Category: Resources

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

An Old Time Jam Session

The fiddle in America has always been a social instrument. Because of it’s small size, making it easy to transport, the fiddle was the premier instrument carried by many explorers and settlers as they made their journeys across America. It was used as the mainstay for listening entertainment, dancing, and just plain enjoyment. Fiddling skills…

Scottish and Irish Elements of Appalachian Fiddle Music

The following is a very interesting undergraduate thesis written by Matthew S. Emmick of Butler University in 1995. It was sent to me by a fiddling friend, Greg, as part of our ongoing discussion after my post the other day about What is Old-Time Music/What is Old-Time Fiddle. Read the entire thesis – Scottish and…

Old Time Fiddle Tunes

This web page is one of the most extensive internet collections of Old Time transcriptions and audio files of over 500 fiddle tunes from old recordings, festivals, jams and workshops. The web page is maintained by John Lamancusa who taught Mechanical Engineering and Acoustics at Penn State for 30 years. John is also a fiddler,…

100 Fiddle Tunes

I recently Googled “Old Time Fiddle” and on page thirteen I found a little gem of a website called 100 Fiddle Tunes, a blog started in 2011 by Elan Chalford, a fiddler, fiddle teacher, fiddle tune writer, and blogger who also blogs at A Fiddle Blog. While still unfinished (Elan seems like a very busy…