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

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 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)

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.
10th Bluegrass Plus Club.
11th Swanage,
12th The Bell Inn, Bath
14th Burnetts Hill Chapel.
16-18th Cornish BG Festival.
19th Western Hotel, St Ives.
20th The Barn, Towersey.


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August 4th

Eve Morris will be at Summer Camp and can take renewal subscriptions etc.

Also she will have copies of ‘Greasy Coat’, the new c.d. from Erynn Marshall and Friends.


Ed Hicks is teaching an old time music course through the Trad Academy in London this autumn.

Old Time Music Course September and October 2016


The next session at the Huntsman Inn, Ide near Exeter is this coming Sunday, 7th August from 7.30


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July 28th

Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle
Saturday 20th August
In “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes, Chinnor Road, Towersey, Oxon, OX9 3QY

Tickets £10 : Doors open 7:30pm : Music 8:00pm : Finish 10:15
Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at


Tour information for Anna and Elizabeth:

26 The Vic, Anglesey
27 Cumberland Arms, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
28 The Hug & Pint, Glasgow
29 House Concert, Edinburgh
30 Southern Fried Festival, Perth
31 Cambridge Folk Festival
1-3 Sidmouth Folk Festival
4 Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, Dorset
5 Campfire Club, London
6 Hepworth Village Hall, Holmfirth
11 Burnett’s Hill Chapel, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire
12 Folk CLub, Bodmin, Cornwall
13 Assembly Rooms, Presteigne
14 Campfire Convention, Michaelchurch Escley, Herefordshire
15 Kitchen Garden, Birmingham
​18 Full Moon Eve Concert, Klepp, Norway
19 The Tuck Shop Studio, House Concert, Hastings
20 Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordshire
21-22 Whitby Folk Festival
24-25 The Linenhall Arts Centre, County Mayo, Ireland


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July 21st

Those of you active on Facebook and ‘the grapevine’ will have already heard of the death of Fiona Cameron, one of the FOAOTMAD founder members – she used to joke about her membership number being 007.

My thanks to Steve Wise for pointing out an obituary from part of her life that I was only faintly aware of:

As it is a ‘latest news’ page you may need to scroll down a little.

Further details from Tina Wade: Fiona’s funeral will take place at Chesterfield Crematorium at 3:30 on Monday 25th July, which would have been her 66th birthday. The service will be a simple service conducted by a Catholic priest and friends are welcome to attend. Please respect her brother’s request and use this opportunity as a time for quiet private reflection.

Her musician friends are able to will meet after the funeral at The Three Merry Lads, Main Road, Cutthorpe, Chesterfield S42 7AJ where they have the use of the restaurant (ground floor next to the bar) and will be able to have some tunes in there in honour of Fiona.


Fire-starter, wood-gatherer and banjo player Gary Andrews died this week following a long battle with cancer. A fixture at the Sacrewell Camps for the past 13 years Gary was a stalwart supporter of the camp fire gatherings and will be sadly missed by his FOATMAD friends.


The finalized detailes for ‘WOTMAD’ are here:


The ROOTS club from Rainham Oast House Community Centre has moved to the Dancing Dog Saloon, Bobbing, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 8QP.

The club has been renamed to Dog Gone “ROOTS”!

So the Wednesday 5th October gig by Beverly Smith & John Grimm will now be at the Dancing Dog Saloon. The pub is an extremely interesting place with lots of Wild West memorabilia everywhere – life size cutouts of John Wayne, Saddles, banjo’s, stetsons etc. It has been home to Country music / line dancing for many years but we intend to show them the true way of life and convert them to Old-Time Music and dance.

The club will run on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month as before – 8 pm – 11 pm. Entrance is free (a raffle will be held to raise funds to subsidise guest nights). On Guest nights we will be charging £5.00.


A-scale banjo. Minstrel style. Bob Flesher Plantation model, built by Dave Stacey from a kit. Just right for Sore Fingers week. £850 including gig bag.

Photos –


An update on the November workshops from Tony Mear:

A couple of people have contacted me about the November workshops and asked about the level of the beginner workshops. They expressed concern about people who are experienced players signing up for the beginner workshop leading to the class becoming too advanced for actual beginners. I appreciate those concerns so asked David Bragger about them. I can’t do better than give you his response:

“Here’s the scoop. I’m really, really good with beginners. Since teaching bowing is my absolute specialty, I take my time with beginners and teach patterns and application of said patterns to tunes. I just finished teaching a beginner fiddle workshop that lasted 4 days at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. Surprisingly, more advanced fiddlers attended and they loved it since they never had experienced bowing instruction like I teach it. I take great care with beginners. So, no worries there! I guarantee it!”

