26th November

Little Opry Christmas Special – Saturday 28 November 2015
Margate, Kent

Hot Rock Pilgrims combine bluegrass and old time to great effect, coupled with powerful singing. Plus open mic
Tickets £8 www.wegottickets.com, Tom Thumb or direct (see below).

Meet in Fin Bar upstairs from 6.30, start at 7.30pm with maybe a mince pie or something festive, who knows.

or contact 01227 770840 or 01322 228802


The Field Recorders Collective are proud to announce that they are now offering digital downloads of their entire catalog (92 different releases) via Bandcamp.



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19th November

Here’s a reminder about the artists for next year’s Gainsborough Festival (12th to 14th February):

From the USA
The Sunny Mountain Serenaders
Adam Hurt and Beth Williams Hartness
Evie Ladin and Keith Terry
The Horsenecks

From the UK
The Old Roustabouts
Roger Jackson
Cath & Phil Tyler
Paul & Clare Sheridan

Publicity and ticketing arrangements coming in a few weeks.


Please note that the Bristol old time session (formerly at Hillgrove Porter Stores) has changed to Kingsdown Wine Vaults BS6 5UE

On the 1st Wednesday of each month.


More Grey Wolf gigs:

Mon 23rd Nov (with Deborah Rose) Kitchen Garden Café, Kings Heath, Birmingham
B14 7SA
Thu 26th Nov Charlton Arms Hotel, Ludlow SY8 1PJ (free)
Sat 28th Nov Kangaroo Inn, Aston on Clun, Shropshire SY7 8EW (free)

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12th November

Brown Dog Banjos ‘The Helpful Banjo Shop’.
Autumn Newsletter 2015 – http://eepurl.com/bCpCXb
A short newsletter including special offers, tips on Titebond Glues & 1930’s style Vega Banjo Arm Rest.



Evie Ladin and Keith Terry will be making a short tour before their Gainsborough appearance. There may be other dates to follow:

Jan 27 What’s Cookin, Ex-Servicemens Club, Harvey Road, Leytonstone, London E11
Jan 28 The Green Note, London
Jan 31 House Concert + Workshops, Frome. Workshop with Buffalo Gals by day, Concert at night!
Feb 3 ROOTS, Rainham Oast House, Kent
Feb 4 Folk Club, Wolferton, Norfolk
Feb 5 Steel City Opry, Sheffield
Feb 6 York House Centre, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, MK11 1JQ
Feb 7 Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordshire
Feb 12-14 Gainsborough Festival



Appalachian clogging classes at Holwell village hall, near Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Saturday 14th November –
Class 1 is Mixed level, including beginners (1 1/2 hours) – 9.30am-11:00am.
Class 2 is Improvers (1 1/2 hours) – 11:15am – 12:45pm.
Class 3 is Intermediate or Repertoire (1 hour) – 1pm – 2pm
Cost: £9 (£7 conc) Mixed/Improvers / for both £15 (£11 conc) / £6 (£5 conc) Intermediates

Also monthly on a Monday night – https://appalachianherts.wordpress.com/

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5th November

There’s a flatfoot dance workshop with Alice Cade (Clifftop 2013 2nd place flatfooting finalist)!

Saturday 28th November, 10.30am- 4.30pm. £20 per person. The Greenbank Pub, 57 Bellevue Road, Bristol, (UK), BS5 6DP

Email bristolflatfooting@gmail.com for more information.

Book tickets online here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flatfooting-workshop-tickets-19329583304


John Messenger reports that his Simon & Patrick parlour guitar is now sold.


Jody Kruskal is an Anglo Concertina player from New York who will be undertaking a solo tour of the UK during November. Whilst not exactly Old Time, his shows “feature rare old songs that tell American stories… hilarious, gritty and true. Stories of train wrecks and wrecked marriages, death row convicts and lonesome lovers, heroes, losers, swaggering braggarts, lazy slackers and slapstick fools”.

