Keeping Old Time

If in the last ten years your travels have brought you through Asheville, North Carolina, you will have noticed something odd: for such a small town (pop. 85,700), Asheville has a disproportionate number of...

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 weeks of its existence it has grown very quickly and...

Berlin goes banjo: the old-time invasion

  Think in Berlin you’ll only catch live banjo music at a Mumford & Sons' show? Think again. In fact, for a few years now, Berlin has harbored a small but thriving old-time music scene....

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 to shape an aural space with each other, either through...

Home Sweet Stage

I am standing in the backyard of my house with a bag of trash. I look up at the house and it is glowing, with music and laughter escaping from every window. I think...

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 will make a sound for my instruments,” said instrument maker...