"One of the most get-sh*t-done people in folk music"
Steeped in musical traditions from both sides of the Atlantic, Alex Sturbaum is a master of many folk genres, as well as an experienced record producer and event organizer in traditional music spaces. Their instrumental prowess, complex songwriting, thoughtful engagement with the tradition, and welcoming spirit has made them a one-person force of nature in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Alex grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, on the banks of the Ohio River. Born into a musical household, they soon fell in love with traditional music of all types: the jigs and reels of Ireland, the ballads of Appalachia, the powerful songs of the sea shanty tradition, and more besides. Alex began picking up instruments at age 13, beginning on the bodhran and adding guitar, bouzouki, button accordion, banjo, mandolin, and voice to an ever-growing arsenal. At Oberlin College, Alex began playing for contra dances and never looked back.
Alex now resides in Olympia, WA, where they perform with various bands, as well as recording, producing, and organizing events.