18th December

The ticket booking details for Gainsborough Festival can be found at http://www.foaotmad.org.uk/gainsborough.html

Ticket prices remain the same.

Alternatively you can download the order form here:


Buying your ticket in advance helps the committee with their planning – and makes it quicker to get your wristband when you arrive!

As previously mentioned, Jason and Pharis Romero will be joining us on the Saturday as part of their UK tour.


Next sessions at the Union Hotel, Chapel Street, Penzance, Cornwall are Thursday, 18th and Friday 26th December, at 8:30


There’s a new Old Time session starting in January in Nottingham. Everyone welcome.

The Star Inn, 22 Middle Street, Beeston, Notts, NG9 1FX https://sites.google.com/site/starbeeston/

2nd Wed of every month, starting 8pm. The first few dates are:

14 Jan
11 Feb
11 Mar
15 Apr (note for Apr only it is the 3rd Wed)
13 May
10 Jun
8 Jul

Join the facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1662690087291079/ or email Jo on beestonoldtimesession@gmail.com


Tamworth Bluegrass Festival – complete with FOAOTMAD stage:

We are again giving a discount to paid up members of the BBMA. This will now also include FOAOTOMAD members.

Weekend ticket – Friday – Sunday inclusive. – £45
BBMA Weekend ticket. £40
FOAOTOMAD Weekend ticket £40

Selling tickets from our email address tamworthbluegrass@gmail.com
Which is now responding to booking enquiries.

The site will again be open from noon Thursday 11th June – noon Monday 15th June. The bar will open 5;00pm on Thursday 11th June and there will be picking sessions in the bar and FOAOTOMAD stage room until the early hours of Friday. As last year, there will be a £2 charge on the door for everyone who wants to join us, you do not have to have a weekend ticket to join in.

All proceeds for that night will be donated to Jessie’s Fund, our sponsored charity. We have raised £1500 in the last 2 years for this wonderful charity, who use music therapy for poorly children. Please take a few minutes and have a look at their website.

As again, the weekend ticket includes camping, but it is limited and on a first come first served basis only.

For those who have not been before, the festival site is just a few minutes walk from Tamworth town centre and there are many choices of reasonably priced hotel/B&B accommodation, all within easy walking distance. Last year, The Travelodge, Tamworth Central, was very popular with festival goers, offering a double room for less than £29 a night!

Band lists will be published soon.


The Appaloosas, in partnership with the South West Lakes Trust would like to stage an event during the summer of 2015 to celebrate
American Old-Time and Appalachian music and dance in the picturesque surroundings around Burrator Reservoir on Dartmoor Devon. PL20 6PE. The scenery closely resembles the Appalachian regions of the USA providing a perfect atmosphere for such a gathering.

1st South West American Old-Time Music Gathering
Weekend event 10th to 12th July 2015
Camping in tents will be on the main site.
Main Car Parking area and RV’s and Camper van site, only 3 min walk from the main site, through main gate entrance.
Sorry no hookups available.
Toilets and drinking water available on site.
Plenty of sheltered cover including two marquees.
Bring your instruments and join in with countless old-time sessions. Workshops, Dance displays, Bush craft demonstrations
Saturday evening concert. On site Bar from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime serving the best local beers and ciders. Continuous on site catering, breakfasts and more, with a special hog roast for the Saturday evening. Central Campfire plus more.

Weekend cost £20 which includes free camping
Initial response and commitment from enough people is essential to cover set up costs and before any major advertising takes place.

If you think you would be interested in attending this event or have any other questions or suggestions please email:


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11th December

A reminder about the January fiddle and banjo workshops (see 20th November posting). Requests for places are coming in steadily so if you are thinking about going please get in touch with the organisers as quickly as possible.


Advance notice of the FOAOTMAD Gainsborough Festival which takes place from February 13th to 15th.

Confirmed are:
Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones
Howard Rains and Tricia Spencer
Jason and Pharis Romero (Saturday night only)
Little Hoedown (Friday night only)
The A & E String Band
Legs Levens with the Limestone Cowboys
Issy Emeney (Clogging)
Old Time Singing workshop with Roger Jackson
Sacred Harp singing with Cath and Phil Tyler
Ukulele workshop with Cathy Mars and Colm Daly
Plus workshops from Erynn, Carl, Howard and Tricia.

Ticket details to follow shortly.


