From: FOAOTMAD mailout [mailout_at_foaotmad_dot_org_dot_uk]

Sent: 02 February 2012 19:04

Subject: mailout 2nd February


This will be the last mailout before the Gainsborough Festival.


Any postal bookings received after Saturday 4th February will be held on the desk (we will confirm receipt if there's a phone number or email address we can use). Any received after Wednesday 8th will NOT be processed - we won't be at home - and you will need to pay again at he desk (although we shall, of course, destroy your extra payment or return the unused cheque).





SITE ACCESS - we are STILL getting queries on this point - no access to the school until 5:30 pm on the Friday. Remember it is a normal school day so we have to keep clear until staff and pupils have left. Even the organizers will only be there a few minutes before you!  That affects access to ANY part of the site not just the school buildings.


The Site Manager and his team have expressly requested the 5:30 access and they are unlikely to be happy if you try to get in earlier. We cannot be responsible for their reactions!!!!!


We know that for many of you it is a long trip with uncertain timings. However, please time your journey there to suit or explore the revitalised centre of Gainsborough for a while. Or there's always Tesco's cafe!!



























A sore Fingers update from John Wirtz:


It's the usual plea I'm afraid?


Sore Fingers Week takes place at the usual location Kingham Hill School near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, 9th to 13th April, 2012 and promises to be another classic event with a stellar line up of Bluegrass tutors and Old time Tutors.

Of particular interest to FOAOTMAD mailout readers will be the presence of Erynn Marshall (Old Time Fiddle) and Carl Jones (Old Time banjo).


As usual, I send out the pleading message that not enough people are booking up to make these courses pay and surprisingly, Carl's course still has a lot a of vacancies.  Knowing Carl's popularity in this country, we believed his class would fill up fairly quickly but that hasn't been the case. 


Erynn's class is looking reasonable but five or six more students would certainly give it a boost.


So, if you are intending to get up to Kingham this year, we look forward to receiving your booking form.  And if you've never been before, you should give it a try.  It's probably one of the nicest musical experiences you will have.


Full details are on the website at


Hope to see many of you at Sore Fingers Week 2012.


John & Moira Wirtz




HUnter Robertson on tour:


- May 30th, Wednesday. Rivelin Folk Club (, Nether Edge Bowling Club, 8 Nether Edge Rd. Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S7 1RU. 8.30pm.


- May 27th, Sunday. Walthamstow Folk Club (, Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London E17 4SA. 7.30pm.


- May 26th, Saturday. A daytime clawhammer banjo workshop followed by an evening of old-time American music. Evening concert: 7.30 pm, 8.00. Workshop: 10.00 am - 4.00 pm, 45.00 includes lunch. Wandering William Centre, Foldgate Farm, Steventon, Ludlow, SY8 4TS. To book, contact: Jim Allen 01568 750546.


- May 23rd, Wednesday. Baldock and Letchworth Folk Club (, The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock SG7 5AW, England. 8.30pm







Date: Tuesday 6th, 13th, 20th March

Date: Tuesday 10th, 17th, 24th April

Time: 7.30pm - 9pm

Where: Hangleton Community Hall,


Cost: 15 (conc 12) for set of three w/shops or 25 (conc 20) for all six


Hard-soled shoes or taps. No trainers or any shoes with soft soles.


Contact details, crookedmoon_at_hotmail_dot_co_dot_uk
















Dave Marshall is delighted to say that his new song book entitled "Old time songs for clawhammer banjo" has just been published.  It is a collection of banjo tablature, chords and lyrics for 50 popular jam session classics. 


Available from:

Price 10.95


Also through


Links also on my Dave's site:




The Orwell Bluegrass festival takes place at the Hallowtree site near Ipswich 11, 12 and 13 May.  This event goes from strength to strength and they are busy planning to develop the Old Time strand that runs through the Festival.  Checkout the website for further details as they come on stream, also read Josie Anstee's review from OTN Autumn 2011




Step This Way Appalachian Cloggers are looking for new members, experience useful but not essential. We meet in the Durham City area every Monday in term-time, 7.15 - 9.15 pm. Contact Carol 0191 4153506




Yorkshire Cajun Club is organizing the 1st ever Cajun & Zydeco Festival in Malton from 9 - 11 March 2012. More details about the Festival programme can be found on and the venue is: THE MILTON ROOMS, MALTON YO17 7LX, North Yorkshire.




