2nd October

The recording the Virginia Luthiers Band made with Bob Harris while in the UK in July is being broadcast on 9th October.



There’s an old time session with Michi Mathias as part of the Lewes Folk Festival:

The Lamb, Fisher Street, Lewes
Sunday 12th October, 12 midday to 3pm


Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt touring Scotland and England in April 2015

If anyone can offer a gig please contact Peta Webb

Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt are two young women from rural Virginia, steeped in traditional Appalachian culture. Elizabeth is a superb singer with a rich powerful mountain voice, she excels at ballads as well as lighter songs. Hear Pretty Saro : www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSI-jMiagLw

Since 2010 she has been working creatively with singer/instrumentalist Anna.They engage themselves and their audience with traditional art in all the forms it can ake :songs,storytelling, fiddle, banjo, guitar, ballads, puppets, poetry, and moving scrolls called “crankies”. Check them out at www.annaandelizabeth.com


Friday 10th Oct – Rag Mama Rag, Acoustic Country Blues
In “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordshire, OX9 3QY, 01844 212322

Tickets £10 Doors open 7:30pm : On Stage 8:00pm : Finish by 10:15

Email Mark Wallace at musicallymonstrous@talktalk if you would like to reserve tickets


Old Time Session at the Huntsman Inn, Ide, near Exeter,this Sunday, 5th October at 7.30 p.m.

Details Bob Matthews bob@bobmat.plus.com


Listen in this week to Sound Out for some awesome, foot-stomping fiddle, banjo and guitar tunes and beautiful harmony singing from the fabulous duo Beverly Smith and John Grimm. Friday 3rd October 14:00 to 14:45 on resonance104.4fm (in London) and www.resonancefm.com

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25th September

Due to various committments there will be a blog next week but then none until 23rd October.


Sore Fingers News from Moira and John Wirtz:

Sore Fingers October Weekend 24th to 26th October 2014 is just five weeks away and there’s still time to book comfortably without having to rush at the last minute.

The full list of tutors, all offering top quality tuition, is on the www.sorefingers.co.uk website with their biographies.

We can promise a splendid weekend for the regulars and, if Sore Fingers is still a little mysterious to you, the weekend is an ideal opportunity to dip your toe in the water to sample this great event. There’s no risk other than becoming addicted!

This Year’s event is a bit special with two high profile US tutors: Russ Barenberg and Mike Marshall who are running master-classes on Guitar and Mandolin. Although Russ and Mike’s classes are now fully booked we still have plenty of space on all other classes.

Check things out on the website. We update the ‘List of Tutors’ page when classes are full. There is no real need to ring up or email to check availability in advance. To avoid delay and the risk of missing out on a place, please complete and submit your Booking Form as soon as possible. We will not deduct any payments unless we can allocate a place on your chosen class. We will contact you to let you know the status of your booking acceptance upon receipt.


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18th September

There’s a nice interview with Alice Gerrard here:



Rafe & Clelia Stefanini have a DVD soon to be released. There’s a taster here:

Also worth noting is that Dan Gellert and Suzy & Eric Thompson DVDs are coming soon.



Meet in cocktail Fin Bar upstairs from 6.30 for 7.30 pm start Tickets £8.50
More information at www.littleopryattomthumb.webeden.co.uk or contact directly on 01227 770840 or 01322 228802. abbotthowe62@gmail.com



The Whitetop Mountain Band in “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordshire, OX9 3QY, 01844 212322
Wednesday 24th September
Tickets £10 Doors open 7:30pm : On Stage 8:00pm : Finish by 10:15

The Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop, Virginia is an area rich in the old time music tradition; this band has deep roots in mountain music. The members have done much to preserve the Whitetop region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style.

At the same time, Whitetop Mountain Band shows are very versatile and entertaining containing everything from fiddle/banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, and four part mountain gospel songs. Shows also include flat foot dancing. The band is well known for their high energy and charisma on stage.

Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at musicallymonstrous@talktalk.net

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11th September

I shall see some of you at the Cornish Bluegrass Festival this weekend. Otherwise, here’s the latest…


Last call for the November fiddle and banjo workshops (intermediate/advanced). If you have been dithering or not paid up following an early expression of interest then please contact chairman@foaotmad.org.uk

Workshop poster

If you wish to print your own copy here’s the pdf link:



From Tony Mears: the amazing Beverly Smith and John Grimm will be performing at Snails Deli in Cardiff on Thursday 16 October. This is an intimate venue, tickets are limited and include a good Welsh supper of cawl, bread and cheese. You can get tickets directly from me or Snails. I’ll be at Cornwall festival, if you miss me, you can also buy tickets online through the link below. Snails is an established music venue but we haven’t had old-time there before. I’m hoping for your support so that we can promote similar events in future.


