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Bass overtakes harmonica as fifth most popular oldtime instrument
Asheville, NC banjo player can’t decide whether to wear his Red Wing or Frye boots to tonight’s jam
National Endowment for the Arts grants $12.15 and a six-pack of Mtn Dew to compose “Tenth of January”
Netherton returns to melody after long separation
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UN declares banjo uke “a crime against humanity”
Term “oldtime” deemed politically insensitive to the elderly
Massive backlog of rare C tunes leads to epic 4-hour jam, dorkdom
After a decade of brave resistance, Midwest fiddler Laura Heinmann finally retunes to cross A
Wife of Vermont oldtime fiddler hasn’t seen husband “in decades”
Springfield police officer Matt Stevens enters mental freeze when he uncovers local punks playing oldtime music
Squirrel Hunters erroneously played in G
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Drunken frat boy assaulted after requesting “Wagon Wheel” not once, but twice
Ralph Stanley switches to banjo, harmonica “too hard”



David Bragger & Susan Platz – tunes and interview

In 2017 David Bragger and Susan Platz released the first oldtime album featuring dual fiddle on all tracks: King's Lament. Bragger...

John Salyer (1882 -1952) – fiddler from Magoffin County,...

I once heard a fiddler call John Morgan Salyer “the foremost genius, the Mozart of Old Time”. I can’t really argue with...

Shortnin’ Bread: Fiddle lesson with Craig Judelman

In this lesson Craig Judelman teaches the classic American folk song "Shortnin' Bread". In some versions of the song, shortnin' bread...

Get Up in the Cool: Interview with Cameron DeWhitt

How did Get Up in the Cool get started? I listen to podcasts constantly, and I have for...

Seth Shumate – Oldtime Harmonica

"I'm a harmonica player with a focus on pre-war styles of harmonica from old-time, country blues, early blues, and jug band music. I...

Strum Machine or How to Have Fun Practicing

For most of us, the best part about playing oldtime is playing music with other people. It is a rare joy...

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Off to California

Paula McHugh

Inspired by the titles of Fiddle Tunes and Folk Songs
“This hornpipe in the key of G shows how fiddle tunes migrated across oceans and land from Ireland to California during the 19th century. In 1848 the territory of California lured only 400 settlers to make the long arduous journey there. But then James Marshall discovered gold at Sutter’s Mill and by the next year 90,000 fortune seekers made the journey either by steamships around the horn of South America or overland in covered wagons. The California Gold Rush was on!”
18x 24 Oil on Canvas



Bad Festival Neighbors

When you roll up to an old time festival, you know you aren’t checking into the Presidential Suite at the Ritz. It’s going...

Keeping Old Time

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

Banjo Resources

Oldtime banjo players are probably the luckiest of the lot in finding learning materials online. I have no good...

Fiddle Resources

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

Guitar Resources

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

Finding My Tribe

Most of my life, I never felt like I had a tribe.   I...

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