October 20th

Hen’s Teeth (Jane Rothfield & Nathan Bontrager)
Original & traditional folk & old time music
UK tour dates – late October/early November 2016

Thu, 27/10/2016 The Wonder Inn, Manchester
Fri, 28/10/2016 TBC
Sat, 29/10/2016 Hope Bank Works, Honley, Holmfirth (workshop & concert)
Sun, 30/10/2016 Travel day
Mon, 31/10/2016 Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow (private workshops)
Tue, 01/11/2016 Plough Hotel, Stenhousemuir – Falkirk Fiddle Workshop event
Wed, 02/11/2016 The Caledonia, Liverpool
Thu, 03/11/2016 The Man of Kent Alehouse, Rochester
Fri, 04/11/2016 The Southbank Centre, London (lunchtime concert)
Fri, 04/11/2016 The Harrison, King’s Cross, London (evening concert)
Sat, 05/11/2016 The Harrison, King’s Cross, London (workshop 12pm-2pm)
Sat, 05/11/2016 TBC

Hen’s Teeth (Jane Rothfield & Nathan Bontrager)


Rattle on the Stovepipe- Pete Cooper, Dave Arthur, Dan Stewart- play at the Court Sessions club on Friday October 28th- that is at the County Arms, 345 Trinity Road Wandsworth, London SW18 3SH..

From 8.00pm – 11.00pm
With the Wandle Delta String Band, plus residents: Dave East & Doreen Leighter
Entrance: members- £7.00, non-mems £8.00, membership £2.00 pa

More info from courtsessions@yahoo.co.uk or http://sessioneast2.tripod.com


And now a message about the November workshops from Tony Mear:

Ok folks, we have a stray £50 banking, which may or may not be a deposit for the workshop, that I can’t match up to students who’ve sent me an application form. If you have received an email from me last week then DON’T PANIC! I HAVE got you on my list so please don’t ask me if I have got you ‘cos you’ll just get on my nerves. But… If you paid a £50 deposit by cheque and you either haven’t sent me an application form or you haven’t heard anything from me since then message me asap. publicity@foaotmad.org.uk

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October 13th

Jody Kruskal has a solo tour in the UK this November. Although the Anglo concertina is his instrument of choice, Old-Time tunes and songs are his love. His new CD is just out called “Waiting for the Boatsman” and is reviewed in the latest issue of the Old Time News.


Tuesday 1 Saint Neots Folk Club, Cambridgeshire
Wednesday 2 Admiral Benbow, Penzance, Cornwall
Friday 4 Swindon Folksinger’s Club, Wiltshire
Sunday 6 Bothy Folk Club, Southport, Merseyside
Monday 7 Pete & Sue Coe House Concert, Ripponden, West Yorkshire
Tuesday 8 Kiveton Park Folk Club, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Friday 11 Calstock Arts Center, Cornwall with Geoff Lakeman
Saturday 12 Shammick Acoustic Folk Club, Combe Martin, North Devon
Sunday 13 Walthamstow Folk Club, London
Monday 14 Chesham Folk Club, Buckinghamshire
Tuesday 15 Bracknell Folk Club, Windlesham, Surrey
Wednesday 16 Dorking Folk Club, Surrey
Friday 18 Black Diamond Folk Club, Birmingham
Monday 21 Warwick Folk Club


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September 29th

Due to other commitments there’ll be no blog for a couple of weeks.


Vera van Heeringen & Rhona Dalling will be playing a house concert at West Trewent, Pembrokeshire, SA71 on the 1st of October, tickets will be £7.50.

For ticket reservation and directions either call Jackie on 01646 661363 or email goingtothewestfest@googlemail.com

Tickets will be reserved, and Jackie will also give you directions to the house.



Next Old Time session at the Huntsman Inn, Ide near Exeter, is this coming Sunday, 2nd October. First notes at 7.30.


Bertram Levy and his daughter will be touring February, I think 3rd to 19th. More details as I get them.

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September 22nd

Updated details for Kent Autumn Old Time music camp at Welsummer Camping near Harrietsham ME17 1NQ

Afternoon of Friday 30 Sept through to 6pm Sunday 2 Oct.

It is accessible being near the Leeds Castle turnoff of M20.

