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Métis Fiddler Jamie Fox visits the Tiki Parlour

Here’s a video that showcases a remarkable musician and a powerful strand of old-time music that many Americans know little about. Master Métis fiddler Jamie Fox spent a week at the Parlour filming, teaching and performing. This also marks the beginning of a new project for Tiki Parlour Recordings that will come together over the course of the next year. Enjoy the video and pictures!


Rafe Stefanini & David Bragger “Holy Smoke! – Fiddle & Banjo Duets” CD


The 14th Tiki Parlour release “Holy Smoke!” marks the first collaboration of Rafe Stefanini & David Bragger. 


Rafe Stefanini’s blistering old-time fiddling and David Bragger’s burly banjo playing make this one of the most anticipated duet recordings of the year. Recorded at the Old-Time Tiki Parlour, this CD features 17 tracks of mesmerizing fiddle/banjo duets sourced from early traditional masters such as Y.Z. Hamilton, Clyde Davenport, Cush Holston, Esker Hutchins, French Carpenter, Wade Ward, Delbert Hughes, Narmour & Smith, Fred Cockerham, John Salyer and more!

This album showcases the mastery and prowess of one of old-time’s finest fiddling super powers. It is also the first album that features old-time musician David Bragger exclusively on clawhammer, 2-finger and 3-finger banjo.

The CD contains a 16-page booklet showcasing dense historical background for every tune, instrument tunings, artwork and photographs. The artwork is by Tiki Parlour veteran artist Angelina Elise and the graphic design is by famed folk artist and Texas fiddler Howard Rains.  (This CD will ship at the beginning of December 2018!)

“Holy Smoke” is a quirky and satisfying collection of uncommon tunes played with an infectious oldtime groove impossible to ignore. Rafe Stefanini is as commanding and skillful a country fiddler as has ever drawn a bow. He is accompanied by the ever-energetic and appropriate David Bragger with his intuitive mix of melody and rhythm. This is unapologetic music straight to the point played just like you want to hear it played. Enjoy. — Mike Compton

This is a wonderful selection of rare tunes expertly played. Even the few you may think you’ve heard, well — you haven’t heard ‘em the way Rafe and David play them. Rafe delivers tune after uniquely crafted tune, all worthy of his reputation as one of the great fiddlers of his generation, and David’s masterful backup on banjo suits each to a “T.” — Brad Leftwich

“This is no ordinary collection of old-time tunes. Indeed this is something rather special…” — Old Time News (UK)

This CD is a KILLER-DILLER. One of the best banjo-fiddle duet records I’ve heard. Fantastic combination of drive and wit with super-duper precise musicianship. Plus very hip and unusual tunes. — Tom Piazza




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!

Purchase HERE!

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.

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!

Sausage Grinder Concert and Workshops at the BOTMC

Old-Time super group Sausage Grinder will be performing at the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention (BOTMC) on Thursday, September 27th at the Freight & Salvage along with Dom Flemons, Paul Brown and Mike Bryant! Tickets are available HERE.


Sausage Grinder members David Bragger & Susan Platz will also be teaching their popular Double Fiddle workshop on Saturday, September 29th at 3:00. Register HERE.

Sausage Grinder’s Chris Berry will be teaching a Dock Boggs Banjo Workshop the same day and time. Register HERE.


Sausage Grinder, from Los Angeles, combines the sounds of fiddle and banjo breakdowns with the country blues, topped off with a touch of ragtime and hillbilly jazz.  The members of the band are David Bragger, fiddle, mandolin, banjo; Susan Platz, fiddle, banjo, washboard, vocals; Chris Berry, guitar, banjo, vocals; Pat MacSwyney, mandolin, tenor guitar, jug and Timothy Riley, jug, washboard, jaw harp, saw, bagpipes, mouth harp, mandolin, guitar, vocals. David is the proprietor of the Tiki Parlour label, which issues recordings and videos of old-time music, and has recorded an album of old-time fiddle duets with Susan, some of which will be included in Sausage Grinder’s concert set.