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Clifftop Strip Tease Competition Update: Contestants Asked Not To Remove G-string
Springfield police officer Matt Stevens enters mental freeze when he uncovers local punks playing oldtime music
Stickerville Toilets Vandalized: Police Have Nothing To Go On
Bass overtakes harmonica as fifth most popular oldtime instrument
New Study Shows Waltzes Reduce Time Signature By 25% In Mice
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”
Phrase “one more tune” found to be potentially misleading
Scienticists shocked to discover that oldtime is actually still new
Lost Girl found
Massive backlog of rare C tunes leads to epic 4-hour jam, dorkdom
Ralph Stanley switches to banjo, harmonica “too hard”
Mississippi Sawyer displaced by chainsaw
UN declares banjo uke “a crime against humanity”
Bruce Molsky slowly coming to grips with the fact he has groupies
Maybe the tune is straight and the rest of the world is crooked. Woah!
Term “oldtime” deemed politically insensitive to the elderly
“Lazy” John files defamation suit
West Virginia oldtime musicians narrowly avert brawl by not talking about politics
After a decade of brave resistance, Midwest fiddler Laura Heinmann finally retunes to cross A
National Endowment for the Arts grants $12.15 and a six-pack of Mtn Dew to compose “Tenth of January”
Augusta reschedules to February
Records reveal oldtime royalty not really royal
Netherton returns to melody after long separation
Local New Haven djembe player subtly uninvited to next jam
Drunken frat boy assaulted after requesting “Wagon Wheel” not once, but twice
“Lost Indian” Exactly Where He’s Supposed To Be
Squirrel Hunters erroneously played in G
Confused bluegrass guitar player keeps asking himself, “Where’s the f**king one?”

musician profiles


In Remembrance of Jon Bekoff (1959-2015)

This personal remembrance of Jon Bekoff was written by his friend Ms. Moonshine on the occasion of his death five years ago...

Ben McManus – clawhammer guitar

Ben McManus is a multi-instrumentalist folk musician from Wales, currently living and working as an archivist in Aberystwyth. Now primarily focusing...

Gap Civil String Band “Cut the Pigeon Wing” – CD review and interview

Gap Civil is an old time band based in Sparta, North Carolina, that plays hard-driving fiddle tunes, but also knows how to...

festival profiles


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...

The Back to the Farm Festival, Rodengo-Saiano, Italy

FOR BEING A NICHE MUSIC, old-time sure seems to pop up in some unexpected places. Of all the gigs I’ve played this year, one...

book reviews


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.”...

Depression Era Country Guitar

While it would be a fool's errand to try and count all the instructional books on, say, bluegrass fiddle, blues guitar,...

Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s

Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s Harry Bolick and Stephen T. Austin University Press of Mississippi, 2015 Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s...

oldtime voices


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.”...

Larks and Ravens

I want to talk about Larks and Ravens. I know that there is lot confusion and controversy about the current push...

Bad Festival Neighbors

When you roll up to an old time festival, you know you aren’t checking into the Presidential Suite at the Ritz. It’s going...

community profiles


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:...

Berlin goes banjo: the old-time invasion

  Think in Berlin you’ll only catch live banjo music at a Mumford & Sons' show? Think again....