28th August

FOAOTMAD members – you should have had your latest copy of the Old Time News in the last couple of weeks. If you haven’t (and you are a current member!) please contact editor@foaotmad.org.uk as there may have been a few delivery problems.


There’s a mixture of old time and bluegrass at a special evening at The Fisher Theatre, Bungay, Norfolk on 18th September.

Music from The Darling Coreys and The Flat Mountain Family.

The event is called Bluegrass Night at the Fisher Theatre.

Website: http://www.fishertheatre.org/Programme/Event.htm?date=201408181930&

Tel No: 01986 897130


Trad Academy – Old time fiddle with Rachel Eddy (workshop & performance)
6:30pm – 7:30pm, Monday 08 Sep 2014
£10 (on the day), £7.50 (in advance) or £15 (combined with the evening gig). (email for information about concessions)
The Harrison Pub, Kings Cross
With Rachel Eddy
Please email us to reserve your place – thetradacademy@gmail.com

More details here….http://tradacademy.co.uk/course/old-time-fiddle-with-rachel-eddy/


The next Musically Monstrous production in the barn at the Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordhire OX9 3QY, 01844 212322

Tickets £10 : Doors open 7:30pm : On Stage 8:00pm : Finish by 10:15

Tuesday 9th September – Sheesham, Lotus & Son

This time we have Sheesham, Lotus & Son who will perform a mixture of old-time, fiddle tunes, blues, jug band styling, rags and more, all centered around the inclusion of the sousaphone and other unusual instruments.

Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at musicallymonstrous@talktalk.net


Cornwall – next old time session at the Union Hotel, Chapel Street, Penzance on Thursday, 28th August at 8.30pm

Also Beverly Smith and John Grimm will be at the Admiral Benbow, Penzance on Saturday, 25th October. More details to follow. It’s the last date of their UK tour.


Bruce Molksy UK solo tour November 7th-21st

Nov 07 Edinburgh Folk Club, Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh
Nov 08 Crafts and Things, Glencoe
Nov 09 Watercolour Music House Concert, Ardgour, PH33 7AH
Nov 10 Achness Hotel, Rosehall, Lairg, Highland IV27 4BD
Nov 11 The Admiral, 72A Waterloo Street, Glasgow
Nov 12 Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway DG13 0AW
Nov 13 The Cross Keys, Selattyn
Nov 14 Village Hall, Little Haven, Haverfordwest
Nov 15 Three Horseshoes, Towersey OX39 3QY
Nov 16 Walthamstow Folk Club, Plough Inn, 173 Wood Street, London E17 3NU
Nov 17 Nest Collective, Old Queen’s Head, 44 Essex Road, London, Nl 8LN
Nov 18 Dartford Folk Club, Working Men’s Club, Essex Rd, Dartford DA1 2AU
Nov 19 Folk Club, The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock SG7 5AW
Nov 20 The Met, Derby Hall, Market Street, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0BW
Nov 21 Brewtown Folk Club, Old Cottage Tavern, Byrkley Street, Burton on Trent DE14 2EG


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20th August

In the unlikely but possible event that any of you are thinking of getting a proper flight case for your instrument(s) you may wish to check out:


All sizes possible from briefcase to huge…


Kentucky to Kent UK – 25 August 2014 (bank holiday Monday)
Music from Appalachia in the Garden of England
This year with an old-time music theme

11am onwards – picking sessions everywhere
1-3pm – Open-mike stage by ‘The Little Op’ry’
5pm – Barn-dance
8pm – Concert with: The So Last Century Stringband + The Allen Family + Jane Richards’ Tribute to Gillian Welch + Native Grass + The Kent Carters

Site entry and all events except concert – FREE
Concert £12 (£8 concessions & FOAOTMAD/BBMA members)

St Julians Club, Sevenoaks TN15 0RX
Bar, Restaurant, Swimming [£5 per person for the day – see Rick Townend when you arrive]


News on Didmarton Festival

American old time banjo and fiddler Rachel Eddy will be be heading to Didmarton Festival this year to play the Main Stage (Friday night) and lead instrument workshops and sessions across the weekend. Rachel is really excited to be making her first appearance at Didmarton, and many will be familiar with her playing from her UK tours and popular teaching appearances at Sore Fingers Summer Schools.

