Georgy Alabam, all-squares weekend near Anniston, Alabama, January 18-20, 2013. Callers are Phil Jamison and Scott Russell with music by Red Mountain, Beverly Smith and Friends, and The Yahoos. Registration information at http://sites.google.com/site/bfootmad/georgy-alabam or call (404)377-6242.
Mac and Jenny Traynham are offering weekend-long music camps this winter and spring at their home in Floyd County, Virginia. 2013 classes include Beginner/Intermediate Banjo and Intermediate/Advanced Fiddle, February 28 – March 3; Duet Singing, April 4 – 7; Banjo for the Adventurous (Intermediate/Advanced), April 18 – 21; and Rhythm and Repertoire, May 2 – 5. Visit the Traynhams’ website at www.southernmtnmelodies.com for more information.
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, in Abingdon, Virginia, is the host of a new twice-monthly jam. On first and third Thursdays from 6 – 9 pm, instrumental musicians and singers gather at Heartwood to play old-time and bluegrass music, and share ballads and other traditional songs. Refreshments include baby back ribs and pulled pork. Call (276) 492-2400 to learn more.
Portland, Oregon’s old-time music community has established the Every Sunday Square Dance, held at the Village Ballroom at 700 NE Dekum. Each week, in addition to a band playing the dance, another old-time band will play at the bar next door. Visit www.bubbaguitar.com/sundaysquares/index.html for details.
The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, a traditional music and dance conference featuring presentations of papers and roundtable discussions, as well as fiddle music and educational events, takes place this year from June 27 to July 1 at the University of Ulster, in Derry City, Northern Ireland. This year’s conference is titled “Ó Cos go Cluas—From Foot to Ear,” and will focus “on the move of traditional musics away from a primary purpose of servicing dance, to artistic self-expression.” For information on registration and conference proceedings, visit http://www.nafco2012.com.
On first Tuesdays there is an old-time jam at the Pineloft Café in Berlin, Connecticut. It begins with a slow jam from 6 – 7 PM, followed by a regular jam from 7 – 9PM. Visit www.oldtimeyjam.blogspot.com for details.
In San Luis Obispo, California, Linnaea’s Café, at 1110 Garden Street, hosts a long-running third-Thursdays old-time jam beginning at 6 PM. Contact Jim at for more information.
An old-time jam takes place on the first Sunday of every month, beginning at 2 PM, in Collierville, Tennessee. Musicians meet at the Sheffield Antique Mall on Poplar Avenue.
The Turk’s Head Coffee House in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, hosts an old-time jam every other Wednesday from 3-5 PM. Contact Shane Leonard for information.
Every Sunday from 3-6 PM, there is an old-time jam at Hartung Hall in Ester, Alaska. The jam is beginner-friendly, with all instruments welcome. E-mail for information.
Every third Tuesday at 7:30 there’s an open old-time jam at Keegan Ales, 20 St. James St. in Kingston, NY. For information e-mail.
The California Gold Rush Country Old-Time Jam has outgrown its old location at the Dutch Flat Hotel and has moved to the Monte Vista Inn. This is an intermediate old-time teaching jam that includes tunes and songs of Uncle Dave Macon, Charlie Poole, and the Fuzzy Mt. String Band. The Inn is located at exit 145 off of Hwy. 80, about one hour east of Sacramento. Monte Vista Inn – 530-389-2333; 32106 Ridge Rd., Dutch Flat, CA; www.auburnbuzz.com/content/view/184/96/.
Every Wed. night from 9 PM to 1 AM there’s a folk, old-time, and blues jam, “Roots N Ruckus,” at the Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia St., Brooklyn, NY, hosted by Feral Foster and featuring a stellar group of musicians. Info: 718-395-3214, www.jalopy.biz.
There’s an old-time jam in Madison, WI, at the Alchemy Cafe, 1980 Atwood Ave., every second Sun., commencing at 5 PM. The Alchemy Café is a new establishment, in what used to be called Wonders Pub. 1980 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI.
There is a well-established old-time jam that takes place at the Quarter Moon Saloon (smoke-free), 200 N. Main St, Elizabeth, IL. It occurs on the second and last Sun. each month, from 3 to 7 PM. Info: 815- 858-3878.
There’s a bluegrass and old-time jam at the Phipps Country Store every Fri. from 7:00-10:00 PM. The address of the store is 2425 Silas Creek Rd., Lansing, NC. All ages and skill levels and dancers are welcome. Info: James or Rita Wood, 336-384-2382.
Every Thursday from noon until 4:00 PM there is an old-time picking party at the Ciderville Music Shop, 2836 Clinton Hwy., Powell, TN. Info: 865-945-3595.