Advance dates for the old time sessions at the Union Hotel, Penzance, Cornwall for the year.  In general, they'll be on the first Thursday of the month but there are some changes when there are clashes with other events.


1 March

5 April

3 May

6 June

5 July

2 August

6 September

18 October

1 November

6 December


Contact Bob and Sibs on 01736 332821 or sibs_at_sibylle2_dot_freeserve_dot_co_dot_uk




I'm not a Bluegrass fan but this is astonishing:





Nice article on fiddling in the Gaspe region of Quebec.



Part 2 is linked at the end of part 1













FOAOTMAD have produced another run of T-shirts.The order form is on the website


Because of the multiple size, style and colour options (2 colours for men/ordinary t-shirts, 2 colours for lady fit) we will be holding minimal stocks so be prepared to wait for your order.


The full colour logo is on the front and 'Old Time Here is not forgotten' in black on the reverse.


These T-shirts are NOT restricted to members. For out-of-UK postage and payment options please email treasurer_at_foaotmad_dot_org_dot_uk


Remember that there may be a delay between ordering and availability because we need to have a suitable sized order.




Copies of the FOAOTMAD oldtime sampler cd "Friends Across The Pond" are still available.


Check out our web site for more details and a tracklist -


Payment now available by Paypal.




Available from is Eve Morris's latest cd & books sales catalogue. Click on her yellow advert at the bottom of the main page.


Alternatively you can get it here:












Gainsborough American Old Time Festival


The Friends of American Old Time Music and Dance annual festival presents old time music and traditional dance from American and British performers. This year featuring the music of Charlie Poole from The New North Carolina Ramblers with Appalachian dance, fiddle and banjo from Ira Bernstein and Riley Baugus and much more...


February 10 - 12,  2012


Queen Elizabeth High School, Morton Terrace, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire DN21 2ST


More details on our website:






Spring and Summer Camps


Dates are now confirmed as Friday 1st June - Tuesday 5th June 2012 (later due to the bank Holiday moving for the Jubilee) and also for Friday 10th August - Sunday 19th August 2012.


We will be in our usual place.


Please note that the Sacrewell management request that we are packed and clear of the area by midday on the final day. 




The Killington Lake Old Time Music & Dance weekend will be 13th - 15th July.  Also, Sedbergh Folkfest has been cancelled for 2012 but it is hoped that the old time regulars at this event will come to the nearby Dent Music & Beer Festival, 22 - 24th June.













Kerry's Fletcher's Regular classes Spring 2012




Weekly Appalachian Clogging - Faversham, Kent

On: Thursdays (term times only)

Spring term - January 5th - March 29th

(no class half term on Feb 16th) 12 week term

At: St Catherine's Schoolroom, Preston Lane, Faversham ME13 8LG

Times: 6.30pm-7.30pm Beginners / 7.45pm-8.45pm Improvers

8.45pm-9.45pm Intermediates

Cost: 6/5 conc. per class (payable by term only) Discount for 2 classes - Improvers & Intermediates: 10 / conc. 8 per class. Youth - conc. rate for 15-25year olds

Please note: I'm unable to take absolute beginners this term but contact me if you are interested to come and watch a class.


Monthly Appalachian Clogging - Pirton, Herts

On: Saturdays: Jan 21st, Feb 11th(with musicians class 1-2pm), March 10th, April 21st (NB - change of venue, will be at Baldock Scouts hut), May 19th (with musicians class 1-2pm), June 16th

(NB -same dates as Euro dance Workshops in Ickleford - you can dance all day!)

Usual times (but sometimes vary - check before travelling):

9.30am-10.30am Beginners / 10.45am-11.45am Improvers / 12noon-1pm Intermediates / 1pm - 2pm Repertoire Dances (Jan, March, April & June) or Musicians Class led by  Tim Brooks (Feb & May)

At: Pirton Village Hall, Nr Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 3PS

Cost: 6 per hourly session

Friends rate: 5 per hourly session when paying for 3 months.


And Wendy is also running beginners classes?

Monthly Appalachian Clogging - Peter's Green, Herts

On: Mondays, January 9th & 30th, February 27th, April 2nd, May 14th

At: The Village Hall, Peter's Green, Hertfordshire LU2 9QL

Time: 8.00pm - 10.00pm Cost: 6.00.