His tour schedule is:-
Sun Nov 8 – Readifolk, Reading
Wed Nov 11 – Faversham
Fri Nov 13 – Seaford
Sun Nov 15 – Horsham Folk Club
Tue Nov 17 – Chichester Folk Club
Wed Nov 18 – Haverfolk, NE London
Thu Nov 19 – Orpington, SE London

For more information – http://jodykruskal.com


Tuesday 17th November – Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton
Experimental fiddle & banjo dynamism within the old-time tradition playing traditional & original songs

In “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes, Chinnor Road, Towersey, Oxfordshire, OX9 3QY

Tickets £10 : Doors open 7:30pm : Music 8:00pm : Finish 10:15

Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at


Next Pickin’ Lunchtime – Sun 8th Nov – Global Café, Reading UK, 2:30-5:30pm (ish)
(please note later start time as they have put back their opening times)

Players of all levels, singers & dancers, and friends are welcome to our monthly 2nd Sunday acoustic music session (traditional session etiquette of inclusiveness & consensus apply). Generally American Old Time, but Bluegrass, Blues & Folk also in hot pursuit!
The Global Cafe, 35-39 London St, Reading UK, RG1 4PS (free parking at rear & only 5 min walk from train station)
Venue website http://www.risc.org.uk/global-cafe

See Facebook Group https://facebook.com/groups/pickinlunchtime

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


Grey Wolf are performing at Artrix (Arts Centre Nr: Bromsgrove) www.artrix.co.uk this Saturday 7th Nov. at 8 pm.
Tickets are available on the door £10.00.


Stompin’ Dave Allen has a whole range of gigs coming up in his various musical guises.

Check out http://www.stompinstore.com

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29th October

Flatfooting workshop day, raising funds for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
Saturday November 21st at Thurning Village Hall, near Oundle Northants. 10.00 to 4.00 with Tap and Sync cloggers.

Even if you have never danced but would like to have a go, you are welcome. All you need is a pair of ‘slidey’ flat shoes, worn out trainers will work as well.

Lunch will be bring and share. Refreshments are provided.

The workshop will be led by Pam Russell. It will start very gently at the beginning and end with a dance party!

Suggested donation is £15, but pay what you can. Have fun and support us raise funds for this very important and significant charity.

Here’s the Facebook link – https://www.facebook.com/events/1480239458973569

If you plan to attend please RSVP to the event so they have an idea of numbers attending. For more information message Pam. If you don’t ‘do’ Facebook then email info@foaotmad.org.uk and I’ll pass the message on.


There’s flatfooting course about to happen in the Round Chapel, Hackney, London



The next old time session at the Huntsman Inn, Ide, near Exeter is at the usual time of 7.30 this coming Sunday, 1st November.


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23rd October

Here’s a sneak preview for next year’s Gainsborough Festival (12th to 14th February):

The acts confirmed are:

From the USA
Evie Ladin and Keith Terry
The Sunny Mountain Serenaders
Adam Hurt and Beth Williams Hartness
The Horsenecks

From the UK
The Old Roustabouts
Roger Jackson
Cath & Phil Tyler
Paul & Clare Sheridan


And thanks to Clare and Paul Sheridan for an excellent and highly successful Clog-in last Saturday. I suspect more will follow…


Saturday 24th October is a morning of Appalachian Clogging at the village hall, Holwell, Hertfordshire. Mixed level including beginners 9.39-11.

And in the afternoon there is a workshop and a perfomance in nort London when “Dance Around the World” returns to Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London. UK. NW1 7AY.

Contact Kerry Fletcher for details of both – kerry@kerryfletcher.co.uk


Locust Honey String Band (Old-Time, Bluegrass, Contemporary Roots) are touring 25th February to 28th March.

Currently about a third of those dates are booked including
Thu 25th Feb SLEAFORD Ewerby Reading Rooms
Fri 26 Feb 2016 HORNCASTLE St Peter & Paul Church
Sat 27 Feb 2016 NORWELL Norwell Village Hall
Sun 28 Feb 2016 STAMFORD Braceborough Village Hall
Wed 2 Mar 2016 LONDON Green Note
Thu 3 Mar 2016 KINETON CLUB
Fri 4 Mar 2016 CLOWS TOP HALL
Sun 6 Mar 2016 Staffordshire
Wed 9 Mar 2016 TOWERSEY The Three Horse Shoes
Thu 10 Mar 2016 CARDIFF , Penarth All Saints
Fri 11 Mar 2016 NEWCASTLE
Tue 29 Mar 2016 IRELAND sixmile bridge

