musician profiles

INTERVIEWS & TUNES

Capturing The Magic

Most every moment playing oldtime is lost to eternity, and that, perhaps, is a great part of its joy. As we sit with friends...
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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 middle of festival...
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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 for about...

festival profiles

NOTES FROM THE FIELD

FWAAMFest: Just what the doctor ordered

2020 and 2021 have given us little to look forward to. If I were to pick one word that best encapsulates the past year, "exciting"...

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 Fink. ...

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 to add...

book reviews

TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY, THAT IS THE QUESTION

That Rural Rhythm

“I feel like calling Willard Hodgin the McGonagall of old-time music,” music historian Tony Russell writes. “William Topaz McGonagall of Dundee, Scotland (if you...

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 his local south-west...

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, "Dedicated to Narcissistic...

oldtime voices

PERSONAL STORIES FROM THE COMMUNITY

Antisocial Media

These 19th century cowboys dancing to fiddle tunes, posted to a Facebook group, is but the latest case in point. A kindly member of...
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The Bones and Musical Repatriation

Dom Flemons, quoted frequently in last week’s article by Timothy Jones on rhythm bones and old-time music, here tells his story of discovering bones,...

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 can share their...

community profiles

SEE HOW THE NEIGHBORS LIVE

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Instrument Maker Finds Life Calling In The Scraps Of The Past

“I use gourds, coffee cans, beer cans, cigar boxes, gas cans, cookie tins, frying pans, copper pipe, and anything else I can find that...

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 the few...

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...