January 17th

More than likely you will have found out through social media that fiddler, musicologist and Henry Reed expert Alan Jabbour passed away at the end of last week. I had the great pleasure to meet and play with him a couple of times. He was a Gainsborough Festival guest in 2005 and I’m glad I had a hand in organizing that. He’ll be much missed.


From Pam Russell:
Flatfooting Workshop Day raising funds for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Saturday March 4th 10:00 – 4:00 at Thurning Village Hall, Thurning, nr Oundle, Northants PE8 5RD

Want to learn or improve this fun rhythmic foot tapping dance form? If you have never danced before and would like to have a go, this your chance! There will be plenty of action for improvers too!
All you need is a pair of flat slidey shoes. worn out trainers are great.
Lunch will be bring and share. refreshments will be provided.
We will, of course, start very gently and end with a little dance party. Music will be provided by our resident musicians Jane and Sandy who would love others to join them- an opportunity to play slow and gentle or learn a few old timey tunes. Experienced players please support!
Suggested donation is £10 but pay what you wish.
Have fun and support us raising funds for this very significant charity.
For more information and to confirm you are coming, email Pam



The Down Trodden String Band have a new CD to promote. They are guests at Gainsborough Festival and can also be found on Tuesday 25th Apr on the Folk Train

“For those who have not experienced this unique event, we play on the 19:14 train from Sheffield to Edale, then everyone piles into The Rambler Inn where we refresh ourselves and play some more, and then we finish the evening by playing on the return train to Sheffield. Full details on the folk train website but be warned – if you want a decent seat, come early – it’s usually heaving!”



A reminder for those in the UK who wanted copies of the Reed Island Rounders new cd Wild Goose Chase and want to avoid the current extortionate US postal charges that I have some copies available. Details in the November 3rd blog and I will have the remainder at Gainsborough Festival if you want to risk the wait.


The Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music present

“A Fiddlers Convention on Duck Mountain”

Friday, February 3rd, 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 420 Willa Road, Newark, Delaware 19711.

Performed jointly by Uncle Henry’s Favorites, from Charlottesville, Virginia, and Orpheus Supertones, from southeastern Pennsylvania, this show will certainly set your toes a-tappin’ and put a smile on your face as these folks run through a gamut of Old Time fiddle tunes, other instrumentals, songs, and stories. These two groups brought the “Battle of the Bands” to the BFOTM stage back in 2010. When it comes to Old Time music, these bands have some of the oldest histories of any present-day groups.

The Orpheus Supertones have been together for nearly fifteen years. Banjo player Pete Peterson played in the Golden Age Retrievers starting in the late ‘60’s. Fiddling bandmate Walt Koken also had a band then, and in the ‘70’s he helped form the acclaimed Highwoods Stringband. Bassist Hilary Dirlam played in the Arm and Hammer String Band, back in the 70’s. She has also played with master North Carolina old timers Carroll Best and Luke Smathers, now deceased, and has recorded the music of native Nepalese musicians and singers. Fiddler Clare Milliner honed her craft in the Kennett Symphony in the early 70’s, and is co-author, with Walt, of the Milliner – Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes, the largest such compendium to date. Guitarist Kellie Allen, the youngest band member, started in the early 80’s in a band called Pay Attention!


Upcoming Stompin’ Dave gigs in Exeter, Ringwood, Southampton, Evershot, Totton, Yeovil, Charminster, Bath, Dorchester, Cheltenham & South Petherton. For more info. please visit http://www.stompinstore.com/gigs–2

davestomp@yahoo.co.uk 01308 488387

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January 12th

Here are the workshops for Gainsborough Festival. Note that I have no information about ability levels etc. so please address any questions to festival@foaotmad.org.uk

Old-Time tunes from West Virginia – Pete Vigour
Old-Time Square Dance – Ellen Vigour
Bass in an Old-Time band – Mark Beall
Original Fiddle tunes – Jim Childress
Fiddle tunes by ear – Rosie Newton
Claw Hammer Banjo – Richie Stearns
Fiddle tunes of Henry Reed – Bertram Levy
Banjo (the ‘Clock’ technique) – Bertram Levy
Old-Time Harmony Singing – Roger Jackson
Beginners Flat-footing – Paul & Clare Sheridan
Advanced Flat-footing – Pam Russell
Medium Slow Jam – Stuart Wade
Ukulele -Steve Wise
Fiddle (‘C’ tunes) – Jock Tyldesley
Shape Note Singing – Cath & Phil Tyler
Beginners Banjo – Su Mo
Playing tunes (Jam) – Pete & Ellen Vigour
Bass – Jed Greenburg
Fiddle – Robin Gillan
Singing Traditional Songs in Modern Times – Jim Miller