This year, there will also be a dedicated old time session area at the Festival, as well clogging displays and workshops, and a new evening Square Dance which Rachel will be calling with Valerie Vale and the Aylesbury Aylevators.

The international and top UK line-up also includes The Wailin’ Jennys founder and award-winning Canadian songwriter and clawhammer banjo player Cara Luft, young bluegrass supergroup Flats and Sharps, the Carrivick Sisters, plus many others.

For more details and tickets visit http://didmarton-bluegrass.co.uk/ 29 – 31 August, Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire. Weekend and day tickets available.


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14th August

The Milkmaid Folk Club Traditional America Evenings present:
Fri 19th Sep Beverley Smith and John Grimm
Fri 24th Oct The Jackson Creek Band
Fri 14th Nov Monroes Revenge
Fri 12th Dec The New Essex Bluegrass Band.

Tickets £6 except for Beverley Smith and John Grimm £10
The Constitutional Club, 12 Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1PR Starts 8 30pm

Contact Terry Walden milkmaidterry@yahoo.co.uk
Tel 01284 488279 Mbl 07749 299377


Frank Fairfield:

14/08/14 Red Gallery, London, UK with Zac Sokolow & Richard Dawson
15/08/14 The Lantern, Bristol, UK with Richard Dawson
16/08/14 Green Man Festival, Glanusk Estate, Wales
17/08/14 The Bell Bath, UK (lunchtime show)
17/08/14 The Crown, Kemerton, near Tewkwsbury


Nick Grant has a web site with a small range of Old Time related ephemera for sale including T-shirts for the Sacrewell Camp. Check it out at www.oldtimestuff.com


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7th August

Beverly Smith and John Grimm’s gig in Chepstow (see 24th July blog) has been cancelled. A replacement in Cardiff is being planned around that time. Details to follow.


There are old time sessions as part of Bath Folk Festival on Sunday 10th and Tuesday 12th August.

Times and locations here: http://bathfolkfestival.org/whats-on/sessions/


Musically Monstrous concerts at the Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordshire: The rest for 2014 and an early few for 2015:

Tue 9th Sep Sheesham & Lotus & Son
Wed 24th Sep The Whitetop Mountain Band
Fri 10th Oct Rag Mama Rag
Sun 19th Oct Beverly Smith & John Grimm
Sat 15th Nov Bruce Molsky
Thu 4th Dec Aaron Jonah Lewis with an incarnation of The Corn Potato Stringband
Tue 10th Feb Pharis & Jason Romero
Wed 11th Mar Woody Pines
Tue 9th Jun The Railsplitters


20 August 2014 the “Biggin Hill Billies” at ROOTS 8 pm till late, fantastic evening of music song and dance, £6 on the door, come early.
Rainham Oast Old Time Sessions, Rainham Oast house Community Centre, Granary Close, Rainham Gillingham Kent, ME8 7SG.

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31st July

I have the following dates for Matt Gordon and Leonard Podolak. There are likely to be more:

Wed Aug 6th Sidmouth Festival (Ham Marquee lunchtime)
Sat Aug 9th Enfield Cricket Club, Accrington, Lancs
Wed Aug 13th The Wine Cellar, Topsham, Devon
Sun Aug 17th Wickham Festival (lunchtime)
Sat Aug 23rd Shrewsbury Festival


The Sweet Sunny South website has been updated with the workshop details:


From Norman Guiver: I run the Music Workshops at Bunkfest on the last w/e in August, 29th-31st in Wallingford, South Oxfordshire. This is a free acoustic music, dance and beer festival.

We have over 30 workshops across a range of instruments including a 90 minute Old Time fiddle class from Pete Cooper of the London Fiddle School. All classes are £2!



Sore Fingers Latest

Easter 2015 – Bruce Molsky has agreed to come back and teach at the 20th Sore Fingers Week in 2015. Many of you have booked in anticipation so the course is getting full. Don’t delay getting your form in if you wish to secure a place.

