musician, singer, songwriter, performer, teacher, and more
Alex Sturbaum is a one-of-a-kind performer. Steeped in musical traditions from both sides of the Atlantic, Alex is equally comfortable performing for dancers in a crowded grange hall, singing original songs at an intimate house concert, belting out sea shanties at a pub sing, or tearing through bluegrass standards at a festival. Alex's music is rooted in a respect for the tradition and a deep, infectious love of playing.
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 co-founded the band Gallimaufry, began playing for contra dances, and never looked back.
Alex now resides in Olympia, WA, and performs with various different dance and concert bands in addition to solo work, teaching, and production.