German/French Oldtimers ‘Fierce Flowers’ have some UK gigs on their way to socialize at Gainsborough Festival:

Feb 04 Winemakers Club – Farringdon, London https://www.facebook.com/events/369971866688761/
Feb 05 The Prince – London, Stoke Newington
Feb 06 The Jamboree – London with Whiskey Moonface, Dakota Jim, The Residents
Feb 08 What’s Cookin’…Upstairs @ Leytonstone Ex-Servicemens Club, opening for the Steve & Ben Somers Country Band
Feb 19 Edinburgh- Roots Music Showcase @ The Jazz Bar https://www.facebook.com/The-Roots-Music-Showcase-363596413849492/



Clogging classes at St Catherine’s Schoolroom, Preston Lane, Faversham, Kent ME13 8LG

If you haven’t been before, it’s in the churchyard of St Catherine’s, as you come into the car park, turn left down the lane towards the footbridge over the railway line – you wouldn’t know there was a little hall there but there is! Call if you can’t find it 07703 639 720

Weekly on Thursdays – 12 weeks
5th Jan – 30th March (no class on 17th Feb for half term break)

Beginners: 6.30-7.30pm
Improvers: 7.45-8.45pm
Intermediates: 8.45-9.45pm
Cost: 12 week term – payable by term or half term
Beginners and/or Improvers: £78 / £66 (half term – £39/£33 )
Improvers and Intermediates: £126 / £102 (half term – £63/£51)

If it’s your first clogging class – it’s free! So do bring your friends along to have a go at no expense!!


Jeff Warner returns to the UK in September 2017. He currently has a few spare dates, if anyone would like to book him for gigs, workshops or talks on his parents’ song collecting experiences please email Phil Tyler : ptyl@onetel.com



There’s an upcoming tour from Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle:

May 6 TBD
May 7 Edinburgh TradFest
May 8 TBD
May 9 Cotswolds
May 10 Guilford
May 11 Arts Centre, Colchester
May 12 King’s Place, London (with Eli West)
May 13-15 Brighton – Brighton Festival
May 16 St. James Wine Vaults, Bath
May 17 Philharmonic Music Room, Liverpool
May 18 Sheffield
May 19 Pembrokeshire
May 20 Presteigne (with Eli West)



A chance to see Rayna Gellert accompanied by Kai Welch and Jamie Dick (from Rhiannon Giddens band) at Manorbier Youth Hostel, Skrinkle Road, Pembrokeshire, SA70 7TT. Tickets are £10 or £8 for concessions, available from Jackie Kempton on 01646 661363.

As mentioned some weeks ago here’s the updated tour:
Jan 20 Whitstable Sessions, Whitstable
Jan 21 Cowshed, Huddersfield
Jan 22 Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge
Jan 25 Manorbier, Pembrokeshire
Jan 26 The Green Note, London
Jan 28 The Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, Dorset
Feb 1 Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, N.I.
Feb 2 Bangor Castle, County Down, N.I.
Feb 3 Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, N.I.
Feb 4 Roe Valley Arts Centre, Limavady, N.I.
Feb 5 Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, N.I.


Dave Stacey has a refurbished White Lady banjo for sale See here for details and photos


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January 5th

Most FOAOTMAD members will have received their latest copy of the Old Time News. Included with it should have been a notification of our Annual General Meeting to take place at the Gainsborough Festival (10am on Sunday Feb 12th) and also a nomination form for positions on the committee.

In case this is missing or you want to nominate for more than one post you can download further copies here Nomination Form 2017

Remember that members can nominate other members (with their agreement) for ANY of the committee positions, not just the ones listed.

Also, where current post holders are prepared to continue, there is no need to re-nominate them.


For those wishing to pay for their Gainsborough tickets by Paypal or other means (there is a form to download), check out this page:

Tickets here


A message from the Fiddling Thomsons, Ryan and Brennish:
We really enjoyed the opportunity to perform Old Time music at the Bath Folk Festival this year. We’ve just posted some video of our festival performance on YouTube:

Chinquapin Hunting – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9ogSl59cQU
Cumberland Gap – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhus-PusJIU
Breaking up Christmas – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ntjq0yvluc
Pollys Mountain Kettle – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cr1nEJkUj5g
Dickson County Blues – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISZjMrh1C3U

We run a weekly jam session at our home in New Hampshire, USA, and invite old time musicians from the UK to contact us if traveling here, to get together and make music.


