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Tiki Parlour’s “Banjo” Tiki Mugs

Enjoy a vintage cocktail at your next old-time jam with an official “Banjo” Tiki Mug! The Old-Time Tiki Parlour is obsessively dedicated to the preservation and promotion of folk art and folk music. We jumped at the chance to work with artist/musician Tyson Graham to design authentic tiki mugs with old-time flare!

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Each Tiki Parlour mug is hand made in the foothills of North Carolina by potter and musician Tyson Graham.  The mugs are wheel thrown, decorated with slips, and screen printed with the Tiki Parlour banjo. These vintage style Tiki mugs feature the logo designed by fiddler/animator Nick Bachman. These tiki mugs are crafted in the style of the great vintage tiki mugs from the 40s and 50s. All profits go to Tyson Graham and towards future Tiki Parlour releases.

Tyson Graham uses colorful redware ceramics to depict the seasonal variations of life and nature in the foothills of Western North Carolina. Working primarily with gas fired red earthenware and slip decoration, he creates functional, hand painted pots adorned with flowers, birds, leaves, trees, as well as musical instruments. By decorating large numbers of pots serially, with fluid brushwork and quick sgraffito (scratching through the clay to create lines), he pushes patterns to the point of abstraction. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of South Carolina and apprenticed under Claude Graves of Little Mountain Pottery. Outside of the studio, he enjoys playing Old Time music and backpacking the trails of Appalachia. Tyson is currently based at Little Mountain Pottery in Polk County, NC.

Fiddle and Banjo Workshops with David Bragger and Susan Platz

Banjo & Fiddle Workshop NEWS for the Pozo Old-Time Gathering on Saturday Nov. 10th!

 

Fiddle and Banjo Workshops! On Saturday, November 10th David Bragger will be teaching an Old-Time Fiddle Workshop with Susan Platz! They’ll teach an old-time fiddle tune from their critically acclaimed CD “King’s Lament–Old-Time Fiddle Duets.” They will also teach rhythmic fiddle seconding and the tune’s harmony part with all Bowing clearly explained! The fiddle workshop is at 2:00 and it’s only $25!
David will also be teaching a “Rare & Crooked Tunes” Banjo Workshop at 3:30! The banjo workshop will focus on rare and crooked tunes from David’s repertoire, including a rare southern gem from his upcoming album with Rafe Stefanini.

Where: Pozo Saloon 90 W Pozo Rd, Pozo, CA 93453 

 

HOG-EYED MAN–Old World Music of the Southern Appalachians

HOG-EYED MAN–Old World Music of the Southern Appalachians

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A vibrant new CD of timeless traditional music from Athens, GA’s Hog-eyed Man, featuring 2016 Clifftop fiddle contest winner Jason Cade, innovative multi-instrumentalist Rob McMaken, and guest appearances by Tom Baker, Nancy & Charlie Hartness, and Art Rosenbaum!

The Old Time Tiki Parlour is proud to welcome Hog-Eyed Man to the family with an exciting new release of top-shelf old time music. Fiddler Jason Cade, a western North Carolina native, and Athens, GA multi-instrumentalist Rob McMaken form the core of the band. After receiving well-deserved acclaim for their first three Hog-eyed Man recordings, Jason took first place in the prestigious fiddle contest at the Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, WV. On Old World Music of the Southern Appalachians, the duo’s first album for our label, Jason and Rob are joined by Tom Baker on fingerpicked and clawhammer banjo as well as the rock-solid rhythm section of Nancy and Charlie Hartness on guitar and ukulele. Legendary singer and banjoist Art Rosenbaum also makes a memorable guest appearance on a few tracks.

Recorded entirely live around two ribbon microphones, this album transports the listener to an intimate kitchen session, where the musicians comfortably settle in on twenty lesser-known gems mined from deep Appalachia. Drawing primarily on the archaic fiddling traditions of eastern KY and western NC, the nuanced and powerful performances essentially re-envision southern old-time tunes as if radio, the folk revival, and bluegrass never happened but the music instead continued to organically develop along some alternate path. Many of the tunes on the album tap connections to the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and England, while other pieces are associated with Native American fiddlers and history.

Throughout, Jason and Rob manage to let their own voices emerge as authentic interpreters of the tradition while remaining true to the wild, lyrical, and unvarnished aesthetics of the source fiddlers who they revere. The result is a captivating album of deep-vein Americanagritty, emotionally rich, and timeless. The vivid recording quality combines with the thoughtfully interwoven strands of almost-lost musical sensibilities to give Old World Music of the Southern Appalachians a rustic-yet-refined sound like no other. This album is destined to become a classic!

The CD is available as of Nov. 2, 2018. While you’re there, be sure to check out the in-the round virtual reality videos of Hog-Eyed Man playing some of the tunes from Old World Music of the Southern Appalachians!

