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First Annual Queer and Trans Oldtime Music Gathering: an interview

“A shared vision.” “Healing and transformative.” “Exceptional togetherness.” When Clive North and Willi Carlisle talk about the First Annual Queer and Trans Oldtime Music Gathering, it’s easy to see...

The 2nd Annual Baltimore Old Time Festival

Spring is just around the corner in Charm City, and that means one thing: the Baltimore Old Time Music Festival is back for round two on March 13th and 14th. The celebration...
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The Old Time Rollick

Have you ever had one of those life changing moments when you become acutely aware that everything will be different from that point on? I had mine at Jay and Molly's...

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 knew the festival scene in that area, and I had...

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 of the few who regard this scenario as heaven rather...

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 March evening in Baltimore. All in attendance, both on stage...

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 of my favorites turned out to be a small festival...

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Ola Belle’s Banjo: A Banjo Story with Cathy Fink

From the early 1980’s until her passing, my partner Marcy Marxer and I paid many a visit to Ola Belle Reed and her family. Each visit included Ola Belle’s soup and big hospitality, songs, tunes, stories, gossip and many doses of...

Memories of Clyde

I grew up listening to Clyde on the old LP's my dad got when he was working as a seasonal at Pickett State Parkin 1979 under Bobby Fulcher. The album was "Tough Mountain Music," which featured Clyde and W.L. Gregory along with...

Bill Peterson on Midwest Fiddling Legend Dwight Lamb

I spent 1973 on the small island of Adak, Alaska as a communications operator for the U.S. Navy. A buddy of mine bought a copy of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” recording; he liked the cover...

Clarke Buehling: interview & tunes

My first exposure to old-time music was probably when Hobart Smith came to perform at my high school outside of Chicago. Within a few weeks, I had gone down to The Old Town folk school and bought $35 Kay banjo. One of...

First Annual Queer and Trans Oldtime Music Gathering: an interview

“A shared vision.” “Healing and transformative.” “Exceptional togetherness.” When Clive North and Willi Carlisle talk about the First Annual Queer and Trans Oldtime Music Gathering, it’s easy to see this event has the potential to be something really powerful.