Rachel Eddy – Fiddle and Banjo workshops plus a house concert, 20th and 21st May in West Sussex. For more information or any queries about the weekend please contact Chris Aggs christopheraggs@gmail.com or phone on 01903 892891 or mobile 07952 117016

Rachel Eddy workshops

Rachel’s other dates:
12-14 May Crossover Festival, Cheshire
17 May Towersey, Oxfordshire
23 May Hastings
26 May Square Dance, Richmond, London
27 May The Harrison, London


February concerts in “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes,
Chinnor Road, Towersey, Oxon, OX9 3QY
Tickets £10 : Doors open 7:30pm : Music 8:00pm : Finish 10:15

2nd Feb Mike Compton & Joe Newberry
8th Feb Red Dog Run
17th Feb Bertram and Madeline Levy

Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at



Two wonderful old time musicians Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer are touring the UK this winter with Tom Paxton.

Paxton Tour

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December 22nd

However and whatever you celebrate this time of year… have a good one!


Next session at the Huntsman Inn, Ide , near Exeter will be Sunday 8th January (NOT 1st as the pub is shut). Usual start time of 7.30


Mark Schatz is a late addition to Sore Fingers and is looking into finding a little work either before or after – available Apr 13-15 and 22-25. His main instrument is bass but he’s an accomplished clawhammer banjo player, a skilled Appalachian clogger and hambone teacher as well.

If you can help out please contact him the sooner the better:


Bertram Levy tour poster


Tamworth Bluegrass Festival
23-25 June, Fillongley Village Hall, CV7 8EQ

Early Bird tickets are now on sale from the website, together with details of the festival, new location, new dates and bands booked so far. As previous festivals, we will be offering a £5 discount on the weekend ticket (including the Early Bird) for both BBMA and FOAOTMAD members. We will also be sponsoring Jessie’s Fund, our favoured charity.

At the moment, only The Malvern Hillbillies are booked to play but more Old Time bands will follow.

Full details and ticket purchasing online at www.tamworthbluegrass.org


There’s an extra date in the Compton & Newberry tour at St George’s Church, New Mills, High Peak on Sat 4th Feb.
I have updated the poster which can be found in the 8th December blog.


1950/1960s Bacon Belmont 5 string banjo with resonator back and pearlescent finishes, plus case.
Good condition. Contact John Holmes – johnholmes1953@outlook.com – for more details.

photo here
photo here

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Gainsborough festival

Here’s an early view of the poster for Gainsborough. More details on the artists will appear in the Old Time News (for members).

2016 poster

There will also be a double bass workshop run by Mark Beall of Uncle Henry’s, so anyone interested should bring along their instruments.

And for those of you who ‘do’ Facebook there is an event you can join click here

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December 15th

I am informed there are vacancies for exhibitors/sales at the Gainsborough Festival. Interested? If so, please contact Tim – festival@foaotmad.org.uk



Sweet Sunny South 2017 will feature Kate Lissauer, The Farwells and The Horsenecks.
Weekend of the 8th September 2017


Pre-Christmas oldtime session in the Pirate Inn, Alverton, Penzance TR18 4PS on Thursday 22nd at 8pm.


American Square Dance with musicians and caller from Virginia, USA

Pete and Ellen Vigour of Uncle Henry’s Favourites with guest banjoist Ray Banks

Plus flatfoot dance workshop with Sibs Riesen

Friday 17th Feb 2017
WORKSHOP: 7pm-8pm
DANCE: 8.15pm-11pm
Lanner Band Hall, Lanner Hill, Redruth TR16 5SZ
No bar: Bring your own drink and food
Tickets: £7/10*; Under 16s £3/£5* (*Workshop and dance)
01736 332821 sibs@sibylle2.freeserve.co.uk

In support of the Carn Marth Trust


As well as the above, Pete and Ellen Vigour’s itinerary includes:

Thu Feb 16 leading the Jam Session at the Blue Anchor Pub in Helston
Sat Feb 18 a short house concert followed by a jam session at Guy Charles Ponsford’s house near Lands End
Sun Feb 19 House Concert in Torquay

and, of course, the complete Uncle Henry’s Favourites line-up are headliners at Gainsborough Festival, February 10th to 12th.


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December 8th

Rayna Gellert is on tour with Kai Welch and Jamie Dick

Jan 20 Whitstable Sessions, Whitstable
Jan 22 Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge
Jan 25 Manorbier, Pembrokeshire
Jan 26 The Green Note, London
Jan 28 The Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, Dorset
Feb 1 Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, N.I.
Feb 2 Bangor Castle, County Down, N.I.
Feb 3 Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, N.I.
Feb 4 Roe Valley Arts Centre, Limavady, N.I.
Feb 5 Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, N.I.



Compton and Newberry poster

They are still looking to fill a couple of dates which would need to fit in with the existing bookings below, so if you can help, please give Maria Wallace a shout on the FOAOTMAD Facebook group, email admin@truenorthmusic.co.uk or contact her through her website www.truenorthpromotions.co.uk which also has tour details and links.



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December 1st

Brother Mule will be at Burnetts Hill Chapel, Martletwy, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 8AX on the 8th December 2016.

