Old-Time Times


July 2003



A Publication from your Nashville Old-Time String Band Association and Stratford Community Education.









July 3



6:30-8:30 PM


July 10



6:30-8:30 PM


July 27


2:00-5:00 PM




Carl Myers








4th Sunday Jams


are now being scheduled by Darlyne Kent.  Please call her and schedule your home for a month.  Thanks.  868-9951




Thanks to Don and Mary Ann Masters for allowing us to come and share their home for a jam.  Very nice.




We need volunteer’s for the October, November, and December Jam?

Contact Darlyne





Joy Andal






Smithsonian Folklife Festival Features the Music of Appalachia

Tennessee Events

July 4-5

Official State and National Championship Fiddlers Jamboree and Crafts Festival

www.dekalbtn.com/jamboree or www.smithvilletn.com


Uncle Dave Macon Days

July 11-13




July 19


Kentucky Events

KY State Championship Old-Time Fiddlers Contest

JULY 18-19




West Virginia Events

Appalachian String Band Music Festival

July 30-August 3

Camp Washington-Carver

Clifftop, WV





North Carolina Events

Shindig on the Green July-Labor Day

If you happen to be driving through Asheville, NC on the weekend this is a fun activity to take in.  It starts around 7 pm on Saturday nights.  They have a sign-up performance and dances and lots of jams around the park area.  If you’re going to be in the area, call Leesa Sutton for further info.  828.452.0152

Old-Time Week Swannanoa Gathering, Swannanoa, NC

July 20-26

This is a weeklong camp with room and board and tuition.  It is located at Warren Wilson College.  This is a very good camp with lots of jamming, dancing, and great instructors.  You need to be able to play by ear if you sign-up.  Some classes are already full if you are just now interested in it.

www.swangathering.com 828.298.3434

Alleghany County Fiddler’s Convention

Sparta, NC

July 18-19

www.alleghanycountyfiddlersconvention.com 336.372.8809


Suwannee Banjo Camp-Oct 24-26

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park


Contact Jon Kay if more info is needed at Jon.Kay@dep.state.fl.us

Instructors:  Mac Benford, Brad Leftwich, Bob Carlin, Mary Cox with Alan Jobbour as fiddler and John Rossback as guitarist.

John C. Campbell Folk School



Contact them for a complete class catalog of all their camps.  They have week long and weekend classes offered year-round.

Requesting Info

Do you have any photos of group events?  Do you know of any events other group members might be interested in?  Do you have an article to share with the group?  Do you have interesting Old-Time internet links to share with the group?  Do you have any suggestions?  Please forward to joybell40@netzero.net 615.672.0288.



The Smithsonian Folklife Festival program Appalachia: Heritage and Harmony is the culminating event for the Year of Appalachia, designated by Congress to run through July. Held on the National Mall from Wednesday, June 25 through Sunday, June 29 and from Wednesday, July 2 through Sunday, July 6, the Smithsonian program will focus on musical traditions of the region, including bluegrass, old-time music, African-American traditions, blues, gospel, ballads and occupational songs. Admission is free.

The Folklife Festival program also celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Bristol Sessions, recordings made of the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers in the Tennessee-Virginia border town of Bristol in the summer in 1927. Those commercial recordings brought old-time ballads and string and mountain music to broad audiences across the United States and marked the beginnings of the country music industry.

The region around Bristol-encompassing portions of Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia-has been a historic center of cultural creativity, says program curator Jeff Place. The roots of this music lie in the inclination of folks to turn experience into story, song and music. Dolly Parton, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Loretta Lynn, among many others, come from this region.

Participants will range from such master practitioners as 85-year-old, National Heritage Award-winner and old-time fiddler Ralph Blizard, to up-and-coming performers such as 18-year-old, West Virginia fiddler Jake Krack. Last year Krack, who began fiddling when he was 6, took first place in the under-60 category in a fiddler competition in Charleston, W. Va.-the youngest person ever to win that honor.

Additional musical performers will include the VW Boys, a bluegrass band from Tennessee; Nat Reese, a guitarist and former coal miner, who plays the traditional blues and swing music he learned as a boy in West Virginia; Sheila Kay Adams, a seventh-generation singer from North Carolina; the OQuinns, a Virginia bluegrass band made up of father Fred and sons Keith and Kyle; the Celtibillies, whose repertoire includes a wide range of traditional Celtic and Appalachian old-time music and song; and the Buckingham Lining-Bar Gang, an African American group known for its railroad work songs. Visitors will be able to join these musicians and others at the Festivals pickin area.

The Appalachia program will also feature the foodways, dance forms, storytelling and work lore that inspire and sustain the region. Regional cooks will demonstrate a variety of apple-butter making and canning techniques, as well as such traditional dishes as fried chicken, greens, biscuits and gravy, stack cakes and fried pies. Cooks will also demonstrate haute cuisine dishes derived from traditional Appalachian foods.

After being named the Biggest Liar five times at the annual West Virginia Liars Contest, storyteller Bil Lepp was promoted to emcee, so other folks could have a chance at the title. Lepp will entertain Festival visitors with his tall tales. Native American storyteller Lloyd Arneach learned his first legends from two storytelling uncles on the Cherokee reservation in North Carolina. Arneach will share those and other stories he has collected. Orville Hicks will bring to life the old stories about Jack, a youngest son seeking his fortune.

Appalachia: Heritage and Harmony is produced in collaboration with the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance and the Center for Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University and with generous contributions from the Recording Industries Music Performance Trust Funds, King Pharmaceuticals, the Norfolk Southern Foundation, Tennessee Tourism, and West Virginia Division of Tourism, and with support from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Since 1967, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival has celebrated traditional cultures from across the United States and around the world. In addition to Appalachia, the 2003 Festival will feature programs on Mali and Scotland. The Festival is produced by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and co-sponsored by the National Park Service. To learn more about the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, visit www.folklife.si.edu.