October 8th

For Sale – Simon & Patrick Parlour Guitar and hard case. Beautiful guitar with astonishing power for a parlour. Great tone for OT. Slight wear marks and one small ding. Well set-up and easy to play. 12 fret neck, solid spruce top, cherry back and sides. Sad to see it go but I can’t play it any more. Reduced to £250 including correct size case. Email John at cross.tune@yahoo.co.uk for photos / enquiries


Those of you who live in Cornwall, live close or go there on holiday may be interested in Old Time Music Cornwall – Dedicated to American Old Time and Appalachian music in Cornwall


and their Facebook page


Next Pickin’ Lunchtime on Sunday 11th October 2-5pm (ish) at The Global Cafe, 35-39 London St, Reading UK, RG1 4PS


More info Colm: newtchaser@gmail.com or 07776373906.


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October 1st

Something that will be particularly of use to those of us this side of the Atlantic, the Field Recorders Collective have started now offering quality digital downloads of their music.

They are starting with the most recently released CDs, now available in digital formats on our store page ( http://fieldrecorder.org/shop ): Dean Sturgill, Craig Johnson, Old Time Fiddle Music of Alleghany County, NC, Maggie Parker, Tom Fuller, Vesta Johnson, Darley Fulks, Ralph Whited, and Carlton Rawlings.

On the site there is a Listen/Download button at the bottom of each product page. If you are only interested in downloads, you can go directly to their Bandcamp page: http://fieldrecorder.bandcamp.com

The digital album includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. The download also includes photos and PDF article!

They will be gradually adding additional CDs from their catalogue.


Or you can download the pdf for easier reading:



Workshop time again:

Or you can download the pdf for easier reading:


Matt Gordon and Leonard Podolak have added a House Concert to their tour

Tigh Seanachoill, West of Dingle.
8 October at 20:30


A reminder that Beverly Smith & John Grimm and at Towersey on October 9th. Other venues are available – see the calendar on the right for your nearest.


Next session at Huntsman Inn, Ide, Exeter is next Sunday, 4th October at 7.30.


Not quite old time but the Kit Hillbillies can be found on Fri 16 Oct, 8:30pm, at the Olde Plough Inn, Bere Ferrers, West Devon and Sat 31 Oct, 9pm, at the Rising Sun, Gunnislake, Cornwall. Both free entry.



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September 24th

Old Time American Music 3rd-4th October in woodlands at Welsummer Camping ME17 1NQ near Leeds Castle turnoff of M20
(see camp website for further directions, pics, info – welsummercamping.com )

10am Sat – Sun 6pm Cost £7/night £3 /day visit.

Ready pitched bell tents for hire. Friday arrival if advised.
Evening and weather contingencies for sessions.

Enquiries: Paul Warner pr.warner27@gmail.com M 07990 737 539


An excellent evening yesterday with Matt Gordon and Leonard Podolak. A small contingent of cloggers there to see some skillful dancing but a distinct dearth of the local oldtime community. Check the Old Time Calendar on the right and get to see them if you can.


Cardboard Fox featuring the Carrivick Sisters
Thursday 24th September
The Bullingdon, 162 Cowley Road Oxford OX4 1UE, 01865 244516

Tickets £10 : Doors open 7:30pm : Music 8:00pm : Finish 10:30

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September 17th

A quiet-ish week with a number of you heading for the Cornish Bluegrass Festival (sadly not me this year). It’s worth mentioning that there are a number of artists with imminent tours. Check out the calendar on the right for details of:

Matt Gordon and Leonard Podolak
The Corn Potato String Band
Beverley Smith and John Grimm
Sara Grey and Kieron Means


Owing to a cancellation Beverly Smith and John Grimm have a date available for a concert on 17th October. To get an idea for the (preferable)area, on the 15th they are in Norfolk and on the 19th they are in Liverpool.

If anyone can help them out please contact Beverly at beverlydale@yahoo.com


Next Little Opry – Saturday 26 September


Hot bluegrass and old timey from this fantastic family band. Brilliant driving Scruggs style banjo, fabulous guitar picking, hot fiddle and mandolin, great old timey frailing banjo and funky bass. And of course great singing.

Meet in Fin Bar upstairs from 6.30 pm. Kick off with open mic at 7.30.

