Old-Time Music WebSites


(Some links appear in multiple categories; links added after Jan 07 will be dated)


Assorted Old-Time Music Links

10 Commandments of OT Jam (Added 29 Nov 07)
Appalachian Clogging (Stepping) Tutorial (Modified 13 Apr 08)
Callers Handbook (Added 21 Jul 10)
Dare To Be Square Callers Handbook and Oly Oldt Time / Grizzle Songbook and T-Claw's Tunelist 2010
Contra Dance Contradance Links
Contra Dance Instruction Manual (Added 26 Mar 07)
published in late 1700s
Contra Dance Music: A Working Musician's Guide (Modifieed 30 Mar 14)
Crooked Tunes List
Cruise Contra - OldTime Music links (Added 11 Feb 07)
Dave Brinkman's Fiddle Tune Database
Source books tunes listings
Difference Between Old-Time & Bluegrass (Added 30 Dec 11)
European Old Time Discussion Forum (Modified 27 Dec 10)
Fiddle Tune Fairy Tale (Modified 3 Jan 09)
FiddleList; written by Mac McKeever as wedding present for Drew Beisswenger & Lisa Langston; contains titles of over 85 fiddle tunes;
"Fiddling Way Out Yonder" (Added 22 Mar 08)
Book excerpts; Appalachian way of life; Life and Music of Melvin Wine
Jam Etiquette (Added 31 Jul 07)
Jam Etiquette Notes (Added 4 Jan 08)
at bottom of page
Jam Guidelines (Modified 28 Dec 10)
Junior Appalachian Musicians (Added 23 Oct 09)
Instruction, videos, mp3
Missouri Old-Time Fiddling Traditions (Added 23 Apr 07)
Mountains Of Music (Added 20 Oct 08)
Google Book review
Mount Airy, NC 25th Annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention (Modified 30 Mar 14)
Folkways; 27 min Real video
Musical Traditions Articles (Added 27 Jul 08)
Newsgroup: rec.music.country.old-time (Modified 13 Apr 08)
"Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes"(Added 23 Jul 08)
by Jeff Todd; Book excerpt previews 1st chapter; about Kentucky fiddlers & their music;
Old Time Lyrics Collection by Peter Budd
367 page pdf file; follow link to Resource page
Old Time Mandolin Music (Added 8 May 09)
www.oldtimemandolinmusic.com

Old Time Music & Dance
Old Time Music on the Web
Old-Time Music
Old Time Song Lyrics
in separate alphabetical lists
Picking Up Fiddle Tunes By Ear At Jam Sessions
Photo Album Of Traditional Musicians 1961 - 2006 (Added 25 Nov 08)
photos taken by Liz & Lyle Lofgren
Photos of Old Time Friends (Added 13 Apr 07)
1977 to 1995; photos by Don Mussell
Publication Resources For Old Time Music (Added 23 Jun 07)
rec . music . country . old-time (Added 28 May 07)
usenet forum
Sounds Of The South (Added 28 Oct 07)
preview of book; 1989 conference
Sugar In The Guord OldTime Forum
Talk About Old Time Country Music
forum
The Old-Time Music Home Page
Traditional Community Dance (Modified 27 Dec 10)
Descriptions of various oldtime dances
Wendy's Old-Time Tunes List (Added 21 Mar 10)
with links to mp3 files on other sites, played similar to jams in Victoria, BC
What is Contra Dance?



Banjo

alt.banjo.clawhammer Google Group (Modified 13 Apr 08)
Banjo Cartoons (Added 15 Oct 08)
Banjo Frailer
Oldtime mp3s by Julie Duggan
Banjo-L Homepage
Banjo Meets World (Modified 18 Dec 08)
Illinois old time tunes; mp3 & banjo tab; Learning by Ear tips
Banj'r Tabs (Added 15 Oct 08)
oldtime fiddle tunes; pdf, tef & MIDI formats
Canonical List of Banjo Jokes (Added 29 Nov 07)
Clawhammer Banjo Tabs (Added 13 Oct 08)
zipped tef files (need to be renamed with .tef extension); beginner, intermediate & advanced
Clawhammer Banjo Tab & Instruction
Clawhammer Banjo Tablatures (Added 12 Dec 07)
oldtime tef, MIDI, MP3 & pdf formats
Clawhammer Banjo TablEdit Tabs (Added 12 Oct 08)
tef & pdf formats
Clawhammer Tune of the Week (Added 12 Oct 08)
links to discussion; 08
Frailing Banjo Video Lessons (Added 1 Apr 07)
by Patrick Costello
Friends Of Banjo Old Time Tune Talk (Added 3 Apr 10)
some history of some tunes, listed by key
Guord Banjo
Old-Time mp3s
Mary Z Cox
3 CDs with full audio clips of all the tunes! at CD Baby
Mike Iverson's Clawhammer Tab & Instruction
pdf & MP3 files
Old Timey Banjo MP3s
Old Time Banjo TablEdit Tabs
OldTime Banjo Tabs & MP3 (Added 4 Jan 08)
Old Time Banjo Workshops (Added 1 Apr 07)
real media format; by Patrick Costello
Tunings For 5-String Banjo (Added 4 Jan 08)
Zepp Music Sound Files (Added 29 Mar 07)
Banjo mp3; transcriptions in tef format