March 7th-21st 2012

Kerry Fletcher, 3 week Appalachian Clogging course - mixed levels. Limited places, contact Kerry to book a place, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY.Wednesdays 6.30pm - 8pm 21 / 16.50 for 3 weeks


May 2nd-16th 2012

Kerry Fletcher, 3 week Appalachian Clogging course - mixed levels. Limited places, contact Kerry to book a place, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY. Wednesdays 6.30pm - 8pm 21 / 16.50 for 3 weeks




On Youtube is one for the cloggers (and anyone else interested) - the Green Grass Cloggers perform at their 40th anniversary reunion in September:





A two day residential workshop in Fiddle and Appalachian Flatfooting in Grantham, Lincs. is being planned for the weekend of 28/29th April 2012.  Kate Lissauer and Issy Emeney are the tutors.


Full details will be available soon, but places will be limited so people might like to contact JSArts, who are organising the weekend, to express their interest.  JSArts email address is jsarts09_at_gmail_dot_com


Interested dancers may contact Issy about it - issy.emeney_at_zen_dot_co_dot_uk






The Friday morning Flatfooting classes in Cheddar - Contact Issy Emeney for more details. 01934 741551  issy.emeney_at_zen_dot_co_dot_uk




Coastal Cloggers - Burnham on Sea, Somerset - are looking for new dancers. Some experience a help but not essential. Monday evenings 7:00 to 8:30. Contact Linda Bond 01278 780533   labond222_at_hotmail_dot_co_dot_uk




Clogging - south Somerset


Beginners' classes in Appalachian dance, run by No Mean Feet, West Chinnock Village Hall. 7.30 every Tuesday - all welcome. Tel 01935 826758 for further info.













Jeff Davis on tour in February:


Feb 10-12: CHELTENHAM Folk Festival

Presenting 'Sharp's Appalachian Harvest' with Brian Peters, featuring the songs and music collected by Cecil Sharp in Appalachia in 1915-1918

Feb 17: BODMIN, Masons Arms

Feb 19: KINGSBRIDGE, The Crabshell Inn (with Brian Peters)

Feb 22: UPPERMILL, Cross Keys

Feb 23: DERBY, The Old Oak, Horsley Woodhouse (with Brian Peters)

Feb 24: LONDON W1, The King and Queen

Feb 26: WALTHAMSTOW, Old Rose & Crown

Feb 29: SOWERBY BRIDGE, Ryburn Three Step


Jeff now has a set of Youtube clips on his website, find them here:




Updates from Kate Lissauer:


February 2, Thursday, 8pm

Kate Lissauer at Folk at the Royal Oak, Lewes, Station Street

tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk    folk_at_brighton_dot_co_dot_uk   01273 478 124


March 18, Sunday

Kate Lissauer at the Portland Folk Club, Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4

Contact: 07847 680 560

Tickets: 5


June 4, Monday

Kate Lissauer at Weymouth Pavilion Theatre with Stompin Dave and Adam Hurt

The concert is aid of The Marine Society and also MV Freedom

Address: The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8ED

Box office phone: 01305 783225

General enquiries: 01305 838517


Buffalo Gals (BGs have a new album out! 'Won't You be Cruel to be Kind?' You can order it on the Buffalo Gals Website, or by contacting Kate. )


March 1, Thursday, 7:30pm Buckland Newton Village Hall, Dorset DT2 7BZ          01300 345 543

March 2, Friday Durweston Village Hall, nr Blandford, Dorset DT11 0QA           01258 488 883 or 01258 452 641

March 3, Saturday Burton Bradstock Village Hall, nr Bridport, Dorset DT6 4PY    01308 897 214


March 29, Thursday, 7:30  Whitbourne Village Hall, Bromyard, Herefordshire WR6 5SE  01886 821 684  Tickets: 8 adult 5 child

March 30, Friday, 8pm  Leintwardine Community Centre, Herefordshire SY7 0LZ        01547 540 407  Tickets: 9

March 31, Saturday, 7:30  Habberley Village Hall, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY5 0TP    01743 792 765  Tickets 8

April 1, Sunday, 7:30pm  Little Wenlock Village Hall, Telford                01952 505 888  suepar_at_tiscali_dot_co_dot_uk


April 7, Saturday, Merlin Theatre, Frome, Bath Road, Frome BA11 2HG

Buffao Gals Stampede      Box Office 01373 465 949

Buffalo Gals Stampede is a thrilling new show featuring the talents of three of the UKs finest step-dancers, in a music and dance extravaganza. The dynamic synchronised and syncopated foot music of our team of dancers is woven in with Buffalo Gals' ever popular mix of old-time American music, humour, stories, and audience involvement. Jake and Dan Eccles present step-dance from its roots to its present form in an entertaining and captivating fashion.


