The Pondering Bascom Performing Arts and Education Center, a new organization dedicated to Appalachian traditional arts, regional history, and sustainable lifestyle practices, has been founded at the Leicester, North Carolina,… Read More →
Here & There
News & notes from around the old-time music world
The Birmingham, Alabama, Southern Music Research Center, founded in 2023 by folklorist and music historian Burgin Mathews, is “a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to the documentation, preservation, and public… Read More →
The Brooklyn Folk Festival will celebrate three major anniversaries at this year’s festival, to be held November 10 – 12 at St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn. The 2023 gathering will… Read More →
We were sorry to learn that shortly before the pandemic, the folk music magazine fRoots ceased publication after 40 years. The fRoots Radio podcast, however, is still on the air,… Read More →
A full archive of Quarantine Happy Hour episodes, the nightly broadcast that brought old-time musicians together virtually throughout the pandemic, is now available at slowerthandirt.org/QHH.
McFarland has several new books related to old-time music among their forthcoming 2022 releases. Naomi “Omie” Wise: Her Life, Death, and Legend, by Hal Pugh and Eleanor Minnock-Pugh, tells the… Read More →
July 9 is the date for the inaugural Hammons Family Memorial Fiddle and Banjo Contests, held in Marlinton, West Virginia. Registration and other information can be found on the Facebook… Read More →
August 3 – 7 are the dates for this year’s Appalachian String Band Music Festival, AKA Clifftop, held in person again at Camp Washington Carver in Clifftop, West Virginia. Pre-festival… Read More →
The 25th annual Banjo Gathering will be held in Baltimore November 3 – 6. As details are finalized they will be announced at banjogathering.weebly.com.
The 95th annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival will take place in Asheville, North Carolina, August 4 – 6. Doors open at 6:00 and show begins at 7:00, at the… Read More →
The Deer Creek Fiddlers’ Convention will be in-person this year, held on the campus of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, on July 16. The festival is now part of the… Read More →
The first annual Elliot County Fiddlers Convention will take place at the Little Sandy Lodge in Sandy Hook, Kentucky, on July 8 and 9th, 2022.
South Arts presents an annual fellowship to teacher-student teams of traditional artists in Appalachian counties, the Folk & Traditional Arts Cross-Border Mentor-Apprentice Program. Among the teams who have participated so… Read More →
The North Carolina Folklife Institute is presenting a growing collection of videos, Folklife from Home, in which North Carolina traditional artists, including old-time musicians, share their traditions. The latest series,… Read More →
Spring Fed Records has announced the imminent release of their box set of Haley Family recordings, projected to be available in January 2022. Stole from the Throat of a Bird:… Read More →
This spring the Great Smoky Mountains Association released a new podcast mini-series, Sepia Tones: Exploring Black Appalachian Music. The series, they write, which is hosted by Drs. William Turner and… Read More →