Tickets £8 www.wegottickets.com

More information at
or contact 01227 770840 or 01322 228802

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September 10th

Next Pickin’ Lunchtime on Sunday 13th September 2-5pm (ish) @ The Global Cafe, 35-39 London St, Reading UK, RG1 4PS

Your session hosts Stu Weetman & Colm Daly. PICKIN’ LUNCHTIME is an acoustic monthly Old Time music session (normally the 2nd Sunday of every month) at The Global Cafe (free parking at rear & only 5 min walk from train station). Participants of all levels welcome (ideally ensemble playing with a measure of consensus sought on choice of tune/song & key). Loosely American Old Time but blurring of boundaries welcome (Bluegrass, Blues, Americana Folk & Celtic etc also please note piano players there is a piano on location roughly in tune).

facebook.com/groups/pickinlunchtime pickinlunchtime@groups.facebook.com
More info Colm: newtchaser@gmail.com or 07776373906.


An excellent evening promised for music and clogging enthusiasts alike – Matt Gordon & Leonard Podolak on 23rd September at The Clubhouse, Topsham Rugby Club, Bonfire Field, Exeter Road, Topsham, EX3 0LY

Tickets £12

Telephone 01392 873 651 for details


La Fuente Music Workshop Holidays in Spain
April 30 to May 7, 2016 With Alice Gerrard and Tom Sauber
Classes include singing, fiddle, banjo, guitar, beginner’s instrumental, Wernick method jamming, and song-writing.
Everything’s on our new website! www.lafuenteholidays.com
Book now as this will be a popular week!

Note that there will no longer be October workshops.


Old time / Bluegrass / Americana jam session at the Three Swans Pub(upstairs) Frome, on Thursday October 15th. Its not purely Old time but they hope to be playing quite a bit of it! If they find there are a high amount of old time musicians turning up, they can think about a separate session in the future!


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September 3rd

Calling all dancers and Musicians – Clog In in Stroud

Paul and Clare Sheridan have decided to revive the clog In’s that they used to have years ago. For those of you who aren’t au fait with the term then think of an Old Time dance party where people just freestyle and do their own thing, there can be some step swopping and they go over some basic flatfooting if you want, but come along if you want to play for them or if you want to dance your socks off.

The date is Saturday 17th October and Randwick Hall, Stroud is booked from 6-11pm. There will be a bring and share and chat then a good old clog and play along. Paul and Clare will try to get you someone local to stay with and have a pub session the next day. There will be a small contribution towards the cost of the hall required.

Let them know if you are interested

Clare Sheridan clare@solarious.co.uk 01453 827286


FOAOTMAD member David Brown has some instruments for sale:

Deering Riviera 5 string banjo £900 Mandoline by John Hullah (flat back) £525 Martin D18 £900 Mandoline by Marque (round back) £300 Mandoline Aria AM400BS £400 Ramirez FL2 flamenco guitar £1000 All in mint or near mint condition and cased

Tel 01842 752697 Text 07999 459183


Autoharp Weekend in Suffolk, 11th-13th September

UK Autoharps is running a weekend of tuition and jamming in Woodbridge, Suffolk, from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September. The programme starts with an informal music session on the Friday evening – all instruments welcome. Saturday is tuition day, with workshops for every autoharp player from total beginners to advanced. There will
also be two song workshops. Loaner harps will be available for anyone who wants to try out this beautiful instrument. The day ends with supper and a musical social evening at Woodbridge Cruising Club. On Sunday a two hour river cruise on the Deben has been arranged, with a picnic lunch on the beach or in the pub if the weather is bad.

For more information, booking form and suggested accommodation list, go to ukautoharps.org.uk


Sat Sept 5th 8pm – Eli West in his only UK solo performance The Fforest Inn, Llanfihangel Nant Melan, near New Radnor, Powys.

Contact 01544 350407 or 01544 350526.


The next old time session at the Huntsman Inn, Ide (near Exeter), is this coming Sunday, Sept 6th at 7.30.


Taylor Doolittle is from North Carolina and about to start 6 months in Witney, Oxfordshire. He’d like to meet up/session etc. with oldtime musicians in that general area. I know he has made some contacts via Facebook but for those of you who avoid social media he can be reached at dootay@mac.com


Sara Grey & Kieron Means in October/November
Further details: www.saragrey.net and choosing “Dates”