The campsite consists of inner meadow, upper field and usual facilities surrounded by woodlands. For more information and pictures see the camp website: www.welsummercamping.com

On site we will have use of large wooden shelter, and off site both evenings the function room at the Red Lion, Lenham ME17 2PG).

Cost is £7 person/night, and £3 person for day visitors.

Campsite may be able to hire tents and equipment.

Site access allows campervans up to transit size but does not allow caravans or large motor homes.

Any queries: Paul Warner 07990 737539 or pr.warner27@googlemail.com


The Pickin’ Lunchtime in Reading returns with a new monthly schedule and starting time!

Monthly on the 1st Sunday 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


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).


Your session hosts are Stu Weetman & Colm Daly
For more info email Colm: newtchaser@gmail.com or call/text 07776373906.


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September 15th

The Floyd Country Store Handmade Music School and Southern Mountain Melodies have teamed up to offer weekend music workshops. These intensive weekend getaways are designed for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in a weekend-long Floyd music experience!

Here’s the first: Beginner/Intermediate Fiddle, Guitar & Banjo Camp September 29 through October 2, 2016. Learn to play some of the tried and true Blue Ridge Mountain dance tunes in a rhythmic style that is full of tradition and excitement! The camp will take place at Mac & Jenny Traynham’s House & The Floyd Country Store in Floyd, VA.

Beginning/Intermediate Fiddle, Banjo & Guitar Workshop


Sweet Sunny South festival in Hastings has set their 2017 dates to the 8th to 10th September.


Allen Family at the Little Opry

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September 8th

In November 2015, Dwight Diller and his guitar playing friend, Terry Richardson, agreed to lay down some tracks for a new CD at the Port Republic, VA, studio of Gene Bowlen. They also agreed to a video that combines pieces of a house concert staged at Gene’s home.

Gene organized a Kickstarter Campaign to help with the costs of producing the CD and video. Help bring this cd/video alive:


Kent Autumn Old Time music camp at Welsummer Camping near Harrietsham ME17 1NQ is on again – this time from the afternoon of Friday 30 Sept through to 6pm Sunday 2 Oct.

It is accessible being near the Leeds Castle turnoff of M20.

The campsite consists of inner meadow, upper field and usual facilities surrounded by woodlands. For more information and pictures see the camp website: www.welsummercamping.com.

On site we will have use of large wooden shelter, and off site both evenings the function room at the Red Lion, Lenham ME17 2PG).

Cost is £7 person/night, and £3 person for day visitors.

Campsite may be able to hire tents and equipment. It can’t accommodate large motor homes.

Any queries: Paul Warner 07990 737539 or pr.warner27@googlemail.com


Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival, Dumfriesshire, 23 – 25 Sept

Featuring (among others) Legs Levens cloggers and the Limestone Cowboys.


Barry & Holly Tashian & E-5 Band Irish Tour.

Not oldtime but may be of interest.



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September 1st

Stompin’ Dave Allen (in various personas and styles):

Thu 1st Sep, The Bullfrog Blues Club, Southsea, Hampshire
Thu 22nd Sep, The Sunray Folk Club, Broadmayne Village Hall, Dorset
Fri 30th Sep, Folk Night, Knowles Of Norwood, West Norwood, London, 9pm



Extended & revised details about Beverly Smith and John Grimm’s forthcoming tour:


21st Pontyclun Athletic Club, Castan Rd, Pontyclun CF72 9EH
24th concert and square dance, Llangunllo Village Hall nr Knighton, Powys
29th The Wolf Club, Wolverton, Norfolk, PE31 6HA
30th The Three Horseshoes, Chinnor Rd, Towersey, OX9 3QY
2nd Three Wise Monkeys, 60 High St, Colchester, CO1 1DN
3rd The Caledonia, Caledonia St, Liverpool, L7 7DX
4th The Clef & Cask, Cramlington, NE23 6DT
5th The Dancing Dog Saloon, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 8QP
7th The Ukrainian Ctre, 48 Beckett Rd, Doncaster, DN2 4AD
8th The Calthorpe Arms, 252 Greys Inn Rd, London, WC1X 8JR
9th House party, 5 Christchurch Street West, Frome BA11 1EH. Space limited, please contact kate@katelissauer.com
Pot Luck dinner first, session after. Participation by donation (£10 suggested)


Old Time Session at Bunkfest 2016 (free)

Wallingford Bunkfest invites Old Time players again to its annual free festival which this year is 2-4th Sept 2016. This small town festival is always a massive favourite of ours for its welcome not only to players but families and music lovers alike. Following a very sucessful Old Time session last year Colm and Cathy are hosting this year’s one, and it would be just lovely to see some friends too.

