We’re very happy to announce the 46th Annual Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention & Festival. This will be the 2nd year with fiddle/banjo instructor David Bragger as the artistic director. On October 8th, old-time musicians from all over the country will be converging at this newly re-imagined (and restored) old-time festival. Kirk Sutphin (NC), Travis Stuart (NC), Kevin Fore (NC), Tom Sauber (CA), Tricia Spencer (KS), Howard Rains (TX), Clarke Buehling (AR), Echo Mountain (CA) and the Hi-O Revelers (WA) will be performing and teaching along with other great old-time musicians.
There will be jamming all over the grounds as well as organized jams with great hosts.
Serving as the backbone of the festival, the CONTEST will feature many instrument categories (fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, band, singing, etc.) and cash prizes too!
Last year we introduced the Instrument Petting Zoo. It’s intention was to expose children to the wonders of traditional music by allowing them to touch, play and investigate a variety of instruments. It turns out that the adults had as much fun as the kids! It was one of the big hits of the festival last year. This year it will be even bigger.
This year’s raffle will feature two banjos, two guitars and original artwork by Texas fiddler/artist Howard Rains!
Clawhammer/Minstrel/Classic Banjo master Clarke Buehling will be presenting a unique banjo workshop in the Early Banjo style!
“The hip new thing on the banjo starting in the 1880s was thumb and two-finger picking, called “Guitar Style’ at the time. I will teach patterns that were used on five-string banjo for accompanying country dances. You too can sound like Charlie Poole!” –Clarke Buehling
WHERE? Los Angeles hosted by The Old-Time Tiki Parlour
WHEN? October 9th at 6:30PM
HOW MUCH? SOLD OUT
This workshop has very limited seats. It will sell out. For workshop registration and/or questions, contact: .
The Foghorn Stringband is the present day shining gold standard for American string band music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over a decade of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of old-time musicians following their lead. They’ve been steadily proving that American roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration.
The music of The Foghorn Stringband revolves around four master musicians: Portland, Oregon-based Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle) and Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar), and Yukon-based Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) and Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo). Each member of The Foghorn Stringband comes not only from a different part of the American roots music spectrum, but leads the pack in their field as well. Caleb Klauder’s wistful, keening vocals and rapid-fire mandolin picking are as influenced by Southern roots music as much as by his upbringing in Washington State. Also from Washington, Reeb Willms grew up in the state’s Eastern farmlands singing hard-bitten honky-tonk with her family. Nadine Landry’s roots lie in the rural backroads of Acadian Québec, but she cut her teeth as one of the best bluegrass bassists in Western Canada. Minnesotan Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind, simply put, is one of the best old-time fiddlers of his generation and has a voice that sounds like it’s coming from an old 78.
Onstage, The Foghorn Stringband gather around one microphone, balancing their music on the fly, and playing with an intense, fiery abandon.
To Foghorn, this music is as relevant today as it was a century ago. They see themselves not as revivalists, but as curators and ardent fans, and their music is a celebration of these roots. From their origins in Portland Oregon’s underground roots music scene in the late 90s and early 00s, when members of today’s hot bands like The Decemberists and Blind Pilot were gathering to explore the roots of American folk music, The Foghorn Stringband have spread the old-time string band gospel all over the world. Along the way, they’ve brought in influences and inspirations from their many travels and late-night jam sessions. Old-time square dance tunes now rub shoulders with Cajun waltzes, vintage honky-tonk songs, and pre-bluegrass picking. This is the kind of bubbling musical brew which first intoxicated the American mainstream in the day.
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Department of Ethnomusicology
Spring Festival of World Music and Jazz 2017
“Old-Time String Band Ensemble and Intercultural Improvisation Ensemble Concert”
Old-Time String Band Ensemble David Bragger, director
Intercultural Improvisation Ensemble
Steve Loza and Otto Stuparitz, co-directors
Friday, June 2, 2017 at 7:00pm (Doors at 6:30pm)
Schoenberg Hall, UCLA
Admission is FREE
The Old-Time String Band Ensemble performs traditional music of rural America. This ensemble delves into the exciting old-time sub-genres of Appalachian fiddle and banjo music, Mid-West fiddle tunes, North Carolina and Georgia string band music, Cajun/Creole fiddle, traditional bluegrass, country blues, and jug band music, to name a few. This is the early country music of America in its crooked, colorful, droney, funky, lonesome, soulful, danceable, and back porch glory.
The Intercultural Improvisation Ensemble experiments with different world music styles and traditions.Musical arrangements will blend different musical instruments representing such diverse world areas, and the elements of improvisation will play an essential role in the creation of new and/or traditional pieces of music.