Dear FOAOTMAD member with the 27th Gainsborough Festival fast approaching we have been asked by lots of you for more information about the proposed workshops.
The full list is now finalised and is given below.
To see all the Festival details and to purchase tickets in advance go to our dedicated website
GAINSBOROUGH 2023 - https://gainsborough2023.weebly.com
SATURDAY 11th February 9.30am
Beginners fiddle Ben Paley
Beginners Banjo Rachel Eddy
Old-Time back-up guitar Howard Rains
Old-Time Mandolin Evan Davies
Slow jam Alan Pridgeon
Old-Time Bass Groove Graeme Parry
Banjo for intermediates Dan Stewart
Southern folk cultural revival project Rose Ardron
SATURDAY 11th February 11.30am
Fiddle Chording Tricia Spencer
Introduction to clogging and creating dances Jake & Dan
Noodley Basslines & Everything but a new tune Su Mo & Jules Bushell
Tips, Trips and syncopation Rachel Eddy
Beyond the incessant bum-ditty Mitch Depew
Old-Time Rhythm Andy Quelch & Dave Proctor
Close harmony singing Outlaw Sisters
Twin Fiddles Emily Smith & Paul Wood
SUNDAY 12th February 11.30am
Shape Note Sunday Sing Cath & Phil Tyler
Jam with the band Sugarwell Hill
Festival choir Roger Jackson
Body percussion Sara Rose
Finding the grove Rachel Eddy
Old-Time Fiddle Repertory from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas & Nebraska Howard Rains & Tricia Spencer
Playing Fiddle & Banjo Together (how to listen and respond to the other player) Mitch Depew & Jock Tyldesley
Three Days in May, an annual singing event from Friday to Tuesday over the May Bank Holiday 26th - 30th May. This is to be held at the same venue as Sweet Sunny South.
A weekend of singing in the Swiss Alps 21st - 23rd April
There has been an interesting three part series on BBC 4 which features old time music. It is called ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ and is about the people migrating from Scotland to Ulster, then on to America taking their music with them. It is probably too late for you to watch it live, but it should be available on the BBC iplayer for some time.
More information plus the registration form can be found here: http://otita.oldtimemusic.ch
Wednesday 1st - Sunbird Records, Darwen, Lancashire
Thursday 2nd - Tall Trees, Cambridge
Friday 3rd - Green Note, London
Sunday 5th - Peggy's Skylight, Nottingham
Tuesday 7th - The Musician, Leicester
Wednesday 8th - Golden Lion, Todmorden
Thursday 9th - The Globe, Newcastle
Saturday 11th - Wark Town Hall, Northumberland
Sunday 12th - The Ship Inn, Low Newton By The Sea, Northumberland
waywardjane.com - ticket info
Everything is in place for a great festival and tickets are selling well, so if you haven’t already got yours, now is the time to buy them.
There will be concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings, Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening.
Workshops will be run on Saturday and Sunday and will include Beginners Banjo with Rachel Eddy, Double Bass, with Graeme Parry and Old-Time Mandolin with Evan Davies, plus ones for voices and dance.
Food will be served all through the weekend with a varied menu including vegetarian options. There will also be a bar available over the weekend (cash only please).
See www.foaotmad.weebly.com for information.
Hope to see you there.
If you are a FOAOTMAD member and want to take part in our survey on the location and structure of our camps you have until the 14 January to do so. You will find the questionnaire and details on the Camps page of our website.
Criffel Creek is an hour of Old Time and Bluegrass Music on Alive 107.3 broadcast at 11am on Sundays and repeated at 11pm on Mondays. Hosted by Paul Lyttle and Colin Kennington. Although Alive 107.3 is a community radio station based in Dumfries, you can stream the show from their website.
You may have heard that just before Christmas we lost Eve Morris, our membership secretary of many years and our only life member. Her loss was sudden and as in these situations our thoughts are with Eve's family and close friends. Below is a note from Eve's family related to her funeral.
Eve's family would like to invite you to a gathering for Eve’s funeral and wake. The funeral will take place at Taunton Crematorium on 13th January at 2:30pm. The wake will be held immediately after the funeral at The World’s End Pub at Bradford-on-Tone (on the A38 to Wellington).
We would like to remember Eve as she was, so please wear colourful clothing. We request no flowers, however, we will be collecting for two of Eve’s favourite causes at the funeral: the Donkey Sanctuary and the Cats Protection League (should you wish to make a donation).
If you are considering attending the funeral and/or wake, please let us know by emailing:
firstname.lastname@example.org as we are trying to gather an idea of numbers.
Celebration of Life
We are also planning a celebration of Eve’s life in 2023. More information will be published and distributed nearer the time.