The Keep, 1 Castle Street OX10 8DL on Saturday 3rd September 2pm till 4pm.
(participants can park in Waitrose. 1 St Martin’s St, Wallingford OX10 0EF).


(check out other acts here like Rattle On The Stovepipe with Dave Arthur, Dan Stewart & Peter Cooper appearing too)!


Coals to Newcastle….?
Kate Lissauer and the Buffalo Gals are going to the USA 1-14 September.


Next session at the Huntsman Inn, Ide, near Exeter is this coming Sunday, 4th September, from 7.30 p.m.


Don’t forget, coming soon, details in previous blogs:
Didmarton Bluegrass Festival
Cornish Bluegrass Festival
Whitetop Mountain Band tour

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August 24th

November Workshops – due to a miscount of beds there is one last space for a female on the intermediate/advanced weekend.

Still places for the beginners/improvers weekend available

If you are interested contact Tony Mear 07814 003126 or publicity@foaotmad.org.uk

More details in last week’s blog.


I’ve been asked to point out that the deadline for entries to the next issue of Old Time News (FOAOTMAD members only – why not join?) is August 31st. Get in touch with editor@foaotmad.org.uk if you have anything relevant.


Don't forget Sweet Sunny South


Checkout Hampshire -based FOAOTMAD member “Slim Jim”, maker of bespoke old time banjos. He also does repairs and restoration work.

Here’s a Facebook link (but you may not need to be a Facebook member to see it) https://www.facebook.com/Slim-Jim-Banjos-388004508065943

and here’s the web page


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August 18th

Update on November Foaotmad workshops with David Bragger and Chris Berry

Organiser Tony Mear is pleased to say that the intermediate advanced workshops in fiddle and banjo on the weekend of 25 -27 November are now fully booked. There are some places left on the beginner/improver weekend over 18 -20 November but please bear in mind that those workshops will be firmly aimed at beginners and improvers.

Details can be found here


Catch the Hot Seats – click here

Aug 15 Mon – House Concert, Edinburgh
Aug 16 Tue – Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Aug 17 Wed – Birnam Arts & Conference Centre, Dunkeld
Aug 18 Thu – Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Aug 19 Fri – Courthouse, Otley
Aug 20 Sat – Memorial Hall, Reeth
Aug 21 Sun – Community & Arts Association, Saltburn-By-The-Sea
Aug 22 Mon – The Quakerhouse, Darlington
Aug 23 Tue – Cumberland Arms, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Aug 24 Wed – Burnett’s Hill Chapel, Narberth, Pembroke
Aug 25 Thu – Canolfan Clydau, Tegryn
Aug 26 Fri – Green Note, London
Aug 27 & 28 – Purbeck Folk Festival, Swanage
Aug 29 Mon – Street Festival, Devizes


Didmarton Festival approaches – 2nd to 4th September
Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire GL7 6BQ

Bluegrass, Americana and a healthy serving of Oldtime.

Didmarton Festival


Cornish Bluegrass Festival – 16th, 17th & 18th September
Hendra Holiday Park, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 4NY

Cornish Bluegrass Festival

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August 11th

Mike Bostock and friends hold a regular North Somerset oldtime session at The White Lion, 13 Silver Street, Nailsea BS48 2AQ. It’s on the last Wednesday each month at 8pm. All OT musicians and dancers are welcome. This month it is adjusting to Wednesday 24th to cater for those who are taking a longer break over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Contact Mike – 01275 545630


The Whitetop Mountain Band upcoming tour:

9th The Green Note, Camden. http://www.greennote.co.uk/
10th Bluegrass Plus Club. sheila@bluegrassplusclub.co.uk
11th Swanage, http://www.squareandcompasspub.co.uk/
12th The Bell Inn, Bath https://www.thebellinnbath.co.uk/
14th Burnetts Hill Chapel. freemyspirit13@yahoo.com
16-18th Cornish BG Festival.http://www.cornishbluegrass.co.uk/
19th Western Hotel, St Ives. http://www.hotelstives.com/
20th The Barn, Towersey. musicallymonstrous@talktalk.net



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