10th August

Headline band for Gainsborough 2018 is The Bigfoot Stringband

The headline band for Gainsborough 2018 is The Bigfoot Stringband, featuring John Herrmann, Meredith McIntosh, Rhys Jones, Cleek Schrey and Susie Goehring.

The band are planning to stay in the UK for approximately one week after the festival with John and Meredith possibly staying longer. If anyone is interested and able to accommodate them with a booking can they please contact me by email at tim.rooke@btinternet.com.

The dates for the festival are 9th-11th February.

Tim Rooke
Festival Organiser

‘Old Time Fix’. Next jam on Sunday 3rd Sept

Hi Y’all, a change of venue for your next monthly ‘Old Time Fix’. Next jam on Sunday 3rd Sept is at
Bunkfest in:

The Coachmakers Arms Tavern,
37 St Mary Street, Wallingford, Oxfordshire. OX10 OEU
http://www.coachmakersarmswallingford.co.uk
Full list of Bunkfest activities at this pub:
https://www.facebook.com/events/250594155453236/?ti=as

Hope to see you there :O)
Your session hosts:
Stu Weetman & Colm Daly.

This is turning into an annual change of venue from The Global Cafe in Reading as the 1st Sunday in Sept coincides with this exceptional community festival most worthy of support.
Normally Pickin Lunchtime in Reading UK is on every 1st Sunday 3-6pm at
@ The Global Cafe, 35-39 London St, Reading UK, RG1 4PS (free parking at rear & only 5 min walk from train station). Ph: 0118 958 3555 http://www.risc.org.uk/global-cafe
Players of all levels, singers & dancers & friends/partners are welcome. Generally American stringed band stuff (Old Time, Bluegrass, Blues & Folk) and hosted according to traditional session etiquette.

If new to this then take a peek at http://www.pegramjam.com/etiquette.html and while there also check out this useful resource for accompanying tunes unfamiliar to you (it is hoped that tune leaders will announce tune titles before commencing to play giving those with this book time to find them).
http://www.pegramjam.com/documents/Pegram%20Jam%20Chord%20Chart%20Book%20v48.pdf
See also our Facebook Group where you’ll find song & tunes lists and more (check the ABOUT page): https://facebook.com/groups/pickinlunchtime

Also please share this SUBSCRIBE LINK with others (to be sent this monthly email reminder…..always reversible!) http://eepurl.com/biYzvD

Remember to share also with your musical/dancing/clogging friends too, and here’s a link to share: https://goo.gl/xSJBE2

More info email Colm: newtchaser@gmail.com or call/text 07776373906.

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8th August

Glebe Farm Bluegrass and Old-Time ‘Picking and Learning’ Festival

Glebe Farm Bluegrass and Old-Time ‘Picking and Learning’ festival on 11th/13th August at Glebe Farm, Astbury, just south of Congleton. Cheshire.

The clawhammer workshop will be led by ace player and all round nice chap Jim Allen, while pickers will explore the uncharted areas of the fingerboard with expert Andy Anderson. There might be mandolin and guitar workshops as well.  Griffin Banjos will attend with a display of several models to see and try.

Evening entertainment will be by (high class) scratch bands, and all for the measly price of £35 for the weekend. Check it out online, Facebook etc.

No Blog from Wednesday 9th August

Please note:  I am at Summer camp for a week so will not be updating the blog until my return on the 19th. Hope to see you at Sacrewell. Paul.

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3rd August

Bunting strings wanted for inside FOAOATMAD Marquee at Summer Camp

Bunting strings wanted for inside FOAOATMAD Marquee at Summer Camp, 9 1/2 inches [24cm] top width and 14 inches [36cm]sides. Check John Rushton’s video / ‘Chinquapin’ showing FOAOATMAD members last weekend, playing in the Bluegrass tent at Alsia Fest., Cornwall, [on Facebook] to see the effect.

https://www.facebook.com/alsiafest/

Further info. eve.morris@talktalk.net

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Old Time Pub Session in Penzance Cornwall

8.30 Friday 4th August
The Pirate Inn
Alverton
Penzance
TR18 4PS
Map

Please note the summer sessions are played in the pub garden and are weather dependant.

