5th Annual Tenor Guitar Gathering

The 5th Annual Tenor Guitar Gathering will be June 5-8, 2014 in Astoria, Oregon, the unoffical "Tenor Guitar Capital of The World".

The Tenor Guitar Foundation and it's generous army of volunteers are working to create another musical extravaganza all over Astoria. 


This Year's Tenor Guitar Artists

Tim May



Tim May began playing guitar and banjo at age 11, and by thirteen he was performing at the Bluegrass Festival of the United State in Louisville, Kentucky.

  • In 1989, Tim became a member of Eddie Rabbit’s Hare Trigger Band. 
  • That same year, Tim founded Crucial Smith, a progressive acoustic bluegrass band based in Nashville, which produced three well-received albums and performed regularly at high-profile festivals including Telluride, The Walnut Valley Festival, and Winterhawk. 
  • In 2002 and 2003, Tim toured with recording artist Patty Loveless promoting her smash hit bluegrass albums Mountain Soul and White Snow: A Mountain Christmas. 
  • Tim recorded Songs From The Long Leaf Pines with Charlie Daniels in 2005. He was the solo guitarist on I’ll Fly Away, nominated for the 2006 Country Instrumental of the Year Grammy Award. 
  • In 2006, Tim toured Japan with the John Cowan Band. 
  • Tim saw a lot of the Grand Ole Opry in 2006/2007, performing with Mike Snider’s
    Old Time String Band. 
  • Tim performs regularly with his wife, fiddler Gretchen Priest, and their band Plaidgrass, playing a high-energy instrumental mix of Celtic tunes and traditional Bluegrass. 
  • Tim is respected nationwide as a teacher and clinician. He’s taught at the Nashville Guitar College, South Plains College, and at Nashcamp. In addition, he periodically travels the country as a clinician for Oregon-based PK Thompson Guitars


  • Tim May is one of the most versatile acoustic guitar players on the scene today. Although he has a firm foundation in tradition, he can also take it all the way to the cutting edge. His innovativeness and his willingness to step out and “go where no man has gone before” set him apart from the crowd. I predict time will prove him to be one of the legends of flatpicking guitar.
  • – Dan Miller, Flatpicking Guitar Magazine
  • Tim May has just become one of my favorite guitar players.
  • – Dan Crary, National Flatpicking Guitar Champion
  • It has been a distinct honor and a pleasure to know and play music with Tim May. Tim’s ideas are of a depth and range that is rare, and he expresses those ideas with a rich tone and confident touch. Tim always says that I influenced him, but the truth is that I’ve learned something every time I play with him. I owe him a lot.
  • – Pat Flynn, New Grass Revival
  • The jaw-dropping guitar solo on The Voice would cause Eddie Van Halen to weep from insecurity.
  • – Mark Hurley, Higher & Higher (Moody Blues Fan Magazine) after hearing Rounder Records’ Moody Bluegrass: a Nashville Tribute to the Moody Blues
  • In addition to his phenomenal flatpicking skills, Tim May is also an accomplished singer and songwriter. About Father Time, a song Tim co-wrote with Pat Flynn, Robert Oermann summed it all up for Music Row Magazine:
  • “Call it folk, call it acoustic, call it bluegrass. I call it heartfelt.”
  • The Nashville Scene Magazine's Reader's Poll Best Instrumentalist in 2012 !!!


Professor Douglas Fraser

Professor Douglas Fraser is a gifted professional musicologist who also happens to be a strong proponent of the tenor guitar. His performance last year at TGG4 was absolutely fantastic. He has toured and opened for with many legends including Buddy Rich, Arlo Guthtrie, and Eubie Blake. We are honored to have him return this year. 
For Douglas, music is a way of life. He has played jazz in concert coast to coast. He has been on many television shows, movies and radio shows throughout the years. Douglas was the band leader at Gastown’s “Banjo Palace” in Vancouver, British Columbia for two years with a four to seven piece Dixieland / ragtime band. He wrote, produced and directed the theatrical comedy production, The Heartaches Razz Band in which, as band leader, he sang, played banjo, tap danced (he was hilarious) and did a comedy magic routine. This show toured internationally for ten years playing concerts, clubs and the Canadian university circuit, ultimately performing a total of thirty one times at The Troubadour in Hollywood and at Pasadena’s Ice House Comedy Club. 

Douglas has toured with Blood, Sweat and Tears, Brian Adams, Boz Scaggs, the Knack and George Carlin ( to name a few ). Doug played fifteen hundred and fifty –four shows at California’s Knott’s Berry Farm, he also played in Disneyland in Anaheim, California and some thirty shows at Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. Previous manager, Isy Walters, kept him working as an opening act for such greats as Buddy Rich, Earl Hines, Les Brown and his band of Renown, Stan Getz and Eubie Blake. Advice from Hezzie, band leader of the Hoosier Hot Shots and performing with Mousie Garner from Spike Jones & the City Slickers, and who was one of the original Three Stooges, helped hone Douglas’s natural comic instincts. Prof. Fraser has also spent several years as a stand up comic and as a folk singer. 

Tenor Guitar Hall of Fame

The Tenor Guitar Advisory Board ( Banana, Joel Eckhaus, Steve Pyott, Tom Molyneaux, and Mark Josephs) has chosen this year's recepients to the 2014 Tenor Guitar Gall of Fame.


Tenor Guitar Foundation 
399 31st Street #B
Astoria, OR 97103


Tom Molyneaux

Tom Molyneaux

EZ Marc Poschman

EZ Marc Poschman

Stephan Schauer

Stephan Schauer

Carl Allen

Carl Allen