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Miss Holly and Capt. Ken Janson had been making informal music at Civil War reenactments and Celtic celebrations since the 1990s. Miss Carrie and Miss Holly had run into each other and played together in an equally informal way for some years as well. In 2004 the local theater in Klamath Falls, Oregon, was planning the production of a theatrical version of The Grapes of Wrath, and the director asked Capt. Janson to throw together a group to perform appropriate period tunes in between scenes. There resulted a mixed group of musicians, three of whom have already been mentioned. At the end of the run for the show these three decided that they were having too much fun making music together to not continue...and so the Thrown Together Band was born.

So there it is, The Thrown Together Band. Our name is our history. We specialize in

Traditional Celtic Tunes
and music of and about the
American Civil War 1861-1865.

We especially like when these two interests cross paths as they do in several of the tunes on our first album,

In the Shadow of the Gun.

Our second album

Heart of Erin

holds 18 of some of our favorite Irish tunes.

May we invite you to give a listen from the playlists on our on-line store. Hope you like what you hear.

If you'd like to purchase either album, just click here.

The Band is headquartered in Klamath Falls, Oregon and we travel throughout the west performing at living history presentations, reenactments and schools. We also perform for a variety of social gatherings and private parties.

 

Ken

Capt. Ken Janson - Vocals, Guitar, Penny Whistle, Composition

I have been involved with the study of the American Civil War from the time I was old enough to know there had been one. I have been in love with traditional music, especially Celtic music since I first heard it in High School when I strummed my first guitar. Currently I have the honor to be Captain and commanding officer of
Hurt's Battery, Alabama Light Artillery of the Reenactors of the American Civil War (RACW).

When the band was first "thrown together" for the theatrical production of The Grapes of Wrath, I sat down and wrote a song for the show after looking at a photo of a woman staring dull-eyed from the opening of a tent in a 1930s squatters' camp. It surprised me that I could write music. I could, I did, I liked doing it. I have since done it several more times. One result is the title track of our first album, In the Shadow of the Gun. Another is the title track of our second album, Heart of Erin. Hope you like them.

Holly

Mrs. Holly Fields - Vocals, Harmony, Guitar

I have always loved American history, particularly the antebellum period. Likewise, music has always been an important part of my life. My first guitar came to me at age 11. I never had lessons, but to hear my mother tell it, I “locked myself in my bedroom and didn’t come out for a week, but when I finally did come out, I could play the darn thing.”

Reenacting has been a part of my life since 1996, and would have been sooner had not my husband’s military duties prevented it – it is rather difficult to take off for long reenacting weekends when Uncle Sam owns your tail end! It's an ironic twist that Kevin and I are on opposite sides—Blue and Gray; we don’t even camp together at events—a parallel to the families whose lives were torn apart by the War Between the States.

A founding member of the Cascade Civil War Society (CCWS), I have been its civilian coordinator. I also make my home with the civilians of the 9th Virginia Cavalry when at Northwest Civil War Council (NCWC) events.

Carrie

Miss Carrie Rarden - Fiddle, Harmony

I have been interested in music ever since I can first remember. My parents tell me that when I was 2 years old, I would even play the tunes off of the commercials on the Piano, a lot of times in the same key! I began Piano lessons when I was 4 years old and took 14 years of Piano lessons, began Violin when I was 10 years old in the elementary school orchestra and took 7 years of private Violin lessons, and a few years of lessons on the Organ. By my senior year in high school, I was in 6 music classes, 1 before school, 1 after school and 4 during school.

I play numerous instruments, but Piano, Violin, and Organ are my main instruments. I teach private Piano and Violin lessons (for anyone that may be interested to learn that live in Klamath Falls, OR). When I'm not reenacting or recording a CD with my band, I play in the Klamath Symphony and sing in the choir at First Presbyterian Church. I reenact with the Reenactors of the American Civil War (RACW).

Linda

Linda Kalayjian - rhythm spoons, vocals

I never expected to be part of the Thrown Together Band.  I had listened to them perform at Civil War re-enactments for literally years and been enchanted with their sound.  When I met and married my husband, John, imagine my surprise to find one of the band members, Holly, was a friend.  To make a long story short,  I ended up being cook and roadie for the band.  I did and still do enjoy that role, but about 3 years ago the band needed a stand in spoon player for a gig.  I think I said something like what am I chopped liver?  I love making music as much as listening to it....so I pulled up some You Tube videos and learned to play the spoons.  Yep, kitchen spoons to start with but now I have wooden spoons from Ireland!

[Most of the photography on this site is also thanks to dearest Sgt. Linda.]