Fiddle

Birthdays of Famous Fiddlers (Added 29 Apr 11)
brief bio, discography, links to tunes
Fiddler's Companion - Old Site & New Site (Modified 31 Jul 12)
Reference Database of historial and musical information about 100's of fiddle tunes; Converting to WIKI format in 2012
Fiddle Hangout (Modified 26 Jul 08)
new Forum for registered users; Lessons; searchable MP3 archive; Links; developed by Eric Schlange, creator of Banjo Hangout
Fiddle Players' Discussion List - Search Archives
Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes (Added 21 Oct 08)
By Jeff Todd Titon; lots of tune notations; Google books preview
Old Town School Of Folk Music - Fiddle Blog (Added 29 Mar 09)
mp3, lyrics, discussion, demonstration
Roots of American Fiddle Music
old photos, mp3
Traditional Tune Archive - New Site & Old Site (Added 31 Jul 12)
WIKI-based Reference Database of historial and musical information about 100's of fiddle tunes; Converting from Fiddlers Companion to WIKI in 2012
Tunings For Traditional Fiddle (Added 27 Feb 08)
notation & MIDI
Vintage Fiddlers Oral History Project, 1984-1985 (Added 15 Oct 08)
ram files; interviews with Kentucky fiddlers: Alfred Bailey, Mary Bailey, Virgil Alfrey, Chillson Leach, J.P. Fraley, Annadeene and J.P. Fraley, David Sizemore, Hiram Stamper, Clyde Davenport, WDelbert Hughes
Wendy's Favourite Fiddle Links Webpage (Added 24 Apr 07)



