Country Calendar

[ UPDATE 8Jan15] Contributions remain paltry, so I will continue adding some of the email calendar notices I get.  Better for you to post your own notices, though; then you’re not relying on me to remember.  Just use the Comments box at the bottom. /CL

This page is for Country Calendar on-air announcements, though visitors may like to refer to the printed items here, too.

What we’ll do is use the Comments for Calendar announcements.  I’ll print them off on the Friday before the show, and take them in with me in my red Country Calendar folder. I’ll delete the older, obsolete ones as I get around to it.

• Bullet Points: Please remember that a harried disc jockey (HDJ) programming on the fly has no time or inclination to carefully pre-read announcements.  The HDJ needs concert/show announcements clearly laid out in bullet points—please, no long paragraphs!  Some of you are prone to long disquisitions.  Refrain!

• Vitals First: If you want to give the HDJ information about the performers he might not know, save it for the end of the announcement, not for reading on the air.  Don’t make the HDJ wade through pages to get to the meat: Who, When, Where, Contact!

• Spell Out Links: Internet links for more information, tickets, or a general good time must be spelled out, so when they are printed and I read them, listeners will understand what they have to type.  You don’t need to include the http://. . . header, but a hyperlink called ‘Moe’s Club’ won’t do, either.  I need ‘MoesClub.com’, i.e. exactly what the listener has to type in his browser.  Most modern browsers will fill in the ‘http. . .’ header.

• Phone Numbers: Please include phone numbers!  Believe it or not, not everyone who listens has or uses a computer, tablet, smart phone or other such device.

• Redundancy: You should also email me the announcements, as many of you already do, to: CousinLynn953 at Yahoo dot com.  Redundancy is good.

• Saturday is TOO LATE: And remember: Hillbilly at Harvard airs Saturday morning.  I do my show prep Friday evening.  I won’t see announcements for the coming weekend and week if they are posted or emailed after Friday.  Seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many such duds I get.

So let’s try it!

/Cousin Lynn

UPDATE: Jeff Boudreau (who in addition to Notlob, runs a Yahoo Group called NEFolk), suggests the following rule:

Third-party event notices must be authorized by producer and/or artist. Poster is responsible to communicate any date/time/location/bill changes.

In other words, if you post Country Calendar notices here, you—not I, not WHRB—are responsible for any changes, cancellations, missing or wrong information.  Thanks, Jeff!

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3 Responses to Country Calendar

  1. [Jeff adds (9Aug)]

    I am pleased to share blue grass legend Frank Wakefield has been added to the lineup!

    The Oldtone Roots Music Festival 2018,
    September 6-9, 2018
    Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 County Rt 21, North Hillsdale, NY, 12529.

    web – http://www.oldtonemusicfestival.com/
    Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/OldtoneMusicFestival/
    email – info@oldtonemusicfestival.com

    The Oldtone Roots Music Festival Announces The 2018 Line-up
    Anna & Elizabeth, Cedric Watson, Hubby Jenkins, Mike Bub in the Lineup for Oldtone This Year

    Oldtone Productions continue their carefully curated old-time music line up with the return of some Oldtone favorites and some exciting new folks. Roots music fans will be delighted to hear that the Appalachian Mountain duo Anna & Elizabeth (recently featured in the New Yorker) will be bringing their harmonies and their art to the Hillsdale festival. Also new this year are Oldtime Blues artist Hubby Jenkins (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Creole artist and former member of The Pine Leaf Boys Cedric Watson, well known upright bass player Mike Bub (Del McCoury band). Other new artists include Five Mile Mountain Road (bluegrass), cajun fiddlers Joel Savoy and Kelli Jones, roots trio Pete’s Posse, and the Balkan Romani Gypsy duo Eva Salina and Peter Stan.

    The returning lineup makes up Oldtone’s core, with some of the most exciting roots artists today. The Oldtone host band, is the well known Foghorn String Band from Portland, OR, Oldtone’s favorite Cajun band Jesse Lege and the Bayou Brew will be returning to the Main and Dance Stages, as will the old time darlings Bill and the Belles. Bill and the Belles are the house band for Farm & Fun Time which is hosted by Radio Bristol producer and house band-leader Kris Truelsen, (the show is hot in the Roots music world right now). The Down Hill Strugglers are also making waves, and band member Jackson Lynch recently played the Half Moon with his band Jackson and the Janks, the Hudson hot spot that Oldtone partners with for their SuperTone promotional shows. Nora Brown, the young up and coming roots banjo player captured the festival’s hearts and minds last year with her appearance on the “tweener” stage and has a place on the Main Stage for 2018.

