The Motherlode records, 1980-2000 PDF
- Motherlode (Musical group)
- The Motherlode records
- 1980-2000 (inclusive)19802000
- .25 linear ft.
- Collection Number
- XOE_CPNWS0132Motherlode (collection)
- These rocords document the Portland, OR/Bellingham, WA band, Motherlode, which started in 1980 and performed their own brand of women's folk music throughout the Pacific Northwest for over two decades.
- Western Washington University, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Archives Building
808 25th St.
- Access Restrictions
These records are open to the public.
- Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the Washington State Legislature to the Washington Women's History Consortium. Funding for encoding the finding aid was awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
Motherlode is a lesbian folk music group that played throughout the Pacific Northwest. Band members include: Nan Collie, Kathleen Fallon, Marie Dodge Eaton, and Janet Peterson. They all met at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop in 1980 and within a year, the four had formed Motherlode. Collie and Fallon had previously played together in the Portland band, Bittersweet. At the time, Collie and Fallon lived in Portland, OR, while Eaton and Peterson lived in Bellingham, WA. Despite the distance that separated this group, Motherlode managed to perform at countless venues over the years including the Seattle Folklife Festival, the McCall Music Festival (Idaho), the Corvallis Fall Festival, the Seattle Museum of History and Industry, Berkeley's Freight and Salvage, and numerous colleges and universities. Motherlode also played at several benefits for the gay rights political group, Hands Off Washington, as well as a benefit for four year old cancer patient, Alexandra Ellis.
Motherlode performed predominantly original material and members played a variety of instruments including guitar, cello, French horn, mandolin, bass, banjo, ukulele, piano, and flute to name just a few. Their musical careers together span nine albums and more than twenty five years. Members of Motherlode were also instrumental in founding and participating in the Northwest Women's Music Celebration, an annual music camp for women filled with music instruction and encouragement.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Motherlode records contain material spanning their more than twenty year existence. The records are an assemblage of publicity material including concert photos, press packets, original lyric sheets, posters, flyers, pamphlets, ticket stubs, schedules, and newsletters that provide information about their albums, concerts, and touring schedules throughout the years.
The video, Motherlode-20 Years: Looking ForwardLooking Back, is a retrospective of their musical careers. Members discuss songs and songwriting, albums, concerts, friends, band dynamics, and early history.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Motherlode records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
Series I: Publicity Materials, 1980-2000 Return to Top
Pamphlets, Fliers, Posters, Press Packet Materials
Series II: Video, 2000Return to Top
Motherlode-20 Years: Looking ForwardLooking Back
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- Folk music -- Northwest, Pacific -- History -- Sources.
- Gay rights -- Northwest, Pacific -- History -- Sources.
- Lesbian musicians -- Northwest, Pacific -- History -- Sources.
- Women folk musicians -- Northwest, Pacific -- History -- Sources.
- Women musicians -- Northwest, Pacific -- History -- Sources.
- Corporate Names :
- Motherlode (Musical group) (creator)