Poster: http://foaotmad.org.uk/wordpress/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/bjs.jpg


Extra gig:
Beverly Smith & John Grimm will be performing on Tuesday 21st Oct at 8pm (doors 7:30pm) at the Elephant & Castle in Lewes. Full details & tickets now on sale at http://appalachianfolk.weebly.com


And as there have been some changes it’s worth re-listing Beverly & John’s tour:

Fri 12 — Sun Sep 14 Sweet Sunny South, Fairlight Lodge Hotel, Hastings, UK
Wed Sep 17 What’s Cookin, Upstairs @ Leytonstone Ex-Servicemens Club , Leytonstone, London E11
Thu Sep 18 The Wolf Folk Club, Wolverton, Norfolk, UK
Fri Sep 19 The Milkmaid, Constitutional Club, Bury St Edmunds, UK
Sat Sep 20 The Little Opry, The Tom Thumb Theatre, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent
Wed Sep 24 Ryburn Folk Club, The Works , Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire
Sat Sep 27 — Sat Oct 4 La Fuente de Musica w/ Alice Gerrard, El Fonte, Andalucia, Spain
Fri Oct 10 Knighton Commmunity Centre, Knighton, Wales
Tue Oct 14 The Caledonia, Liverpool L7 7DX
Thu Oct 16 Snail’s Deli, Cardiff
Fri Oct 17 Mencap gardens, Stackpole, Pembroke
Sat Oct 18 The Cellar Upstairs Exmouth Arms, London
Sun Oct 19 The Three Horseshoes , Towersey, Oxfordshire
Tue Oct 21 The Elephant and Castle, Lewes BN7 2DJ
Wed Oct 22 Pontyclun Arts Festival, LLantrisant Folk Club, Pontyclun, Mid Glamorgan CF72 9EH
Fri Oct 24 The Village Pump Folk Club, The Lamb Inn, Trowbridge Wiltshire BA14 8BN
Sat Oct 25 The Admiral Benbow, Penzance TR18 4AF


Stompin’ Dave – upcoming public appearances 2014

Stompin’ Dave Allen (& friends) Fri 19th Sept, The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, DORSET, 8pm
Stompin’ Dave Allen Sat 20th Sept, The Wheatsheaf, North Leach, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, 12noon-3pm
Latemouth Blake (Dave’s vintage blues band) Sat 20th Sept, The Bell, Ash, SOMERSET, 9pm
Stompin’ Dave Allen & The Barking Spider Sun 26th Sept, The Cellar Bar, Cardigan, WALES, 8pm
Stompin’ Dave Allen Sat 27th Sept, Southsea Folk & Roots weekend, HAMPSHIRE
Latemouth Blake Sun 28th Sept, Southsea Folk & Roots weekend, HAMPSHIRE, afternoon
Stompin’ Dave Allen & Earl Jackson (Blues night) Fri 3rd Oct, Hanger Farm Arts, HAMPSHIRE, 8pm
The Earl Jackson4 (Rock n Rollband feat Stompin’ Dave) Sat 4th Oct, Paignton, DEVON
Stompin’ Dave Allen (with Earl Jackson) Sun 5th Oct, BoogalooBlues Festival, IOW, afternoon
Latemouth Blake Sun 12th Oct, The Royal Portland Arms, Portland, DORSET, 6pm until 8pm
Stompin’ Dave Allen, Nuala Honan + Latemouth Blake Tue 21st Oct, The Golden Lion, BRISTOL, 8pm
Latemouth Blake Sun 2nd Nov, The Three Compasses, Charminster, DORSET, 8pm
Stompin’ Dave & His Bluegrass Band Sat 8th Nov, The Green Note Cafe, LONDON
The Earl Jackson4 Sun 16th Nov, The Royal Bath, Bournemouth, DORSET
The Earl Jackson4 Fri 21st Nov, in Whitland, WALES


The 19th Annual United Kingdom Sacred Harp Convention will be held at the Lomas Hall, Stannington, South Yorkshire S6 6DB on 19th, 20th, and 21st September 2014 http://ukshc2014.weebly.com/

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4th September

12th-14th September – Cornish Bluegrass Festival – Hendra Holiday Park, Newquay

With old time from the Whitetop Mountain Band (Virginia, US) and Acorn Shakers (UK)

