Category Archives: Old-Timey

It’s the Eighth of January!

And that means it’s time for ‘The Battle of New Orleans’ with Johnny Horton (1959):     Johnny Horton of course took the song from Jimmy Driftwood (whose real name was James Morris).  From a site called the Greasespot Cafe, … Continue reading

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Extra! Fiddlin’ John Carson Played Tex’s ‘Christmas Time’ in 1927!

Well, sort of. After I played Tex Logan fiddling his composition, ‘Christmas Time’s a-Comin’’ with The Lane Brothers, followed by Bill Monroe’s classic first recording of the song, listener Paul Murphy emailed me with this news (reprinted with his permission): … Continue reading

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The 2018 Joe Val Festival

For bluegrass-country fans here in New England, Presidents’ Day weekend means Joe Val Weekend. The substitution is fine with me, as the elevation of the third weekend in February to just another Monday day off meant the nation quickly forgot … Continue reading

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Ruth Rappaport & Ben Wetherbee at the Burren, Friday 15Dec17, 7-9 PM!

If you were listening this past Saturday (the 9th), you’d have heard Ruth Rappaport and son Ben Wetherbee tearin’ up Studio BC with some fine fiddle tunes and songs.  It was a lot of fun, and since they were nice … Continue reading

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After 50 Years, the Second Stanley Brother Leaves Us

I have been reading one memorial after another, eulogies, tributes, encomia, to and for Ralph Stanley.  Most of them focus on his voice (click on the links for the full articles):   “You don’t replace a Ralph Stanley,” said Eric … Continue reading

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HA’ppenings: Surprise Old-Time Fiddling on the Show

Last Friday evening (11Mar16) I opened a brightly-colored mailer that had come in to WHRB the previous Saturday, to find a CD and a note from fiddler Matt Brown.  He said that he and guitarist Greg Reish were going to … Continue reading

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HA’ppenings: Notorious Duo Coming to HAH

Eden MacAdam Somer and Larry Unger perform as a duo (or sometimes with additional artists as a trio or quartet), styling themselves ‘Notorious’, though as far as I know they have committed no misdeeds—unless appearing on Hillbilly at Harvard this … Continue reading

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HA’pennings: Bruce Millard and Wayworn Travelers Coming By

Old friend Bruce Millard (Hokum’s Heroes) has put together a new band focusing on music of The Carter Family.  They’re playing at Club Passim Thursday, 6Aug15.  Bruce will be bringing some members of the band to HAH this Saturday (1Aug15), … Continue reading

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Elijah Wald on HAH—Trio Opening for Del Rey, Steve James at JD’s

If you were listening Saturday, you heard Elijah and Sandrine Sheon perform a couple of old-timey tunes with clarinet (reminiscent of The Hoosier Hotshots) and Elijah’s masterful finger-picking.  Elijah also brought by a Steve James recording of “The Hadacol Boogie” … Continue reading

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