Mock Crest Tavern Welcomes Hillfolk Noir

Mock Crest Tavern welcomes “Hillfolk Noir” from Idaho, Thursday, November 29th at 8:30 p.m.

Hillfolk Noir’s  traditional acoustic mountain music, is based on a half-century of folk, country, rock ‘n’ roll and string-band blues. The band calls it Junkerdash, or “indie folk.”

Hillfolk Noir’s touring lineup normally consists of:

  1. Travis Ward: resonator guitar, vocals, suitcase, harmonica, kazoo, words
  2. Mike Waite: stand-up bass
  3. Alison Ward: singing saw, washboard, banjo, harmonies

The band is currently touring, promoting their latest album, “Hillfolk Noir Radio Hour”,  released in March 2012. The recording is similar to an old-fashioned radio program, and  includes commercial breaks that advertise fake products the group made up. The album is available on CD, MP3 and limited-edition 10-inch vinyl packaged to resemble a 1920s-era 78.

Hillfolk Noir has performed with Built to Spill, James McMurtry, Neko Case, Justin Townes Earle, Deer Tick, Gourds, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Gerald Collier,  Train, Jesse Dayton, and many other acts.

A recent review for Hillfolk Noir:

“Hillfolk Noir have made a classic roots record using old style, one mic, low-fi technology, the music is fantastic but the feel of the record “Skinny Mammy’s Revenge” has captured the passion and love of this genre absolutely perfectly. As soon as you hear it, you are there with them, in that circle of musicians, hearing up-close their great songs, the heartfelt stories and you are next to them for every note… a roots classic without a doubt.”

~ Barry Marshall-Everitt, House of Mercy Radio

Visit their website for additional information at They also have several tunes available on myspace .

See ya there!


Claes and Friends at Mock Crest Tavern

Claes and Friends help your rainy blues on Thursday, November 8th at 8 p.m.

Claes’s  music training  includes the clarinet, school choir, and piano lessons. He later learned to play the harmonica due to having a love for the blues.

Claes relocated to Oregon from California in the seventies. He plays  in a number of bands, and performs about 10 to 15 shows a month. He sings lead and harmony vocals; plays the keyboard, and harmonica, as well as writes and records his own music. Other bands he performs with include: The Blueprints, Claes and Sons, Reverb Brothers, and The New Iberians. He also plays with Johnny Ward and the Papas occasionally.

Several of his tunes with various bands are available to hear on myspace.

Phil Wagner, aka Suburban Slim, returns to Mock Crest Tavern Friday, November 9th, at 9 p.m.

Suburban Slim is a multi-award winning guitarist, singer and songwriter.  After touring Oregon, he later  moved to Eugene, where he lived for 15 years before relocating to Portland in search fir a larger music scene. Not long after, he released three CD’s of original tunes.

Suburban Slim is available to hear on YouTube.

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