Notation, Tablature, ABC, Midi

ABC Notation Converter ***
Free on-line converter; copy/paste any ABC file and convert to notation and MIDI
ABC Standards (Modified 27 Dec 10)
The ABC Music standard 2.0 Dec 2010; maintained by Irwin Oppenheim; How to read & write abc notation, as conceived & written by Chris Walshaw
AllTabs
Traditional OldTime tunes for mandolin, guitar, fiddle & banjo; in TablEdit tef & MIDI format
Banj'r Tabs (Added 15 Oct 08)
oldtime fiddle tunes; pdf, tef & MIDI formats
Chord Charts (Added 21 May 07)
Word Document
Chords to Folk Songs
Clawhammer Banjo TablEdit Tabs (Added 12 Oct 08)
tef & pdf formats
Clawhammer Banjo Tabs (Added 13 Oct 08)
zipped tef files (need to be renamed with .tef extension); beginner, intermediate & advanced
Fiddler's Companion - Old Site & New Site (Modified 31 Jul 12)
Reference Database of historial and musical information about 100's of fiddle tunes; Converting to WIKI format in 2012
Hetzler Internet Fakebook
categorized by key; Old-Time as well as Celtic tunes in midi
Hill Country Tunes by Sam Bayard
Appalachian fiddle tunes collected from Southwestern Pennsylvania; out of print, published 1944; tunelist; 80 page .pdf file
JC's ABC tune finder
combs the net to find abc files. Use ABC Converter for notation & MIDI
John Lamancusa's Old Time Fiddle Tunes
pdf & MIDI format
Ladysmyth ABC Tunes (Added 15 Dec 07)
abc files: Oldtime, fiddle, celtic
L.W. Konigsberg’s Clawhammer Banjo Tabs (Added 24 Dec 11)
MandoZine TablEdit Music Archives (Modified 11 May 09)
over 300 Old-Time, over 2600 total tunes in TablEdit tef format - need free TefViewer from TablEdit to view/play music files. Most of these tunes are arranged for mandolin, tho the files can be read in standard notation and/or mandolin tablature. Many tunes also have back-up rhythm. You can choose a speed to play along with while you're reading the notation and listening to the MIDI. An amazing learning tool, tune reference and tireless playing partner!
Missouri Fiddling Learn-A-Tune Center (Added 23 Apr 07)
notaton in gif format
Old Time Fiddle Tab (Added 22 Apr 10)
fiddle tab, mp3
Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes (Added 21 Oct 08)
By Jeff Todd Titon; lots of tune notations; Google books preview
Old-Time Traditional Music
notation gif & Midi
Pegram OT Jam Fiddle Tune Chord Charts
pdf file; Old Time String Band / Fiddle music / some Celtic; from Pegram, TN Oldtime jams
Phillips Collection of Traditional American Fiddle Tunes (Added 21 Oct 08)
by Stacey Phillips; Google Book Preview
Power Tab OldTime Tunes
arranged for guitar; MIDI files also available
Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association Tunes Page (Added 4 Jul 07)
pdf & MIDI file formats
Spring Fling Tunes Cheatsheet (Modified 18 Dec 08)
first 2 measures of OldTime & Celtic tunes
Traditional Music Noteworthy Composer Tunebooks (Modified 18 Dec 08)
American, English, Irish, O'Neill's, Playford, Scottish; need free Noteworthy Player to use files - read notation while listening to MIDI
Traditional Tune Archive - New Site & Old Site (Added 31 Jul 12)
WIKI-based Reference Database of historial and musical information about 100's of fiddle tunes; Converting from Fiddlers Companion to WIKI in 2012
Way Of The Fiddle
pdf transcriptions
Yale's TuneWeb (Modified 26 Oct 09)
jpg and abc