September 7-9, Friday through Sunday

Sweet Sunny South Old Time American Music Festival, Fairlight Lodge Hotel, Fairlight Road, Hastings TN35 5DR

A delightful and intimate festival, featuring workshops, concerts, slow Jams, picking Sessions, real ales pub Grub, and camping facilities!


Box Office: 7 Badgers Way, Hastings,TN34 2QD Tel 01424 423230

Tickets: 32 full weekend, 19 Saturday all day, 11 Friday or Saturday concert only, 6 workshops, 3 camping per night





April 27-29, Friday through Sunday

Fiddle and Feet!

Kate Lissauer and Issy Emeney residential workshop

JSArts Traditional Folk Music Workshops and Courses

Grantham, Lincolnshire

Contact, for information and booking: Jo Smith 07713 760 266 jsarts09_at_gmail_dot_com

Online booking:

A weekend of Appalachian flatfoot dance workshops alongside Old Time fiddle workshops, culminating in a joint event as the groups come together to play and dance for each other.


May 12-19, Saturday through Saturday

La Fuente de Musica, Music Workshop Holiday in Andalucia, Spain

Kate Lissauer, Dave Bing, John Whelan and others

Classes in Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, and Singing. Small, intimate, fun, and packed with great learning and playing experiences, as well as all the holiday-making enjoyment you can stand!

For enrolment and further information, contact Kate Lissauer through kate_at_katelissauser_dot_com or 01373 474 110.


July 7-13, Saturday through Friday

Common Ground on the Hill

Kate teaches fiddle, banjo, super slo-mo jam, and perhaps some other things this wonderful week of cultural sharing and peacemaking through arts and education.

McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland USA














Crabshell Inn, Kingsbridge

Sunday 19th February 2012 at 8.00pm


Long term collaborators in exploring and making real the authentic music which got its strong stomach from travelling to and fro across the Atlantic, from port to port, ranch to farm, mine to mine, pub to saloon, back and forth, over and again down the years.



Neil on 01548 856601 or Email whites_at_neilart_dot_f9_dot_co_dot_uk


10 booked in advance (pick up and pay for on the night) or 15 on the door.

To get 20% off your meals, book a pre-concert table at the Crabshell on: 01548 852345




Grandpa Banana. Founding member of The Youngbloods, and the original 'Hippie From Olema' is undertaking a short tour in February.


Wed Feb  1st Herrison Hall, Charlton Down near Dorchester DT2 9UA

Thu Feb  2nd Cellars, Southsea

Fri Feb  3rd The Chichester Inn, Chichester, West Sussex

Sat Feb  4th Number 8, Launceston, Cornwall,

Sun Feb  5th House Concert in Exmouth

Mon Feb  6th The Thunderbolt, Bristol

Tue Feb  7th Robin 2, Bilston, West Mids

Wed Feb  8th Greystones, Sheffield

Thu Feb  9th Cabin 5150, 1-3 George Street, Macclesfield

Fri Feb 10th Adelphi, Hull

Sat Feb 11th TBA - possibly Cromer, Norfolk

Sunday February 12th Green Dragon Brewery, Bungay, Norfolk - Afternoon Show




Stompin' Dave and Edward Bennett have just released a new CD titled Old-time fiddle & banjo. The duo first performed together at The Cornish Bluegrass Festival 2011. The CD is available from



Tue 21st Feb, Ringwood Folk Club. Elm Tree Inn, Hightown, Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 3DY,

Stompin' Dave renunites with his old stompin' partner Prof. Oz for a night of old-time, bluegrass & hillbilly blues.

starts 8.15pm

entry 7. for more info tel: 01425 673713.



