Our next show is Wednesday, May 18 with
Martha Scanlan & Jon Neufeld

Originally from Minnesota, Martha is an old-time, traditional music singer-songwriter, whose voice and songs can take you to different times and places, which is probably why she was featured on the soundtrack of the film Cold Mountain, singing with the Reeltime Travelers.

Her debut solo album The West Was Burning was recorded at Levon Helm’s barn in Woodstock with Dirk Powell and Levon and Amy Helm. It was heralded as an instant classic, defying genre and generation.

Following the release of the album, she toured the U.S. and Europe – solo, with North Carolina’s Stuart Brothers and in other various configurations.

In 2010, she met Jon Neufeld, an innovative stringed instrumentalist, at Portland’s indie-roots festival, Pickathon, and they have been performing and recording together ever since, beginning with Tongue River Stories, a beautifully stark album of field recordings captured on film at the 120-year-old family ranch where she was living and working in a remote corner of southeast Montana.

“I wanted to record songs in the places where they were written; there is such a beautiful intimacy with the landscape in ranch work and in the place itself,” she said.

This exploration of place and belonging has been a long running theme for her, but it really came into focus while being immersed in old time music in East Tennessee.

“The interwoven relationship between music and landscape, people and stories, really impacted me, just this profound sense of belonging. I started writing songs about my own landscapes back home in Montana. I missed them.”

After Tongue River Stories came The Shape Of Things Gone Missing, The Shape Of Things To Come, and The River and The Light.

Martha Scanlan has been featured on the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour,  NPR’s World Cafe Next, and Mountain Stage.

Tales from the Tavern is pleased to welcome Martha Scanlan & Jon Neufeld.


Artists who have performed
at Tales from the Tavern:

Priscilla Ahn – Dave Alvin – Phil Alvin – Eric Andersen – Joan Baez – Sam Baker – Marcia Ball – Ryan Bingham – Birds of Chicago – Stephen Bishop – Tim Bluhm – Suzy Bogguss – Ray Bonneville – Bonny “Prince” Billy and The Cairo Gang – Karla Bonoff – Jackie Bristow – Brother Sun – Pieta Brown and Bo Ramsey – Chuck Cannon – Bill Carter – Carlene Carter – Matt Cartsonis – Peter Case – Annabelle Chvostek – Slaid Cleaves – Jacob Cole – Ron Colone – Elizabeth Cook – Jake Copass – John Corbett – Marshall Crenshaw – AJ Croce – Joe Crookston – David Crosby – Rodney Crowell – Kacey Cubero – Paul Curreri – Catie Curtis – Ruben Lee Dalton – Greg DeLeon – Grey DeLisle – Kris Delmhorst – Jesse DeNatale – Henry Diltz – Gerald DiPego – John Doe – Donovan – Fred Eaglesmith – Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart – Craig Eastman – Tim Easton – Cliff Eberhardt – Kenny Edwards – Carrie Elkin – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Lauren Ellis – Aireene Espiritu – Fabulous Ginn Sisters – Stephanie Finch – Rosie Flores – Steve Forbert – Gib Foss – Jeffrey Foucault – Tom Freund – Richie Furay – Tony Furtado – Chris Gaffney – Mary Gauthier – Dan Gerber – Eliza Gilkyson – Tony Gilkyson – John Gorka – Jon Dee Graham – Tracy Grammer – Art Green – Sarah Lee Guthrie – Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion – John Hammond – Butch Hancock – Andrew Hardin – Michael Reno Harrell – Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen – Tish Hinojosa – Malcolm Holcombe – Rita Hosking – John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band – I See Hawks in LA – Janis Ian – Erin Inglish – Johnny Irion – Ruby Jane – Jill Knight – Danny Kortchmar – Jimmy LaFave – Patty Larkin – Jim Lauderdale – Phil Lee – Greg Liesz – Bob Lind – David Lindley – Juke Logan and Bill Lynch – Shelby Lynne – Michelle Malone – The Mammals – Michael Martin – Iain Matthews – Anne McCue – Country Joe McDonald – John McEuen – Erin McKeon – Jonathan McEuen – Audrey Auld Mezera – Michael on Fire – Katy Moffatt – Steve Moris – RB Morris – Gurf Morlix – Geoff Muldaur – Peter Mulvey – Dan Navarro – Danny O’Keefe – Carla Olson – Beth Orton – Gretchen Peters – Kelly Joe Phelps – Rod Picott – Owen Plant – Steve Poltz – Willy Porter – Steve Postell – Chuck Prophet – The Quebe Sisters – Joel Rafael – Willis Alan Ramsey – Walt Richardson – Kim Richey – Wil Ridge – Tom Rush – Tom Russell – Martha Scanlan & Jon Neufeld – Danny Schmidt – Maia Sharp – Dick Siegel – Darden Smith – Michael Smith – Preston Smith  Chris Smither – JD Souther – Amy Speace – Devon Sproule – Dave Stamey – John Stewart – Forest Sun – Gregg Sutton – Eric Taylor  – Jack Tempchin – Paul Thorn – Karen Tobin – Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan – Greg Trooper – Teresa Tudury – Karen Tyler – Ian Tyson – Randy Weeks – Kevin Welch –  Corrine West – Cheryl Wheeler – Wheeler Brothers – Kenny White – David Wilcox – Paul Williams – The Young Dubliners