March 17th

Jack Lawrence, Richard Plank & Alan Ward Tour

Between August 31st & September 18th musical partner and friend of the legendary Doc Watson, Jack Lawrence, will be playing around the UK.

Touring the UK previously in 2010 and 2013 as a duo, Jack Lawrence, musical partner and friend of the legendary Doc Watson, and Richard Plank,​ will be joined in 2017 by mandolin and fiddle player, Alan Ward, to form a trio breathing new life into the rich history of the American Tradition. For lovers of Old Time Music and Folk Blues there promises to be some hot picking.

Sat 2nd Sept.  Didmarton Bluegrass Festival. Kemble, Gloucestershire (afternoon performance)
Sun 3rd Sept.  The Bell Inn. Bath (lunchtime)
Tue 5th Sept.  Dartford Folk Club. Dartford, Kent
Wed 6th Sept.  The Three Horseshoes. Towersey, Oxfordshire (Musically Monstrous Promotions)
Sat 9th Sept.  Naseby Village Hall. Northamptonshire (Battlefield Bluegrass Promotions)
Tue 12th Sept.  Hoy at Anchor Folk Club. Wescliff on Sea, Essex
Wed 13th Sept. The Green Note. Camden, London
Thurs 14th Sept.  Zennor Village Hall. Cornwall (St.Ives September Festival)
Fri 15th Sept.  Cornish Bluegrass Festival. Newquay, Cornwall
Sat 16th Sept.  Cornish Bluegrass Festival. Newquay, Cornwall
Sun 17th Sept.  Cornish Bluegrass Festival.  Newquay, Cornwall

There are still a few more dates available. Festival, theatre and folk club organisers and promoters are invited to contact us here for more information and booking enquiries: 300w, 768w, 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 3508px) 100vw, 3508px" />



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March 8th

Crossover Bluegrass & Old Time Festival

Crossover Bluegrass & Old Time Festival will take place during the 12th-14th May 2017 at Clonter Opera Theatre, Congleton, Cheshire. The festival has been designed to create a place where both the bluegrass and old time genres are equally showcased. Our old time artists include the fantastic ‘Tom Bailey’ and ‘Rachel Eddy’ from America, who will, on top of their own solo performances, be tearing up the stage with an old time extravaganza set on the Saturday night along with UK old time connoisseurs, Jock Tyldesley and Vera Van Heeringen.

We also have the brilliant and talented duo, Kieran Towers and Charlotte Carrivick, playing great old time standards in their own unique way. Kieran Towers is an amazing fiddle player, who will also be playing with the Hot Rock Pilgrims, a band who blur the lines between old time and bluegrass and perform a stonking set every time. Other artists that blur the lines between genres include The Loose Moose String Band and Dan Walsh & John Dowling.

The festival is in a great location, with excellent facilities. The concert will take place in a 400 fixed seated auditorium with an excellent sound system and we have indoor rooms for workshops and evening sessions. We also have a lovely outdoor communal area which will have many different stalls with areas to sit down, session, grab a bite to eat or just relax.

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Rachel Eddy Weekend

The weekend workshop event is 19th -21st May
This is the FB event link:

Rachel will be doing a Saturday night concert and tickets can be bought for that separately
Facebook event:
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Trad Academy Kids Folk Music Summer Camp!

Hello everyone!

It was great to see so many of you at Gainsborough last weekend. What a great festival it really is. I run an organisation called The Trad Academy and last year we organised a Folk Music Summer Camp for Kids. It was a great success and we’re doing the same thing again this year.

It’s fully residential and for kids aged 8-14 years old. We’ve got a fiddle teacher from Canada and we’ve managed to borrow 15 banjos from Hobgoblin so everyone gets to take a clawhammer banjo workshop every day. There’s also Ceilidh dancing, flatfoot dancing and loads of outdoors stuff (like the new game we invented called “Ceilidh Rounders”).

It’s happening Sunday 20th of August and run until Friday 25th 2017.