Thu 23rd Feb, The Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, Devon, EX11SN

The Carrivick Sister's and Stompin' Dave combine forces to present a night of bluegrass & old-time music, with special

guest Edward Bennett on banjo.

doors 7pm, starts 8pm

adv tickets 12. cons 10. Box Office 01392 270891.




Little Opry  _at_ Tom Thumb Theatre, Cliftonville, Margate  will be opening it's doors to Old Timey, Bluegrass, Old Country and Americana music on Saturday 28 January at 7.30 with Old Timey duo CUT THE SHUFFLE.   The plan is to run on the last Saturday every other month with bookable 15 minute open mic slots followed by a headline band.  See the website for more info.




The new Orpheus Supertones CD "Going To Town" is out!


You can get it from Walt Koken at




From Mark at Musically Monstrous:



The first, important thing to say is that due to some computer issues I have lost my email contacts list except for a few new folk who came to the last show and some others who I had details for elsewhere. Could I ask you all to consider if you have contact details for anyone who has been to our shows or is interested in the type of music we put on and forward this email to them. Hopefully we will be able to rebuild some of the email contact list and be able to continue as we have been doing.


Consequently, if you receive this as a forwarded email could you please contact me (musicallymonstrous_at_talktalk_dot_net) and let me know if you would like to receive future emails about old-time, bluegrass & Americana music. Shows will generally be at The Three Horseshoes pub in Towersey nr Thame, Oxon.


Future Shows


Beverly Smith & John Grimm on Tuesday 8th May at the Three Horseshoes, Towersey


Beverly has promised to have some recordings up on the web to show they have in store for you.

We already know about Beverly's beautiful singing and fine fiddle playing. John is as very dynamic fiddle player and will also be singing duets with Beverly in a similar style of show to the one she used to do with Carl Jones



Hans Theessink on Sunday 23rd September at the Three Horseshoes, Towersey




Rag Mama Rag on Sunday 21st October at the Three Horseshoes, Towersey


Ashley & Debbie had a great time playing for you and immediately asked if they could come back and play for you again next year. I would have had them back the next week, it was an awesome show.



Mark Wallace at Musically Monstrous Promotions


01844 346897

07905 945493




Sara Grey at Gleanings


Saturday, March 31 - Sunday, April 1, 2012

10:00am until 4:00pm each day

8:00pm Saturday concert


Crosfields, Gravels Bank, Minsterley, Shropshire SY5 0HG


Saturday Banjo Workshop, Saturday evening Concert

Sunday Accompanying Traditional American Songs


details at

or vj.hart_at_virgin_dot_net

or 01743 891412




Some of you will already be aware, but the website Slippery hill features mp3 soundfiles of many oldtime tunes. More recently they have been working on a project to provide sound files for both the Milliner/Koken tune book and Jeff Todd Titon's Kentucky tune book.


They can be found at




and also in progress is a musical compendium to go with R. P. Christeson's "Old-Time Fiddler's Repertory".





Richard Hawkins of Bluegrass Ireland tells me about the vigorous Sacred Harp singing community in Cork city, centred on University College Cork music department and with weekly sings in premises in the city. Their members took part in recent Sacred Harp events in Belfast and in Prague; and, having held a successful convention early in 2011, they are now preparing for a second convention this coming March.


Here's the address of their new website:




John Breese of the BBMA  has put together a short film about Bluegrass & Old-Time Music as part of his Masters course in music with financial help from the BBMA. He would be pleased if you have time to watch some of it - plenty of places and faces which you may recognise!









Book tickets from 4 weeks in advance at big discounts on 01548 856601

Concert-goers with a reserved table get 20% meals discount. Reserve with the Pub on 01548 852345


19th February: Jeff Davis (USA) with Brian Peters (UK)


13th May: Bayou Seco (USA)


15th July: Debby McClatchy, solo (USA)


26th August: The Carrivick Sisters (UK, with bluegrass flavouring)


November [tba]: Ira Bernstein & Riley Baugus (USA)

(CAUTION: Ira's own sites may have been invaded)




Jeff Warner will be touring the UK again in October/November 2012.


Dates are filling up well; if anyone is interested in booking him for a gig, house concert or workshop email Phil Tyler -






For the Dwight Diller enthusiasts out there, here is a nice article on how his son Caleb has taken up playing the banjo too:





John Yeaman regrets to announce that the 2012 Sewerby May Day Event has been cancelled.

