The Old-Time Herald Volume 8, Number 2

Here& There


The Green Grass Cloggers celebrated their 30th Reunion the weekend of Oct. 19-21 at the Lake Eden Arts Festival in Black Mountain, NC.

The 2002 Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week will be held Apr. 14-21. Info:; Louisiana Folk Roots, Inc., PO Box 389, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517.

The 14th Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend will be held Jan. 18 at the Durham campus of the University of New Hampshire. It will feature traditional and contemporary contra dancing and square dancing, including many old favorites from the New England dance repertoire. Info: 603-659-7038/463-7771/664-2513; New England Dance Legacy Weekend, c/o NEFFA, 1950 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140.

The influence of German and Swiss settlers on the arts and crafts of the Virginia highlands is showcased in a new exhibit at Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Institute & Museum, the State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore. "The German Legacy in Southwest Virginia Decorative Arts" runs through March 2002. Admission is free. Located on Route 40 on the campus of Ferrum College, the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum includes gallery exhibits and a living history farm museum. The galleries are open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., year-round; and Sundays, 1 to 4:30 p.m., mid-May through mid-August. For more information call 540-365-4416 or visit

The 2002 Portland (OR) Old-Time Gathering will be held Jan. 11-12 somewhere around the Portland area and will include concerts, jamming, workshops, square dancing, song sessions, etc. Info:


Leela and Ellie Grace will be teaching harmony and percussive dance at Berea Dance Week in Berea, KY Dec. 26-31. Info: Joe Tarter, 859-986-1986, For updates and general info on Leela and Ellie Grace:

David Holt’s touring schedule for Nov. – Jan. includes the NC Musicians Festival, Hickory, NC, Nov. 9, info:; Storytelling Festival at David Eccles Conference Center, Ogden, UT, Nov. 12-14, info:; Our State Magazine, Jan. 4-5, Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC; w/ Doc Watson, Newberry Opera House, Newberry, SC, Jan. 6, info:, 803-276-5179; school shows in Huntsville, AL, Feb. 22; Tell Me a Story, Trinity United Methodist Church, Huntsville, AL, Feb. 22-24, 256-883-3200. For general info on David’s schedule, call 828-628-1728 or

Paul & Win Grace’s performing schedule includes: Shelbina, MO Nov. 16, info: Wendy Brumbaugh, 660-278-4221;; Columbia, MO Nov. 30, Old-Time Country Dance, info: Jim Thaxter, 573-874-2792, Kathy Gordon,; Columbia, MO Dec. 31, info: 573-874-7465. Updates and general info on the Grace Family can be found on their web site:

A tribute to NC fiddler Red Wilson was the highlight of the annual Music in the Mountains Festival in September sponsored by the Toe River Arts Council. Also performing at the festival were Trevor and Travis Stuart, Rhonda Gouge, Bruce Greene and Rob Levin, The Wisemans, Clarence Green, Jr. & Eric Ellis, and the Burnsville Cloggers. For info. on the Toe River Arts Council, write PO Box 882, Burnsville, NC 28714.

Fiddler Lee Stripling, son of Alabama fiddler Charlie Stripling, was featured in a June feature story in the Seattle Times. His daughter, Sherry Stripling, who is a staff reporter for the Times, wrote the article.

Brad Leftwich performed at the 13th Annual Harrietville Bluegrass & Traditional Country Music Convention in Australia in October.

The Kee Family and Ruth Kee Wherry were recipients of the 2001 Charlotte (NC) Folk Society Heritage award in June. Fiddler John D. Kee played with many bands during the ’40s and ’50s including J.E. Mainer and His Rambling Mountaineers and The Tar Heel Cornshuckers. There is an article on the Kee family in the June Folk Calendar, the newsletter of the Charlotte Folk Society. Info: PO Box 36864, Charlotte, NC 28236-6864;

Bob Bovee and Gail Heil’s tour schedule takes them to the Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR Nov. 2-3; Columbia, MO Public Library Nov. 7; Bothy Folk Club, Mankato, MN Nov. 10; Roselle, IL Public Library Nov. 18; Chicago Barn Dance at the Abbey Pub, Nov. 19; and First Night, Grand Forks, ND, Dec. 31. Info:

The Big Medicine string band will be performing in Greensboro, NC Dec. 1; the Down East Folklore Society Dance, Beaufort, NC Feb. 15; on the WPAQ Merry-Go-Round, Apr. 20 in Mt. Airy, NC. Info:

Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin were busy in the fall with a series of concerts in Minnesota for the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Assoc. The New Lost City Ramblers also performed at a MBOTMA winter concert early this month. Info. on MBOTMA can be found at

The Wolfe Bros. old-time string band will perform in concert in Elkton, MD on Apr. 6. Info: 410-620-5280 or 800-246-3319.

 In Print, In School & On the Net

A book of photographs by John Cohen taken over the past 48 years, There Is No Eye: John Cohen Photographs, has just been released by powerHouse publications. "The book covers lots of old-time musicians and puts them in the context of the American cultural scene as I observed it," says John. Info: powerHouse Books, 180 Varick St., Ste. 1302, New York, NY 10014; 212-604-9074;

PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music (Raleigh, NC) web site is at

A video segment that Alan Jabbour shot demonstrating Henry Reed bowing patterns is now online at The Henry Reed homepage is at

WAMU-FM in Washington, DC, with a longtime history of old-time and bluegrass music programming, eliminated week day bluegrass music programming in favor of NPR news and talk line-up. The station is launching a web site at, which will broadcast country and bluegrass music 24 hours a day.