 

Pickin’ Lunchtime in Reading Sun 6th August 2017 3-6pm

Hi Y’all, we invite you to get your monthly ‘Old Time Fix’ in Reading UK on every 1st Sunday 3-6pm at
Pickin’ Lunchtime @ The Global Cafe, 35-39 London St, Reading UK, RG1 4PS (free parking at rear & only 5 min walk from train station). Ph: 0118 958 3555
http://www.risc.org.uk/global-cafe

Players of all levels, singers & dancers & friends are welcome to our monthly 1st Sunday acoustic music session. Generally American stringed band stuff (Old Time, Bluegrass, Blues & Folk) and hosted according to traditional session etiquette. If new to this then take a peek at http://www.pegramjam.com/etiquette.html and while there also check out this useful resource for accompanying tunes unfamiliar to you (it is hoped that tune leaders will announce tune titles before commencing to play giving those with this book time to find them).

http://www.pegramjam.com/documents/Pegram%20Jam%20Chord%20Chart%20Book%20v48.pdf

Hope to see you there :O)
Your session hosts are Stu Weetman & Colm Daly and this we both hope to be present.
See also our Facebook Group where you’ll find song & tunes lists and more:
https://facebook.com/groups/pickinlunchtime

Also please share this SUBSCRIBE LINK with others (to be sent this monthly email reminder…..always reversible!) http://eepurl.com/biYzvD

Remember to share with your musical/dancing/clogging friends too!
More info email Colm: newtchaser@gmail.com or call/text 07776373906.

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17th July

Didmarton Bluegrass Festival 1st – 3rd September 2017

Although it’s billed as a bluegrass event, there will be a sizeable old-time presence. As well as plenty of old-time jamming in the OGRI bar and around the site, several of the stage acts are mainly old-time, including The Horsenecks, Jeni Hankins and The Small Glories, plus a good smattering of OT from the other bands. Dance displays and workshop by Applejacks and Raise the Dust.
Advanced weekend tickets (£70) are available until August 29th; on the gate full ticket price £75. Day tickets also available.

Venue: Kemble Airfield, Gloucs GL7 6BQ

Tickets and more information on www.didmarton-bluegrass.co.uk

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7th July

FOAOTMAD CD Reviewers Needed Please

FOAOTMAD members will be aware that review section of the Old Time News has now grown in size. The last edition contained over 20 reviews and I very much hope to be able to keep the section at a similar size in future issues. In order to do this I am keen to recruit more people to write reviews. You will need some familiarity with old-time music but you don’t need to be an expert by any means – enthusiasm and a critical ear are more important. Hopefully the latest edition will give you a flavour of what a review needs to cover – some background on the band, some comments on a few tracks and an overall view of who might enjoy it. Most reviews are of CDs but I’d also like to see more books and DVDs reviewed so if that is something you might feel more comfortable with, then that’s fine.

The other thing we will need is material to review. I’d like to encourage everyone to get the word out to any old-time musicians you know that we would love to receive any new CDs, books etc for review. If you know of anyone, or if you see a good band at a festival please do recommend that they consider the Old Time News as an outlet for having their work reviewed

For those who are not members, and who therefore won’t have had a copy of the magazine, the first page of the review section can be downloaded from here

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0x-3T-utzPCU251YWJMdjRoeEE

All enquiries about reviewing or submitting material can be directed to me at reviews@foaotmad.org.uk

 

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26th June (again)

Here’s the Link to the Workshop Application Form

workshopNv2017 pdf

FOAOTMAD 2017 Old Time Fiddle & Banjo Workshops

Please note that application forms for the November workshops will be available early this week

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Curtain Call for Alsia Old Time Camp-out in Cornwall

Alsia Fest American Old Time & Americana Music Campout 2017

After the great success of the 2016 Alsia festival. Our host Guy Ponsford wanted to repeat it again for 2017. In addition to the Old time sessions there is also a warm welcome to those folks that play Americana.

