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

musician profiles



Clarke Buehling: interview & tunes

My first exposure to old-time music was probably when Hobart Smith came to perform at my high school outside of Chicago....

“Maybe the way forward is to dig deeper into the past”: interview and tunes with Brian Slattery

I haven’t listened to or seen this interview since I did it at Clifftop, and as it was conducted in the...

Breathing new life into Missouri fiddling: John P. Williams

Introduction John P. Williams is an oldtime fiddler from Madison, Missouri who grew up deeply entrenched in the tradition...

festival profiles


First Annual Queer and Trans Oldtime Music Gathering: an interview

“A shared vision.” “Healing and transformative.” “Exceptional togetherness.” When Clive North and Willi Carlisle talk about the First Annual...

The 2nd Annual Baltimore Old Time Festival

Spring is just around the corner in Charm City, and that means one thing: the Baltimore Old Time Music Festival is back...

The Old Time Rollick

Have you ever had one of those life changing moments when you become acutely aware that everything will be different from...

book reviews


Oldtime on the Prairie: a review of Farmhouse Fiddlers

Between 1976 and 1985 fiddler and ethnographer Philip Martin conducted extensive interviews with more than 100 older-generation fiddlers and musicians in...

Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance

A friend once quipped that the name of the main Facebook page for the music we all love should be retitled,...

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.”...

oldtime voices


Memories of Clyde

I grew up listening to Clyde on the old LP's my dad got when he was working as a seasonal at Pickett...

Bill Peterson on Midwest Fiddling Legend Dwight Lamb

I spent 1973 on the small island of Adak, Alaska as a communications operator for the U.S. Navy. A buddy of...

First Annual Queer and Trans Oldtime Music Gathering: an interview

“A shared vision.” “Healing and transformative.” “Exceptional togetherness.” When Clive North and Willi Carlisle talk about the First Annual...

community profiles


Creating a Safer Space in Traditional Music

In October of this year, a small group of active traditional musicians established a new Facebook group called "Traditional Music Today." In...

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:...