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!


Meet Donna on Saturday Night

Tell your friends your meeting Donna on Saturday night! She’ll return to Mock Crest Tavern with the Side Affects at 9 p.m., November 3rd. 

Donna and the Side Affects

Donna and the Side Affects

Donna writes her own tunes spanning from country to folk rock. She’s recorded several CD’s available at Oregon Public Broadcasting has featured her on Art Beat, which highlighted her recording of “On The Road,” while NPR’s Car Talk has played her “Driving” single.

Members of the band include:

  • Donna Jose – lead vocals/guitar/ piano/flute
  • Brad Price – lead guitar/vocals
  • Dale Turnbull – bass/vocals
  • Marty Henninger – percussion

Their passion and love for music is contagious, and Donna and the Side Affects easily bring a crowd to their feet.

Here’s Donna’s film on NW Artbeat. It’s worth your time so check it out!

Donna on NW Art Beat

November brings several events at Mock Crest Tavern including crowd favorite bands, free poker every Sunday and Monday nights at 7:00 p.m., and Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. and 11 p.m. – 2 a.m. I’ll be announcing a band soon that will be visiting from Idaho as well. Have you heard of Junkerdash music? Me either, but stay tuned for further details and events.

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