Carol Chant says the Big Old Time Jam will be aired this Friday, 12th December on Sound Out from 14:00 to 14:45. Listen live on Resonance 104.4 fm in London or www.resonancefm.com

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November 27th

Another date for Jason and Pharis Romero:

Thursday 19th February at Snail’s Deli, Cardiff



Bluegrass and Old timey. Headline band FOGHORN LEGHORN http://www.foghornleghornmusic.com/
Meet in cocktail Fin Bar upstairs from 6.30 for 7.30 pm start of shenanigans….

Tickets £8

More information at www.littleopryattomthumb.webeden.co.uk, or contact us directly on 01227 770840 or 01322 228802. Best wishes


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November 20th

Well, as some of you think about what to pack for the intermediate/advanced workshops in a week’s time, it’s an opportunity to remind beginners and improvers in banjo and fiddle of the workshop weekend in January. Details below but early booking is highly recommended as these are popular events:


Pharis and Jason Romero are on tour in 2015:

Fri Jan 30 Celtic Connections, Glasgow
Wed Feb 4 House concert, Rothbury
Thu Feb 5 Jumpin Hot Club, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Fri Feb 6 The ‘Live’ Room, Saltaire
Sat Feb 7 The Harland Café, Sheffield (see below)
Sun Feb 8 Venue TBC, Southwell, Notts
Tue Feb 10 Three Horse Shoes, Towersey
Thu Feb 12 The Green Note, Camden, London
Fri Feb 13 Royal Native Oyster Stores, Whitstable, Kent

and what isn’t currently listed is that (if all goes to plan) they will appear on the evening of Saturday 14th at Gainsborough Festival.



The Corn Potato String Band perform in “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordshire, OX9 3QY, 01844 212322

Tuesday 2nd December

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

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


Pharis and Jason Romero will be entertaining the Steel City Opry punters in Sheffield at the Harland Cafe.

Tickets now available from steelcityopry@gmail.com

Give yourself something to look forward through the encroaching dark. Don’t leave it too late – you know we always sell out!
Workshop: 2.30 – 5 pm. £10/8. Pre-booking only
Concert: 7-11 pm. £10/8. Advance booking recommended to be sure of a ticket.
Workshop + concert ticket deal: £18/


Check out the ‘classifieds’ link for details of banjos from Bob Ward and Dave Stacey

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November 13th

Check out Dust to Digital for an interesting selection of ‘un-archived’ material:



A reminder that on Saturday 15th, Bruce Mosky is appearing in 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 for more details


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November 6th

Stompin’ Dave Allen has some gigs coming up. Before the end of the year he’ll be performing in London (Camden), Hampshire, Dorset, Wales & Surrey.

www.stompinstore.com for more details.
01308 488387


Bruce Molksy tour details:

Oct 4th-12th Ireland Tour – with Mozaik

Oct 04 Cork Folk Festival, The Pavilion, Carey’s Lane, Cork
Oct 05 Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas St, Dublin 8
Oct 07 Duncairn Cultural Arts Centre, Antrim Road, Belfast
Oct 08 Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone
Oct 09 Balor Theatre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
Oct 10 Dolan’s Warehouse, 3 Dock Rd, Limerick
Oct 11 Roisin Dubh, Dominic St., Galway
Oct 12 Hawk’s Well Theatre, Temple St., Sligo

Nov 7th-Nov 21st UK Solo Tour

Nov 07 Edinburgh Folk Club, Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh
Nov 08 Crafts and Things, Glencoe
Nov 09 House Concert, Watercolour Music, Ardgour, PH33 7AH
Nov 10 Community Arts, Achness Hotel, Rosehall, Lairg, Highland IV27 4BD
Nov 11 Live at The Star, The Admiral, 72A Waterloo Street, Glasgow
Nov 12 Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Place, Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway DG13 0AW
Nov 13 Ex-Servicemens Club, Bailey Street, Oswestry, Shropshire
Nov 14 Village Hall, Little Haven, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire
Nov 15 The Barn, The Three Horseshoes, Towersey OX39 3QY
Nov 16 Walthamstow Folk Club, Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street, London E17
Nov 17 The Nest Collective, Old Queen’s Head, 44 Essex Road, London, Nl 8LN
Nov 18 Dartford Folk Club, Working Men’s Club, Essex Rd, Dartfird DA1 2AU
Nov 19 Baldock and Letchworth 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, The Old Cottage Tavern 36 Byrkley Street, Burton-on-Trent DE14 2EG


May 21 Milngavie Folk Club, Fraser Centre, Douglas Street, Milngavie G62 6PE.
May 22 The Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1DE
May 23 Birnam Arts, Birnam, Perthshire
May 27 Ryburn Three Step Folk Club, The Works, 12 Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge
May 28 Redbourn Folk Club, Old School Room, Hollybush Public House, Church End, Redbourn (nr. St Albans)
May 29 King’s Place, 90 York Way, London
May 30 Fire in the Mountain Festival, Cwmnewidion Isaf, Cnwch Coch, Aberystwyth, SY23 4LL
May 31 Halfpenny Folk Club, Greyhound Inn, Oldwalls, Gower


