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Records reveal oldtime royalty not really royal
Ralph Stanley switches to banjo, harmonica “too hard”
Clifftop Strip Tease Competition Update: Contestants Asked Not To Remove G-string
UN declares banjo uke “a crime against humanity”
Term “oldtime” deemed politically insensitive to the elderly
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”
Scienticists shocked to discover that oldtime is actually still new
Phrase “one more tune” found to be potentially misleading
Lost Girl found
Drunken frat boy assaulted after requesting “Wagon Wheel” not once, but twice
Bruce Molsky slowly coming to grips with the fact he has groupies
Augusta reschedules to February
“Lazy” John files defamation suit
Local New Haven djembe player subtly uninvited to next jam
Springfield police officer Matt Stevens enters mental freeze when he uncovers local punks playing oldtime music
Confused bluegrass guitar player keeps asking himself, “Where’s the f**king one?”
Netherton returns to melody after long separation
Asheville, NC banjo player can’t decide whether to wear his Red Wing or Frye boots to tonight’s jam
Massive backlog of rare C tunes leads to epic 4-hour jam, dorkdom
West Virginia oldtime musicians narrowly avert brawl by not talking about politics
Mississippi Sawyer displaced by chainsaw
New Study Shows Waltzes Reduce Time Signature By 25% In Mice
Squirrel Hunters erroneously played in G
Stickerville Toilets Vandalized: Police Have Nothing To Go On
“Lost Indian” Exactly Where He’s Supposed To Be
Maybe the tune is straight and the rest of the world is crooked. Woah!
National Endowment for the Arts grants $12.15 and a six-pack of Mtn Dew to compose “Tenth of January”
Bass overtakes harmonica as fifth most popular oldtime instrument

musician profiles



Hilarie Burhans

Hi! I’m Hilarie Burhans.  After a childhood spent all over the world, my family moved to Athens, in the...

Dorion de Gobeo – interview and tune

My name is Dorion de Gobeo. I am Canadian, born in Manitoba and raised in the mountains of British Columbia. At...

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...

festival profiles


The Back to the Farm Festival, Rodengo-Saiano, Italy

FOR BEING A NICHE MUSIC, old-time sure seems to pop up in some unexpected places. Of all the gigs I’ve played this year, one...

book reviews


Banjo Billy’s “500 Fiddle Tunes: Old-Time Archive”

When I was nine years old, my fiddle teacher sent me to a workshop from the “Famous Fiddlin’ Banjo Billy Mathews.”...

Depression Era Country Guitar

While it would be a fool's errand to try and count all the instructional books on, say, bluegrass fiddle, blues guitar,...

Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s

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...

oldtime voices


Banjo Billy’s “500 Fiddle Tunes: Old-Time Archive”

When I was nine years old, my fiddle teacher sent me to a workshop from the “Famous Fiddlin’ Banjo Billy Mathews.”...

Larks and Ravens

I want to talk about Larks and Ravens. I know that there is lot confusion and controversy about the current push...

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...

community profiles


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...

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....