Sewerby Hall management booked 2 separate weddings on "our" weekend by mistake, forgetting that FOAOTMAD have occupied this slot for the last seven years.

They have apologised unreservedly, and offered us the Whit Weekend, instead, but that would coincide with Spring Camp and we do not want to be in opposition.

Our  2012 September weekend - 1st and 2nd -  will go ahead as usual.




Old-time banjo player Hunter Robertson ( ) will be playing in the UK this coming May/June 2012 and is looking to arrange additional gigs. If anyone is interested in arranging something, or has leads, contacts or information, please contact him at:




- May 23rd, Wednesday. Baldock and Letchworth Folk Club, The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock SG7 5AW.

- May 26th, Saturday. Day workshop on old-time banjo with a concert in the evening. Ludlow, Shropshire (venue: ). Contact Jim Allen for booking: 01568 750546.

- May 27th, Sunday. Walthamstow Folk Club, Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London E17 4SA.




Don't know how long it'll be there for but:


PBS Arts from the Blue Ridge Mountains: Give Me the Banjo. A musical odyssey through 300 years of American culture.





Steve Wise saw the article in the OTN about the slow-downer and says there is a free piece of software - best practice - which does much the same but without the restrictions of the free version slow-downer





Aspiring OT banjo player needs basic tuition. Peterborough area.  PE8 6HJ

Phone Dave 07716339075 after 5.00 p.m..




Do you want a Pig Roast (veggie options too) for a picking weekend in Worcestershire or surrounding counties? Banjo enthusiast Alan and wife Sue are happy to quote. Phone: 08445 000 874  or 07749 797076




Mick Smith's latest country show available at




Largely (but most certainly not confined to) Bluegrass is ukbluegrass to be found at


Very useful calender - festivals & events/uk bands/ visiting bands/all


Interesting forum - need to register to post but not to just read. Includes a thread on instrument teachers


Links to bands - including various oldtime ones. Lots of links to venues and organisations etc.





Chelmsford based  guitarist looking for other musicians to play OT & related music. 


email: howe.john_at_gmail_dot_com




WANTED: Fiddle player based around Cheltenham. Currently, we have vocals, banjo, guitar and mandolin. If anyone interested, please email Frank at harleyfrank1959_at_hotmail_dot_com or call on 07920 101659.




The long awaited Milliner - Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes is now available.


Transcribed and Annotated by Clare Milliner and Walt Koken.


Purchase from


This is an essential resource and reference book for anyone interested in old time American fiddle tunes.




New band in Yorkshire:


The Whiskey Dogs


New tuition details for East Yorkshire:


Clawhammer and three finger banjo, flatpicking and fingerpicking guitar styles, mandolin and ukulele.


For more details on either contact Pete Bolton

01262 674303      pete_at_petebolton_dot_co_dot_uk














Bristol - 2nd Thursday of the month


Hillgrove Porter Stores, 53 Hillgrove St North, off Dove St, Kingsdown, Bristol BS2 8LT




Hop Pole, Aylesbury on the first Monday of the month. Contact Andy Pridgeon 01844 238203




Oxford - LAST Thursday of the month


The Red Lion, 130 Godstow Road, Wolvercote, Oxford   OX2 8PG


More details from: taube.marks_at_lang_dot_ox_dot_ac_dot_uk by phone on 01865 552111 (leave a message if not there).


Easy access by car and by bus from Oxford city.




Last Thursday of the month session in Oxford.  Old time and bluegrass (and not much else).  More old time fiddlers needed!  So come along.


Red Lion, Wolvercote, Oxford OX2 8PG


More details:     taube.marks_at_lang_dot_ox_dot_ac_dot_uk




Session:  Six Bells, 11 Covent Gardent, Cambridge CB1 2HS

Contact Julie Watson  jkw32_at_cam_dot_ac_dot_uk




The Birkbeck, Leyton, London. Last Tuesday of the month.

Contact Paul Warner 07990 737539




Plume of Feathers, Castlemorton, nr Malvern, Worcestershire. Wednesdays 8:30pm




There is an Old time/Bluegrass Session that takes place on the first Friday of each month at the George III Hotel, Penmaenpool, Gwynedd, N. Wales.