    Oldtone organizer Kip Beacco stated; “I can’t begin to tell you about all the amazing artists we’ve got coming this, year, it’s breathtaking.”

    “Oldtone is the good ol’ days. I have never had such fun playing music as I did in the dancing tent in the Oldtone Country Revue – the smell of sawdust from the freshly built stage, the twinkling lights, and the warm summer air on our skin as dancers twirled and two-stepped by. Oldtone is a dream.” stated singer Lauren Ambrose.

    Oldtone Productions also produces a series of local concerts and dances under the “Oldtone Native” name, and the team has two new projects, a Roots, Rock, and Honky Tonk one day festival on July 28: SuperTone, and the June 9th Northeast Fiddlers’ Convention at Hancock Shaker Village.

  2. Doug Chandler '69 says:

    38th Banjo and Fiddle Contest
    Lowell MA September 8, 2018
    Free Admission. Donations Welcome.

    Well folks, it is time to plan for an exciting day of traditional music and family fun at Boarding House Park. The Banjo & Fiddle Contest celebrates its 38th event on September 8, 2018, from 10:00AM to 6:00PM.

    The event is free for contestants, as well as all traditional music fans who would like to come and listen. Never been to a banjo and fiddle contest before? Bring your lawn chairs and settle in to watch the friendly competition and get in touch with our country’s musical roots.

    Jon Gersh of WUMB Folk Radio will be the Emcee for the contest and other exciting events of the day.

    The fun starts at 10am! We’ll have music workshops and jam sessions from 10AM-noon and then a whole afternoon full of a music contest and community. Parents arriving early should consider taking a free trolley ride at 10AM from the visitor center, visiting the family corner at the visitor center, and the Boott Cotton Mills Museum where kids can pick up a Jr. Ranger activity book. There will also be a kid’s craft activity organized by the park rangers at the contest during the day.

    Day Schedule
    10AM-11AM – Free Workshops
    11AM-12PM – Organized Jam Sessions
    11AM-1PM – Registration
    12PM-5:30* – Banjo & Fiddle Contest
    1PM – 3PM – Kids’ Activities
    5:30*PM-6PM – Judges Tally Final Scores & Prizes Awarded

    * Contest will end and judge tally begin when the final contestant has performed.
    We are pleased to announce our judges for 2018. Tim Rowell will return for the second year and Harvard, Massachusetts fiddler Jon Anderson will be joining us as a judge for the first year.

    Workshops (10-11 AM): So far we have workshops planned for Clawhammer Style Banjo (Tim Rowell) and Old Time Fiddle Bowing (Jon Anderson), with more in the works. Check back in August for more details.

    Organized Jams (11AM – Noon): We will have an organized Old Time Jam, plus one or two others TBD. Check back in August for more details.

    Throughout the day, while the contest progresses, informal jam sessions often happen in areas adjacent to the park.

    Cash prizes will be awarded in 9 categories:

    Old Time Fiddle
    Old Time Banjo
    Bluegrass Fiddle
    Bluegrass Banjo
    Ethnic Fiddle
    Banjo (Other Styles)
    Twin Fiddle
    Banjo and Fiddle Duet
    Youth (14 and under)

    Cash prize values for each adult category: 1st-$100, 2nd-$50, 3rd-$25. For the Youth category cash prizes are 1st-$50, 2nd-$25, 3rd-$10.

    Judging criteria include musicality (40%), technical competence (40%), tune difficulty (10%), start and stop strength (10%).

    At Lowell National Historical Park, we honor the connections between past and present. At the Banjo & Fiddle Contest, we invite you to come celebrate musical heritage. The repertoire of tunes played during the Contest is what Folklorists refer to as traditional music-music practiced by groups of people who share a common ethnic heritage, geographic region, or way of life. Tunes are shared within families and communities and are passed on over generations.

    Rain Location: Lowell High School Auditorium, 50 Fr. Morrissette Blvd., across the street from Boarding House Park.

    More Information ca be found here.

    Free parking is available at the Visitor Center parking lot at 304 Dutton Street (about a 10 minute walk to Boardinghouse Park). Paid parking is available in the city garage at the corner of French and John Streets, directly across the street from Boardinghouse Park.

    Last updated: July 26, 2018

  3. Xanna Don't says:

    Howdy! It’s been some years since I was on the show. I’ll be back in town on 09/18 opening for Ian Moore at Thunder Road in Somerville. Thanks y’all, Xanna Don’t

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