Bluegrass and more from Barcelona Bluegrass Band & Grazz Trio; Bakers Fabulous Boys; Biggin Hillbillies; Blossom Hill Bluegrass Band; Blue Horyzon; Bow-legged Skeeters; Flats and Sharps; Grass Snakes; Jacey & Dan; Jaywalkers; Kentucky Cow Tippers; L.Bow Grease; The Moretons; Dana and Susan Robinson; Sons Of Navarone



12th-14th September – Sweet Sunny South Old Time Festival – Fairlight Lodge Hotel, Hastings

Beverly Smith & John Grimm; A&E String Band;Phil Burkin
plus a banjo workshop from Helmut Rheingans (Down Trodden Stringband)

Workshops . Concerts . Slow Jams . Picking Sessions . Real Ales . Pub Grub . Camping Facilities


Jock Tyldesley is promoting a couple of gigs in the Oswestry area:

Sheesham and Lotus and ‘Son – Old-Time and Jug Band Music from Canada
Thursday 4th September, The Cross Keys, Selattyn, nr Oswestry – 8pm, £8 (£4 child)

Bruce Molsky – America’s reigning old time fiddler.
Thursday 13th November, The Ex-Servicemens Club, Bailey St, Oswestry – 8pm, £8 (£4 child)

Tickets from The Gates gift shop, Church St, Oswestry (next to Honeysuckle), or from Jock on 01691 791500 or jock.t@virgin.net


Vera van Heeringen has a couple of solo gigs coming up next week:

Mon 8th Conwy Folk Club, Royal British Legion Club, Rosehill St., Conwy, North Wales LL32 8AF
Thu 11th Uxbridge Folk Club, 388a Long Lane, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB10 9PG


And both Jock and Vera are at the Bridge End Inn, Ruabon, Wrexham LL14 6DA ‎from 4pm to 6pm on Sunday 7th.


Cath and Phil Tyler are at the Phoenix Folk Club, Newcastle on Tyne, on Friday 5th at 8pm.



And update from Jim Allen – Grey Wolf gigs:

Sat 6th Sept 7.00 pm Bucknell Village Show, Shropshire.
Sunday 7th Sep 7.30 The Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings Heath,Birmingham

And Jim reports that Grey Wolf get a mention from Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) on page 29 of Sept Uncut magazine. He came to see us play at a pub in Ludlow recently and says : “The whole pub was singing along to In The Pines “. He did too !


Next old time session at the Huntsman Inn, Ide, near Exeter is this coming Sunday, 7th Sept. 7.30 p.m.


Kristin Andreassen (of Uncle Earl) has some English and Scottish dates soon, with Jefferson Hamer:

Sep 13: Guildford. The Keep.
Sep 14: Brighton. Brighton Komedia.
Sep 15: Dorset. The Square and Compass Pub.
Sep 16: London. The Green Note.
Sep 17: Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The Cluny 2.
Sep 18: Stockton-on-Tees. The Waiting Room.
Sep 19: Stafford. The Met Studio.
Sep 20: Glasgow. Admiral Bar.
Sep 21: Aviemore. Old Bridge Inn.


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28th August

FOAOTMAD members – you should have had your latest copy of the Old Time News in the last couple of weeks. If you haven’t (and you are a current member!) please contact editor@foaotmad.org.uk as there may have been a few delivery problems.


There’s a mixture of old time and bluegrass at a special evening at The Fisher Theatre, Bungay, Norfolk on 18th September.

Music from The Darling Coreys and The Flat Mountain Family.

The event is called Bluegrass Night at the Fisher Theatre.

Website: http://www.fishertheatre.org/Programme/Event.htm?date=201408181930&

Tel No: 01986 897130


Trad Academy – Old time fiddle with Rachel Eddy (workshop & performance)
6:30pm – 7:30pm, Monday 08 Sep 2014
£10 (on the day), £7.50 (in advance) or £15 (combined with the evening gig). (email for information about concessions)
The Harrison Pub, Kings Cross
With Rachel Eddy
Please email us to reserve your place – thetradacademy@gmail.com

More details here….http://tradacademy.co.uk/course/old-time-fiddle-with-rachel-eddy/


The next Musically Monstrous production in the barn at the Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordhire OX9 3QY, 01844 212322

Tickets £10 : Doors open 7:30pm : On Stage 8:00pm : Finish by 10:15

Tuesday 9th September – Sheesham, Lotus & Son

This time we have Sheesham, Lotus & Son who will perform a mixture of old-time, fiddle tunes, blues, jug band styling, rags and more, all centered around the inclusion of the sousaphone and other unusual instruments.

Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at musicallymonstrous@talktalk.net


Cornwall – next old time session at the Union Hotel, Chapel Street, Penzance on Thursday, 28th August at 8.30pm

Also Beverly Smith and John Grimm will be at the Admiral Benbow, Penzance on Saturday, 25th October. More details to follow. It’s the last date of their UK tour.


Bruce Molksy UK solo tour November 7th-21st

Nov 07 Edinburgh Folk Club, Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh
Nov 08 Crafts and Things, Glencoe
Nov 09 Watercolour Music House Concert, Ardgour, PH33 7AH
Nov 10 Achness Hotel, Rosehall, Lairg, Highland IV27 4BD
Nov 11 The Admiral, 72A Waterloo Street, Glasgow
Nov 12 Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway DG13 0AW
Nov 13 The Cross Keys, Selattyn
Nov 14 Village Hall, Little Haven, Haverfordwest
Nov 15 Three Horseshoes, Towersey OX39 3QY
Nov 16 Walthamstow Folk Club, Plough Inn, 173 Wood Street, London E17 3NU
Nov 17 Nest Collective, Old Queen’s Head, 44 Essex Road, London, Nl 8LN
Nov 18 Dartford Folk Club, Working Men’s Club, Essex Rd, Dartford DA1 2AU
Nov 19 Folk Club, The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock SG7 5AW
Nov 20 The Met, Derby Hall, Market Street, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0BW
Nov 21 Brewtown Folk Club, Old Cottage Tavern, Byrkley Street, Burton on Trent DE14 2EG


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20th August

In the unlikely but possible event that any of you are thinking of getting a proper flight case for your instrument(s) you may wish to check out:


All sizes possible from briefcase to huge…


Kentucky to Kent UK – 25 August 2014 (bank holiday Monday)
Music from Appalachia in the Garden of England
This year with an old-time music theme

11am onwards – picking sessions everywhere
1-3pm – Open-mike stage by ‘The Little Op’ry’
5pm – Barn-dance
8pm – Concert with: The So Last Century Stringband + The Allen Family + Jane Richards’ Tribute to Gillian Welch + Native Grass + The Kent Carters

Site entry and all events except concert – FREE
Concert £12 (£8 concessions & FOAOTMAD/BBMA members)

St Julians Club, Sevenoaks TN15 0RX
Bar, Restaurant, Swimming [£5 per person for the day – see Rick Townend when you arrive]


News on Didmarton Festival

American old time banjo and fiddler Rachel Eddy will be be heading to Didmarton Festival this year to play the Main Stage (Friday night) and lead instrument workshops and sessions across the weekend. Rachel is really excited to be making her first appearance at Didmarton, and many will be familiar with her playing from her UK tours and popular teaching appearances at Sore Fingers Summer Schools.

This year, there will also be a dedicated old time session area at the Festival, as well clogging displays and workshops, and a new evening Square Dance which Rachel will be calling with Valerie Vale and the Aylesbury Aylevators.

The international and top UK line-up also includes The Wailin’ Jennys founder and award-winning Canadian songwriter and clawhammer banjo player Cara Luft, young bluegrass supergroup Flats and Sharps, the Carrivick Sisters, plus many others.

For more details and tickets visit http://didmarton-bluegrass.co.uk/ 29 – 31 August, Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire. Weekend and day tickets available.


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14th August

The Milkmaid Folk Club Traditional America Evenings present:
Fri 19th Sep Beverley Smith and John Grimm
Fri 24th Oct The Jackson Creek Band
Fri 14th Nov Monroes Revenge
Fri 12th Dec The New Essex Bluegrass Band.

Tickets £6 except for Beverley Smith and John Grimm £10
The Constitutional Club, 12 Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1PR Starts 8 30pm

Contact Terry Walden milkmaidterry@yahoo.co.uk
Tel 01284 488279 Mbl 07749 299377


Frank Fairfield:

14/08/14 Red Gallery, London, UK with Zac Sokolow & Richard Dawson
15/08/14 The Lantern, Bristol, UK with Richard Dawson
16/08/14 Green Man Festival, Glanusk Estate, Wales
17/08/14 The Bell Bath, UK (lunchtime show)
17/08/14 The Crown, Kemerton, near Tewkwsbury


Nick Grant has a web site with a small range of Old Time related ephemera for sale including T-shirts for the Sacrewell Camp. Check it out at www.oldtimestuff.com


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7th August

Beverly Smith and John Grimm’s gig in Chepstow (see 24th July blog) has been cancelled. A replacement in Cardiff is being planned around that time. Details to follow.


There are old time sessions as part of Bath Folk Festival on Sunday 10th and Tuesday 12th August.