There’s loads more details on the website here:
But also we made a promotional video you can watch here:

The maximum capacity is 30 kids and we had 16 last year, but this year we’re hoping to sell it out. It really was so much fun so tell everyone you know about it and if you know any 8-14 year olds tell them. All our staff are fully CRB checked and trained in safe guarding (about half of us are qualified school teachers too).

If you want to know more information get in touch here:

See you all soon!

Ed Hicks



The first FOAOTMAD dance party of the year.
7pm -11pm Saturday 18th March
All dancers and musicians welcome. (please no taps)
Bring some grub to share and your own drink- small contribution welcome
Come and have some old-time dancing fun at:

Upton Memorial Hall
Old Street
Upton upon Severn nr Malvern

Free parking 200 yards away for cars and bikes, campervan parking available 500 yards away near Countrywide

If using SAT NAV do NOT take J7 off the M5 as link road will be closed for roadworks. Use J8 off M5 onto M50 then take first junction to Malvern.

Contact Pete on 07807 739950
or Clare on for more info



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March 3rd

Richmond Old Time Music & Dance is delighted to announce 212w, 768w, 724w" sizes="(max-width: 1191px) 100vw, 1191px" />

Foghorn Stringband

The Foghorn Stringband are touring Ireland and the United Kingdom in May 2017 all of the venues and dates can be found here:


Gainsborough Pictures Urgently Wanted

We need pictures of the Gainsborough festival. Does anyone have any good images that they could send to Steve Wise? If so please contact him here:


Cornish Bluegrass Festival

The 14th Cornish Bluegrass festival will take Place at Hendra Holiday Park near Newquay, Cornwall 15th, 16th, 17th September 2017. Once again they are supporting Old Time with bands and sessions.

Old Time bands booked are:
Down Trodden String Band
The Farwells: Becca Wintle & Debra Clifford

Visit for more information


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February 27th

Pickin’ Lunchtime in Reading

Hi Y’all, we invite you to get your monthly ‘Old Time Fix’ in Reading UK on every 1st Sunday 3-6pm

Pickin’ Lunchtime@ The Global Cafe, 35-39 London St, Reading UK, RG1 4PS
free parking at rear & only 5 min walk from train station
Phone: 0118 958 3555

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 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).

Your session hosts are Stu Weetman & Colm Daly
See also our Facebook Group where you’ll find song & tunes lists and more:



Good for singing in G tuning down to E. Unmarked to my knowledge, although a few scuffs on case. Includes spare strings. Little used as mostly now play another banjo.
Price when bought was approx £1000 including case
Includes hard case.

£600 – will send or buyer collect

Contact Su Mo
01769 540420 or 540849 evenings



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February 15th

Lost & Found at Gainsborough

A black Mountain Warehouse waterproof coat (medium) was found in the hall. Please contact Tim Rooke

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The new CD is now out and available. Listen to tracks and purchase via Bandcamp. Track listing

1. Casey Jones
2. Don’t Get Weary/Chattanooga
3. Porter’s Reel
4. Gospel Ship
5. If The River Was Whisky
6. Peeler Creek Waltz
7. Cluck Old Hen
8. Stone Mountain Wobble
9. Chilly Winds
10. The Old Town Band
11. Faded Coat Of Blue
12. Red Mountain Wine
13. Roaring River
14. Going Down To Tampa
15. Down The River I Go Uncle Joe
16. Sail Away Ladies
17. Yum Yum Blues
Wed 15 Mar – ‘Sheffield Live’ radio
We are Harry Welburn’s guests on his weekly Steel and Wire radio show. This covers bluegrass, cajun Americana – and of course old-time. The show’s web page gives links to podcasts of previous shows.
Sat 25 Mar – Sharrow Folk Festival
This is a fundraiser for the Sharrow Festival in July. We’ll be appearing at 9.10pm on the Saturday night, upstairs at Haggler’s Corner, 586 Queen’s Road, S2 4DU. Details on the Sharrow festival website under Fundraisers.
Tue 25 Apr – Folk Train
Always a pleasure to play 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!
Mon 13 Nov – Mansfield Folk Club
Upstairs at the Black Bull, Woodhouse Rd, NG18 2BQ. Doors 7.45, show 8-11pm. Tickets £3.

