Thanks to Breedlove and Deering, our annual fine instrument raffles have raised an average of $7,000 annually in support of the education outreach programs and events of Sisters Folk Festival, Inc.

We have two stunning instruments again this year – one of which is sure to be a collector’s item as it once again features a beautiful inlay honoring the 2019 festival.

The Breedlove guitar is on display at Paulina Springs Books in Sisters, and the Deering banjo is hanging at Melvin’s by Newport Avenue Market. Both locations are selling tickets for the instrument they have on display.

A huge thank-you to our local merchants for helping with the raffle and to our good friends at Breedlove Guitars and Deering Banjo for their generosity!


This amazing guitar has been crafted by the expert luthiers at Breedlove in Bend, Oregon and signed by the owner of the company – Tom Bedell – to commemorate the 2019 Sisters Folk Festival. It is a 2019 Custom Concertina guitar valued at $5,000 retail. Introduced in 2018, the Concertina is Breedlove’s small body guitar, delivering a surprisingly clear, crisp, loud sound. It’s 12-frets to the body design make it a joy to play. The Concertina body shape replaced Breedlove’s Parlor-style guitar. The beautiful figured Redwood top has a striking coloration that literally sparkles in the light and produces a warm, even tone. The back and sides are made with Malaysian Blackwood, which is similar to a Macassar Ebony – hard and heavy, with a ring like a bell! It has the typical black veining with gorgeous contrasting brown and reddish streaks. The neck is Mahogany with a slotted headstock, and Breedlove artisans have added this year’s nod to the folk festival’s poster image – a custom “canoe paddle” and water graphic inlay in the fretboard. To top it off, this stunning instrument includes an on-board LR Baggs Element Active System electronics system, and comes with a hard shell case. This collector’s guitar has the perfect fit, finish and sound for a true folk singer-songwriter instrument.

Concertina Guitar Valued – $5,000



Easy to play! Durable and easy to maintain! The Goodtime banjo produces a vibrant ringing tone from its natural finished violin grade maple rim. At only 4 pounds, the weight makes it ideal for both children and adults to play and to travel with conveniently. Teachers and professionals around the world recommend the Goodtime banjo for greater success in learning to play, they are the best banjo to start on.

Made in the USA at the Deering Shop with the same tooling used to make the top of the line Banjos. They are so accurate, many professionals have recorded with Goodtime Banjos.

Estimated Retail Value – $669