Old-Time Music

3000 Fiddle Tunes (Added 9 Nov 07)
mp3s; Japanese site by Kahoru Kurokawa
Allen's Archive Of Early Old Country Music (Added 20 Jan 10)
Anthology of American Folk Music (Added 11 Apr 09)
Harry Smith Collection of rural south recordings issued from 1927 to 1932; samples; Geography Map & its Methodology
Bent Mast Old-Time Tune List (Modified 28 Apr 11)
tune lists; links to mp3 samples of similar versions on other sites; Old-Time music in Victoria, BC
Birthdays of Famous Fiddlers (Added 29 Apr 11)
brief bio, discography, links to tunes
Bluegrass Messengers Lyrics (Modified 25 May 09)
Bluegrass and Oldtime Lyrics, with notes and discography
Bruce Molsky MP3 (Added 25 Nov 08)
Steam Powered Preservation Society
Carroll County Mississippi (Added 30 Apr 10)
some late 1920's recordings from fiddler William T. Narmour (click the 4 arrows for each tune)
Charlotte Folk Society Slow Jams (Added 6 May 14)
pdf, midi & mp3 files
Digital Library of Appalachia (Modified 11 Oct 14 )
mp3 recorded by appalachian fiddlers; can create a list of favourites
Family Tradition Lyrics Database (Modified 27 Dec 10)
FanBelt's OT Jam (Added 30 Nov 07)
mp3
Fiddle Jammer (Modified 30 Mar 14)
OldTime Fiddler; Audio file podcast; fiddle blog; Festival Jam Recordings
Fiddle-L 1999 Anthology of Fiddle Tunes
mp3 of 3 CDs of fiddle tunes from around the world; CD1-Celtic; Cd2-OldTime; CD3-Mix
Fiddle SloJam (Modified 30 Mar 14)
pdf & mp3; oldtime & celtic
Fiddle Tunes I Can't Quite Recall (Added 28 Sep 09)
Charlie Walden's Project of mp3 recordings to remind him of tunes he knows
Fiddle Tunes Of The Old Frontier - Henry Reid Collection
" 184 original sound recordings, 19 pages of fieldnotes, and 69 musical transcriptions with descriptive notes on tune histories and musical features "; from Library of Congress
Field Recorder's Collective (Modified 26 Nov 08)
sample mp3s from CDs 2004 - 08
Guord Banjo
Old-Time mp3s
Hetzler Internet Fakebook
categorized by key; Old-Time as well as Celtic tunes in midi
Hiram Stamper (Modified 11 Oct `4 )
mp3
Historical Documents of Michael Ismerio (Added 13 Apr 09)
recording samples; Portland Old-Time Music Gathering poster Archive
Honking Duck - Listen to Old 78s Fiddle Recordings (Modified 11 Oct 2014)
full length oldtime music from original "78s" recordings, complete with scratches
Internet Archive: Old-Time Appalachian (Added 16 Jan 08)
some historic recordings from the 1920's; mp3
John Quincy Ozark Folklore Collection (Modified 27 Dec 10)
lyrics, mp3; Titles List
Juneberry Old Time Music Sampler 1920's & 1930's (Modified 31 Mar 14)
mp3
Key of C Old Time Fiddle Tunes (Added 19 Jun 07)
Old mp3 recordings
Key of F Old Time Fiddle Tunes (Added 19 Jun 07)
Old mp3 recordings
Luther Strong 1937 Fiddle Recordings (Added 25 Nov 07)
mp3
MandoZine TablEdit Music Archives (Modified 11 May 09)
over 300 Old-Time, over 2600 total tunes in TablEdit tef format - need free TefViewer from TablEdit to view/play music files. Most of these tunes are arranged for mandolin, tho the files can be read in standard notation and/or mandolin tablature. Many tunes also have back-up rhythm. You can choose a speed to play along with while you're reading the notation and listening to the MIDI. An amazing learning tool, tune reference and tireless playing partner!
Max Hunter Folk Song Collection (Modified 26 Jul 08)
lyrics; sound files in ram, MIDI & AIFF format; "an archive of almost 1600 Ozark Mountain folk songs, recorded between 1956 and 1976"
Megaband mp3
oldtime mp3
Mel Bay's Old-time Festival Tunes - Fiddle Versions
117 individual MP3s or 2 zip files
Merlin In Rags (Added 11 Apr 09)
blog about old music recordings; some rar compressed music files
The Milliner - Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes (Added 23 Dec 11)
over 1400 mp3
Missouri Fiddling in Cyber Space (Added 23 Apr 07)
mp3
Mp3 Tunes from Tommy Jordon (Added 23 Apr 07)
Nashville Old-Time String Band Assoc (Modified 9 Jan 10)
Tune of the Month; pdf, mp3, midi, doc formats; Newsletters with Tune of the Month notation, starting Apr 2008
Northern Fiddle Music (Added 24 Feb 07)
mp3; from the "Ol" Fiddler Archive; featuring Don Messer, Ned Landry
Old Time Banjo Tabs (Added 4 Jan 08)
mp3 with fiddle, banjo & guitar; banjo tab; "from Greg Canote, Jere Canote, and Candy Goldman's stringband class in Seattle"
Old Time Fiddle Tab (Added 22 Apr 10)
fiddle tab, mp3
Old Time Music And Dance (Added 24 Apr 07)
ram files
Old Time Music Jam (Modified 30 Mar 2014)
mp3 & chords
Old Time Music Radio
hosted by Paul Lucas; Live 365 Radio; rotates through 2000+ old time music selections
Old Time Seattle (Added 4 Jan 08)
mp3
Old Town School Of Folk Music - Fiddle Blog (Added 29 Mar 09)
mp3, lyrics, discussion, demonstration
Old Town School Of Folk Music - Fiddle Stuff (Added 29 Mar 09)
mp3, notation, discussion
Old Town School Of Folk Music - Fiddle Tunes (Added 29 Mar 09)
mp3
Old Weird America (Added 11 Apr 09)
blog about Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music; exploration of American Folk Music, with text, video, music & videos
Paul Mitchel's OldTime Music Recordings Collection (Added 22 Jul 08)
ram files; Old Index
Quebecois Fiddle Recordings From 78's
click Sujet for listing of various music types; hosted by the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec
Roots of American Fiddle Music
mp3 samples of traditional old time fiddle string bands
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
music samples from recordings; searchable
Southern Mosaic
mp3, wav or ram format; fiddle tunes from field collection of John and Ruby Lomax's 1939 Southern States Recording Trip
Spiral Cafe Old-Time Music (Modified 26 Oct 09)
Practice tune mp3 & tune lists; Old-Time music in Victoria, BC
Steam Powered Preservation Society MP3s (Modified 13 Apr 08)
mp3s; Need Password; Bruce Molksy, Uncle Earl, Chris Sharp, Mike Compton - Chris Long, John Hartford, Stairwell Sisters, Stringdusters, etc
Sugar In The Gourd
26 hours of Old time music stream, some older recordings
The Old-Time Machine (Added 26 Dec 10)
The Traditional Music MP3 Tunes Page
some samples from CoMando CDs & Flatpick-L Plec CDs
Times Ain't Like They Used To Be (Added 11 Apr 09)
out-of-print lps; zipped mp3 & liner notes
Traditional music of French Canada
mp3 of Jean Carignan, Joseph Allard, Tommy Duschesne, Caseault Tit-Man, The Legris Brothers, Isidore Soucy, Mary Through, André Viau, Oscar Thiffault, Roland Lebrun, et Ti-mé Picard; French version
Voyager Records OldTime Recording Soundclips
Webcast of Traditional Rural Music
2 prerecorded half-hour radio shows
Wendy's Old-Time Tunes List (Added 21 Mar 10)
with links to mp3 files on other sites, played similar to jams in Victoria, BC
Zepp Music Sound Files (Added 29 Mar 07)
Banjo mp3



