‘Troubadour Camp’ visits Hood River April 26

Peter Wilson, Mountain John Hilligoss and Moe Dixon perform in Hood River on April 26.


Peter Wilson, Mountain John Hilligoss and Moe Dixon perform in Hood River on April 26.

This spring Mountain John Hilligoss, Moe Dixon and Peter Wilson come to the Pacific Northwest during a CD release concert tour with new and original songs and old favorites from three musicians’ lifetimes.

The three solo performers first met in the late 1970s in southern Vermont while performing on the New England folk music circuit. In 2008 they dusted off their musical partnership in what has become an annual event – a week-long gathering dubbed “Troubadour Camp.”

The upcoming concert in Hood River marks the first time the trio’s CD, “Songs and Stories from Troubadour Camp,” has been released to Western audiences. “I’m excited about this tour. Living in different corners of the country we rarely get to play together. There's great chemistry on stage and now, with over 50 co-written songs, it's a treat to see what we can do with them.” said Wilson.

Last spring the musicians first brought their Troubadour Camp material to the stage in California. They recorded shortly after and released their CD last fall during a concert in the mountains of western Pennsylvania, near the home of Hilligoss.

With three completely different musical styles, each artist carries strong solo act histories that span four decades.

Long-time Columbia Gorge resident Moe Dixon is well known on the folk circuit for his fiery finger picking on guitar and ukulele. Dixon has shared the stage with Pete Seeger, Doc Watson, Maria Muldaur, John Denver, Little River Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Three Dog Night, Buddy Guy, Robben Ford and many others.

Hilligoss is equal parts cowboy poet, operatic baritone, stand-up comedian and country crooner. He began his career in the LA folk music scene of the 1970s, spent years working Nashville’s music row and has traveled millions of miles performing songs and telling stories at festivals, night clubs and concert halls in every U.S. state, Canada and Europe.

For three decades, folksinger Peter Wilson has regularly performed festivals, concerts and nightclubs across the country.

The Troubador Camp concert is in Hood River at the Columbia Center for the Arts on Friday, April 26.

Tickets are $10 and more information is available at www.troubadourmusiccenter.com.

A strong supporter of the arts, Wilson has been a featured performer at the California WorldFest and KVMR Celtic Festival and has opened concerts for headliners including: The Band, Etta James, Jessie Winchester, David Lindley and The Smothers Brothers.

His videos have been featured on the Nashville Network and TNN and he has shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris and more.

For three decades, folksinger Peter Wilson has regularly performed festivals, concerts and nightclubs across the country. A strong supporter of the arts, Wilson has been a featured performer at the California WorldFest and KVMR Celtic Festival and has opened concerts for headliners including: The Band, Etta James, Jessie Winchester, David Lindley and The Smothers Brothers. His CD, “Shoulder to the Wheel” was released last year.

For the past five years, Dixon and Wilson have joined Hilligoss at his family cabin deep in western Pennsylvania where they churn out songs and stories as easily as they did in their youth. “These songs just flow out of us like a river,” Hilligoss said. When they come together for their annual reunion, mutual respect is the key ingredient to the outpouring of songs they always create, he said.

“It’s like a song factory. It’s just like the old days... It’s a different thing when you can sit down with friends,” said Dixon, who makes his home on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.

Last year, the trio wrote 15 new songs. In May, they will record a second studio CD in Wilson’s hometown of Grass Valley, drawing from a well of material that will be replenished again at next fall’s camp.

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