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February 9th

Evie Ladin & Keith Terry UK tour – May/June 2017
Evie Ladin & Keith Terry are well known to many on the FOAOTMAD scene. Multi-talented singer, songwriter, clawhammer banjo player and step-dancer Evie Ladin has been playing banjo from the age of 8 and clogging since she was just 5. A sensational live performer, Evie was formerly the driving force behind San Francisco stringband The Stairwell Sisters. Talented musician & dancer Keith Terry takes care of percussive duties on double bass, cajon and more, and joins Evie in dance elements of the duo’s shows. Founder of the International Body Music festival, Keith has performed at prestigious venues across the world. We’re still looking to fill a couple of dates, so if you might be interested in hosting a house concert or workshop, please give Maria a shout on the FOAOTMAD Facebook group, email or contact her through her website More info about Evie & Keith at

 Evie Ladin & Keith Terry 2017 UK tour dates:

 Wed, 24/05/2017 London Green Note
Thu, 25/05/2017 TBC
Fri, 26/05/2017 Sheffield Greystones
Sat, 27/05/2017 Ireby Festival Ireby Festival (afternoon)
Sat, 27/05/2017 Egremont Florence Arts (evening)
Sun, 28/05/2017 Edinburgh house concert
Mon, 29/05/2017 TBC
Tue, 30/05/2017 Kendal Fellside Centre
Wed, 31/05/2017 TBC
Thu, 01/06/2017 Swansea Taliesin Theatre
Fri, 02/06/2017 Brecon Theatr Brycheiniog
Sat, 03/06/2017 Fire in the Mountain Festival (daytime & evening)
Sun, 04/06/2017 Brynrefail, North Wales Cafe Caban

“Duets” A new CD by Mark Olitsky and Cary Moskovitz
Last July at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival, Mark had just finished making his new 5-string “minstrel” banjo. Cary brought one of his 4-string “plectrum” banjos to Mark’s camp. We really liked the combination of our banjos and our styles. We played banjo duets together a number of times that week (some of you probably saw us!) and we decided to pursue the collaboration. In early December, we met at Joe Dejarnette’s Studio 808A in Floyd Virginia and recorded the tracks for our CD, “Duets.”

We expect to have the music and artwork to the manufacturer in March and have CDs in hand by April. We decided not to use a crowdfunding mechanism, but if we had a sense of how many folks might like a copy, it would help us know how many to manufacture. At you can listen to some samples of our music in a short video. If you would like to pre-order one or more CDs, please let us know by February 20. You don’t need to pay now–just let us know if you think you’ll want to order any CDs and give us your contact info through a Google Form at…/1FAIpQLSc71KwAKmcoAEYmq1…/viewform. We’ll contact you when the CD is out. And please share this with anyone you know who might be interested!

Mark and Cary


Not Old Time but may be of interest to some subscribers

Old Blues Week with host teachers Ernie Hawkins, Alice Gerrard and Katie Bradley. Contact Stu Weetman for more details: 602w" sizes="(max-width: 287px) 100vw, 287px" />


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February 1st

Old Time Music Cornwall

February is Pete & Ellen Vigour Month. We are very fortunate to have them travel down to Cornwall to perform in the events listed below. Pete and Ellen are very fine musicians and lovely people so let’s give them a very warm Cornish welcome. As an added bonus, they bring the equally lovely Ray Banks with them. It’s gonna be a blast!

There are three very different events on three consecutive days so choose your favourite or come to all three dates to be fully inVigourated. (Sorry)

Old Time Session with Pete & Ellen Vigour featuring Ray Banks
8.00 Thursday 16th February
Blue Anchor
50 Coinagehall Street
TR13 8EL

We are very happy to announce that Pete and Ellen of Uncle Henrys Favourites (USA) will be leading this OT session assisted by Ray Banks (UK) on banjo. Expect some lively Old Time tunes and songs from the Vigour’s & locals alike. This will be a great evening of music and gives us all a rare opportunity to play with these fine musicians from Crozet, Virginia.

