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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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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...

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...

Online Old Time Banjo Festival, hosted by Cathy Fink and Brad Kolodner

The First ONLINE OLD TIME BANJO FESTIVAL will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, 2020. Brought to you by hosts Cathy Fink (2018 Clifftop Banjo Champion, Grammy Winner, Banjo Playing Rockstar)...

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...

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...

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...

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. Although it was meant as an online alternative...

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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 the drums while growing up in California in the 1970s,...

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 the country to teach and perform alongside her musical collaborator...

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 out on and even learn a few of the lyrics....

Katherine Jackson French: Kentucky’s Forgotten Ballad Collector

Congratulations on publishing your new book, “Katherine Jackson French: Kentucky’s Forgotten Ballad Collector” (University Press of Kentucky). Who was Katherine Jackson French? Katherine Jackson French was a remarkable woman. She was born in London, Kentucky in 1875, earned a...

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. Although it was meant as an online alternative to the Mike Seeger Commemorative Old Time Banjo Festival, it...