Videos

Animation of OldTime Band (Added 8 Jul 07)
"Doc Chapman's Breakdown"; Owen "Snake" Chapman's song performed by Sixthscale String Band
Art Stamper (Added 23 Jun 07)
Benton Flippen: How To Play Fiddle (Added 28 Apr 10)
playing Sally Ann
Benton Flippen with the Smokey Valley Boys (Added 4 Dec 08)
83 years old; 2005
Berklee College Of Music 2006: Old Time Ensemble #1 (Added 20 Mar 08)
An Original tune, "Abe's Retreat", "Lazy John"; #2: An Original tune, "Angelina Baker"; ?; #3: "Moving Day"; "Garfield's Blackberry Blossom"; ?
"Big Scioty" (Added 20 Mar 08)
fiddler David Bragger
Bruce Molsky (Added 24 Mar 07)
"Sally Ann"; "Kitchen Girl"; ; other YouTube Videos; "Shove The Pig's Foot"
Buck Dancing (Added 18 Dec 07)
Cordell Lawson, of Galax VA, at Clifftop
Carolina Chocolate Drops (Modified 27 Dec 10)
2 hour concert
Clifftop Documentary (Added 3 Mar 09)
Appalachian String Band Music Festival; featuring fiddlers: Lester McCumbers, Erynn Marshall, Jake Krack; 27 min
Cross Training With Mando-Mill (Added 20 Mar 07)
"Whiskey Before Breakfast"; with Jim & Fred; "a cross training exercise regime" to increase heartrate & increase fingerspeed at the same time
Folkstreams Music Videos (Added 28 Dec 10)
Appalachian Journey by Alan Lomax; Medicine Fiddle
Homemade American Music (Added 4 May 07)
filmed in 1978-9; interviews & music with Mike Seeger & Alice Gerrard & their mentors: the late Tommy Jarrell, Lily May Ledford, Roscoe Holcomb and Elizabeth Cotten
Juggling With Old Time Mandolin (Modified 27 Dec 10)
"Old French" with Jim & Fred
www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFt9KiETLsE

"June Apple" (Added 28 Mar 07)
Truman Price fiddling in Centralia
K-bayashi's Old-Time Music Page (Added 15 Dec 07)
American OldTime music in Japan; mp3
Mando-Banj-Itar (Added 20 Mar 07)
"Fire On The Mountain"; designed for players of multiple instruments who "don't want to be bothered with laying them down & picking them back up"; with Jim and Fred
Mount Airy, NC 25th Annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention (Modified 30 Mar 14)
Folkways; 27 min Real video
Old Time Fiddling Video Links (Modified 30 Dec 11)
Old Time String Bands Video Links (Modified 27 Dec 10)
"Shaking Off the Acorns" (Added 20 Mar 08)
fiddler David Bragger
"St Anne's Reel" (Added 28 Mar 07)
Truman Price fiddling in Centralia
"Sweet Bundy" (Added 29 Jul 07)
twin fiddles
Video - To Hear Your Banjo Play - 1947(Modified 30 Mar 14)
The origin of the banjo; narrated by Pete Seeger
Yew Piney Mountain (Added 15 Mar 09)
links to YouTube OldTime videos