In the Gourd
John Salmon's splendid all old-time internet radio station -- Old Time,
All the Time, featuring both recordings from the past and music by the
many great musicians active
Time Music Home Page One of the starting places for old time
music searches. A site rich with links and sources
created and maintained by David Lynch, graphic artist and fiddler
living in Asheville, N.C.
Old Time Herald "... but the thrill we've never known / is
thrill that'll getcha / when you get your picture / on the cover of
the Old Time Herald." Apologies to Shel Silverstein, Dr. Hook,
and Alice Gerrard. Based a stone's throw from here over in
Subscribe! And check out the OTH Links
Page .... We're on it!!
Cone, The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music Promotes all
sorts of traditional music in our area. Ron was one of the three
original organizers in 1984 and an early (first?) president. Mike was
board 1991-1996 and president in 1995. If you live in the Raleigh area,
Article on Old Time Music in Wikipedia,
a user-generated online encyclopedia. We won't say which user started
the article (to which others have since added), but here's a hint: he
drives a green tractor.
A little history of the old time revival in the Durham/Chapel
Hill area: The Hollow Rock String Band, The Fuzzy Mountain String Band, and the
Red Clay Ramblers. It appears that all of the Fuzzy Mountain
recordings (the tunes from both of their albums) are now available on
iTunes, as is much of the original Red Clay Ramblers catalog and the
first Hollow Rock String Band album. Just search on the band name.
The Henry Reed Collection from the
American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Online access to all of
Jabbour's recordings of Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia, made in the
Jabbour has made many rare and wonderful
fiddle tunes accessible to all though his field studies of the music of
musicians like Henry Reed, through his own recordings with the
Hollow Rock String Band and others, and through his teaching and
his new website!
Country Music Donald Zepp's acoustic instrument shop
in nearby Wendell hosts a weekly bluegrass jam (Thursdays) and offers
special learning bluegrass jams for beginners. (The old-time jam is
alas no more). Check out Zepp's MP3 tune page. Donald has
recorded over 100 tunes, playing on vintage banjos in his shop, and
here as MP3 files, with key and tuning notes. Donald calls them "quick
& dirty recordings of no particular importance," but there are fine
versions of many, many tunes, and it's a great source.
We met Philippe Revel, a banjo craftsman from Lyon, France, when he
stopped by our campsite at Fiddler's Grove, N.C. in May, 2006, to sit in with a music session. His
website has many closeup photos of his superb craftsmanship.
Open source, full-service sound recording and editing software, with
versions avalable for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Make digital recordings
to your computer with a microphone or from your tape deck or turntable.
One function allows you to slow a tune
down without changing the pitch, or you can adjust the
pitch to tune the playback to your instrument. Thus it's like
getting the band to retune to your instrument and then play the tune
slowly so you can catch it.
Amazing Slow Downer Another audio file player that lets you
slow down the tune without changing the pitch, or you can make
adjustments to the pitch to match your instrument. The free version
plays the first fourth of a tune.
Good old time
bands and individual perfomers with web sites and
most with sample music: (More
The Stillhouse Bottom
Another Triangle favorite. Mike has been a fan of A.C. Bushnell since
first hearing him in 1973 at the Endangered Species in Chapel
The Hushpuppies Another
fine Piedmont N.C. band with Amy Davis, Jon Newlin, Molly Stouten, and
Chocolate Drops A North Carolina African-American string
band whose three young musicians have a close association with fiddler Joe Thompson
and have picked up and continue an important tradition.
Mulligan A great
band in West Virginia, and old friends of Charley's.
A fantastic string band -- "the
all female old-time band taking the festival scene by storm." Reel World
String Band A
Kentucky band of five women making great old-time and original music.
Recommended by a visitor to this website.
This Big String Band
A great trio, several good tunes offered as mp3s -- Cousin Sally Brown
is a very nice A modal tune. In Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, or
The Georgia Mudcats Our
friend Dave was formerly with the Mudcats, and was fiddler on their
very fine CD "Across the Big Pond," which you can order from their
website. And don't
miss the Ten
Commandments of Jamming brought down from the mountain.
Mike did more than any other individual to document, record, and
promote the tradtional music of the American South, and was himself a
musical magician of phenomenal
expressive power on many instruments, in many traditional styles. He
died August 7, 2009, at age
75. We hope someone will maintain this website. See also the
tribute at http://folkways.si.edu/explore_folkways/mike_seeger.aspx
White Top Mountain Band.
Thornton and Emily Spencer's band of Whitetop, Virginia. Thornton
is the brother-in-law of the late Albert Hash, a great fiddler and
luthier, and Emily is the greatest singer on earth.
Molsky If you're any better than Bruce, you're from another
Carlin Lexington, NC's old time musician, author, and
raconteur. Check out the shirts.
The Jugbusters A great
band based in Blacksburg, Virginia. Their website address is
www.southernstringband.com , which meant we had to take
www.southernstringband.net when we went shopping for an address.