Bringing her unique abundance of energy and joy to the stage, Ellie Hartman delighted friends and strangers alike with a few hours of originals and covers at Insomnia Coffee Company. A full-time student at George Fox college and a retreat camp host on weekends, you can often find Ellie playing farmer’s markets, coffee shops and wineries on Portland’s West side. Learn about her and check out some videos on her Facebook page. There is a bunch of her music to browse on Soundcloud, and a little of everything on Instagram. Most importantly, if you want to attend a show and know you’ll leave with a smile on your face, Ellie is your ticket.
My friend Ivan Camacho and I served together for a few years on a church worship team. Knowing about my love for all kinds of music, he invited me to an “Insomnia Session”. The Insomnia Coffee Company is a wildly-popular, locally-owned coffee shop in Hillsboro. I’ve been there many times to hear a wide variety of music over the last several years.
Since 2014 this group meets every 1st and 3rd Thursdays at the Insomnia Coffee location at 53rd and Baseline in Hillsboro from 7-9 PM. The sessions originated from a need to provide an opportunity for local acoustic musicians to gather and share music together. There are a few similar group sessions in the metro area, this is the only one that’s been around for 2-1/2 years in the Hillsboro area.
The owners and staff of Insomnia have been very supportive of the group and the music they make. The group consists of musicians with various backgrounds, including school teachers, retired individuals, professional and amateur musicians, all with a passion for Celtic / Americana music.
The group is open to interested musicians to come and participate. They typically play reels, jigs and waltzes from The Portland Collections, vols 1-3. If you’re interested in bringing some music, they would love will give it a shot. You can reach Ivan at firstname.lastname@example.org and (503) 816-9857.