Fri 30 Oct The Ram Folk Club, Thames Ditton, Surrey – with Ben Paley
Wed 04 Nov Faversham Folk Club, The Chimney Boy, Faversham, Kent, England ME13 8PG
Fri 06 Nov Fo’c’sle Folk Club, Richmond Inn, Southampton SO17 2FW
Sat 07 Nov The Salmon Bothy, Portsoy, Banffshire, AB45 2SS
Sun 08 Nov Carrying Stream Festival 2:30 – 4:30 Presentation on Western Songs
Sun 08 Nov evening concert Edinburgh, Scotland
Mon 09 Nov Concert, Crystal House, Strathpeffer, Ross-shire IV14 9AW
Wed 11 Nov The Willows Social Club, Kirkham, Preston, Lancs PR4 2HT
Thu 12 Nov Folk Club, The Half Moon, Old Ryton, Tyne and Wear
Fri 13 Nov Musical Traditions Folk Club, The King and Queen, London
Sat 14 Nov all day workshop and concert in evening, Lewes, BN7 2DJ
Sun 15 Nov 7:00pm House Concert Stiwdio Felin Fach, Abergavenny, NP7 5RF
Thu 19 Nov Lymm Folk Club, Spread Eagle, Lymm Cheshire, WA13 0AG
Fri 20 Nov Dalbeatie FC Day Centre, Dalbeatie
Sat 21 Nov House Concert The Cyprus Inn, Bridge of Earn, Highlands of Scotland
Sun 22 Nov Grimsby Folk Club, The Spider’s Web, Grimsby, N.E Lincs DN32 8LN
Mon 23 Nov Stockton Folk Club, Sun Inn, Stockton on Tees
Wed 25 Nov Baldock & Letchworth FC, Old White Horse, Baldock


Corn Potato String Band Tour: “Fun And Fancy” Autumn Tour in UK and Ireland
Further details, links etc : http://cornpotato.com/live

Sep 09 Brighton The Prince Albert
Sep 10 London – Betsey Trotwood
Sep 11 Holt, Norfolk – Wiveton Hall Cafe
Sep 12 Dereham, Norfolk – Elsing Hall
Sep 16 Leeds – Wharf Chambers
Sep 17 Moffat, Dumfriesshire – Sound Sense House Concert
Sep 18 Carlisle – Folk And Blues Club at The Old Fire Station
Sep 19 St Boswells – Live at St Boswells Village Hall
Sep 20 Dumfries – Coach and Horses
Sep 21 Hawick – Heart of Hawick
Sep 23 Newport-on-Tay – Dundee Acoustic Music Club at The Newport
Sep 24 Biggar – Clydesdale Folk Club, Elphinstone Hotel
Sep 25-27 Moniaive Bluegrass Festival
Sep 28 Edinburgh – Traverse Theatre Bar
Oct 03 Coldingham, Eyemouth – Village Hall
Oct 04 Skipton – Cock and Bottle
Oct 05 Liverpool – The Caledonia
Oct 06 Cookstown, N.I. – The Red Room
Oct 07 Omagh, N.I. – Myles K. McCann’s
Oct 08 Westport, Co. Mayo – Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar
Oct 09-11 Bunratty Folk Park Festival
Oct 11 Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare – Roadside Tavern
Oct 14 Dublin – The Grand Social
Oct 15 Nr Narberth, Pembrokeshire – Burnetts Hill Chapel
Oct 16 Barry, Glamorgan – Barry West End Club
Oct 17 Dawlish, Devon – House Concert
Oct 18 Bournemouth – Folk Club
Oct 19 Polegate, East Sussex – The Sussex Ox
Oct 20 Battle, East Sussex – Senlac Inn
Oct 21 Rainham, Kent – Rainham Oast Old Time Sessions (ROOTS)
Oct 22 Bristol – Stag and Hounds
Oct 23 Oxford – The Bullingdon Arms
Oct 24 Kings Cross, London – The Harrison
Oct 25 London – The Apple Tree
Oct 26 Henley-on-Thames – Crooked Billet


Thursday 17th September – more Irish than oldtime although guitarist John Doyle has spent plenty of time accompanying oldtime and beyond (well beyond). Definitely worth seeing if you can, he is in “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordshire, OX9 3QY, 01844 212322

Tickets £10 : Doors open 7:30pm : Music 8:00pm : Finish 10:00

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


Kate Lissauer reports that there are still places on the Sept26-Oct 3 LA Fuente workshop, with Beverly Smith and John Grimm?

Check out www.lafuenteholidays.com for more information.


Sound Out, Tuesday, 8th September, 15.00 – 15.45, Resonance 104.4 fm (London) and www.resonancefm.com. Carole Chant will present the first of three shows of recordings and happy memories from the Friends Of Old Time Music And Dance summer camp. There will be recordings from Jed, Michael, Helmut, Steve, Emily and Andrew and some flat footing if time.

