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

musician profiles



Tricia Spencer: interview + tunes

Like all performers and teaching musicians, Tricia Spencer’s life looks a lot different this year. While she’d typically be in the...

Swedish oldtime fiddler Agnes Brogeby: interview + tunes

I'm from Sweden. I grew up in Stockholm, but now live in Gothenburg in the south of Sweden. I've been playing oldtime...

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....

festival profiles


Online Old Time Banjo Festival Part 2: An interview with the organizers

Back at the beginning of May, we gave you information about the Online Oldtime Banjo Festival, hosted by Brad Kolodner and Cathy...

Virtual Banjo-Fiddle Frolic: interview with Allie Lee

Frank and Allie Lee have put on their Banjo-Fiddle Frolic for the past two years to great success. This year they've decided...

Online Old Time Banjo Festival, hosted by Cathy Fink and Brad Kolodner

The First ONLINE OLD TIME BANJO FESTIVAL will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, 2020. Brought to you by hosts Cathy...

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


The Cabin: tradition & place in Romney, West Virginia

Traditional Appalachian musicians from Hampshire County, West Virginia and the surrounding area are fortunate to have a great venue where they...

Ola Belle’s Banjo: A Banjo Story with Cathy Fink

From the early 1980’s until her passing, my partner Marcy Marxer and I paid many a visit to Ola Belle Reed...

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...

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:...