Old Photos

This is a gallery of old photographs featuring old-time musicians long gone. Acolytes of old-time music consider many of these musicians their gods and heroes.

 

The Lewis Brothers, TX

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Emmett Lundy, VA

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Marcus Martin, NC

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Roscoe Holcomb, KY

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Uncle Bunt Stephens, TN

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Edden Hammons, WV

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Tommy Jarrell, NC

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Andrew and Jim Baxter, GA

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Captain M.J. Bonner, TX

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Buddy Thomas, KY

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Carter Brothers & Son, MS

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Edden and James Hammons, WV

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French Carpenter, WV

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Gid Tanner and Riley Puckett, GA

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Uncle Dave Macon, TN

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J.W. Day, KY

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Samantha Bumgarner, NC

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Danville Musicians

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Eck Robertson, TX

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Theron Hale and his Daughters, TN

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Ed Haley, WV and KY

 

Hiram Stamper, KY

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Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, TN

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Al Hopkins and the Hillbillies, NC

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John Lusk, TN

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John Selleck, CA

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Crockett Ward, VA

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Uncle Eck Dunford, VA

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Fiddlin’ Bill Hensley

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Uncle Jimmy Thompson, TN

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Gusty Wallace, KY

Prince Albert Hunt

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Jim Bowles, KY

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Joe Birchfield, TN

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Uncle Jack McElwain, WV

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Clayton McMichen, GA

 

(These pictures were graciously donated by old-time fiddler David Lynch)

47th Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention


For lovers of traditional music, something wonderful is on the horizon: The Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention & Festival on Sunday, October 14th and the official pre-festival concert on Saturday, October 13th. This is my third year as the artistic director for one of my all-time favorite old-time festivals. Needless to say, I’m fired up to share the great events and performers with you. The Fiddlers’ Convention was founded 47 years ago by musician and folklorist Peter Feldmann who envisioned a festival dedicated to sharing traditional music with the community. Nearly five decades later, it is still going strong, attracting musicians and traditional music lovers from all around the country. It’s now hosted by the Goleta Valley Historical Society who strongly believe in preserving the history and living culture of old-time music. The festival will present performances and workshops with master musicians, hosted jam sessions, an instrument petting zoo, a raffle, folk art & music vendors, a pre-festival concert the day before and the “beating heart” of the festival itself: The Contest.

This contest’s purpose is to expose our music to all the musicians (and non-musicians) who attend the festival. This contest doesn’t have an aggressive competitive vibe at all. Musicians of all levels, including beginners, are highly encouraged to sign up and show their peers (and judges) what they’re working on. It inspires so many people to see others play old tunes and songs of early America. Often spectators transform into musicians once they see how much fun the contestants are having. The categories include: fiddle, youth fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, singing, youth singing, misc, instruments (dulcimer, autoharp, jaw harp, etc.), band performance and best backup instrument. The contest now has early registration online to avoid the sign-up line at the festival, however you can still sign up at the festival. Contest Pre-Registration Here.

On the Performance Stage, old-time legend Brad Leftwich will be performing in classic old-time duo form with rhythm powerhouse Linda Higginbotham. Brad’s fiddle and banjo playing has inspired scores of musicians from around the world. The talented and enigmatic old-time performer Frank Fairfield will be performing with guitar/mandolin/banjo legend Tom Marion. Frank Fairfield was recently featured in the American Epic documentary series and Tom Marion is known for his playing with Robert Crumb’s Cheap Suit Serenaders as well as several traditional jazz and string bands in Los Angeles. The Bay Area string band Skillet Licorice, who are masters of repertoire from the East Texas Serenaders and the Skillet Lickers, will be strutting their rags, waltzes and hoedowns too. Two of my favorite award winning fiddle and banjo players Maxine Gerber and Karen Heil (of the Bucking Mules) will be performing as Plaid Strangers. Every lover of banjo/fiddle duets will be totally mesmerized. Also, Los Angeles’ Have More Fun Stringbandwill be kicking off the day with a set of high energy songs and fiddle tunes.

For those who spend the weekend in the area, the festival now presents an Old-Time Concert on Saturday the 13th from 3PM-5PM to get things started. It’s Free. This year’s pre-festival concert will feature Los Angeles old-time band Echo Mountain who were a huge hit at last year’s festival as well as fiddle duets from David Bragger & Susan Platz and members of Sausage Grinder. They’ll be performing several pieces from their latest release: King’s Lament: Old-Time Fiddle Duets, the first double fiddle CD in old-time music! Also, Kentucky-born old-time multi-instrumentalist Clinton Davis will be performing tunes and songs on guitar, banjo, harmonica and fiddle. Clinton has recorded CDs with the G Burns Jug Band and is in great demand as a solo performer.