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August 20th

The 20th UK Sacred Harp Convention
19th – 20th September 2015, 10.30am – 4.00pm

Henry Wood Hall, Trinity Church Square, London, SE1 4HU

full details at http://www.ukshc.org/


Friday 28th August 2015
Debby McClatchy
In “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes
Towersey, Oxfordshire, OX9 3QY, 01844 212322

Tickets £10 : Doors open 7:30pm : Music 8:00pm : Finish 10:30

The last chance to hear authentic Appalachian music from a witty and amusing performer who can trace her family back to Thomas Jefferson. This is her last annual UK tour, her first was in 1968.

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


Flatfoot Dancing With Alice Cade – September and October 2015
Mondays ∙ 7:00pm – 8:30pm ∙ 14 September 2015 to 19 October 2015
£45 for six weeks (email us for information about concessions)
The Round Chapel, Powerscroft Road, Hackney, London E5 0PU

Please email thetradacademy@gmail.com to reserve your place



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August 6th

Congratulations to ‘our own’ Suzanne Ambrose who won the age 40-59 dance prize at Clifftop and also the Championship.


PICKIN’ LUNCHTIME (Global Café, Reading) – cancelled this month, back on 13th September


New venue for one of the Somerset sessions – the one at the Vintage, Wellington has transferrred to the White Horse, Bradford on Tone.
Details on the sessions page have been updated.


It seems to be banjo selling time:

Peter McLuskie has a Wildwood banjo up for sale. http://www.banjohangout.org/classified/52557



Helen Logan has two:

John Grey Banjo. Particularly fine pot, 30 brackets, all original, bright sound – same type as Clifford Essex similar to Concert Grand. (Maple, laminated – probably a Spencer.)New Fibreskin head, also a really nice vellum (the original head)
New geared Schallers, fingerboard shows well played, no warp in neck.
New Martin Vega strings.

7-string fretless with 12” pot – all wood. A rare chance to buy an amazing banjo! There won’t be anyone else with one! We understand that it must be English because the Americans didn’t make 7 string banjos. The pot is oak.
It is beautifully made, the neck is as true and flat as a piece of glass. It is extremely old. It has it’s original tailpiece. The original head was torn, so it has a new vellum, wooden pegs and nylon strings. If fretless and/or minstrel banjo is your thing, for an authentic sound, this is for you.

Please contact Helen at funkypips@btinternet.com if interested for photos and price. Very welcome to view and try! She lives in in mid-Wales.


2 guys named Ben… Bicyclists, musicians, and music archivists pedalled across the States with a fiddle, a banjo, and 100 pounds of film and audio gear, collecting stories and songs from musicians playing their own regional music that has never before been documented!! They captured 14 interviews and performances from amazing musicians and artists in their own backyards and now they hope to share these stories with YOU in the form of 14 webisodes and 2 albums – but need YOUR HELP to spread the word and to raise funds to complete the project.

Check out the trailer and first two webisodes here:
And take a look at the perks to see exactly what you can take away today!

Who are they? Ben Townsend is a multi-instrumentalist (former member of the Hackensaw Boys and The Fox Hunt) and has been playing Old Time music all his life. Before this trip he had never ridden a bicycle long distance (he’d hardly ever ridden one at all). Ben Guzman is a veteran cyclist who plays the fiddle (Triple Chicken Foot and The High Life Cajun Band) and is one of the founding members of The Los Angeles Old Time Social and The Bicycle Kitchen.

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30th July

Beverly Smith & John Grimm are at the Rhiwbina Recreational Club, Lon – y – Dail, Rhiwbina, Cardiff CF14 6EA on 24th October at 7:30pm

Here’s a Facebook link if you use it: https://www.facebook.com/events/1098221386872611


More details of Beverly & John’s tour here: http://smithgrimm.com/calendar

Sept 27 — Oct 3 La Fuente de Musica, Andalucia, Spain
Wed Oct 7 What’s Cookin’, Ex-Servicemens Club , Leytonstone, London E11
Fri Oct 9 The Three Horseshoes, Towersey
Sat Oct 10 TBA, London
Tue Oct 13 Working Man’s Club, Dartford, DA1 2AU
Thu Oct 15 Wolf Folk Club, Social Club, Wolverton, Norfolk
Sat Oct 17 TBA, Powys
Mon Oct 19 The Caledonia, Liverpool
Tue Oct 20 Acoustic Music Club, Dundee
Wed Oct 21 Folk Club, Pleasance Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Thu Oct 22 Acoustic Music Club, Polish Ex-servicemen’s Club , Kirkcaldy KY2 5TA
Fri Oct 23 Milkmaid Folk Club, The Constitution Club, Bury St Edmonds
Sat Oct 24 Cardiff (as above)


If anyone is looking for a reason to play some oldtime in Scandinavia, then the Kattinge Gathering in Denmark takes place in September (4th-6th). It’s a gathering that’s been going on for about 30 years now.

