19th June

Keith and Cathy’s Picking Weekend, this weekend! (22-24 June)

Keith and Cathy would like to welcome friends old and new to their picking weekend just south of Bristol. Full details: http://www.keithburrows.org/picking-weekend.php

This year we’re pleased to welcome Paul and Clare Sheridan, who will host another of their wonderful Dance parties on the Saturday evening.

FOAOTMAD Session Directory

If you run an old time session in the UK please check that it is listed on our session directory  and let me know if the information is outdated or if you would like to add your session to this page. You can contact me here mailout1@foaotmad.org.uk Paul.

Dog Gone ” ROOTS ” Update

Dog Gone ” ROOTS ”
1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month
The Dancing Dog Saloon
Sheppey Way
Bobbing
Sittingbourne
Kent ME9 8QP

Free entry on Open Mic nights / £5.00 entrance when we have a guest / band.

Upcoming events:
Wednesday 18th July – Evie Ladin and Keith Terry
Wednesday 22nd August – Riley Baugus
(Extra session – to experience the delights of Riley playing wonderful Old-Time music )

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28th May

Ira Bernstein and Riley Baugus to visit UK

Ira Bernstein and Riley Baugus are returning to the UK for two Old-Time Dance Party reunions and a Fan-and-Friend Appreciation Tour.

Come and join us for one heckuva celebration on Saturdays 11 and 18 August to dance and play with them and the many valued friends they’ve made over the years. The times for the dance parties are to be confirmed, though likely to be from 1pm to 6pm at Bredon Village Hall, Tewkesbury. GL20 7QN a few minutes drive from the campsite.

Everyone is invited, bring finger food and drink to share.

It’s a one-off visit and celebration made possible by donations from individuals and FOAOTMAD.

Ira and Riley are available for GIGS and VISITS the mid-week days between the 12 and 17 August, and the entire week from 20 August.

Contact iratentoe@aol.com to arrange a gig/visit.

Gigs can be a solo Riley Baugus concert (theater or house concert); an old-time music and dance party in which Riley will play tunes and Ira will “coach/teach” flatfooting; or a more traditional dance workshop (flatfooting).

Message from Ira:

“First off, a huge THANK YOU for your support and patronage over the years, going back to 1986 for me and 2002 for the Ri and I duo. And now, specifically in making this tour happen as a donation supported venture, we are again greatly honored, moved, and grateful.”

 Location of the Dance Parties: http://bredonvillagehall.org.uk/?page_id=17

The hall is 5 mins’ drive from the FOAOTMAD summercamp location, so why not stay for the week or weekends.

Further information on how to get involved with the Reunions, make a donation contact Bob and Sibs: sibsriesen1@gmail.com

RSVP if possible to sibsriesen1@gmail.com

Everyone is invited

See Facebook page for updates https://www.facebook.com/IraandRileyDancePartyandReunion/

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Old Time Pub Session Cornwall

8.00 Wednesday 30th May
Out of the Blue
Mill Lane
Porthleven
Cornwall
TR13 9LQ
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10th May

Curtain Call for Ghost Hill Old Time Music Gathering in Cornwall

Old Time Music Cornwall are pleased to announce the very first Ghost Hill Old Time Music Gathering. It will be on the 18 – 20th May 2018 and will be held very close to Mullion Cove in the West of Cornwall on a campsite at Sea View Farm near Predannick, they offer all the usual camping facilities but also include a bandstand.

All Old Time musicians, singers and dancers will be most welcome. There is no entry fee to the festival, but camping will be £7.00 per person per night and £3.00 per day for a hook-up. There will also be a small camp fire and large canvas session tent.

Camping
Please give Jane Kemp a call on 01326 240605 to book your camping. She runs Sea View farm and the campsite where we are holding the event.

Directions
Drive to Mullion, right through the village as if you are driving to Mullion Cove, past the cricket field on the left, continue, then as soon as you see The Chocolate Factory (yes really) in front of you take the road to Predannack (it runs parallel to the Mullion Cove road) Go down the hill then up the longish hill (watch for walkers and animals on the bends) continue until you get to the top and it straightens and flattens out. Sea view farm is about 500 meters on the left after the hill.

18 – 20th May 2018
Sea View Farm
Predannick
Mullion
Cornwall
TR12 7EY

Map
Facebook
Website

Reminder for Alsia Fest ​Old Time & Americana Music Campout in Cornwall

This really is the “Clifftop” of Cornwall as Lands End is only a few miles away. Alsia Fest has established itself as a “must go” festival. Primarily Old Time music but with a healthy slice of Americana music on the side.

​All Old Time and Americana musicians, singers and dancers will be most welcome. There is no entry fee to the festival, but contributions are gratefully received. There is a camp fire and a couple of large canvas session tents and marquees.