The Manchester Cajun session is at The Beech pub on Blackburn Rd, Chorlton, on the last Tues of every month






Newcastle upon Tyne session:


The Gathering American Old-Time Music Session

The Fusilier, off Victoria Ave, off Station Road, Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 0JB


Monday evenings from 8.30 pm

contact: passthebuck_at_talktalk_dot_net




Nottingham session


The Plough, St Peter's St. Radford, Nottingham.

American Singaround - 1st Monday in the month. Starts 8pm. Bluegrass, old-time, country, gospel.

Tel. Yvonne Dreyer 0115 9249438




Weekly session every Thursday in Bakewell at the Queen's Arms, on the market square in the middle of town, opposite the co-op supermarket. The postal address is Bridge street and the postcode is DE45 1DS


Contact is Steve Wise. email:  stevewise_at_fastmail_dot_co_dot_uk, tel:07986 903409




Cambridge Bluegrass and Old Time Session, 2nd or 3rd Wed of month at Six Bells, Covent Garden, off Mill Rd, Cambridge.

Contact Julie Watson at jkw32_at_cam_dot_ac_dot_uk_dot_




Bournemouth Folk continues to promote monthly gigs of old-time, bluegrass and americana bands.


More information:




Old Time Session at the Union Hotel, Chapel Street, Penzance, Cornwall


Contact Bob and Sibs on 01736 332821 for dates, and/or to be put on the mailing list.  They're looking forward to seeing friends old and new who manage to get down this far for their holidays!  Or why not make a special trip.






Old Time & Bluegrass Session at The Walnut Tree Inn, Blisworth, Northants (3rd Monday of every Month) 8.00pm start


Contact Alan Metcalfe  a.metcalfe340_at_btinternet_dot_com




Rainham Oast Old Time Sessions (ROOTS) meets at 8 pm on the first and third Wednesday every month in the bar of the Rainham Oast Community Centre, next to Rainham Railway station in Kent.  Plenty of floor spots, mainly playing, dancing and singing to old time.  People encouraged to join in, especially beginners, the club is acoustic, all welcome.  Also at ROOTS we have a slow jam session on the last Friday every month all welcome    contact Graham on 01634 260281, graham.g.anstee_at_btopenworld_dot_com




Old-time & bluegrass session


Blue Lion pub, 133 Gray's Inn Road, London.


Meet every other Wednesday, gathering from around 7 and playing tunes from 8.


If anyone would like to be on the email list, please email helenelizabethkeen_at_yahoo_dot_co_dot_uk





Thursdays at 8.00 pm

tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk or  01273 478124





Feb 16th * JEFF DAVIS




Mar 15th * JUDY COOK

Mar 22nd * free admission * TUNE & SONG SESSION



Our Future Guests will include:-

* Andy Irvine (April 12th)

* Jim MacFarland & Jerry O'Reilly (April 19th)

* Mike Gulston & Blanche Rowen  (April 26th)

* John Kirkpatrick (May 17th)

* Gordon Tyrrall (June 14th)

* Matt Quinn [Album Launch night] (June 21st)

* Jim & Lynette Eldon (July 19th)

* Sisters Unlimited (September 13th)

* Jerry Epstein & Ralph Bodington (September 27th)

* Jeff Warner (October 4th)

* Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick (October 11th)






MEETS on Saturdays at 8.15pm

VENUE: Exmouth Arms, Starcross Street, London NW1 2HR (on the corner of Cobourg Street, near Euston and Euston Square stations; parking is easy), on Saturdays at 8.15pm

INFORMATION: 020 7281 7700; (PUB: 020 7387 5440 - but they're not very aware of the folk club details)

ENTRANCE: Members: 6, non-members: 7  (unwaged 1.50 less), except on nights marked *, when it will be 7 and 8. Membership: 2 for the year

ACCESS: The club room is up a short staircase.

RESIDENT PERFORMERS: Jim Younger, Gail Williams, Peta Webb, Ken Hall, Bob Wakeling, Frankie Cleeve












7&14 APR closed for Easter







2 JUNE: closed for bank holiday






Eve Morris's Old Time imports cd, video & dvd catalogue is available to download in Acrobat pdf format. Just click on her butterfly advert at the bottom of the home page.





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