Reel Times is a publication of the Austin Friends of Traditional Music. It has listings and notices of local music and dance events in and around Austin, TX. Info: 512-305-9838;;; PO Box 419608, Austin, TX 78765.

folknik is a publication of the San Francisco Folk Music Club and is a good source for many Bay Area music events. Info:; 415-661-2217; 885 Clayton St., San Francisco, CA 94117.

OTH volunteer, volcanologist, and musician, April McGreger has a new web page:

Dick Kimmel’s clawhammer banjo tablature book Dick Kimmel – Fishin’ Creek Blues - Clawhammer Banjo Tablatures was released in September by Mel Bay Publications. This is the companion book for the recording, Dick Kimmel – Fishin’ Creek Blues Copper Creek Records CC-0173. Info:;

The NC string band Big Medicine has a new web site at

There was a cover story on NC mandolinist Tony Williamson by Brian Stine in the Sept. 13 issue of Triad Style. Info:

The Mid Columbia Folklore Society in Hood River, OR publishes a newsletter where you can find information on local events in that area. Info: PO Box 1623, Hood River, OR 97031; 541-352-7550;

The Folk Project Newsletter contains all sorts of information about what’s happening in acoustic music in and around New York and New Jersey. Info:

For events in and around Albuquerque NM, the FolkMADS Calendar and Notes is your best bet. PO Box 40421, Albuquerque, NM 87196-042;;

 Recordings, Instruments & Labels

The NC-based Hushpuppies have produced a CD, Hushpuppies" which was released in August Info:;

Tom, Brad & Alice have a new CD on Copper Creek Records, We’ll Die In the Pig Pen Fighting. Info:;

There Is No Eye: Music for Photographs, recordings of musicians photographed by John Cohen over his lifetime, has just been released on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.


The American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress and the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN, have launched a cooperative initiative to collect, preserve, and disseminate information about storytelling. An International Storytelling Collection has been created at the Folklife Center in Washington, DC to serve as a repository for these archival materials. Info:

Power Music in Elkton, MD sponsors concerts and workshops. Contact 410-620-5280 or 800-246-3319 for info.

Louisiana Folk Roots is an organization dedicated to strengthening and preserving the traditional culture of Louisiana. Info:;; Louisiana Folk Roots, Inc., PO Box 389, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517; 337-332-0967.

The Old-Time News is a publication of the Friends of American Old-Time Music and Dance out of Gainsborough, England. It contains short articles, some reviews, and notice of old-time music events. Info:; 64 Alma Terrace, York YO10 4D;

 On the Air

Iowa Public Television aired the premiere of the 12th season of "Old-Time Country Music" in October. The season will feature Golden Harvest Bluegrass, Cathy Barton and Dave Para, Mike Seeger, The Waring Family, The Wilders, and The Ezells. Since its beginning in 1989, the show has featured country, folk, and bluegrass music for studio audiences and state and national viewers. Info:

Watch your TV listings for the new PBS series, "American Roots Music"—four 1 1/2 hour shows beginning in late October.

David Holt is hosting a series on North Carolina’s folk culture on PBS Sundays at 2 pm on UNC-TV. The series runs through Dec. 30. Info:

 Jams & Sessions

Held every Friday night from 7-11 year round in Blountville, TN across from the old courthouse, the Blountville old-time jam session was started six years ago by master fiddler Ralph Blizard. Info: 423-323-8324.

In Our Thoughts

NC fiddler Joe Thompson is recovering from a stroke and has started physical therapy. Cards and letters may be sent to his home at 4770 Mrs. White Lane, Mebane, NC 27302.

David Bass is still at Duke University Hospital waiting for a heart transplant. Cards and letters may be sent to Room 3324, Duke Medical Center, Durham, NC 27713. Congratulations

The Carter Family (A.P., Sara, & Maybelle) was inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Honor at the International Bluegrass Music Assoc. Awards on Oct. 4.

OTH editor Alice Gerrard was presented with a Distinguished Achievement Award by the International Bluegrass Music Assoc. in Louisville, KY on Oct. 4.

Final Notes

James Lindsey, mandolin player and founder of the famed Galax-based Mountain Ramblers died Aug. 7 in Galax, VA. His wife Brenda informs us that the music center of the Blue Ridge Parkway that will open next year will have a section in memory of James. James was very active in and around Galax both with his music, his organizational abilities, and his many kindnesses to so many. He helped organize the Blue Ridge Music Association in the early 1980s. Also during this time he helped fiddler Otis Burris start playing again and formed Otis Burris & Fortune (with Eldridge Montgomery, James, Alice Gerrard, Otis, and Wendell Cockerham). The Mountain Ramblers remained an active band up until the late 1990s and included his son-in-law Ronnie Higgins and son Larry as members. He and the Mountain Ramblers were constant participants at the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention and at many other fiddlers conventions in the area. Our condolences go out to all his family and friends.

Jeff Goehring, fiddler and member of the Red Mules string band [OTH vol. 4 no. 8], died in July. Lynn Frederick writes that "a memorial service was held for Jeff on Aug. 11. Jeff died on July 26 after a long struggle with bipolar disorder (manic depression). He is survived by his wife Sue, daughter Lila, brother Rick (Wally) and parents Dick and Dorothy. Many of us have known Sue and Wally for years, and I’m sure they would appreciate hearing from you. They can be reached at: Sue and Lila Goehring, PO Box 566, Zoar, OH 44697, 330-874-3920; Rick and Karen Goehring, 339 W. First Ave., Columbus, OH 43201, 614-299-7684."

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