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After a decade of brave resistance, Midwest fiddler Laura Heinmann finally retunes to cross A
Confused bluegrass guitar player keeps asking himself, “Where’s the f**king one?”
Springfield police officer Matt Stevens enters mental freeze when he uncovers local punks playing oldtime music
Squirrel Hunters erroneously played in G
Phrase “one more tune” found to be potentially misleading
UN declares banjo uke “a crime against humanity”
West Virginia oldtime musicians narrowly avert brawl by not talking about politics
Netherton returns to melody after long separation
Bruce Molsky slowly coming to grips with the fact he has groupies
“Lost Indian” Exactly Where He’s Supposed To Be
Scienticists shocked to discover that oldtime is actually still new
Mississippi Sawyer displaced by chainsaw
National Endowment for the Arts grants $12.15 and a six-pack of Mtn Dew to compose “Tenth of January”
Massive backlog of rare C tunes leads to epic 4-hour jam, dorkdom
“Lazy” John files defamation suit
Clifftop Strip Tease Competition Update: Contestants Asked Not To Remove G-string
New Study Shows Waltzes Reduce Time Signature By 25% In Mice
Term “oldtime” deemed politically insensitive to the elderly
Asheville, NC banjo player can’t decide whether to wear his Red Wing or Frye boots to tonight’s jam
Drunken frat boy assaulted after requesting “Wagon Wheel” not once, but twice
Lost Girl found
Ralph Stanley switches to banjo, harmonica “too hard”
Local New Haven djembe player subtly uninvited to next jam
Maybe the tune is straight and the rest of the world is crooked. Woah!
Augusta reschedules to February
Records reveal oldtime royalty not really royal
Wife of Vermont oldtime fiddler hasn’t seen husband “in decades”
Bass overtakes harmonica as fifth most popular oldtime instrument
Stickerville Toilets Vandalized: Police Have Nothing To Go On

musician profiles



Rhona Dalling

Rhona Dalling is a fiddle player and songwriter from Newcastle Upon Tyne. She was early introduced to the folk scene by...

Graham Dezarn

I grew up from the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where I still live.  My parents spent a lot of time...

Caitlin Hearn

Caitlin Hearn is a fiddle player who currently lives in Regensburg, Germany, where she is an English teacher. She got her musical feet wet...

festival profiles


The Back to the Farm Festival, Rodengo-Saiano, Italy

FOR BEING A NICHE MUSIC, old-time sure seems to pop up in some unexpected places. Of all the gigs I’ve played this year, one...

book reviews


Depression Era Country Guitar

While it would be a fool's errand to try and count all the instructional books on, say, bluegrass fiddle, blues guitar,...

Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s

Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s Harry Bolick and Stephen T. Austin University Press of Mississippi, 2015 Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s...

The Fiddle Book, Marion Thede (1967)

A large part of the 60s folk revival was made up of people who didn't grow up with the genres of American vernacular music...

oldtime voices


Finding My Tribe

Most of my life, I never felt like I had a tribe.   I was always an outlier. I...

The Berlin Old-Time Scene: An Origin Myth

1. Sheriff Greyson in the Sandbox It was a typically overcast Berlin Saturday in late spring. The playground...

community profiles


Old-Time on the Danube: Why We Play

Musical communities are interesting studies in human psychology. You find them in just about every population on Earth: groups of people who come together...

Keeping Old Time

If in the last ten years your travels have brought you through Asheville, North Carolina, you will have noticed something odd:...

Berlin goes banjo: the old-time invasion

  Think in Berlin you’ll only catch live banjo music at a Mumford & Sons' show? Think again....