Michael Ismerio









Jason and Pharis Romero

Back up and Push - CD (order)

Shipping Port

My friends Jason and Pharis Romero (banjo and guitar) traveled the west coast backing up and recording one tune each with some of their favorite fiddlers between San Francisco and Vancouver BC.   It is a fabulous CD and I was fortunate enough to be included in the project.

Old Billy Hell Yeah!

Little Rabbit

I've Been All Around This World

Poor Old Napper

Liza Jane

On occasion I get to play music with my dear friends Jason and Pharis Romero.  And on some of these occasions we get to record our music together.

Duet with Curtis Alsobrook

Big Hoedown

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Big Fancy

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Moonshine Still (download)

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The Government Issue Orchestra

Self Titled - CD (Order)

Going Back to Hamburg


This is the one and only release the GIO put out before parting ways. It was recorded in my shack on the permaculture farm in Portland by Tim Wenzel in Jan 2006 It took a year for us to self-release it and came out after the band broke up. It features Sophie Vitells and I on fiddles, Maggie Brunjes on Banjo, Patrick Lind on washtub bass, and Caroline Oakley on guitar.


The Dickel Brothers
Volume One - LP/CD
Empty Records (Out of Print)

The Sinners Have Come

New River Train

In early 1999 the Dickels went into Larry Crane's Jackpot Studio to record our first full length LP. Blake from eMpTy Records offered to put it out on his primarily punk rock record label.  Since all of us had been involved in various punk scenes we jumped at the chance. Being cheeky bastards we decided to put two tracks on the vinyl LP that were not on the CD.

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The Dickel Brothers

Volume Two - LP/CD
Empty Records (Out of Print)

I'm Getting Ready To Go

The Rambling Boy

By the end of 1999 we were back in Jackpot Studios recording our second album in one year!  It was released just before our six week national tour in the summer of 2000. This would be the last recording of that lineup of the Dickel Brothers.

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The Dickel Brothers

Boxcar Records - 7"(Out of Print)

Back in Oct. 1997 when the Dickels were just Matt, Clancy and myself we hand made and self released our first 7" on our own label.  It was a home made job with block printed covers, gaffers tape spine, a printed black and white photograph of the band, and a hand written booklet illustrated by Bwana Spoons.  There was only 300 printed so you might have to search wide to find one.

Let Her Go God Bless Her 7" cover

The Dickel Brothers

Let Her Go, God Bless Her

b/w Possum on a Rail - 7"

Empty Records (Out of Print)

This 7" was a pre-release that Empty Records offered to put out to get people excited about the upcoming full length album Dickel Brothers Volume One.  It was recorded at the same time as the Volume One recordings.

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The Dickel Brothers

Ballyhoo Blues - 7"

Extra Ball Records (Out of Print)

Ballyhoo Blues

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The Dickels became good friends with Sam Soule from Multiball magazine. In 199? he asked us to be on a split 7" that would accompany the magazine so Matt wrote a song about the original Ballyhoo Pinball Machine that was released in 1931.  The song was later released on a compilation cd put out by Extra Ball called "Hot Pinball Rock"

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The Dickel Brothers

Bill Mason b/w I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes - 7"

Extra Ball Records (Out of Print)

Our relationship with Extra Ball continued and they offered to put out a 7" of just us.  Brian, our bass player, printed the gorgeous covers at Stumptown Printers.  these tracks were recorded in Dec. 1999 during the Volume Two recording sessions.

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Doug Shepherd

Mass Amount of Love - CD (order)

Postcard from Everett Ruess

Tightrope Walks

I met Doug shortly after we both moved to Portland. We became great friends and I have joined him playing drums on various projects over the years.  Here is proof that I don't only play folk music.  This recording was made in Dec. 1998.  Doug still performs around Portland.  You should go see him. 

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Doug Shepherd

Type Foundry Sessions - CD (Out Of Print)

Tin Angel

On the Moon

In 2001 Doug put together another line up and we went into Type Foundry Studios in Portland to record more of his songs.  That band actually played out in public and did one really fun tour with fellow Portland band Boy Crazy

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Various Artists

An Old-Time Portland Potluck - CD (Out of Print)

Black Eyed Suzie

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Paul Silveria, master of puns and wacky ideas, wrote the script for an Old Time 78rpm-style musical skit and enlisted as many of Portland's old time bands as he could fit in the studio. The results were hilarious and captured a moment in Portland's history. You can check out what he is up to at www.squaredancepaul.com

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Emily Rose Nyberg - CD

Sally Walker


Turkle Dove

One summer a brave girl named Emily Rose rode the greyhound to Portland from Vancouver, Canada.  She showed up at one of my gigs saying she didn't know anyone but that she wanted to learn to play old time music.  As it turned out the songs she did sing were hauntingly beautiful and her personality charmed our whole community.  Portland took her in like a stray puppy.   I insisted that we record her songs.

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Grundig #1 - Fanzine (Out of Print)

In the winter of '95 my friend Jessie came and lived in my basement in Portland.  He got me all excited about two things; freight trains and zines.  I had no experience with the trains or writing but I really liked Jessie's writings and was trying to encourage him to put them out.  The zine idea was born.  We spent the winter compiling travel stories into the now classic fanzine format.  It was a co-production, meaning we kept each other company during the all night copy shop stints.  When spring came we both quit our jobs at the movie theater and headed out on the rails.

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Grundig #2 - Fanzine (Order)

In the following two years I spent a lot of time riding trains and hitchhiking around the US and Canada.  Eventually the stories wanted out so I tracked down Jessie and we set to work on Grundig #2.  Issue #1 had me excited about writing so I spent a lot more time working on this issue.  In fact I spent several months working on it somewhat obsessively.  It was almost like it gave me a reason to travel.

Grundig #3




Grundig #3 - Fanzine (Order)

By the time Issue #3 came out Jessie was had moved on and Grundig largely became my project with contributions by a handful of other friends.  This last issue was one long story about riding passenger trains in Mexico back when they still existed.  Besides the usual travel insights I seemed to be perticularly obsessed with food at that time.

I went on to print out thousands of copies of the zines, not including however many Jessie might have copied.  For years I would find copies in bathrooms all across America; the greatest success a zine can have.


In the fourteen years I lived in Portland I biked around and hung up literally thousands of posters for events I was involved with. Fortunately most of the posters were incredibly beautiful. Most of them were created and printed by my friends and cohorts at Stumptown Printers

After a while, events like the Old Time Gathering did not even need the added publicity from the posters but the poster as an historical document became my main concern.

I now see these posters on friends' walls all over the country.

To see the full archive of posters I've helped spawn Click Here