12 – 16th July 2018
Higher Alsia Farm
St Buryan
Penzance
TR19 6H

Map
More Information

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1st May

Next Pickin Lunchtime – Sunday 6th May 2018 3-6pm

Hi all Pickers, at last summer IS on it’s way, and those of us within reach of Reading on Sunday 6th May (3-6pm) will be musically celebrating at our favourite venue The Global Cafe (free parking, also close to station) details on website:

Pickin Lunchtime

We can also be found on Facebook:
Pickin Lunchtimes Facebook Group

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Ghost Hill Old Time Music Gathering

Old Time Music Cornwall are pleased to announce the very first Ghost Hill Old Time Music Gathering. It will be on the 18 – 20th May 2018 and will be held very close to Mullion Cove in the West of Cornwall on a campsite at Sea View Farm near Predannick, they offer all the usual camping facilities but also include a bandstand.

All Old Time musicians, singers and dancers will be most welcome. There is no entry fee to the festival, but camping will be £7.00 per person per night and £3.00 per day for a hook-up. There will also be a small camp fire and large canvas session tent.

Camping
Please give Jane Kemp a call on 01326 240605 to book your camping. She runs Sea View farm and the campsite where we are holding the event.

Directions
Drive to Mullion, right through the village as if you are driving to Mullion Cove, past the cricket field on the left, continue, then as soon as you see The Chocolate Factory (yes really) in front of you take the road to Predannack (it runs parallel to the Mullion Cove road) Go down the hill then up the longish hill (watch for walkers and animals on the bends) continue until you get to the top and it straightens and flattens out. Sea view farm is about 500 meters on the left after the hill.

Map
Facebook
Website

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2nd April

Old Time American Dance Party 28th April

Dear Dancers and Musicians and friends y’all

We had a super time in October last year here near Stroud, Gloucestershire, with lots of great musicians and many dancers who had a good long clogging session and lots of fun.

The next dance party is booked for Saturday April 28th at Eastington Village Hall again. GL10 – Not long to go so hope you can make it.

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.

6.30-10.30pm with a bring and share meal to start with and a catch up, then we get going with the clogging and fabulous music.

Any musicians who can spare am evening do come along, we do so appreciate the fantastic music, and it is so toe tappingly good that we just have to strut out stuff.

Dancers please wear hard soles if you can, we have a lovely wooden floor, and taps can get noisy with acoustic musicians.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Clare Sheridan

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26th March

Updated Tour Dates for Newberry and Verch

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Why not write a report about your festival for Old Time News

People will have seen from the latest issue of the Old Time News and from Paul’s list on the Old-Time Cornwall site that there are lots of great festivals coming up this summer. I would like to get reports of as many of these as possible for the Old Time News please. Reports don’t have to be very long so this doesn’t have to be an onerous task – don;t feel you have to describe all 3 days in detail e.g. “First we found our camp site, then we went to find the showers etc etc” – none of this is really needed. All I want is to get a feel for the event, some idea of the facilities – camping, food, showers, places to have sessions – and something about the old-time acts which caught your eye.  Please let me know beforehand if you intend to do this, so I can prevent multiple people doing the same event! I’m afraid I can’t offer anything in return except the grateful thanks of the old-time community. Contact Steve Wise editor@foaotmad.org.uk

Best free Music Slow-downer yet?

Have a look here for a great on-line music slow-downer https://29a.ch/timestretch/ and you will not be disappointed. It has everything you need to slow your music down, presented in a elegant and easy to use way and you can download your modified music file. Thank you to Jonas Wagner for your excellent work.

Next Pickin’ Lunchtime Sunday 8th April 2018 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 Pickin Lunchtime session hosts are Stu Weetman & Colm Daly.
See also our Facebook Group where you’ll find under group description video links to many of the songs & tunes we do in their respective keys: 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 or simply send them this leaflethttps://goo.gl/p9sqKw

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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20th March

Dance Team Wanted for Didmarton Bluegrass Festival

We are looking for a dance team for Didmarton Bluegrass Festival on Saturday 1st September. Each year we have dance displays and workshops with old time music on the Saturday afternoon (hopefully under the trees) and we are looking for an interested team to join us this year. Performers get free weekend tickets and some expenses (not a huge amount but every little helps!) It would also be helpful if you were able to bring your own boards. If you are interested let me (Cathy) know as soon as possible – cathymbenjamin@gmail.com

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Old Time Music Session and Dance Party

There will be an Old Time music session and dance party between 5.00 pm and 8.00 pm at the Model Village in Wimborne Minster on Saturday 10 June as part of the Wimborne Minster Folk Festival. All dancers and musicians are invited to come along and fill that early evening space after the dance displays have finished and before the evening events start. For more information look on the festival website or contact Cathy Benjamin – cathymbenjamin@gmail.com

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Albion to Appalachia at Halsway Manor

“Halsway Manor, the national center for folk arts, still has places available on their tutorial weekend ‘From Albion to Appalachia’, running from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May.  Tutors are Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Jeff Warner and Brian Peters (who is co-ordinating the course).