Oldtime musicians from Denmark, Sweden and Holland have been knowns to attend. It’s a lot of fun. It costs 650 Danish Kroner (aprox: 62 pounds) for the weekend. And that includes room and board. Read a bit more here: http://www.oldtime.dk/english/kattinge-gathering/


The Summer Camp 2015 dates are Friday 7th August to Sunday 16th August 2015. The FOAOTMAD site will be at the bottom of the field. The site gate will be locked in the evenings. If you do arrive late please ask for the code on the field or at the camp fire. The code can also be found on the members’ section of the FOAOTMAD web site. Please try to avoid waking the warden up in the end caravan to ask him for the code if you are arriving or leaving when the gate is closed.

If you want to be in the quieter area, camp away from the fire, nearer to the entrance gates. Music after midnight around the fire only – please show consideration for your camping neighbours.

Please bring your current membership cards to ensure you get your membership discount. For any membership enquiries, please contact Eve Morris beforehand.

Prices per person per night: Adult FOAOTMAD members: £7, Children of family members (under 2s free): £5, Adult Non-members: £8, Children of non-members (under 2s free): £6

Don’t pay for camping at the site reception desk. A member of FOAOTMAD will collect payments daily. However, there are a few power points along the bottom hedge at an additional £3.75 per night, which you need to pre-book and pay for at the reception desk. Entry to the Farm Centre is included in camping fees.

Dogs must be kept on leads. Please avoid camping under the large tree next to the camp fire, as you will be asked to move by the site manager.

Firewood will be provided by FOAOTMAD to save having to scavenge for it.

For venue details check out www.sacrewell.org.uk Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre, Thornhaugh, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE8 6HJ


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23rd July

Kate Lissauer’s Spanish Old Time American Music Weeks dates:

September 26 – 3 October 2015 http://www.lafuenteholidays.com/september-26-october-3-2015/
(with Beverly Smith, John Grimm, Kate Lissauer, Joff Lowson)

April 30 – 7 May 2016 (including Alice Gerrard & Tom Sawber)


Here’s one for the cloggers out there. A rather nice promo video from the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers from Minneapolis/St Paul


And more for the dancers:

Phil Jamison, Green Grass Clogger, Dance Editor of the Old Time Herald, old-time musician, flatfoot dancer and one of the most knowledgeable people on the subject of traditional American dance forms has just released a book titled “Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance” on University of Illinois Press.

“Phil Jamison journeys into the past and surveys the present to tell the story behind the square dances, step dances, reels, and other forms of dance practiced in southern Appalachia. He argues that these distinctive folk dances are not the unaltered jigs and reels of the early British settlers, but hybrids that developed over time by adopting and incorporating elements from other popular forms. He traces the forms from their European, African American, and Native American roots to the modern day. From the Shoo-fly Swing to the Virginia Reel, Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics reinterprets an essential aspect of Appalachian culture.”

In the UK this is (will be very shortly) stocked by Amazon.


Here’s a related newspaper article (expect to have to fill in a brief survey to get to it) :



Tim Eriksen is at the Cawdor Cafe, at Stackpole Walled Garden, Pembroke. All the proceeds will go to Pembrokeshire Mencap.

The concert will be held on Tuesday 28th July and will start at 8pm the doors will be open from 7pm. Children under 14 are free.

The Gardens are managed by the charity and are well worth a visit for any keen gardener. Tea and coffee and light snacks available at the cafe so you don’t have to worry about your evening meal.

Tickets are £10.00 and are available from Main Street Music, Pembroke, Tel; 01646 621530 or call the gardens on 01646 661442 to reserve a ticket and pay on the door, or simply turn up on the night.



Jeff Warner is in the UK and appearing at:

Warwick Folk Festival 24-26 July
Old Queen’s Head, London, 29 July
Sidmouth 31 July-7 August
Dartmoor Folk Festival 8-9 August
Broadstairs Folk Festival 10-14 August
Whitby Folk Week 22-28 August

He also has a few dates left in his schedule for May/June 2016, if anyone wants to book him for a show/workshop/house concert please contact Phil Tyler ptyl@onetel.com


There are some revisions to the Sweet Sunny South line up which haven’t been reflected in that shown in the latest Old Time News. Here’s the up to date poster

SSS 15


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