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Term “oldtime” deemed politically insensitive to the elderly
Records reveal oldtime royalty not really royal
Bruce Molsky slowly coming to grips with the fact he has groupies
Pig’s foot officially too far in the fire
Phrase “one more tune” found to be potentially misleading
Scienticists shocked to discover that oldtime is actually still new
Lost Girl found
Asheville, NC banjo player can’t decide whether to wear his Red Wing or Frye boots to tonight’s jam
Maybe the tune is straight and the rest of the world is crooked. Woah!
All tunes played at 140 bpm at first ever Missouri slow jam
After a decade of brave resistance, Midwest fiddler Laura Heinmann finally retunes to cross A
Netherton returns to melody after long separation
Local New Haven djembe player subtly uninvited to next jam
Stickerville Toilets Vandalized: Police Have Nothing To Go On
Bass overtakes harmonica as fifth most popular oldtime instrument
Drunken frat boy assaulted after requesting “Wagon Wheel” not once, but twice
West Virginia oldtime musicians narrowly avert brawl by not talking about politics
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musician profiles

INTERVIEWS & TUNES

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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...
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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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Meredith McIntosh: interview + tunes

Old Time Music came to me after I had not played any music for several years.  My mother taught...

festival profiles

NOTES FROM THE FIELD

Fiddler’s Grove in Union Grove, North Carolina: A Review

In May of this year I was living in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Now I was born and raised in Western Kentucky and...

Clifftop: a Beginner’s Guide

All photos by Sandra Parks Three to four thousand old-time musicians, all in one place. If you’re one...

Inaugural Baltimore Old Time Music Festival Recap

Swing and Turn, Jubilee, Live and Learn, Jubilee” rang out from the theater at the Creative Alliance on an unseasonably warm...

book reviews

TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY, THAT IS THE QUESTION

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

PERSONAL STORIES FROM THE COMMUNITY

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...

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...

community profiles

SEE HOW THE NEIGHBORS LIVE

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:...