The weekend is aimed primarily at singers and singer-instrumentalists, although there will also be some instrumental classes.  It will include sessions on songs from Appalachia and New England, their links to the ballads from the old country, and the styles of the singers who sang them.  Anna Roberts-Gevalt will teach Kentucky fiddle tunes, banjo for song accompaniment (using alternative tunings), and give a demonstration of ‘crankies’ – the mountain tradition of illustrating ballad stories through home-made moving images.  Jeff and Brian will present multi-media shows on the collecting work of Frank and Anne Warner and Cecil Sharp, and teach repertoire from the mountains and elsewhere.  There will also be a gospel sing, opportunities to jam and share songs, and a concert featuring all three tutors.

Halsway Manor offers a variety of accommodation, from ensuite rooms to campsite.  Further details are on their website:

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/from-albion-to-appalachia/

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19th March

Old Time Music Camps, Events & Festivals 2018

As the current FOAOTMAD Camps & Picking Weekends tab is outdated and we don’t know when it will be sorted, please use this page as a temporary fix: https://oldtimemusic-cornwall.weebly.com/old-time-festivals.html

Please let me know if you want any events added or amended

Tour Dates for Anna and Elizabeth

http://www.annaandelizabeth.com/tour.html

they also have a new CD coming out

https://folkways.si.edu/anna-and-elizabeth/the-invisible-comes-to-us

Old Time Pub Session in Cornwall

8.00 Wednesday 21st March
Out of the Blue
Mill Lane
Porthleven
Cornwall
TR13 9LQ

https://oldtimemusic-cornwall.weebly.com/

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8th March

Keith and Cathy’s Picking Weekend 22-24 June 2018

Keith and Cathy would like to welcome friends old and new to their picking weekend just south of Bristol.

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

Richmond Old Time Music Gathering, March 30-31

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The second Richmond Old Time Music Gathering is coming soon! Friday 30th-Saturday 31st March, 12pm-10.30pm, at Oddfellows Hall, 15 Parkshot, Richmond TW9 2RG.
Join us for two days and nights of concerts, square dances, workshops and sessions in SW London. Featuring the very finest square dance calling and teaching from Tony Mates, a key member of the Seattle and Portland old time music scene.

There’ll be concert sets from The Farwells, The New Deal String Band, The Ninetree Stumblers, The Old Time Wasters and Ed Hopwood. Both evenings will culminate in a square dance.

We’ve got additional session and workshop space this year, thanks to our regular session venue The Triple Crown. We’ll have fiddle, banjo, guitar, harmonica, flatfooting and square dancing workshops for all levels. There’ll be an open sing-around led by Biscuits & Gravy, and an open mic hosted by The Riverboat Ramblers.

There’ll be delicious home baked food for sale.

All just 2 minutes walk from Richmond Station (District Line, Rail from Waterloo or Overground from North/East London). There’s also free parking throughout Richmond on Good Friday.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

PS – The Richmond Gathering is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit event. Please do contact us if you’d like to help out in any way. We’re looking for people to help on the door, play for dance workshops, give visitors a place to stay, etc etc.

Full details of the workshops and evening events will follow soon.

[Thanks as always to Nick Grant for another great poster.]

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5th March

WOTMAD 2018

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Amended Dates for Festivals, Gatherings and other Events.

March 30th – 31st: Richmond Old Time Music Gathering, Richmond

April 2nd – 7th: Sore Fingers Week 2018, with Tatiana Hargreaves. Kingham, Chipping Norton

May 4th – 7th: Crossover Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival, Congleton, Cheshire
May 11th – 13th: Orwell Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival, nr Ipswich
May 18th – 20th: Ghost Hill American Old-Time Picking Weekend, Cornwall, TR12 7EY
May 25th – 28th: FOAOTMAD Spring Camp, Croft Farm Leisure, nr Tewkesbury

June 15th – 18th: Knockdown Picking Weekend, The Lenchford Inn, Shrawley, Worcs WR6 6TB
June 15th – 17th: Old-Time Fiddle Weekend Workshop, West Sussex
June 22th-24th – Keith and Cathy’s Picking Weekend Baker’s Lane, Wrington, N. Somerset, BS40 5HT

July 12th – 16th: Alsia Fest, Old Time and Americana Campout, Nr Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 6HG
July 27th – 30th: Windermere Old Time Music and Dance Weekend, YMCA Lakeside Center, LA12 8BD

August 9th – 12th: Glebe Farm Bluegrass and Old-TImey Camp
August 10th – 20th: FOAOTMAD Summer Camp, Croft Farm Leisure, nr Tewkesbury
August 31st – Sept 2nd: Didmarton (don’t know if there will be any OT bands)

September 7th – 9th: Sweet Sunny South, West Sussex
September 14 – 16th: Cornish Bluegrass Festival, Hendra Holiday Park, Newquay, Cornwall

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