Masterfully mixing upright bass, fiddle, guitar and banjo with three voices, Scratchdog Stringband has an innovative and dynamic approach to string band music. This trio embraces it's inherent bluegrass/Americana roots while seamlessly incorporating elements of jazz, country, rock and blues, making for a groove-stomp'in, on-your-toes musical experience for audiences and performers alike. Each a unique and expressive songwriter, Andrew, Kimbo, and James unite one another's ideas into a flow of harmonized concepts and emotions while bringing it forth with a raw passion.
In late 2014, Jess, Gavin, and Jenny began getting together to cook meals and play music. They soon discovered how much they enjoyed workshopping their original songs (and, of course, eating Gavin's delicious food), and at the start of 2015, decided to make their project official. All three members come from a classical background, but meld together a sound that is influenced by a variety of American styles. With a foundation of northwest folk, blues, and bluegrass, Dark Madrona has a seasoned sound that captures the raw poignancy of human experience.
Jess Jarris (vocals, guitar) studied music education and voice at Lewis and Clark College. After graduation in the spring of 2010, she joined the Northwest bluegrass band, Renegade Stringband. Since then, she has been gaining recognition for her powerful voice, one that the Seattle Observer has called “bold” and “rootsy". When she's not singing or writing songs, Jess spends her time as a yoga teacher and yoga therapist at the DAYA Foundation.
Gavin Duffy (guitar, mandolin, vocals), an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, is thoroughly steeped in a variety of musical styles. He is currently polishing off his master’s degree in composition from Indiana University, where he studied for three years. He is a member of Renegade Stringband and Timberbound, as well as the co-owner of Devils Dill Sandwich Shop in southeast Portland.
Jenny Estrin (fiddle, mandolin) is a classical violinist who began fiddling with Timberbound in 2012. In recent years, she has taken to transferring her talent to the mandolin. You can also hear her playing with the Portland Opera, Eugene Symphony, and subbing with the Oregon Symphony.