Featuring Brian Wicklund and Ben Winship, accompanied by Ben Somers on bass.

Tickets are £10. The show runs from 7.30pm to 9:30-ish with a short break in the middle. Doors at 7:00. After the show we like to head off to the local pub where we shall stop for a little drink, you are welcome to join us and meet the band. As always, we suggest you bring a cushion and a torch – the seats are traditional pews and the carpark is dark!

The chapel gigs have sold out on many occasions and so booking as soon as possible is highly recommended advised through Main Street Music, Pembroke, Tel; 01646 621530 (you can reserve tickets and pay on the door).



Other Brother Mule gigs:

Dec 05 The Nightjar, 129 City Road London, EC1V 1JB
Dec 06 Blues Kitchen, 40 Acre Lane Brixton, London SW2 5SP
Dec 07 Coalpit Heath Cricket Club, Serridge Lane, Bristol, BS36 2TT
Dec 09 Bleddfa Centre, Knighton, Powys LD7 1PA
Dec 10 Meltham Carlile Community Hub, Huddersfield Road Meltham
Dec 11 Sound House, 42-43 Royal Park Terrace, Edinburgh EH8 8JA


Next Sunday (4th Dec) with be the last session for 2016 at the Huntsman Inn, Ide, near Exeter. Starts at 7:30.


The next Pickin’ Lunchtime in Reading is on Sunday 4th December, 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

Your session hosts are Stu Weetman & Colm Daly
See the Facebook Group where you’ll find song & tunes list and more: https://facebook.com/groups/pickinlunchtime

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


Kieran Towers & Charlotte Carrivick are In “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes, Chinnor Road, Towersey, Oxon, OX9 3QY on Friday 9th December

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

Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at concerts@musicallymonstrous.co.uk


There’s a new session planned to be on the second Sunday of each month starting on the 11th of December 2016, 3.30pm-6,30pm at the Artyard Café, The Drive, Enstone, Oxfordshire on the A44, with plenty of free parking spaces.

Music wise it will be Bluegrass, Blues, Americana, Folk & Celtic so I guess it’s up to the oldtime contingent to take charge!

More details from Tina Hadley – tinahadley@me.com

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November 24th

Will Branch and David Fox play American old-time music, as well as folk-based music for children. They are planning a tour of Ireland and the UK from June 9-24, 2017. They have gigs at the beginning and end of the tour, as well as one right in the middle, but have many dates yet to fill.
Can anyone help out?

Music for Grownups



The Malvern Hillbillies – in “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes,Chinnor Road, Towersey, Oxon, OX9 3QY

Hillbilly Pete, Foxy Cocks and Cousin Merle proudly present to you the Malvern Hillbillies Old Time Roadshow. Old Time Appalachian mountain music, Medicine for the Soul

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

Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at


Following on from the successful Old Time Week, expressions of interest are being sought for a La Fuente Blues Week with tutor Ernie Hawkins and others.

Dates are September 23rd to 30th, 2017, and the cost will be £750, not including travel. This includes accommodation at the Casona Granado in El Pilar and all meals, as well as transfers between the hotel and John and Kate’s villa, where classes will take place. A £100 deposit (non returnable) will secure your place on the week.

La Fuente Holidays
Details of Casona Granado can be found at http://enalbar.com/


Cello banjo for sale. For details (and other items for sale by members) use the classified link at the top or right of this page or go to Banjos etc for sale


There’s a square dance in Richmond (Middlesex) on Friday December 2nd.

Details here

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November 10th


Holford Arms, Knockdown, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8QY

B & B (prior booking required) – 01454 238669 / https://app.littlehotelier.com/properties/the-holford-arms)

OR EMAIL – chrys.hendi-warner@tiscali.co.uk

Arrive no earlier than midday 8th, leave by midday 11th unless you require a camping extension. Camping with some electric hook-up (phone Chrys on 07814 586525 to reserve one, first come, first served).
Cost to camp approx. £25 for weekend (TBC)
Electric hook-up £15.00 for weekend (TBC)
Shower and toilet facilities.
Pub facilities – meals and drinks
Skittle alley for sessions
Dogs to be kept under control.


Sweet Sunny South Festival in Hastings – next year’s dates are 8th to 10th September. More details nearer the time


Should ‘country-coated folk songs’ come into your musical tastes, Mar Wallace is promoting Sarah Jane Scouten in ‘The Barn’ at The Three Horseshoes, Chinnor Road, Towersey, Oxon, OX9 3QY on Wednesday 23rd November

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

Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at concerts@musicallymonstrous.co.uk

Future events include the Malvern Hillbillies, Kieran Towers & Charlotte Carrivick and in 2017 dates are set for Mike Compton & Joe Newberry and Rachel Eddy.


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