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FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Banjo Camp USA
Click the Banjo North icon when you get on the site
Coastline Bluegrass Event North Wales
La Fuente Music Workshop Holidays in Spain. Popular workshop weeks organised by Kate Lissauer, usually twice a year.
North Wales Bluegrass Festival A favourite amongst the old timers
Sore Fingers Week An annual Bluegrass and Old Time Music camp held in the Cotswolds.
Sweet Sunny South Sussex based old-time event
Wharf Bluegrass Weekend New, improved venue at Stoke Prior near M5 Junction 5.
ONLINE RADIO & MP3 SITES
Old Time Music
Ed Hetzler’s excellent MIDI archive.
SUPPLIERS & INSTRUMENT MAKERS ETC
Alec Anness “Seriously good harps” according to Mike Fenton and he should know.
Bluegrass Books Online Books and CDs to help you learn.
Brown Dog Banjos Everything for banjos, mandolins and ukuleles – spares and accessories for the player – parts, materials and tools for the banjo maker and repairer – Based in the UK.
Cedar Mountain Banjos By Lo Gordon, Brevard NC.
Eric Stephanelli Eric is from France and is a maker an excellent range of quality Classic and Old Time banjos.
Field Recorders Collective A group of enthusiastic American collectors whose excellent work is available to buy online.
Griffin Banjos Griffin Banjos make powerful, sweet sounding instruments of great beauty, renowned for their ease of playing.
Old Time Imports Large selection of old time recordings currently available – and delivered to your door!
Helmut Rheingans Violins
Helmut Rheingans web site
Pickard Acoustics Hand built acoustic guitars by Ivor Pickard.
R M Anderson Banjos Handcrafted masterpieces from Bob Anderson in Ohio.
Slim Jim Banjos Beautifully handcrafted banjos made with the best timbers, craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Vintage Banjo Makers A reference site that lists pre 1940s banjo makers.
Wildwood Records Recording some important UK artists.
Faire Tyme Toys Plans available if you contact them.
Jig Dolls, Limberjacks or Les Gigueux Heaps of information from around the world.
East Anglian Traditional Music Trust Mostly UK based material and some makers given.
Chris Harvey’s Jig Doll Circus Lots of information including how to use.
Prairie Wind Toy Company Amazing chicken!
Elderly Instruments Blueprints from Elderly.
PUBLICATIONS (including on-line mags)
Banjo Newsletter A US site with lots of content and a fair amount of old-time material.
FiddleOn Magazine UK based magazine covering more than just old time.
More than just old-time.
Musical Traditions A UK site with occasional old-time articles and reviews. Also sells some old-time CDs, including the West Virginia University Press CDs of Edden Hammons.
Old Time Herald An important publication on all things American old-time.
ARTISTS & BANDS
Beverley Smith & Carl Jones Great tunes, superb songs and harmonies!
Carolina Chocolate Drops Straight up Carolina piedmont string band tunes playing regularly with traditional fiddler Joe Thompson.
Debby McClatchy Our friend from the USA and ardent supporter of fish, chips, beer and cream teas!
Ebony Hillbillies A great band out of New York.
Fiddle ‘n’ Feet Tamara Loewenthal on feet & Jamie Gans on fiddle.
The Forge Mountain Diggers All the way from North Carolina!
Green Grass Cloggers Site for the “touring” group, maintained by Julie Mangin.
Kerry Fletcher Appalachian and all-round percussive dancer and teacher.
The Rattletrap String Band High energy old-time string band.
Reed Island Rounders More of our friends from over the pond.
Old Time Music Cornwall Dedicated to American Old Time and Appalachian music in Cornwall.
RAY BANKS’ RECOMMENDED SITES
New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters of Galax, Virginia Eddie Bonds – Fiddle, Dennis Hall – guitar, Dallas Hall – mandolin, Wayne (Peco) Watson – banjo, Jesse Morris – Bass.
Jake Krack A wonderful young fiddler taught by Melvin Wine.
Ken Waldman & Doug Van Gundy poetry and tunes from West Virginia.
Archives of The Secret Museum of the Air Pat Conte and ‘Citizen Kafka’ of New York used to put out a series of programs, roughly an hour long, based on Pat’s extensive collection of old 78s. Many of them are Old Time music, old blues or old Gospel – nearly all are worth listening to. These have been archived at thelink.
Sugar In The Gourd This is a continuous 16 hour selection of Old Time tracks maintained by banjo player John Salmon of Philadelphia, via the Live365 website, but obtainable direct on above link.
The Honking Duck J.G. Reidy’s a website containing over 700 tracks copied from a collection of Old Time 78s once owned by banjo expert Jim Bollman.
Berea College, Kentucky A collection of recordings from the 70s and 80s of Old Time fiddler Hiram Stamper (Art’s father).
Henry Reed – Fiddle Tunes Of The Old Frontier
These are all the recordings made by Alan Jabbour of fiddler Henry Reed, of Glen Lyn, Virginia, which inspired much of the current Old Time activity.
UK DANCE TEAMS
Alive & Kicking Appalachian Cloggers From Exeter.
Bluefields Appalachian Dancers No longer performing but the website holds a collection of useful information.
Cornucopia Appalachian DancersFrom Oxfordshire.
Feet First From Chesterfield.
Firestone From Exeter.
Hi Jinx From Horsham.
Kickin’ Alice From Shropshire.
Knickerbocker Glory From East Hampshire (English & Appalachian stepping).
Leap to your Feet From Bolton.
Mind the Step From Cheshire.
Raise the Dust From Shropshire.
Shindig Cloggers From Cornwall
Step This Way From Durham.
FiddleFork A site for all fiddlers.
Folkjam Find sessions, jams, festivals, workshops, events etc, etc.
John Les Signs Foaotmad logo designer
An Online Guide to Square Dancing Despite the subtext of finding partners this site was suggested by some American school pupils and contains lots of useful information about the world of square dance. A big thank you to them for their interest.
Old Time Music Some excellent links.
Old Time Music in Portland Covering the entirety of oldtime music and square dancing in Portland, Oregon, US. The website has facilitated the emergence of a vibrant young scene here. Portland is attracting traditional “roots” musicians from across the country, and our oldtime square dance revival is energizing a national interest among young people in traditional square dancing to live oldtime music.
Old Time Music Home Page Another good starting point.
Pegrum Jam Audio resource site for old time music. Lots of tunes to learn.
Rheinhard Gress’s Old-Time Music Site An excellent German site from an old-time enthusiast in Germany. Well worth a visit. Some excellent links.