He’ll be joined by Missy Raines (bass), Mike Compton (Mandolin), John Lowell (Guitar), Sally Van Meter (Dobro), Bonnie Phipps (Autoharp) and most probably Tony Trischka (Banjo).

John and Moira have heard rumours about students wanting Val Mindel and Brian Wicklund to come back next year. No objection at this end but we need to see some commitment. If they receive ten bookings in their respective names, that will do the trick and they’ll ask them to come back.

They have also sent enquiries out to Joe Newberry (O.T.Banjo) and Dirk Powell (O.T.Fiddle). No further details yet.

October 2014 – This year will be special with the addition of the two master-classes. Russ Barenberg is already full with a waiting list. There is still plenty of room on Mike Marshall’s Mandolin Master-class. This is rare opportunity as Mike is mostly unavailable at Easter since he runs the mandolin Symposium in California at that time.

The master-classes are aimed at the more able players and they are providing the standard set of courses covering all the usual instruments but employing some pretty hot musicians to take the classes.

Should there be enough demand they will run a Dobro class but they need folk to send in booking forms before they commit. If they don’t run a class, then you would get full refunds.

All details at www.sorefingers.co.uk


September Weekend, Roxby near Staithes, 5th to 7th September, 2014

Following three successful events, Roxby is on again.
The Fox’s new landlady is keen to welcome us back, and plans meals daily. It is also hoped the toilet facilities are now upgraded, and a marquee is provided. The locals are sympathetic to musicians, and there are several rooms for music. Camping is in a well-drained field adjoining the pub but is exposed. Windbreaks are advisable. Dogs welcome on leads.
Cost will be no more than £5 per unit per night if the toilets are upgraded, and nominal if not.
Booking is not necessary – just turn up.
The site is about 2 miles inland from Staithes, near Whitby. It is best accessed from the A171 by a minor road running north at the eastern edge of Scaling Dam. The Fox is marked on Google mapping.
Access from the coast rd – A174 – is narrow and NOT recommended for caravans or large Mobile homes. Last September it was closed due to flooding.
More details from David Dry dsdry@dsl.pipex.com


There is no old time session this Sunday (3rd August) at the Huntsman Inn, Ide near Exeter, as most protagonists plan to be at Sidmouth Folk Festival. If you can make it to Sidmouth, on the Sunday or indeed any night (or day, especially at the weekend) of the festival, look out for old time sessioning in the Bedford, right side front bar as you enter. (or it may be in the cellar bar).

Next session at the Huntsman will be Sept 7th.


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July 24th

The Summer Camp 2014 dates are Friday 8th August to Sunday 17th August 2014. The FOAOTMAD site will be at the bottom of the field. The site gate will be locked in the evenings. If you do arrive late please ask for the code on the field or at the camp fire. The code can also be found on the members’ section of the FOAOTMAD web site. Please try to avoid waking the warden up in the end caravan to ask him for the code if you are arriving or leaving when the gate is closed.

If you want to be in the quieter area, camp away from the fire, nearer to the entrance gates. Music after midnight around the fire only – please show consideration for your camping neighbours.

Please bring your current membership cards to ensure you get your membership discount. For any membership enquiries, please contact Eve Morris beforehand 01823 432863.

Prices per person per night:
Adult FOAOTMAD members: £7, Children of family members (under 2s free): £5,
Adult Non-members: £8, Children of non-members (under 2s free): £6

Don’t pay for camping at the site reception desk. A member of FOAOTMAD will collect payments daily. However, there are a few power points along the bottom hedge at an additional £3.75 per night, which you need to pre-book and pay for at the reception desk. Entry to the Farm Centre is included in camping fees.

Dogs must be kept on leads. Please avoid camping under the large tree next to the camp fire, as you will be asked to move by the site manager.

Firewood will be provided by FOAOTMAD to save having to scavenge for it.