American Square Dance
Friday 17th February​
Flatfoot Workshop: 7.00-8.00pm
Square Dance: 8.00-11.00pm
​Lanner Band Hall
Lanner Hill
TR16 5SZ
Map also click here and scroll down page for more directions as there are TWO village halls in Lanner

An original American Square dance led by two authentic Old Time musicians and dance callers from the USA! Pete and Ellen Vigour will be assisted by one of the UK’s best banjo players Ray Banks. In addition the Dance will be preceded by a Flatfoot dance workshop run by Sibs Riesen.
For full information about the event or tickets please phone: 01736 33282
or email
Full information & Facebook event page here

Old Time House Concert & Session with Pete
& Ellen Vigour featuring Ray Banks

8.00 Saturday 18th February
Higher Alsia Farm
St Buryan
TR19 6HG

Open to all but will be of particular interest to old time musicians and singers Pete & Ellen Vigour with Ray Banks will be performing a short house concert followed by an old time session at Alsia Farm House.

This should be a lot of fun and everyone will have the chance to listen to and play old time tunes with these lovely people in a comfortable and friendly environment. All are welcome but there are limited spaces so please book early.

£10.00 to include concert, session, tea coffee & nibbles. All money goes to the band.


Pickin’ Lunchtime in Reading

Hi Y’all, we invite you to get your monthly ‘Old Time Fix’ in Reading on every 1st Sunday 3-6pm at the Pickin’ Lunchtime

The Global Cafe
35-39 London Street
free parking at rear & only 5 min walk from train station
Ph: 0118 958 3555

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. See

Hope to see you there :O)

Your session hosts are Stu Weetman & Colm Daly


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January 30th

Keith and Cathy’s Picking Weekend

Friday 23thJune – Sunday 25th June 2017
Full details:
Lower Stock Farm
BS40 5HT


More fiddle players needed in the London session.

The Shakespeare’s Head
1 Arlington Way
020 8552 8308

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January 26th

Compton & Newberry UK tour – Jan/Feb 2017

Mike Compton and Joe Newberry’s UK tour hits England & Wales this week and next after enthusiastic receptions from Scottish audiences in Glasgow, Dundee and Moniaive. Mike and Joe are well known to old time enthusiasts here for their top notch mandolin, clawhammer and guitar picking and great brother harmonies. For Selattyn (Shropshire) tickets contact Jock Tyldesley at Please note the Sheffield and Frodsham gigs are sold out. Also please note the (free) London concert at the Southbank Centre is an early evening event starting at 5:30pm.

Sat, 21/01/2017 Celtic Connections festival Glasgow
Sun, 22/01/2017 Dundee Acoustic Music Club (2pm show) Dundee
Tue, 24/01/2017 Craigdarroch Arms Hotel Moniaive
Wed, 25/01/2017 Fellside Centre (American Roots in Cumbria) Kendal
Fri, 27/01/2017 Seven Arts (Mewl Music) Leeds
Sat, 28/01/2017 Steel City Opry at the Heeley Institute Sheffield (sold out)
Sun, 29/01/2017 The Cross Keys Selattyn
Tue, 31/01/2017 Conservative Club (Helsby Bluegrass Club) Frodsham (sold out)
Wed, 01/02/2017 Grateful Fred’s at The Atkinson Southport
Thu, 02/02/2017 The Three Horseshoes (Musically Monstrous) Towersey
Fri, 03/02/2017 Southbank Centre (5.30pm show) London
Sat, 04/02/2017 St George’s Church New Mills
Sun, 05/02/2017 Gwesty Victoria Hotel (Owen’s Gigs) Menai Bridge


Due to a sudden change of circumstances I am unable to attend the Gainsborough Festival. Therefore, anyone wishing to purchase copies of the Reed Island Rounders’ new cd please email me:

Also, this is my last blog entry, a few weeks earlier than planned. You will have to wait for my successor to get going for any further information.

So long and thanks, Nick

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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–2 01308 488387

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