Long-married folk duo to perform at Northwind

Posted 2/6/19

When they perform on stage together, the chemistry between Kate Power and Steve Einhorn is undeniable. That’s because the two have been married for more than two decades.  

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Long-married folk duo to perform at Northwind

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Editor's Note: Due to weather, this show has been canceled and expected to be rescheduled.

When they perform on stage together, the chemistry between Kate Power and Steve Einhorn is undeniable. That’s because the two have been married for more than two decades.  

“From the very second we started singing together, it was bliss, and we have been making music together ever since,” Einhorn said. “We have known each other for closer to 40 years, and we are both in the Portland music scene. Up on stage, we love it. We do love getting up in front of an audience.”

Just as in any marriage, theirs has had challenges. But they are still going strong.

“We go through the normal things that married couples go through,” Einhorn said. “We had previous marriages. We both have two kids, Kate has two daughters. I have two sons. It makes for an interesting blended family.”

Still, any hang-ups evaporate when the two meander onstage.

“When things are just jelling and are cohesive and all working together to make a great sound, people do comment on our lush harmonies, and Kate has a gorgeous voice,” Einhorn said. “We both had careers as musicians before we got together. I worked a lot as a soloist, and she did as well.”

Performing in Port Townsend

The two will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water St. in Port Townsend, as part of the Songwriters’ Showcase series. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

Einhorn plays guitar, banjo, ukulele, bones, bodhran and piano, and Power provides backing harmonies. The two have appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and have shared the stage with Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton, according to their website.

“Kate and Steve are the godparents of the Portland folk scene and have held an honored place in the center of Portland’s folk and singer-songwriter community, both as performers and former owners of Artichoke Music, a retail and performance center for acoustic instruments in southeast Portland,” said Matt Miner, who manages the series.

Power moved to Portland in 1977, and Einhorn followed suit a year later.

“She was more of in the Irish music scene, and I was in more Americana-type stuff,” Einhorn said. “We still perform as a duo, and we have a quartet called The Portlanders. We do a whole missmash of material. So far, so good.”

The two have played in Port Townsend before.

“We come up as often as possible,” Einhorn said. “We love coming up and visiting and playing. One of our side projects is ukuleles. We got into the ukuleles thing when we owned a music store here in Portland called Artichoke Music. We perform a little bit with ukes, but we do a lot of teaching ukulele. We work in the libraries with adults. We published a really colorful instruction book on ukulele. We have taught up at Crossroads Music in Port Townsend and have played at various places there over the years. We love coming up.”

Folk roots

Power was born in Boston, and she opened shows at age 15 for Townes Van Zandt, Loudon Wainwright III and U. Utah Phillips. Her song, “Travis John,” a tribute to a family friend and one of the first Oregonians killed in Iraq, won the grand prize at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.

Einhorn began his musical career in the 1960s in New York City and Boston. He debuted in folk clubs in the Northeast with The Appalachian Philharmonic Jugband and later played in his Boston-based bluegrass band Foxfire before he moved to Portland.

“Back in our teens, we are both from the East Coast originally, we played in coffeehouses in New York and both spent time growing up in New Jersey,” Einhorn said. “There was a thriving folk music scene back in the ’60s, and we were both in on it.”

That exposure helped Power develop her songwriting skills.

“Kate writes a lot more than I do, although I have written as well, and I have been an accompanist since I was 13 back in 1963,” Einhorn said. “I love backing people up, and I love to play. There has been a real beautiful sound coming out. We do mostly originals, although we do covers as well.”

Einhorn said the two are looking forward to returning to Port Townsend.

“We are so thrilled,” he said. “We have a bunch of friends up there, and we love the vibe.”

For more about the musical duo, visit www.qualityfolk.com.

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