Northern Departure

Northern Departure, Traditional bluegrass with a modern twist!

Formed in October 2008 out of the ashes of Three Generations, and The VZ Valley Boys. Northern Departure came together and has not looked back since.

Northern Departure is a modern Bluegrass band. Formed in Based out of Brier/Seattle, WA.
Members include:
Nick Dumas: Mandolin, Fiddle, lead vocals.
Derek Gray: Bass, Vocals.
Austin McGregor: Banjo, Vocals.
Norm Olsen: Guitar, Vocals.

Howdy folks! There are still a whole bunch of the Northern Departure CD's left over! Both our first album, "Cleared For Takeoff" & our latest self titled album are still available. Shoot us a message or comment if you are interested. We are selling them off at a discounted rate so get them while you can before they're gone!

Ok change of plans! We are NOT going to delete this Facebook page. A lot of people have talked us out of it because we would be losing a lot of great pictures, videos, and memories. No need to worry now. We're staying right here!

Darrington Bluegrass Festival

There have been many rumors and even news articles going around saying that the Darrington Bluegrass Festival may not happen this year due to the catastrophic Oso landslide. No need to worry! The festival WILL happen this year. Below is a status that was posted by the Darrington Bluegrass Festival. Please share this and help the word get out everywhere!

My name is Diana Morgan. I am a board member for the Darrington Bluegrass Association. I want to let every out there know that we will be having our bluegrass festival this year. It is July 18, 19, 20 2014. We know that some of you have heard rumors that the festival was not going to happen but I assure you that it is going to happen and we hope that all of you will come and support our festival and our town of Darrington. Please share this so the word will get around. Thank you. Diana Morgan

Northern Departure's original guitar player, Chris Luquette and mandolin player, Nick Dumas will be performing at the Maltby Bluegrass Jam & Open Mic this Saturday at the Maltby Community Center in Maltby, WA. Our banjo player, Austin McGregor may even make an appearance as well! Come on out and join the fun!

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For those of you that have not picked up a Northern Departure CD yet, click the link below! Get em while you can! Click to listen at CDBaby

What an amazing weekend we had at the Darrington Bluegrass Festival this past weekend! We played in front of one of the best audiences we ever had! We thank all of you SO MUCH for coming out to support us on such a special weekend. We'll see y'all again down the road! God Bless!

Happy Saturday everyone! We have a big yet saddening announcement to make... Things have been pretty quiet around these parts and as you all have seen, we haven't been playing many shows within the past few months. Our next show on the bill will be the Darrington Bluegrass Festival on the third weekend of July and we are extremely excited for it. That will be a very special yet saddening show because it will be our last show as Northern Departure. Due to many different life conflicts, work schedules, and other things, we have decided to disband after Darrington for the foreseeable future. We encourage all of you Northern Deparutre fans to come join us at Darrington for our final show! It has been a fantastic journey and we hate to see it coming to an end. We really hope to see you all in July! Thanks so much everyone for all of your love and support! We'll see y'all soon!

A big happy birthday to our lead vocalist and mandolin player, Nick Dumas!

Videos (See all)

Northern Departure @ Bluegrass From The Forest 2011
Northern Departure w/ Rhonda Vincent & The Rage!
Northern Departure w/ Special Guest ANDY HALL!
Northern Departure - "I Want To Live Beyond The Grave"
Northern Departure @ Folklife 2010 - "Table Mountain Breakdown"

Band Interests

Jamming, playing live shows, booking shows, playing at festivals.

Band Members

Nick Dumas
Derek Gray
Austin McGregor
Norm Olsen


Record Label


General Manager

Will McSeveney

Booking Agent

Will McSeveney or Nick Dumas
Other Seattle Artists
Kenny G
Ashburn Artists