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All tunes played at 140 bpm at first ever Missouri slow jam
Bass overtakes harmonica as fifth most popular oldtime instrument
Springfield police officer Matt Stevens enters mental freeze when he uncovers local punks playing oldtime music
National Endowment for the Arts grants $12.15 and a six-pack of Mtn Dew to compose “Tenth of January”
Pig’s foot officially too far in the fire
Bruce Molsky slowly coming to grips with the fact he has groupies
Phrase “one more tune” found to be potentially misleading
Term “oldtime” deemed politically insensitive to the elderly
Scienticists shocked to discover that oldtime is actually still new
Banjo uke given presidential pardon
West Virginia oldtime musicians narrowly avert brawl by not talking about politics
Clifftop Strip Tease Competition Update: Contestants Asked Not To Remove G-string
After a decade of brave resistance, Midwest fiddler Laura Heinmann finally retunes to cross A
Augusta reschedules to February
Mississippi Sawyer displaced by chainsaw
Netherton returns to melody after long separation
Lonesome John discovers Tinder
Records reveal oldtime royalty not really royal
New Study Shows Waltzes Reduce Time Signature By 25% In Mice
Asheville, NC banjo player can’t decide whether to wear his Red Wing or Frye boots to tonight’s jam
Ralph Stanley switches to banjo, harmonica “too hard”
“Lost Indian” Exactly Where He’s Supposed To Be
Maybe the tune is straight and the rest of the world is crooked. Woah!
Local New Haven djembe player subtly uninvited to next jam
Drunken frat boy assaulted after requesting “Wagon Wheel” not once, but twice
Lost Girl found
Confused bluegrass guitar player keeps asking himself, “Where’s the f**king one?”
Wife of Vermont oldtime fiddler hasn’t seen husband “in decades”
Stickerville Toilets Vandalized: Police Have Nothing To Go On



Cripple Creek: fiddle lesson with Craig Judelman

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Virtual Banjo-Fiddle Frolic: interview with Allie Lee

Frank and Allie Lee have put on their Banjo-Fiddle Frolic for the past two years to great success. This year they've decided...

Stony Run: An interview with Ken and Brad Kolodner

The following is an interview with Ken and Brad Kolodner, the father-son duo based in Baltimore, Maryland, about their new album "Stony...

Swedish oldtime fiddler Agnes Brogeby: interview + tunes

I'm from Sweden. I grew up in Stockholm, but now live in Gothenburg in the south of Sweden. I've been playing oldtime...

The Cabin: tradition & place in Romney, West Virginia

Traditional Appalachian musicians from Hampshire County, West Virginia and the surrounding area are fortunate to have a great venue where they...

Gilsaw – fiddle lesson with John P. Williams

John P. Williams is a wonderful fiddler from the "Little Dixie" region of North Missouri. This part of the country was...

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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...

Is oldtime out of tune?

Whether we admit it or not, almost all of us have had that moment of listening to an oldtime fiddler –...

Clifftop: a Beginner’s Guide

All photos by Sandra Parks Three to four thousand old-time musicians, all in...

Fiddle Resources

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

Take it slow: tools to slow down recordings

Overview: Learning tunes by ear is great – slowing tunes down makes that...

Bad Festival Neighbors

When you roll up to an old time festival, you know you aren’t checking into the Presidential...

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