Author: luke

  • Brian Baker

    Brian Baker Guitar, Vocals, Percussion Brian grew up in Eugene, attended Churchill High School and graduated from the University of Oregon. At some point during his teen years Brian got what’s commonly referred to as “the fever” for playing the guitar. The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones were all early influences.…

  • Tyler McDowell

    Tyler McDowell Bass Guitar

  • Jamie Vandenberg

    Jamie Vandenberg Accordion, Vocals Jamie teaches piano lessons and works as a musician in the Portland area. She met Brian and John through the extended community plays at Bethel Lutheran Church and was thrilled to be invited to play with Beltaine! Jamie fell in love with the accordion in 2008. After playing the piano for…

  • John Keys

    John Keys Hammered Dulcimer, Flute, Pennywhistle, Vocals, Cowbell John has been playing music for most of his life. John grew up with his sisters playing guitars in the back yard. There were many summer nights listening to music and roasting marshmallows by the fire. John started with piano at Madeleine Grade School in Portland, Oregon.…

  • Whisky Rye

    Whisky Rye Lyrics by John Keys, music by Beltaine Whisky Rye for Jenny’s daughters got to fight the cold. Whisky Rye for Jenny’s daughters got to fight the cold. Pickin’ cotton ain’t no way to keep eight children fed each day, Whisky Rye for Jenny’s daughters got to fight the cold. At three and twenty years…

  • Lighten Up

    Lighten Up! Lyrics by John Keys, music by Fiddler’s Green Lighten up, you bastards, lighten up, (Póg mo thóin!) Lighten up, you bastards, lighten up,  Life’s to short to be an ass, take a breath, this too shall pass. Lighten up, you bastards, lighten up! In this life, we’re trying to get by, Go to work,…

  • Star of the County Down

    Star of the County Down Traditional   In Banbridge Town in the County Down one morning last July From a boreen green came a sweet colleen and she smiled as she passed me by She looked so sweet from her two bare feet to the sheen of her nut brown hair Such a coaxing elf…

  • The Pig Latin Whiskey Song

    The Pig Latin Whiskey Song Lyrics by Brian Baker, music by Beltaine As I rove, I find a world of contradiction, of beauty paired with fiction in the land All these lies, sowed by clever use of diction, by kings and politicians to divide But I know, we can unify the masses, with simple words…

  • Mercy

    Mercy Lyrics by Brian Baker, music by Beltaine   Follow me down to the bottom of the hill where pine trees hold the smell of slop and alcohol A lean-to hides the barrels and the still that I love best and on the roof my dog Mercy settles in for her morning rest   One…

  • Music Main Downloading/Streaming

    Music Main Downloading/Streaming

      DOWNLOADING and STREAMING  Click on the CD cover below to see the entire track list, sample some tunes and purchase or stream.  All Beltaine CDs can be found on the following platforms:  Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, Pandora and Deezer                                …