Corn Potato String Band Featuring Luke Richardson

Dec 01 Stag and Hounds, 74 Old Market St., Bristol
Dec 02 The Barn, Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordshire
Dec 03 What’s Cookin — Upstairs @ Ex-Servicemens Club, Leytonstone, London
Dec 04 Betsey Trotwood, London
Dec 05 Wiveton Hall Cafe, Holt, Norfolk
Dec 06 Memorial Hall, Ninfield, near Battle, East Sussex
Dec 07 The Square and Compass, Worth Matravers, Swanage, Dorset
Dec 08 The Caledonia, 22 Caledonia Street, Liverpool
Dec 09 Edinburgh House Concert
Dec 10 Village Hall, The Square, Coldingham, Eyemouth
Dec 11 Cumberland Arms, James Place St., Byker Bank, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Dec 12 Old Cinema Launderette, 38 Marshall Terrace, Durham
Dec 13 The Harrison, 28 Harrison St., Kings Cross, London
Dec 14 The Cask, 6 Charlwood St., Pimlico, London



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30th October


Centre of African Studies, University of London & The Institute of Historical Research: Africa Seminar

The African Roots of the New World Banjo
with Daniel Laemouahuma Jatta
Monday 1st December 2014, 5.15pm

Daniel Laemouahuma Jatta is a Jola scholar and musician from Mandinary, Gambia, who pioneered the research and documentation of the akonting, a Jola folk lute, as well as the related Manjago folk lute, the buchundu, in the mid-1980s. Prior to Jatta’s work, these instruments were largely unknown outside the rural villages of the Senegambia region of West Africa. Jatta has done three decades ofresearch on the relationship between the akonting and the banjo of the American south, and has presented his findings at major congresses in Africa, Europe and the USA. With Dr Lucy Duran (Lecturer in African Music) and Dr Toby Green (Lecturer in Lusophone African History and Culture, KCL) Daniel will discuss his research and give a demonstration of the akonting.

(Daniel Jatta is the guy from the Gambia who introduced Ulf Jagfors to the akonting, the ancestor of the banjo, if you remember Ulf’s lecture at Gainsborough some years ago. Daniel’s lecture will be worth attending by banjo players.)

for more information:
email cas@soas.ac.uk www.soas.ac.uk/cas

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23rd October

Session at Ide near Exeter: 2nd November as usual.


Not quite oldtime but should be an excellent night out:

Bob Debarras – French Canadian Music and Dance Trio
At Levens Village Institute
Wed 5 Nov 2014 Doors open 7.30pm for an 8 pm start

Tickets £10 Adult, £5 child, £25 family – Tel. 015395 60534 or
email: cloggingchris@tiscali.co.uk

Bar & Refreshments


Bruce Molsky

Saturday 15th November in “The Barn” at The Three Horseshoes
Towersey, Oxfordshire, OX9 3QY, 01844 212322

Bruce Molsky stands today as the premier old-time fiddler in the
world, the defining virtuoso of Appalachia’s timeless folk music

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


Beverly Smith and John Grimm will be playing upstairs at the Admiral
Benbow, Chapel Street, Penzance this Saturday 25th October. Doors open 8pm for an 8.30pm start. Get there early as tickets are selling well and it will be busy.

If you haven’t got your ticket yet you can:
contact sibs@sibylle2.freeserve.co.uk to reserve them, or
get them in person from West Penwith Music Shop, North Parade,
or get them through http://appalachianfolk-cornwall.weebly.com
Tickets are £6 in advance; £7.50 on the door.

The next Old Time session at the Union is likely to be Thursday, 30th


Furnace Mountain from Virginia USA
Knighton Community Centre, Bowling Green Ln, Knighton LD7 1DJ
Sunday 26th October 2014 8 pm
Tickets £10 01544 350407 or 01547 820315 to pre book


Furnace Mountain are also at Passing Clouds, London E8 4AA on Thursday 23rd (tonight) at 8pm


From Kate Lissauer:

La Fuente Old-Time Music Workshop Week in Spain, for May 2015.
The dates are later this time: May 23-30. This may be a
half-term, so if you’re interested, think about booking your tickets

Tutors Dave Bing, Kate, Johnny Whelan and Joff Lowson teaching the
Warnick Method jamming class. Stay tuned for announcements of other
teachers including a new banjo teacher.


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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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