Flutestock is a free, 3-day, annual festival of the Native American-style flute, now in its sixth year, in Elkton, OR. We also welcome other indigenous & world flutes as well as instruments used to accompany flute music. The public is encouraged to join us!
What happens at Flutestock?
All-comers open mic, all day
Professional flute players
COOL STUFF TO BUY
Art & crafts
What we do…
Flutestock builds and nurtures community among Native American-style flute players, makers, and fans; enhances players’ skills, and honors the instrument’s roots.
What we value…
Where we gather…
Flutestock takes place on the traditional, ancestral territory of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe. We thank and honor those Indigenous people who have lived on and cherished this land in the past and present. Those of us in the United States are encouraged to be mindful and respectful of the Indigenous people whose land we stand on, wherever we live, work, or visit.
How we began…
In 2008 Alby Thoumsin happened to meet John Eley, an Oregon flute maker from the UK, who gave Alby his first flute. Alby said he didn’t know how to play it, but John* said “You’ll learn.” And so he did.
After he met Tim Fields-Lardie, a Lakota flute maker who became one of Alby’s closet friends, Alby’s joy in playing flute grew. There was just one disappointment: Alby had met hardly anyone else with the same interest. That’s when he decided to create a local flute festival.
Soon, Flutestock was born. With much help from Steve O'Brien and Dean Armstrong, Alby launched the first Flutestock in 2017 at the ECEC, making his dream a reality.
*The gift of Alby’s first flute is why John Eley is sometimes called “the grandfather of Flutestock.”
What is ECEC?
The Elkton Community Education Center, our venue, is the community center for Elkton with a library, café, gift shop, meeting space, wedding venue, and summer youth employment program. It also is a summer tourist destination, with a butterfly pavilion and a replica of historic Fort Umpqua. The ECEC operates the campground where many festival-goers camp during Flutestock.