Homegrown Oregon Folksinger, Songwriter and Musician
Carol Newman of KMUN Public radio interviews Barbara Anne Oregon Folksinger about upcoming events and her favorite tunes to play.
Hear Barbara Anne Oregon Folksinger playing All Along the Watchtower by Bob Dylan. This recording was made during the weekly Sunday Nostalgia event at WineKraft wine bar in Astoria, Oregon, on July 10, 2022 .
In this interview, Carol Newman interviews Barbara Anne for her weekly ARTS: Live and Local.
A tiny clip of two musicians enjoying their guitars and their music. And there's plenty more where this came from. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for John Orr and Barbara Anne Oregon Folksinger. You can check out the "Happenings" page or click here for details about upcoming gigs.
Catching up with Carol Newman and Barbara Anne Oregon Folksinger, reflecting on the time that passed during the pandemic and how it affected Barbara Anne's music engagements.
Released in February of 2020, New Beginnings by Barbara Anne Oregon Folksinger is now available for you listening pleasure. All the tracks on New Beginnings were written by Barbara Anne. She co-wrote the song, My Friend with Laddie Ray Malvin to whom this album is dedicated.
Written by Barbara Anne in 2019, her original tune Feels So Right, can be found on her CD, New Beginnings, released in 2020. To purchase your own copy of New Beginnings, just ask Barbara Anne via her "Connect" page. This recording is from a live performance at the Paul Polson Gallery and Studio.
Another original song by Barbara Anne Oregon Folksinger, Short Way Home was written in 2020 and will be featured on her next CD release coming soon.
Barbara Anne Oregon Folksinger adds a new song , A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cook to her set list.
Barbara Anne playing at the Peninsula Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, WA. Keep an eye on the events page for more dates at this venue!
A homebase at WineKraft
By Ethan Myers, The Astorian Dec 6, 2021
Barbara Gaidosh’s business card reads: “Oregon Folksinger & Storyteller.” Her career as a folk musician spanned many years across many locations before she eventually found herself in Astoria, where she has lived for the past two decades.
But when she arrived to marry a retired veteran, she figured her guitar-playing days were over.
When her husband passed away, he left a letter requesting that she play Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” at his service. So she got the band back together.
“It was, honestly, probably one of the hardest things I had ever done,” she said of the performance. “... But after that, I thought, can I do this again?”
Since then, Gaidosh has experienced a revival of her career. She plays at several venues and spots across the region, including art galleries and breweries. Recently, she played in front of a packed audience in Long Beach, Washington.
But WineKraft, a wine bar at Pier 11 in Astoria, is where she plays most frequently. She considers it her homebase, of sorts. “I never in a million years would’ve thought I could come back to doing this … the music has really saved me,” she said. What is surprising, Gaidosh said, is how her music has been able to connect with younger audiences. She credits her stories and her voice, which somehow, she said, has continued to sound better over time.
She also credits the music community on the North Coast for helping her find a path back to being a musician. Many of them have become close friends, Gaidosh said.
“All the musicians on the coast, I don’t know if they put up with me or are just good to me but they are really good to me,” she said. Gaidosh makes an effort to give back to the community that took her in so graciously. She leads a club in Knappa through 4-H, the youth development program. She tries to help with the food bank and does fundraisers when her time allows. If not, she is likely hiking or hanging out with her grandchildren.
At 73, Gaidosh has no plans to slow down, even after a recent cancer diagnosis. She plays around four shows a week. By 2022, she wants to raise that number to five, if not more. “Sometimes I’m tired but do I want to sit at home and watch soap operas and be in a walker? No, I don’t,” she said. “Thank God, I’m not.”