Further details and booking – owlsworld@gmail.com


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October 8th

For Sale – Simon & Patrick Parlour Guitar and hard case. Beautiful guitar with astonishing power for a parlour. Great tone for OT. Slight wear marks and one small ding. Well set-up and easy to play. 12 fret neck, solid spruce top, cherry back and sides. Sad to see it go but I can’t play it any more. Reduced to £250 including correct size case. Email John at cross.tune@yahoo.co.uk for photos / enquiries


Those of you who live in Cornwall, live close or go there on holiday may be interested in Old Time Music Cornwall – Dedicated to American Old Time and Appalachian music in Cornwall


and their Facebook page


Next Pickin’ Lunchtime on Sunday 11th October 2-5pm (ish) at The Global Cafe, 35-39 London St, Reading UK, RG1 4PS


More info Colm: newtchaser@gmail.com or 07776373906.


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October 1st

Something that will be particularly of use to those of us this side of the Atlantic, the Field Recorders Collective have started now offering quality digital downloads of their music.

They are starting with the most recently released CDs, now available in digital formats on our store page ( http://fieldrecorder.org/shop ): Dean Sturgill, Craig Johnson, Old Time Fiddle Music of Alleghany County, NC, Maggie Parker, Tom Fuller, Vesta Johnson, Darley Fulks, Ralph Whited, and Carlton Rawlings.

On the site there is a Listen/Download button at the bottom of each product page. If you are only interested in downloads, you can go directly to their Bandcamp page: http://fieldrecorder.bandcamp.com

The digital album includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. The download also includes photos and PDF article!

They will be gradually adding additional CDs from their catalogue.


Or you can download the pdf for easier reading:



Workshop time again:

Or you can download the pdf for easier reading:


Matt Gordon and Leonard Podolak have added a House Concert to their tour

Tigh Seanachoill, West of Dingle.
8 October at 20:30


A reminder that Beverly Smith & John Grimm and at Towersey on October 9th. Other venues are available – see the calendar on the right for your nearest.


Next session at Huntsman Inn, Ide, Exeter is next Sunday, 4th October at 7.30.


Not quite old time but the Kit Hillbillies can be found on Fri 16 Oct, 8:30pm, at the Olde Plough Inn, Bere Ferrers, West Devon and Sat 31 Oct, 9pm, at the Rising Sun, Gunnislake, Cornwall. Both free entry.



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September 24th

Old Time American Music 3rd-4th October in woodlands at Welsummer Camping ME17 1NQ near Leeds Castle turnoff of M20
(see camp website for further directions, pics, info – welsummercamping.com )

10am Sat – Sun 6pm Cost £7/night £3 /day visit.

Ready pitched bell tents for hire. Friday arrival if advised.
Evening and weather contingencies for sessions.

Enquiries: Paul Warner pr.warner27@gmail.com M 07990 737 539


An excellent evening yesterday with Matt Gordon and Leonard Podolak. A small contingent of cloggers there to see some skillful dancing but a distinct dearth of the local oldtime community. Check the Old Time Calendar on the right and get to see them if you can.


Cardboard Fox featuring the Carrivick Sisters
Thursday 24th September
The Bullingdon, 162 Cowley Road Oxford OX4 1UE, 01865 244516

Tickets £10 : Doors open 7:30pm : Music 8:00pm : Finish 10:30

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September 17th

A quiet-ish week with a number of you heading for the Cornish Bluegrass Festival (sadly not me this year). It’s worth mentioning that there are a number of artists with imminent tours. Check out the calendar on the right for details of:

Matt Gordon and Leonard Podolak
The Corn Potato String Band
Beverley Smith and John Grimm
Sara Grey and Kieron Means


Owing to a cancellation Beverly Smith and John Grimm have a date available for a concert on 17th October. To get an idea for the (preferable)area, on the 15th they are in Norfolk and on the 19th they are in Liverpool.

If anyone can help them out please contact Beverly at beverlydale@yahoo.com


Next Little Opry – Saturday 26 September


Hot bluegrass and old timey from this fantastic family band. Brilliant driving Scruggs style banjo, fabulous guitar picking, hot fiddle and mandolin, great old timey frailing banjo and funky bass. And of course great singing.

Meet in Fin Bar upstairs from 6.30 pm. Kick off with open mic at 7.30.

Tickets £8 www.wegottickets.com

More information at
or contact 01227 770840 or 01322 228802

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