Kate Power and Steve Einhorn introduced me to my first ukulele. My son and I have become addicted to this little musical powerhouse. Thank you, Quality Folk!" - Carter Brey, Principal Cellist, New York Philharmonic

"The Ukalaliens Songbook: A Beginner's Guide To Ukulele Fun by Kate Power and Steve Einhorn is a charmer. Handcrafted by the authors, the book/CD boasts delightful illustrations by Steve and performances by both Steve and Kate. The songs are a blend of well-known traditional tunes and the author's originals all taught via the text and patient encouragements on the CD. A small and happy book for a small and happy instrument." - Jumpin' Jim Beloff, Flea Market Music

kate power
singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist

Music2Life winner of the Grand Prize at the Texas Kerrville Folk Festival for her song, "Travis John" won a unanimous vote from a panel of folk icons that included Judy Collins, Tom Paxton, and Peter, Paul & Mary. Bill Margeson, WCDB and liveIreland dubbed Power "one of the great voices of our time" and poet, Kim Stafford quipped that Kate "writes from the beginning of time" with a keen knack that renders the familiar inside of new songs with a traditional feel.

Songwriter, Kate Power, plays DADGAD guitar, open-back banjo, 6-string and baritone ukulele, bones, bódhran and piano.

Kate was born in Boston and came of age during the folk revival in the 60's in New York City and New Jersey and at fifteen opened shows for luminaries like Townes Van Zant and Loudon Wainwright III, and U. Utah Phillips in local coffeehouses and northeastern festivals where she established her place in the folk scene before her migration to Portland and the Pacific Northwest in 1977.

Kate's first recording was produced by Bothy Band musician and producer, Micheál O'Domhnaill, with the band "Wildgeese" in 1983 (Celtic Music of the Great Northwest.) In 1994, Scottish fiddler, Johnny Cunningham, co-produced her Dancing in the Kitchen album with Steve Einhorn, a debut of original songs that remains a favorite. Kate has recorded seven albums with music and life partner, Steve Einhorn, and she has been featured on several Hearts O'Space compilations, Celtic Twilight and Celtic Woman.

Kate's music comes from the heart. In recent years, Kate and Steve have brought thousands of new players into the music making fold with their fun and easy Ukalaliens method while touring the countryside with a fleet of ukes-to-share. Their newest album, Portland Romance, was produced with Jon Neufeld (Black Prarie) and Billy Oskay (Big Red). Kate & Steve reside in Portland, Oregon.

steve einhorn
singer, songwriter, guitar, trumpet lips, ukulele

Steve Einhorn is a lifetime musician with a deep understanding of the relationship between the story and the song. Hands-on, he has been making music from an early age in the 60's in New York City to Boston and then to Portland and the Great Northwest since 1978.

Steve's music originated in jugband favorites inspired by Jim Kweskin, bluegrass in Boston band, Foxfire and moved into original new folk in the Great Northwest, bringing many of the finer flavors of Americana with him.

New folk or traditional; Steve Einhorn's roots guitar style, warm voice and quick wit captivates audiences and draws them to sing along.

Steve debuted in New York City and folk clubs in the northeast with The Appalachian Philharmonic Jugband and later his Boston-based bluegrass band "Foxfire" before moving to Portland, Oregon in 1978. His early solo Kicking Mule release, "Whole World Round" became a regional favorite as his music for peace, the environment and countless causes for a better world grew his reputation in music activism. His guitar and harmonies are sought after and found behind dozens of recordings for popular artists in the Pacific Northwest.

Steve Einhorn's name was synonymous with his extraordinary music shop, a legend in Portland since 1981, Artichoke Music. Owner of Artichoke Music from 1981 through 2006, Steve inspired and taught thousands of people about music, instruments and songs and grew a deep and rooted reputation for making a better world through music and helping people get their start while running the shop and performing in the region all along.

In 2007 he handed off the duties of the shop to pursue the call as performer, recording artist, producer, visual artist & teacher, both at home in the Great Northwest and on the road with Kate Power.