November 9, 1915-March 28, 2015 If you have ever played or heard “John Short’s Tune,” a lively polka, then you have met my father, Erwin A. Thompson. He passed the… Read More →
Here & There
Even the most utilitarian fiddle tune books carry on the stories of the musicians who played the tunes, the listeners and dancers who wanted to hear them more than once,… Read More →
Clifftop was cancelled due to the pandemic in both 2020 and 2021. We all missed it, but Rick and Joanne Davidson did something about it: they assembled 18 good friends… Read More →
“Then felt I like some watcher of the skies / When a new planet swims into his ken.” Hearing these CDs for the first time has been an incredible experience… Read More →
I suspect that nearly all parents who bring their children to old-time festivals dream of having their own family band. Mark and Amy Piro made it happen, and it sure… Read More →
When a music-loving boy from the Bronx was 11 years old, he asked for and received a guitar — his first instrument. He would grow up to become a world-renowned… Read More →
A reviewer could be forgiven for being confused about this band’s name. First, South Carolina is not as well known as a hotspot for old-time and early transitional bluegrass as… 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.