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

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

More info email Colm: 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


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 –

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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


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 /


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

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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November 3rd

Further to last week’s entry, I do now have copies of the Reed Island Rounders new cd “Wild Goose Chase” and can confirm it will cost £15 including p&p to the UK (and I’ll stand the for any extra to post to the EU if needed). Postage elsewhere at cost but it’ll still be cheaper than posting from the U.S. (unless you live there) where it costs nearly $14 just to post it!

If you want a copy, email me at


The next Pickin’ Lunchtime in Reading is on Sunday 6th November, 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

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

More info email Colm: or call/text 07776373906


Next session at the Huntsman Inn, Ide, near Exeter is this coming Sunday, 6th November, from 7.30 p.m.


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October 27th

The Reed Island Rounders have a new CD – “Wild Goose Chase”.

Digital downloads through CD Baby:

Hard copies are available through their website: BUT the vagaries of the US postal system for postage internationally means that it will now cost almost the same for postage as the cd.

To get round that, I am expecting a delivery in the next few days and they will be posted at UK rates. I am guessing that the cd plus p&p will be £15. Prices for Europe (and indeed the rest of the world) will, of course be a little different.

Long standing FOAOTMAD members may recall the Rounders as being early Gainsborough Festival guests several times and will not need to be prompted twice to indulge.

If you want to reserve a copy email


I’ve been sent details of an excellent ongoing set of ‘podcasts’ from Cameron DeWhitt.

Check out

Available as straight sound files or podcasts through iTunes and Stitcher (if they mean something to you then you will have no trouble with them – I’ll stick to clicking the little arrow to play the file!). Featuring Jane Rothfield (currently in the UK), Adam Hurt, Jody Kruskal (currently in the UK), David Bass, Harry Bolick and more, with more to come.


FOAOTMAD members only…

Advance notice that I will be standing down from the Committee at the February Annual General Meeting. Come along y’all. After 14 years in various roles I feel the need to be on ‘the other side’ rather than dealing with information requests and the ‘mailout’.

So, this applies to paid up members only – that’s paid up as at the AGM, not necessarily now. There’s an excuse to join! You’ll need to be nominated and seconded (again by paid up members) and hopefully further details will appear in the December issue of Old Time News.

There may well be other Committee roles being up for election. I’m really hoping there will be. There’s only so long you can do a role before it goes stale – I think I’ve done 5 jobs in that 14 years, some more successfully than others. Too often the Committee members have had arms twisted to carry on due to the lack of fresh talent. That can’t be right.

This means that the blog will need a new writer. Full technical instructions supplied – spelling and grammar optional (that’s in the blog, the instructions will be fine). Also you may well be involved in maintaining the online calendar. Again there’ll be instructions but at the moment there’s research going on for replacement software so that may change.

I’m a group moderator here on Facebook and expect to let that go. There’s a small number of tireless mods and it’s a busier job than you might imagine. Generally that means making sure that posts (mine included) are tactful and relevant and that the amazing number of members we have are probably who they say they are – and generally they are although you do get some interesting sounding applicants who are rejected. Being a mod isn’t a ‘given’, not all Committee members do it but it can be interesting deciding who really wants to join us and who is looking for ‘American Friends’. Either that or anything with ‘music and dance’ – regardless of the genre! You might be surprised…

So, start thinking now. Are you interested? My role is potentially less bound up in the Committee than some but it’s there to make sure I’m involved and not too much a thorn in their side. Having all those years of experience isn’t necessary – they often ignore me completely. The committee rarely meets and does make use of Skype, much more is done by email. In fact, so much so that U.K. residence isn’t important. Now there’s an interesting concept!

You will need Facebook access, preferably be able to use email and, if possible, be able to deal with an address instead of your personal one. You are likely to be one of a small team who are at the other end of the ‘contact us’ option from the web site and as such be able to pass on suitable answers or redirect the query to whoever may be able to answer best. The blog and calendar are done through web pages and, for those of you who get the Mailchimp reminders, that is also done in a similar way.

Piqued your interest? I hope so, otherwise there’s a few wheels in the FOAOTMAD machinery that might start grinding to a halt.


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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 or


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.

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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

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:

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


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 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: 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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