Hosted by Guy & Xanthe Ponsford and Old Time Music Cornwall at Higher Alsia Farm in the far West of Cornwall. This is a not for profit event and is free entry, but contributions are gratefully accepted.

14/15/16th July 2017
Higher Alsia Farm
St. Buryan
Penzance
TR19 6HG
Map

More Information:
Email: guy@guycharles.co.uk
Phone: 01736 811098
http://oldtimemusic-cornwall.weebly.com/

Pickin’ Lunchtime in Reading 2nd July 2017 3-6pm

Hi Y’all, we invite you to get your monthly ‘Old Time Fix’ in Reading UK on every 1st Sunday 3-6pm at
Pickin’ Lunchtime @ The Global Cafe, 35-39 London St, Reading UK, RG1 4PS (free parking at rear & only 5 min walk from train station). Ph: 0118 958 3555
http://www.risc.org.uk/global-cafe

Players of all levels, singers & dancers & friends are welcome to our monthly 1st Sunday acoustic music session. Generally American stringed band stuff (Old Time, Bluegrass, Blues & Folk) and hosted according to traditional session etiquette. If new to this then take a peek at http://www.pegramjam.com/etiquette.html and while there also check out this useful resource for accompanying tunes unfamiliar to you (it is hoped that tune leaders will announce tune titles before commencing to play giving those with this book time to find them).

http://www.pegramjam.com/documents/Pegram%20Jam%20Chord%20Chart%20Book%20v48.pdf

Hope to see you there :O)
Your session hosts are Stu Weetman & Colm Daly and this we both hope to be present.
See also our Facebook Group where you’ll find song & tunes lists and more:
https://facebook.com/groups/pickinlunchtime

Also please share this SUBSCRIBE LINK with others (to be sent this monthly email reminder…..always reversible!) http://eepurl.com/biYzvD

Remember to share with your musical/dancing/clogging friends too!
More info email Colm: newtchaser@gmail.com or call/text 07776373906.

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26th June

Old Time Music Cornwall

Old Time Pub Session
8.30 Friday 30th June
The Pirate Inn
Alverton
Penzance
TR18 4PS

Full details here: http://oldtimemusic-cornwall.weebly.com/

Keith and Cathy Picking Weekend

Keith and Cathy want to alert all people thinking of coming to their picking weekend (this weekend) that there is a road closure nearby which affects access to Lower Stock Farm.
Just a reminder about Wrington Road being closed. It is completely blocked, road dug up where they are putting in the new water main, so don’t be seduced by signs saying access only. Alternative access from A370 is difficult, especially for large vehicles, but access from A38 is not affected, so that’s the way to go.
Also, before you go shopping, remember there will be ‘full english’ breakfasts supplied on Saturday and Sunday mornings, I think for a fiver, any profits to farmer Nick’s Farmlink charity.

Full details here: http://www.keithburrows.org/picking-weekend.php

Calling all fans of Far in the Mountains – From Musical Traditions

Mike Yates’ 5-CD Set, Far in the Mountains, first published in 2002
(Vols.1-4) and 2013 (Vol.5) has been one of MT Records ‘best sellers’.
So we’re hoping that our second 2017 CD release, to be published soon, will please you all as well. When Cecil left the Mountains, is a 2-CD set comprising 83 historic recordings of Appalachian singers and musicians from 1927 – 1955. It runs for 149 mins, and features Horton Barker, Emmett Lundy, Luther Strong, Emma Shelton, Ella Shelton, Bill Stepp, Emory Stoop, Eliza Pace, Dad Blackard’s Moonshiners, and 20 others.

