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Mississippi Sawyer displaced by chainsaw
Bass overtakes harmonica as fifth most popular oldtime instrument
Scienticists shocked to discover that oldtime is actually still new
Netherton returns to melody after long separation
Lost Girl found
West Virginia oldtime musicians narrowly avert brawl by not talking about politics
Stickerville Toilets Vandalized: Police Have Nothing To Go On
Wife of Vermont oldtime fiddler hasn’t seen husband “in decades”
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?”
Lonesome John discovers Tinder
“Lost Indian” Exactly Where He’s Supposed To Be
Maybe the tune is straight and the rest of the world is crooked. Woah!
Ralph Stanley switches to banjo, harmonica “too hard”
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Asheville, NC banjo player can’t decide whether to wear his Red Wing or Frye boots to tonight’s jam



Myth and Reason in Oldtime

I have played old-time fiddle for a very long time. In 1970 when I was twenty years old I moved from...

George Jackson – interview + tunes

I grew up about as far away geographically from the regions where old-time music originated as you could imagine, but American...

Liza Jane – banjo lesson with Hilarie Burhans

In this video, Hilarie Burhans of Athens, Ohio teaches the tune "Liza Jane" on clawhammer banjo. This is a fairly standard "festival"...

Missouri Rules of Harmony?

For over 20 years I played guitar in the Hoover Uprights, with Bill Schmidt (fiddle), Dave Rice (harmonica), Kate Brett (banjo),...

Decolonizing the Music (Room)

Brandi Pace is an African-American music educator, now teaching elementary music in Fort Worth, Texas for almost a decade.  She is also...

Aviva Steigmeyer: interview + tunes

I grew up in Washington state and started playing old-time music when I was 18 years old. My parents were migrant...

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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...

Fiddle Resources

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

Bad Festival Neighbors

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

Take it slow: tools to slow down recordings

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

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