Sweetwater String Band is high energy, cello driven bluegrass band featuring Scott Roberts on mandolin, vocals and songwriting, David Huebner on cello, vocals, and songwriting, Jeff Meadway on guitar, and Patrick Ferguson on bass. Formed in 2008 in the small mountain town of Mammoth Lakes, they've released two full length albums of original music inspired by the wild deserts and high mountains of the western landscape they call home. The band quickly established roots and a fan base playing at locally-renowned venues such as the Whoa Nellie Deli on the shores of Mono Lake, the Crystal Bay Club in North Lake Tahoe, the Mountain Sage Summer Music Series, Millpond Music Festival, Northstar Beerfest and Bluegrass, June Lake Loop Mountain Music Festival, Backcountry Bluegrass Festival, and Tahoe's Telegrass. Recent tours have now taken them further afield throughout the west including festival stops at the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, and Humboldt Hills Hoedown, as well as numerous venues in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. They've performed with New Riders of the Purple Sage, Grant Farm, Cornmeal, Dead Winter Carpenters, and Joe Craven. Their latest album "River of Rhymes," has been garnering critical acclaim, remarking on their "distinctive high-energy brand of bluegrass with a cello in overdrive" and their "work of both intimacy and wide-scale, cinematic vistas."
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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.