Trish Kilby Fore – Interview and CD review

Trish Kilby Fore grew up surrounded by music in her hometown of Lansing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Her new CD Clawhammer Banjo: Blue Ridge Style features her very rhythmic, “up...

Dakota Karper – interview + tunes

It is a natural human instinct to want to express yourself. To feel that you are heard and will not be forgotten when your time on earth is done. We find many ways to...

Graham Dezarn

I grew up from the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where I still live.  My parents spent a lot of time at the Bluemont contradances and my dad was a fiddle player, so I...

Mike Burns: interview + tunes

I grew up north of Charleston, West Virginia in the small community of Mink Shoals, located on the Elk River.  Most of my time was spent running around the woods or fishing and swimming in...

Ben McManus – clawhammer guitar

Ben McManus is a multi-instrumentalist folk musician from Wales, currently living and working as an archivist in Aberystwyth. Now primarily focusing on oldtime music, Ben has spent the last 12 years exploring oldtime, bluegrass,...

Ryland Burhans

Ry grew up in Athens, Ohio. While raised around heaps of old-time, he spent most of his teenage years attempting to escape the music of his parents, experimenting with a wide range of instruments...

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 I’ve been,...

“It’s the tunes that matter and the people that play them.”

Many people have told me over the last several years that I certainly have lived an interesting and exciting life. I was orphaned at birth, then later adopted from the Children’s Home Society and...

Dante Portella and Megan O’Neill

Megan O'Neill Megan grew up playing classical violin, from 4th grade through high school, and, after putting her violin down for over a decade, she picked it up again to learn to play the fiddle....

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 fiddle player, not...