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



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In this lesson Craig Judelman teaches a great modern oldtime tune: Old Cumberland. It's just a little crooked and thoroughly addictive, plus...

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by Megan Westcott



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 –...

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...

Clifftop: a Beginner’s Guide

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

Bad Festival Neighbors

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

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...

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