For venue details check out www.sacrewell.org.uk

Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre, Thornhaugh, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE8 6HJ


The Whitetop Mountain Band:

Fri Sept 5th Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Eire
Sat Sept 6th The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Sun Sept 7th Roadside Tavern, Kincora Road, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, Eire
Tue Sept 9th St. John’s Theatre, The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry, Eire
Thu Sept 11th The B Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle St., Plymouth, Devon
Fri-Sun Sept 12-14th Cornish Bluegrass Festival, Hendra Holiday Park, Newquay Cornwall
Mon Sept 15th The Bell Inn, 103 Walcot St, Bath BA1 5BW
Tue Sept 16th Burnett’s Hill Chapel, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire SA67 8AX
Thu Sept 18th St. Ives September Festival, The Western Hotel, Gabriel St, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2LU
Fri Sept 19th The Square and Compass, Worth Matravers, Swanage, Dorset
Sat Sept 20th Bluegrass Plus Club, The Ninfield Memorial Hall, Ninfield, Nr Battle.East Sussex TN33 9EE
Sun Sept 21st The Green Note, 106 Parkway, London NW1 7AN
Tue Sept 23rd Anchor Inn, 52 Abbey St, Faversham, Kent ME13 7BP
Wed Sept 24th Three Horseshoes, Chinnor Road, Towersey, UK OX39 3QY
Fri-Sun Sept 26th-28th Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival, Moniaive, Scotland


Beverly Smith & John Grimm


Fri-Sun Sept 12th—14th Sweet Sunny South Festival, Fairlight Lodge Hotel, Hastings
Wed Sept 17th What’s Cookin, Leytonstone Ex-Servicemens Club , Leytonstone, London E11
Thu Sept 18th Wolf Folk Club, Wolverton, Norfolk
Fri Sept 19th The Milkmaid, Constitutional Club, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Sat Sept 20th Little Opry, Tom Thumb Theatre, Cliftonville ( Margate), Kent
Wed Sept 24th Ryburn Folk Club, The Works, Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire
Sat-Sat Sept 27th—Oct 4th La Fuente de Musica w/ Alice Gerrard, El Fonte, Andalucia, Spain
Fri Oct 10th Presteigne TBA, Presteigne, Wales
Tue Oct 14th The Caledonia, Liverpool L7 7DX
Fri Oct 17th Chepstow Folk Club, Chepstow Castle Inn, Chepstow, Monmouthshire
Sat Oct 18th The Cellar Upstairs, Exmouth Arms, London
Sun Oct 19th The Three Horseshoes , Towersey, Oxfordshire
Fri Oct 24th Village Pump Folk Club, The Lamb Inn, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8BN


Kate Lissauer’s old-time music workshop week in Andalucia, Sept 27 to Oct 4, is still taking enrolment, and this is a last call.

Teachers are Alice Gerrard, Beverley Smith, John Grimm, Joff Lowson, John Whelan, and Kate. Classes will be in guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and song. All levels!

Kate will be away for a few weeks but will get email: klissauer@mbzonline.net

For speedier service or any urgent question, try Tracey Ashford, who will be helping with Music Week admin – headingwest@hotmail.co.uk


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July 10th

Those of you not following the saga on our Facebook page will, no doubt, be relieved to know that Steve Wise has been reunited with his missing instruments (and car).


If you are going to WOTMAD (the Windermere picking weekend) there is a new poster with revised details here…


and a photo of the relevant road sign to look for…



Next Little Opry is Saturday 26th July

A&E Old Time Stringband, plus open mic. Cloggers and Flatfooters – don’t forget to bring your boards and shoes!
Meet in Fin Bar upstairs from 6.30 pm. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50

and advance notice for Beverly Smith and John Grimm on Saturday 20th September.

Little Opry @ Tom Thumb Theatre, Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, Kent CT9 2LB
www.littleopryattomthumb.webeden.co.uk, or contact direct 01227 770840 or 01322 228802.
Check out the Little Opry Facebook page and Tom Thumb website: www.tomthumbtheatre.co.uk/


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July 3rd

Well, having returned from a trip which included the excellent inaugural Brandywine Revival Festival in Pennsylvania, hosted by Clare Milliner & Walt Koken, it’s time to catch up on a few things.


