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Paul Brown Bio

Paul Brown practices an art of deceptive understatement. He’s never in a hurry, because he’s
already there. He has spent his entire life steeped in what is usually called old-time music, and
none of it was lost on him. This set gives you something rare and precious – Paul by himself,
serving it up, straight, no chaser. There are no frills, no light shows, no sales pitches, stated or
implied. The fireworks are all inside the music. His fiddle playing is an anthology of sly,
constantly shifting sleights of hand and mind. His banjo playing – both finger style and
clawhammer (he switches back and forth in “Round-Town Gals,” here) – is more understated
and, if anything, even more deceptively compelling. Sophisticated, precise, and elegant, it is also
intensely rhythmic and propulsive. This set is a close-up magic show. If it were a card game he
would have all your money by the end of it. Instead, you will leave richer than when you entered.
Sit down and tune in; the more you listen, the more you’ll hear. It’s the understatement of the
year.    — Tom Piazza


A musician since childhood, Paul Brown spent years collecting and documenting traditional music in southwestern Virginia and northwest North Carolina, particularly the stunningly rich traditions around Mount Airy in the region known as Round Peak. As a performer, a record producer, and a radio host—formerly of Mount Airy’s famous hometown station, WPAQ, and now reaching a national audience as a newscaster and reporter for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition—Paul Brown has introduced millions to the special world of Round Peak music, and helped to ensure its preservation and vitality for future generations.

Paul started picking banjo on a new Sears Silvertone when he was ten. He developed his own two- and three-finger styles, and also learned the clawhammer style. His interest, and his discovery of the Clawhammer Banjoalbums, inspired him to make frequent trips to visit as many of the older players as he could. He has visited and played music with a number of the older artists in the Southern Appalachian region.

Paul spent years learning music directly from some of the last fiddle, banjo, and guitar players to emerge before the age of radio and recordings, including Tommy Jarrell, Gilmer Woodruff, Fields Ward, Robert Sykes, Luther Davis, Verlen Clifton, and Paul Sutphin. Paul studied banjo intensively with Tommy Jarrell, and he learned much from the playing of Wade Ward. He spent considerable time with Wade’s nephew, Fields, a fine guitarist, banjo player and singer. He also played in the Smokey Valley Boys with Benton Flippen, Verlen Clifton, and Paul Sutphin. When Paul Sutphin died, Paul Brown wrote about how Sutphin influenced the musicians: “More than anything else, he would infuse the performance with focused energy, intensity and happiness that drove the rest of us to play harder and better than we thought we could.”

Paul has recorded with many of his friends including Bruce Molsky, Mike Seeger, and Tara Nevins. His most recent recordings are Way Down In North Carolina with Mike Seeger, Benton Flippen: Old Time, New Times, and Blue Ridge Mountain Holiday: The Breaking Up Christmas Story. His most recent recording, Red Clay County, features Paul’s banjo playing, fiddling, and singing, and it has received a rave review from The Old-Time Herald magazine.


Fiddle & Banjo Workshop with Henry Barnes & Aaron Jonah Lewis

Join us for a special Fiddle & Banjo Workshop at the Tiki Parlour by two of today’s old-time masters. SOLD OUT! 

Henry Barnes and Aaron Jonah Lewis will be teaching a workshop focusing on the fiddle and banjo as a duet AND in the context of a band. Topics will include rhythm, swing, and their relationship to melody when playing as a group. They will also teach an intermediate/advanced tune with variations. Don’t forget recording devices!
Henry Barnes is an Ohio native who has been playing the fiddle for 22 years. He has recorded with legendary old-time musician Dan Gellert. After starting with the Suzuki method, he was pushed by his father towards country music but he was captured by a love for Old-Time music after meeting West Virginia fiddler Bobby Taylor. Since then Henry has won contests in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia. He recently won the Ed Haley Memorial Contest and the Elmer Rich Memorial Contest, placed 2nd in the Traditional Division at the Grand Masters Fiddle Championship, and placed in the top 5 at the Clifftop and Galax contests. Henry teaches lessons and workshops in central Ohio that are focused around personal connections and regional styles in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.

