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Gimme that Old-Time Rhythm

At first, as I was coming to love oldtime music as an adult, I found it curious that percussion and rhythm instruments seemed to play such a minor role. Having played...
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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 season and travelling to oldtime camps around...
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Sourwood Mountain: oldtime fiddle lesson with Craig Judelman

Oldtime fiddler Craig Judelman teaches the classic Sourwood Mountain, similar to versions by Clark Kessinger, Ernie Carpenter and Albert Hash, but one he's made his own. It's a fun tune to jam...

African Americans in Oldtime: 10 Resources for Learning the History of the Music

Here at Oldtime Central, we recognize that the music we all love wouldn't exist without the immense contributions of African American musicians. We celebrate these contributions - they're a huge part of...
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Cripple Creek: fiddle lesson with Craig Judelman

It's hard to get any more standard than Cripple Creek! Many people avoid chestnuts like these once they've gotten a few more tunes under their belt, but that's a shame. Here Craig...

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 a Virtual Banjo-Fiddle Frolic this coming weekend, May...

Hog-Eyed Man: Old World Music of the Southern Appalachians

There is something inherently magical about being invited into someone’s parlor only to be inundated with sound, spectacle and joy. One may walk in, grab a hot drink and sit nearby...

Is oldtime out of tune?

Whether we admit it or not, almost all of us have had that moment of listening to an oldtime fiddler – it's almost always the fiddler – and cringing. "Oh good...
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David Bragger & Susan Platz – tunes and interview

In 2017 David Bragger and Susan Platz released the first oldtime album featuring dual fiddle on all tracks: King's Lament. Bragger is well known as a methodical teacher and highly rhythmic...