Don’t forget to note the stolen instruments mentioned in the last last posting (thanks Su)


Next session at The Huntsman Inn, Ide near Exeter is Sunday 6th at 7:30pm
More details bob@bobmat.plus.com


Southern Belle (Vic Wilcox and Su Mo – possibly with friends) feature as part of a new folk music based venture at the Creative Innovation Centre, Memorial Hall, Paul Street, Taunton, TA1 3PF.

July 5th, 7:00pm www.ciccic.co.uk 01823 337477


A message from Michael Graves – mgdot@aol.com

Hello, I am a member of a USA Folkdance group. We will travel to Northern England, Alnwick Aug 1-10 to perform in a folkdance festival.
However, we are finding it difficult to find local musicians to accompany us on the trip. We are reaching out to those in the area to help solicit help.

It is a wonderful way to share your music. If you know of any bluegrass or folkdance bands, please give them my contact information. Our website is www.cripplecreekcloggers.org and you may see our rich history there. We travel every year to Europe to share our dance and culture, and it will be a shame if we do not make the trip this year. Thank you so much for any help that you may provide. Sincerely, Michael Graves, Cripple Creek Cloggers, Murfreesboro, Tennessee USA


Saturday 12th July – The Allen Family Band In “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordshire, OX9 3QY, 01844 212322
Tickets £10 Doors open 7:30pm : On Stage 8:00pm : Finish by 10:15

The Allen Family are a bluegrass and old time music playing family, the latest of a line of Allen Family bands that started in North Carolina in around 1900, moving to Missouri in the 30′s, New Mexico in the 40′s, California in the 60′s and for now, England.

Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at musicallymonstrous@talktalk.net


The line up for Didmarton has been announced:



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25th June

Just one posting today whilst Nick is away!

For those going to Keith & Cathy’s Picking Weekend in Wrington, 27th -29th June at Lower Stock Farm:

Keith and Cathy report: Don’t bring beer to our picking weekend, just a glass; we have had a donation of 70 pints of Wickwar Bob – an excellent local bitter – and will ‘give it away’ for only £1 per pint – all proceeds to Nick’s Farmlink charity.

Leave your breakfast things behind as well, and instead tuck into Farmer Nick’s full english – a great way to start the day.
It’s this weekend!



Last week Steve Wise’s car was stolen while he was in Brighton. In the boot were two musical instruments

-          1970 Yamaha red-label FG-110 guitar. In a black gig bag.

-          1940 Gibson A40 mandolin. In a hard case with a Chattanooga School of Folk sticker on


If anyone comes across these – in the flesh or online – please contact stevewise@fastmail.co.uk

guitar mandolin
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5th June

Saturday 28th June 2014 – The New Essex Bluegrass Band

In “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordshire, OX9 3QY, 01844 212322

Tickets £10 : Doors open 7:30pm : On Stage 8:00pm : Finish by 10:15

Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at musicallymonstrous@talktalk.net


Danish old-time band, Turf Rollers, will be visiting the UK in July and playing a couple of gigs.

On Thursday July 10th they will be playing at The Chequers Inn in Lytchett Matravers, Poole, Dorset.

On Saturday July 12th they’ll be playing at the Wonky Donk Festival (same town).


Tappalachian’s June Appearances

Sunday 8th June at Pitstone Green Farm Museum, Bucks, LU7 9EY. Tappalachian dancers and band will be performing throughout the afternoon in the courtyard of this delightful rural museum.

Saturday 14th June. Tappalachian are just one of the many Appalachian, morris, clog and Irish groups performing at the Wimborne Minster Folk Festival. They will be there all Saturday dancing at various locations throughout the town.

Saturday 21st June, St Albans Folk Festival Day of Dance. This is an annual event for Tappalachian and they will be setting up their dance boards in Christopher Place.


UK Autoharps – Gargrave Autoharp Festival, 27th – 29th June

Gargrave Autoharp Festival is part of the Yorkshire Festival, the programme of cultural events building up to the Grand Depart of the Tour de France 2014.

To book your place at the festival visit www.ukautoharps.org.uk or see festival.yorkshire.com/events/gargrave-autoharp-festival


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