Times and locations here: http://bathfolkfestival.org/whats-on/sessions/


Musically Monstrous concerts at the Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordshire: The rest for 2014 and an early few for 2015:

Tue 9th Sep Sheesham & Lotus & Son
Wed 24th Sep The Whitetop Mountain Band
Fri 10th Oct Rag Mama Rag
Sun 19th Oct Beverly Smith & John Grimm
Sat 15th Nov Bruce Molsky
Thu 4th Dec Aaron Jonah Lewis with an incarnation of The Corn Potato Stringband
Tue 10th Feb Pharis & Jason Romero
Wed 11th Mar Woody Pines
Tue 9th Jun The Railsplitters


20 August 2014 the “Biggin Hill Billies” at ROOTS 8 pm till late, fantastic evening of music song and dance, £6 on the door, come early.
Rainham Oast Old Time Sessions, Rainham Oast house Community Centre, Granary Close, Rainham Gillingham Kent, ME8 7SG.

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31st July

I have the following dates for Matt Gordon and Leonard Podolak. There are likely to be more:

Wed Aug 6th Sidmouth Festival (Ham Marquee lunchtime)
Sat Aug 9th Enfield Cricket Club, Accrington, Lancs
Wed Aug 13th The Wine Cellar, Topsham, Devon
Sun Aug 17th Wickham Festival (lunchtime)
Sat Aug 23rd Shrewsbury Festival


The Sweet Sunny South website has been updated with the workshop details:


From Norman Guiver: I run the Music Workshops at Bunkfest on the last w/e in August, 29th-31st in Wallingford, South Oxfordshire. This is a free acoustic music, dance and beer festival.

We have over 30 workshops across a range of instruments including a 90 minute Old Time fiddle class from Pete Cooper of the London Fiddle School. All classes are £2!



Sore Fingers Latest

Easter 2015 – Bruce Molsky has agreed to come back and teach at the 20th Sore Fingers Week in 2015. Many of you have booked in anticipation so the course is getting full. Don’t delay getting your form in if you wish to secure a place.

He’ll be joined by Missy Raines (bass), Mike Compton (Mandolin), John Lowell (Guitar), Sally Van Meter (Dobro), Bonnie Phipps (Autoharp) and most probably Tony Trischka (Banjo).

John and Moira have heard rumours about students wanting Val Mindel and Brian Wicklund to come back next year. No objection at this end but we need to see some commitment. If they receive ten bookings in their respective names, that will do the trick and they’ll ask them to come back.

They have also sent enquiries out to Joe Newberry (O.T.Banjo) and Dirk Powell (O.T.Fiddle). No further details yet.

October 2014 – This year will be special with the addition of the two master-classes. Russ Barenberg is already full with a waiting list. There is still plenty of room on Mike Marshall’s Mandolin Master-class. This is rare opportunity as Mike is mostly unavailable at Easter since he runs the mandolin Symposium in California at that time.

The master-classes are aimed at the more able players and they are providing the standard set of courses covering all the usual instruments but employing some pretty hot musicians to take the classes.

Should there be enough demand they will run a Dobro class but they need folk to send in booking forms before they commit. If they don’t run a class, then you would get full refunds.

All details at www.sorefingers.co.uk


September Weekend, Roxby near Staithes, 5th to 7th September, 2014

Following three successful events, Roxby is on again.
The Fox’s new landlady is keen to welcome us back, and plans meals daily. It is also hoped the toilet facilities are now upgraded, and a marquee is provided. The locals are sympathetic to musicians, and there are several rooms for music. Camping is in a well-drained field adjoining the pub but is exposed. Windbreaks are advisable. Dogs welcome on leads.
Cost will be no more than £5 per unit per night if the toilets are upgraded, and nominal if not.
Booking is not necessary – just turn up.
The site is about 2 miles inland from Staithes, near Whitby. It is best accessed from the A171 by a minor road running north at the eastern edge of Scaling Dam. The Fox is marked on Google mapping.
Access from the coast rd – A174 – is narrow and NOT recommended for caravans or large Mobile homes. Last September it was closed due to flooding.
More details from David Dry dsdry@dsl.pipex.com


There is no old time session this Sunday (3rd August) at the Huntsman Inn, Ide near Exeter, as most protagonists plan to be at Sidmouth Folk Festival. If you can make it to Sidmouth, on the Sunday or indeed any night (or day, especially at the weekend) of the festival, look out for old time sessioning in the Bedford, right side front bar as you enter. (or it may be in the cellar bar).

Next session at the Huntsman will be Sept 7th.


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