What I would say is that, if you are more than a beginner, in fiddle or banjo, but you are anxious about joining the advanced class, seriously consider stepping up. Its the only way to grow!

People have also asked about timing and cost of individual lessons. David and Chris will be taking a few days out sightseeing on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday so lessons will be available on the afternoon/evening of Sunday 20th, Monday 21st and the morning and early afternoon of Friday 25th. Their hourly rate is $75 USD – with the currently fluctuating exchange rate I can’t tell you what that will be in £ GBP in November, we’ll sort that out closer to the date. I will also ask David about small group rates, maybe a few of us could get together for some group lessons.

If you have signed up for the workshops already and want to reserve a private lesson slot then email me at and I’ll start a list.

Oh, and please be patient if your cheque doesn’t get banked straight away or you don’t get a quick response – holidays and festivals tend to get in the way 🙂

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July 14th

Beverly Smith and John Grimm have a tour building, dates below. They are looking to fill the gap at the beginning. Contact them via their website:

Sep 21 Wed Llantrisant Folk Club, Pontyclun, South Wales
Sep 29 Thu The Wolf Folk Club, Wolverton, Norfolk
Sep 30 Fri Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordshire
Oct 1 Sat House Concert, London
Oct 2 Sun Folk and Roots Club, Colchester, Essex
Oct 3 Mon The Caledonia, Liverpool
Oct 4 Tue Cramlington Folk Club, Northumbria
Oct 5 Wed Rainham Roots, Rainham Kent
Oct 7 Fri The Roots Music Club, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Oct 8 Sat The Cellar Upstairs, Calthorpe Arms, London WC1X 8JR


Upcoming Stompin’ Dave gigs in Dorset, London, Oxfordshire,
Hampshire, Wiltshire, & Somerset.

For more info. please visit:–2

There is a selection of new videos on his youtube channel:

Any correspondence to:


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July 7th

Sharp’s Appalachian Harvest
Cecil Sharp House, London NW1
Friday 15 July, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

As part of the Appalachian 100 series at Cecil Sharp House, ‘Sharp’s Appalachian Harvest’ tells the epic story of the trips made 100 years ago by folklorist Cecil Sharp into the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, to seek out remote communities where descendents of 18th century British migrants kept the old songs alive. The tale is told in music, narrative and image by leading singer, musician and researcher Brian Peters, who sings the best of the ballads accompanied by guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle, reads fascinating diary extracts, and presents Sharp’s evocative photographs of the mountain people, in this multi-media show.



Perhaps not of interest to everyone but there is one last banjo for sale from the collection of the late Dave Marshall: Huber Truetone resonator banjo. Tiger stripe maple neck; 3ply maple pot; flat top bell brass tone ring; maple resonator; gold plated hardware; two Scruggs tuners; frosted skin Remo head; Huber bridge; strap; “Superior” hard shell case; a couple of minor dings in the lacquer which should polish out. £4,500

Photos and more details from Andy Imms –


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June 30th

For FOAOTMAD members the news that the latest Old Time News should be hitting your doorsteps – or at least in most cases. We are using a new method where the UK copies are being processed by a mailing company. If you are non-UK or a UK group membership these still have to be processed by us and so may take a few days longer.


Not oldtime but I know there’s a lot of you that enjoy good harmony singing:

Windborne (a spin off from the wonderful Northern Harmony from Vermont) will be in “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes, Chinnor Road, Towersey, Oxon, OX9 3QY on Thursday 21st July

Tickets £10 : Doors open 7:30pm : Music 8:00pm : Finish 10:15

Reserve tickets by emailing Mark Wallace at


Brown Dog Banjos Summer Special Offers including starter to intermediate banjo packages.

Find out here…


For Sale: Martin OM28v guitar in hard shell case. In immaculate condition, rarely played. £2,000. For more details, contact


The Ide session is back at the Huntsman Inn, Ide this Sunday, 3rd July, 7.30 start.

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June 13th

BOOTS ‘N’ BANJOS – Appalachian Step Dance Workshop


SUNDAY 19TH JUNE 2016 – 10am – 4pm

Fee -£20 or £15 for Arts Centre Members

To book a place contact 01296 424332

or Tim on 01296 612943 for details



More about the Romero’s fire:

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