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Bass overtakes harmonica as fifth most popular oldtime instrument
Lonesome John discovers Tinder
“Lost Indian” Exactly Where He’s Supposed To Be
Records reveal oldtime royalty not really royal
Local New Haven djembe player subtly uninvited to next jam
Mississippi Sawyer displaced by chainsaw
New Study Shows Waltzes Reduce Time Signature By 25% In Mice
Clifftop Strip Tease Competition Update: Contestants Asked Not To Remove G-string
National Endowment for the Arts grants $12.15 and a six-pack of Mtn Dew to compose “Tenth of January”
Netherton returns to melody after long separation
Pig’s foot officially too far in the fire
Term “oldtime” deemed politically insensitive to the elderly
After a decade of brave resistance, Midwest fiddler Laura Heinmann finally retunes to cross A
Lost Girl found
Augusta reschedules to February
Stickerville Toilets Vandalized: Police Have Nothing To Go On
Confused bluegrass guitar player keeps asking himself, “Where’s the f**king one?”
Banjo uke given presidential pardon
Phrase “one more tune” found to be potentially misleading
Maybe the tune is straight and the rest of the world is crooked. Woah!
Bruce Molsky slowly coming to grips with the fact he has groupies
West Virginia oldtime musicians narrowly avert brawl by not talking about politics
Springfield police officer Matt Stevens enters mental freeze when he uncovers local punks playing oldtime music
Wife of Vermont oldtime fiddler hasn’t seen husband “in decades”
All tunes played at 140 bpm at first ever Missouri slow jam
Ralph Stanley switches to banjo, harmonica “too hard”
Scienticists shocked to discover that oldtime is actually still new
Asheville, NC banjo player can’t decide whether to wear his Red Wing or Frye boots to tonight’s jam
Drunken frat boy assaulted after requesting “Wagon Wheel” not once, but twice

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What we do

What is Oldtime Central?

Oldtime Central is a central, online commons that supports local oldtime communities by providing a wide range of content, archives, news, forums, links, and opportunities to connect. It is a central space for everything individuals and local oldtime music communities need to thrive in themselves and as hubs of their larger communities. In resonance with the spirit of the oldtime music community, Oldtime Central is donor supported, highlights oldtime communities from across the globe, and incorporates community-generated content whenever possible.

Oldtime Central envisions a diverse, flourishing & connected oldtime music community across the globe. Local oldtime musical communities embody a joyful and inclusive social practice that spans age, educational, and socio-economic differences while also providing frequent opportunities for non-musicians to gather and experience the gifts of celebration and community. Oldtime Central supports these communities in connecting, learning, and seeing their context within the global scene.

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Who are we?

Benjamin Smith

Founder and Editor

Edwin McAllister


James Peterson


Michael Russell


Richard Osban

Assistant Editor

John Crutchfield


Seth Shumate