Shanghaied on the Willamette is the lively musical duo of Jonathan Lay and Gordy Euler. We perform songs and tunes "plundered from land and sea," including traditional Celtic, English, and Old-Time American music, especially music of the sea and waterways. We accompany our vocal harmonies with a "fleet" of acoustic instruments, including fiddle, bodhran (Irish drum), guitar (6- and 12-string), mandola, tin whistles, harmonicas and banjo.
Jonathan, who’s powerful and supple voice can do justice to a gentle ballad or a rough-and-tumble sea chantey, plays guitar, tin whistle, harmonica, and a rollicking bodhran. Gordy is a skilled vocalist and a multi-instrumentalist who easily switches among fiddle, mandola, tin whistle, guitar and banjo. This broad range of sounds allows them to craft exciting and varied arrangements and programs.
Our first performance together was in the 1992 Work Songs of the Sea Festival in Portland, Oregon, and we formed Shanghaied on the Willamette in the fall of that year. Since then we have performed in festivals, pubs, outdoor markets, and concerts in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. (SeeWhere We've Been.)