We would like to thank all those we have spoken to, and heard from for the lovely comments about Eve and we are looking forward to meeting many of you to remember Eve in the New Year.
If you require further information about the funeral, please contact myself or Co-op Funeralcare, 32 Priorswood Road, Taunton, TA2 7PW - tel 01823 272139
Imogen (Eve’s niece) x
The ’Slow & Steady Bluegrass’ at Core Music in Hexham takes place on the 1st and 3rd Thursday each month. For the winter there are two sessions, a lunchtime one at 1130 for 1200 - 1330 and an evening one at 1900 for 1930 to 2100hrs. An O’brother Where Art Thou' Special has been arranged for Thursday 5th January, details below.
Hi Pickin' Lunchtimers. Yes our New Year starts with an Old-Time jam on
Sunday 1st January 2-5pm (all levels welcome) at
The Fisherman's Cottage, 3 Canal Way, Reading. RG1 3HJ
This is a very spacious venue in a pleasant location; with no sports screens to compete with; a very highly rated dining/food menu; very dog friendly, even a comfy fireplace on cold days!
Normal driving access is via Orts Road from the townside! see https://maps.app.goo.gl/TyvJaTYwFyD6SB1s9. Free parking at the rear (though limited) with reasonable disabled access (please note that we bring spare visitor parking permits for nearby roads if so required). Also if preferred both the Queens Road Car Park and the Central Train Station offer a pleasant canal towpath walk of approx 10mins to the venue
Your presence with as many more you can coerce to come would be just great!
Looking forward to another great jam!
Colm & Cathy
1st Sundays of the month 2-5pm
American Old-Time Facebook https://rb.gy/e76riy
3rd Sundays of the month 2-5pm Irish/Celtic
Facebook https://rb.gy/3sf8dr Gallery https://rb.gy/r1x64b
And here are some useful tips in case you didn't know:
Su & Jules Old Time Jams - weekly online sessions on Tuesday and Sundays (slow jam) where we actually do get to meet up with other Pickin Lunchtimers. If you are not familiar with how to join or how it works you can find out more here: http://oldtime.sumo55.co.uk/
Old Time Music Hour is a weekly radio show from Bill Smedley that certainly ticks the listening box for me:
And not forgetting our late Carole Finer/Chant (R.I.P) who often came all the way from London to our Pickin Lunchtimes, for she hosted her weekly radio shows for many many years called SoundOut on Resonance104.4FM which often featured Old Time and sometimes promoted our sessions on her shows.
Would you like to have your old time news or event posted on this page and emailed to FOAOTMAD members and beyond. Contact me on email@example.com and I will add it to the next update.
You do not have to be a member of FOAOTMAD to have your old time information posted but be sure to include full information, links and pictures. Paul Bennett
Wayward Jane a five piece Old Time band from Edinburgh is to play at the Song Loft on September 15th 2023.
Because the gig is not until next September it is listed under "Full List of Events for 2023" and tickets are not yet on sale. We will feature this concert on the news & events page again closer to the time.
Wayward Jane’s music is an innovative ‘transatlantic’ interpretation of American folk and old time traditions, blending roots material with fresh arrangements and original compositions. Their rich sound features fiddle, clawhammer banjo, double bass, guitar, wooden flute and close vocal harmonies. Their live shows have a joyful energy, expressing the fine musicianship of the band members as well as the friendship and playful chemistry that exists between them. Ranging in mood from high-octane, toe-tapping tunes to tender and soulful songs, Wayward Jane tend to leave audiences with a glow in their hearts.
Band Website: www.waywardjane.com
Songloft website: www.thesongloft.com
Grey Wolf are performing at :
BROMYARD FOLK CLUB on
Friday 9th December
In the Falcon Hotel Mews
Doors Open 7pm,
Tickets : £10
By phone 07726 462220 or online firstname.lastname@example.org
Or on the door.
Endorsed by Robert Plant!
Robert Plant saw the band in concert in Ludlow: "The whole place was singing along to 'In the Pines' ", he said. The Birmingham News heard Grey Wolf at the Kitchen Garden Cafe: "There's an equality to the group's spread of sound, but each player is constantly soloing-in-motion, rising up in turn, according to where the ears of the audience might alight at any one moment."
All four band members join in with vocals and harmonies, accompanied by their own multi-instrumental playing on banjo, guitar, fiddle, double bass, dulcimer, mandolin... They're a headline band who've appeared on radio, in folk clubs, at festivals and at music and literary venues as well as topping the bill at several of this UK's most prestigious Old Tyme American Music and Dance Festivals. Try before you buy at this link: