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Breaking News

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

musician profiles

INTERVIEWS & TUNES

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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...
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David Scrivner: interview + tunes

I began playing mandolin when I was six.  My dad and his brothers had formed a bluegrass band when they were...

Cameron Knowler: Melodic Guitar in Oldtime Music

Although oldtime guitar is arguably one of the most underrated and overlooked instruments in the tradition, Cameron Knowler is quick to...

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

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Fiddlin’: an interview with the makers

Fiddlin' (2019) is the first full-length documentary about one of the greatest oldtime festivals around: The Old Fiddler's Convention in Galax, Virginia....

What is oldtime anyway? Heresy and Orthodoxy

The joke goes something like this: Two Old-Time oldtimers are taking their sweet old time on a morning constitutional through the...

What fiddlers like in oldtime backup guitar – in their own words

You might get the impression that oldtime backup guitar doesn't get a lot of attention. But once you start asking questions, you...

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:...