The Fourth Tuesday Mermaid Jam is going strong in Philadelphia, PA. The old-time music and clogging sessions run from 8:00-11:00 PM and a slow jam starts at 7:30 PM. Mermaid Inn, 7673 Germantown, Ave., Chestnut Hill area. Info: Carl 215-699-7835.
On third Wednesdays there is a houseboat jam on the E-Z Street starting at 7:30 PM. 2143 North Northlake Way, Seattle (Fremont), WA 98103. Info: Rick 206-910-8259. www.geocities.com/whamdiddle.
Every Wed. there’s “Pickin’ Indoors,” from 7:00-10:00 PM at the Hermanson Center lobby & lounges, Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, WV. Info: 304-637-1209, www.footmad.org.
The International Buffet and Live Local Music is on Thurs. from 6:00-9:00 PM at the Elk River Touring Center, Rt. 219, Slatyfork, WV. Info: 304-572-3771, www.ertc.com.
Each Fri. and Sat., Mountain Music Weekends at the Purple Fiddle include old-time and bluegrass music. DePollo General Store, 21 East Ave., Thomas, WV. Info: 304-463-4040, www.purplefiddle.com.
On the first Sat. of the month, the North Fork Opry is from 7:00-10:00 PM at the Clinton Hedrick Community Bldg., Riverton, WV. Info: 304-227-4535, www.visitpendleton.com.
On the first Sat. of each month, the Helvetia Square Dance is held “rain, snow, or shine” from 8:00 PM-12:00 midnight, Red Hall or Community Hall, Helvetia, WV. Info: 304-924-6438, www.helvetiawv.com.
On second Thursdays the Appalachian Fiddlers Association meets at the Hansford Senior Center, 500 Washington St., St. Albans, WV. Info: Bill Bunting 304-744-0095, www.footmad.org.
On the second Sat. of each month, there’s Jamming on the North Fork, 7:00 PM at the Riverton Community Building, Riverton, WV. Info: 304-567-2741.
On fourth Saturdays there’s the North Fork Square Dance, at the Riverton Community Bldg., Riverton, WV. Info: 304-567-2827.
Each second Tues., there’s an old-time jam session, Pickin’ for Fun, at the Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin, WV. Info: 304-249-5506.
The Mountain Music Jam, for many years at Mrs. Hyatt’s house on Brevard Rd. outside Asheville, NC, has been moved to the Western North Carolina Farmers’ Market, held on Sat. from 2:00-5:00 PM.
Info: John Roten 828-456-8661.
The Lanesboro Barn Dance at the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro, MN, is in its 13th season in 2007. Dances are scheduled for Sept. 8 with guests to be announced. Info: Bob Bovee & Gail Heil 507-498-5452, www.boveeheil.com.
The Old Liberty Theater Bluegrass & Old-time Music Class teaches guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, acoustic bass, dobro, and autoharp in a cooperative beginner group atmosphere on Tuedays, 7:00-9:30 PM. Hour lesson starts at 7:00, jamming until 9:30. Acoustic instruments only, drop-ins and jammers welcome. Info: 360-887-7260; 115 N Main, Ridgefield, WA (20 minutes north of Portland, OR on I-5, exit 14).
There’s an old-time music jam every Wed. at 7:00 PM on the lawn of the 1908 Grayson County Courthouse, Independence, VA. Musicians move inside in case of bad weather. Bring your own chair or use one provided by the courthouse. Info: 276-773-2000, www.graysoncountyva.com.
An old-time jam meets every Tues. in Bloomington, IL, at the McLean County Museum of History. The session starts around 5:30. E-mail for info.
There’s a new old-time jam at the Oro Valley Public Library, Oro Valley, AZ, the last Fri. of the month at 7:00-9:30 PM. Bring your acoustic instrument: banjo, guitar, fiddle, dulcimer, autoharp, psaltry, bones, or spoons. All levels welcome as long as you love the music and want to play with others. Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Dr, Oro Valley. Info: Banjo Brad at www.PricklyPearMusic.net
The Austin Friends of Traditional Music holds a regular jam session on second Sunday afternoons, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at Artz Rib House, Austin, Texas. All levels, all styles, all acoustic instruments, and all voices welcome! Contact Jerry Hagins at 512-873-7543, or 512-789-4572 to inquire before coming.
An old-time square dance takes place every second Sat. at the Pleasant Green Community Center, Durham. Lessons at 7:30; dance at 8:00. Admission is $7, $5 for students. Past bands have included: Joe Thompson and the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Big Medicine, the Ubiquitones, the Blueridge Road Gang, and the Forge Mountain Diggers. For info go to www.ncsquares.com.