Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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

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...
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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...
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Tom Turino & Shannon Arnold

Tom Turino was a professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1987 to 2014. He has been playing old-time banjo...

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...
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Dave Hoke

"In a public setting such as the inter-web, reflecting on my past makes me uncomfortable. Away from my home, I am disinclined...

Kevin Fore of Surry County, NC and Galax, VA (Carroll County)

If you want to hear a living master of the different styles of clawhammer banjo that emerged from the Round Peak community, listen to...
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Ryland Burhans

Ry grew up in Athens, Ohio. While raised around heaps of old-time, he spent most of his teenage years attempting to escape the music...

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...
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John Crutchfield

So in Old-Time pretty much everyone has a day job. Mine is being a writer— plays, mostly, although I write poems and stories as...

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...
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Rachel Eddy + Roger Netherton

Here's a video I've been dying to get out there. Rachel and Roger very graciously took time at this year's Clifftop to talk about...
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Matt Turino

Matt Turino is a great oldtime fiddle player who grew up in Urbana, Illinois. The son of a revivalist oldtime banjo player and ethnomusicologist,...
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Jane Rothfield

My journey as a musician has been a long one, since I started playing violin when I was about 6 years old! My parents...
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Christopher Suen

I met Chris through the kind of serendipity + hospitality that has characterized most all of my experience in the oldtime community. Chris was...
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Iowa fiddler Alan Murphy

Alan Murphy is one of the greats of Midwest fiddling and one who deserves to be known well beyond the region. Born in Sibley, Iowa...

Banjo Resources

Oldtime banjo players are probably the luckiest of the lot in finding learning materials online. I have no good explanation for why, but there's...
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Dante Portella and Megan O’Neill

Megan O'Neill Megan grew up playing classical violin, from 4th grade through high school, and, after putting her violin down for over a decade, she...

Guitar Resources

There's no where near as many resources out there for oldtime backup guitar players. That's a shame because it's such an important part of...

Fiddle Resources

There's a ton of resources out there on the web to help you learn oldtime fiddle. This is a compilation of various places you...

Ten Places to Start for Oldtime Fiddle

Oldtime fiddle - The Devil's Box? Let's be straight – oldtime fiddle is not for the faint of heart. It might be scratchy and "mossy",...
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Old Fiddlers’ Convention (Galax, Va) 2018 Contest Winners

From August 6-11 was the 83rd Annual Old Fiddlers' Convention in Galax, Virginia. Known to most of us in the oldtime community...

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....