Christopher Suen

I met Chris through the kind of serendipity + hospitality that has characterized most all of my experience in the oldtime community. Chris was in Germany touring with The Fugitives, a band he's played...

Interview with Allison de Groot

Can you tell me about your path to oldtime? "The first time I heard clawhammer banjo was Leonard Podolack playing on an album by The Duhks, a band from...

Iowa fiddler Alan Murphy

Alan Murphy is one of the greats of Midwest fiddling and one who deserves to be known well beyond the region. Born in Sibley, Iowa in 1945 and raised in Iowa City, Murphy came from...

Kevin Fore of Surry County, NC and Galax, VA (Carroll County)

If you want to hear a living master of the different styles of clawhammer banjo that emerged from the Round Peak community, listen to Kevin Fore.   But Kevin doesn't just play banjos: he makes them....

Mark C. Campbell: Growing up on oldtime in the Shenandoah Valley

Co-authored by Mark C. Campbell & Rachel Krause Mark C. Campbell is an oldtime musician based in Richmond, Virginia. Mark grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where...

Rachel Eddy + Roger Netherton

Here's a video I've been dying to get out there. Rachel and Roger very graciously took time at this year's Clifftop to talk about how they got into playing oldtime. Rachel also shared her...

Cameron Knowler: Melodic Guitar in Oldtime Music

Although oldtime guitar is arguably one of the most underrated and overlooked instruments in the tradition, Cameron Knowler is quick to point out that strong, engaging back-up is crucial to the...

Dave Hoke

"In a public setting such as the inter-web, reflecting on my past makes me uncomfortable. Away from my home, I am disinclined to give an out-of-context description of what I’ve done, who...

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 today and originally published on the blog Old Time Party....

Breathing new life into Missouri fiddling: John P. Williams

Introduction John P. Williams is an oldtime fiddler from Madison, Missouri who grew up deeply entrenched in the tradition of Missouri fiddling. John was a regular attendee of the...