When Cecil Sharp left the America for the last time, he complained about ‘… the sound of Victrolas and the strumming of rag-time and the singing of sentimental songs – all of which we have suffered from incessantly during the last 12 weeks. I am sorry to have said goodbye to the mountain people but I suspect that I might have seen the last of them.’ What he didn’t realise was that within just a few years, American record companies would be sending scouts into the Appalachian Mountains looking for singers and musicians who could be recorded commercially.

When Cecil left the Mountains (MTCD514-5) will be a 2-CD set of performers having some sort of familial or geographical connection with the people Sharp collected in the nineteen-tens – as, indeed, was the Far in the Mountains set. The important difference is that those recordings were from Mike Yates’ 1979-83 trips … these are from the late-nineteen-twenties to the mid-nineteen-fifties, and include some people who actually performed for Sharp a decade or so earlier! Lots of very interesting stuff from both commercial and private recordings.

It should be available at the end of this month – keep your eyes open, and tell your friends!

From Musical Traditions – www.mustrad.org.uk

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5th June

No Blog updates until Tuesday 20th

Please note that I will be away for ten days returning on Tuesday 20th so there will not be a chance to update the Blog until then. Apologies for any inconvenience caused in the meantime. To Knockdown and beyond. Paul.

Workshop Holiday Week in Spain

September 23-30, 2017
La Fuente hosts ‘Traditional American Music Week’ with Beverly Smith, Katie Bradley, Sooz Clare, Johnny Whelan and Kate Lissauer.  Classes in fiddle, old-time and blues banjo, old-time and blues guitar, ukulele, and duet song.  Visit www.lafuenteholidays.com for information and enrolment, or contact kate@katelissuer.com
This is a non-profit, non-commercial event facilitated for the purpose of having a great time learning and playing together, and for supporting our visiting teachers.

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29th May

Horsenecks Tour 2017

June 2/3/4 – Fire In The Mountain – Wales
June 7th – McCanns – Omagh, N Ireland
June 9/10/11 – Westport Bluegrass Festival – Ireland
June 12/13 – TBC
June 14/15 – Joe Wattys Bar – Isle of Aran, Ireland
June 16/17/18 – Doolin Folk Festival – Doolin, Ireland
June 19 The Red Room – Cookstown, N Ireland
June 23/24/25 – Tamworth Bluegrass Festival featuring Vera Van Heeringan – Tamworth
August 11 – The Square and Compass – Worth Matravers
August 12 – The Old Duke, Bristol
August 13 – The Bell, Bath
September 1/2/3 – Didmartin Bluegrass Festival
September 8/9/10 – Sweet Sunny South Festival
September 11 The Harrison, London
September 15/16/17 The Cornish Bluegrass Festival
September 20 House Concert @ SoundHouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
September 21 Kircaldy Music Club, Scotland
September 22/23/24 Moniaive Bluegrass Festival Scotland
November 11 The Green Note,London

We’re adding more dates all the time and they can be found here at our website… http://www.horsenecks.com/

Lunchtime Jam at Global Cafe in Reading

Next Pickin’ Lunchtime Jam at Global Cafe in Reading is Sunday June 4 2017

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Knockdown Old Time Picking Weekend

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24th May

Dance Party in Stroud Saturday July 1st

Hello all dancers and lovely musicians who play for our dance parties. We had a great time in Upton on Severn in March and our next one is Saturday 1st July.

Easy to get to from M5 – take A419 heading for Stroud. At the first roundabout go right – over the canal and up the hill and 1st on the left is Millend Lane with the Village Hall on the corner.

Musicians and dancers are invited to come and join us for an evening of dancing and music, shared food and camaraderie.

Venue: Eastington Village Hall. Millend Lane Eastington. GL10 3BJ

Date: Saturday 1st July 6pm -11pm

Bring and share food

Small donation

Contact Clare on clare@solarious.co.uk or 01453 827286

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