Aaron Jonah Lewis is a multi-instrumentalist, performer and educator. He has won awards at the Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival, including First Place Neotraditional Band in 2008 and 2015, and at the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention, including First Place Bluegrass Fiddle in 2007, and he has performed at major festivals from the US to the UK and from Italy to Finland.

Lewis has taught workshops at the the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and at the English Folk Dance and Song Society in London. He also plays and teaches banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass and is currently based in Detroit.

St. Paddy’s Day Old-Time Concert/Square Dance/Jam Party


The Old Time Tiki Parlour and 3rd Saturday Square Dance team up for a
St. Paddys Day “Old-Timey” Leprechaun-Palooza
with Evie Ladin & Keith Terry, Sausage Grinder and Echo Mountain.

On Saturday March 17th, there will be Fiddles, Banjos, Singing, Guitars, Mandolins, Square Dancin’ and a Bar!

7:30pm: Concert with Evie Ladin & Keith Terry

8:30pm-11pm: Jamming–Bring your fiddles, banjos, mandolins, guitars and join the old-time jam!

9pm – 11pm: Square Dance and Jamming! Tunes played by a mashup of Sausage Grinder and Echo Mountain. Calling by Evie Ladin & LAs awesome Rookie Callers Club!

5:30pm-7:00pm-Evie Ladin will also be teaching an Old-Time Harmony Singing Workshop before the concert! Seats are limited.


Innovative musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, Oakland, California-based Evie Ladin & Keith Terry throw down original folk songs and deep interpretations of old songs, with the kinetic thrill of percussive dance. Ladin sings and plays infectious clawhammer banjo, while Terry is a master percussionist. It was Appalachian string band music pared to the absolute minimum of accompaniment, but packed with an orchestras worth of rhythm.  Music City Roots, Nashville

Sausage Grinder, Los Angeles classic old-time and country blues string band, combines the traditional sounds of fiddle and banjo breakdowns with the low-down sound of country blues, topped off with a touch of ragtime and hillbilly jazz. The versatile acoustic ensemble features fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, jug, washboard, and a few odds and ends.

Echo Mountain is an old-time string band based out of Los Angeles.Together they play square dances and farmers markets in the LA area and have been featured performers at the Watkins Family Hour. The collective vision of Echo Mountain is to build a repertoire that reflects the whole spectrum of the old-time tradition, playing each fiddle tune and mountain ballad with new energy while remaining true to traditional style and form.

King’s Lament CD Release & Holiday Tiki Party

Come celebrate the release of David Bragger & Susan Platz’s CD: King’s Lament–Old-Time Fiddle Duets at the annual Tiki Parlour Holiday Party!

There will be tons of jamming, an epic potluck and our legendary “Brown Elephant” gift exchange!

It begins at 5:00 on Saturday, December 9th!



King’s Lament–Old-Time Fiddle Duets

“There’s twin fiddling, and then there’s David Bragger and Susan Platz. Their music really reaches into that space where two instruments become one and draws you right in with it. King’s Lament is one of the most sonorous and rhythmically locked-in sets of tunes you’ll hear, and spans across familiar and unfamiliar old-time terrain. Another really great recording from David’s unique Tiki Parlour collection.” –Bruce Molsky


David Bragger & Susan Platz’s King’s Lament is the first 100% pure double fiddle CD in the American Old-Time tradition and also the 10th release from the Old-Time Tiki Parlour!

Old-time instrumentalists David Bragger & Susan Platz have recorded 15 duets of classic old-time tunes performed with the classic rhythms, drones and nuances of old-time fiddlers such as Ed Haley, Mel Durham, French Carpenter, Dock Roberts, Sarah Armstrong, K.C. Kartchner, Glen Fannin and many others! This CD features classic and rare tunes from Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Arizona and California.

This CD comes with a 24-page booklet of in-depth liner notes and original artwork by Howard Rains. The cover illustration was done by Dreamworks animator/fiddler Nick Bachman.

purchase HERE