Category: Fiddle Music

The Field Recorders’ Collective

I was reading a post today in the Facebook group Dedicated to Old Time Music about Peter Hoover (1939-2019), who made field recordings in 1959 of Old Time musicians down South. Since I am not that familiar with Peter, I started doing a bit of research and found a great website called The Field Recorders’…

Old Time Country Christmas

A delightful mix of traditional Christmas carols and tunes played on instruments such as hammered dulcimer, fiddle, autoharp, banjo, mountain dulcimer, dobro, bass, mandolin and guitar comprise these three albums from Alisa Jones, Ron Wall, and Mark Howard. Together, these three albums contain 59 instrumental songs that are a pleasure to listen to while decorating,…

Old Time Fiddling Books

I was searching for some Old Time Christmas fiddling music today when I came across Miles Music, a family-run site located in north central Idaho, that offers 5 books of Old Time, Gospel and Christmas music for the fiddle. Of course, I just had to let you all know. I don’t know how I have…

Fiddlin’ – The Movie

Old Time Music was born in the Appalachian Mountains over 200 years ago, paving the way for Bluegrass, Country and Rock & Roll. Fiddlin’ celebrates the 80th anniversary of the world’s oldest fiddler’s convention. After watching this trailer, I just had to see this movie, so I purchased it on Amazon for $9.99. It can…

Internet Archive

A couple of days ago, a member named Amy sent me a link to an archived book called English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians. This book contains 122 Songs and Ballads, and 323 tunes. The book was published in 1917, and the contents were collected by Olive Dame Campbell and Cecil J. Sharp. Most…

The Mountain Minor

Just you remember, Charlie, these old mountain tunes will bringyou back home; they’ll bring you back home. ~ Tom “Pap” Abner At the height of the Great Depression, young Charlie Abner has only known the beautiful hills of Kentucky and a life steeped in hard work, church and playing the fiddle when his father announces…

Old-Time Mountain Music Radio

I like to listen to old time music, whether it’s just the fiddle or a collection of traditional old time instruments, but I am usually limited to my collection of CDs and downloaded MP3s since there are no area radio stations that feature this genre. Until today. I was Googling Old Time Music when I…

Classic Old-Time Fiddle

This album is a fantastic collection of vintage Southern Appalachian string band music from the Smithsonian archives compiled and annotated by Old-Time fiddler Jake Krack and Folkways archivist Jeff Place. Clark Kessinger, Wade Ward, Tommy Jarrell, Marion Sumner, Gaither Carlton, Eck Robertson, Melvin Wine, and many more old-time fiddle masters play their signature sounds from…

In Tune: A Community of Musicians

Good video about Old Time Music. A celebration of old-time music in the Mountain State of West Virginia, some of the people passing it on, knee to knee, one generation to another. Produced by WVPB filmmaker Russ Barbour and narrated by Mountain Stage’s Larry Groce, this new documentary examines old-time music, specifically in the hills…

OldTime Central

OldTime Central was created in 2018 by Benjamin Smith and Richard Osban as the home of the global oldtime community. Full of stories, interviews, videos, articles, entertainment, and more, OldTime Central is a website that supports local oldtime communities by providing a wide range of content, archives, news, forums, links, and opportunities to connect. It…