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Nov 12, 2019 - 4:23:19 PM

hoodoo

Canada

565 posts since 10/6/2017

Hey all,
I'm in Eastern Canada (NB). Old-Time banjo isn't exactly the hottest thing going around in this part of the world. I sometimes upload videos on Facebook, and a lot of people seem to enjoy the tunes, but for the most part, its probably just seen as the weird thing that I do. Most people probably also just assume that its bluegrass.
Well, I'm getting tired of being alone in my corner here. I'm wondering how many of us are there out there in the Maritimes/Gaspésie.

Are there any gatherings/jams/camps/workshops/meetups/festivals in this part of the world for us OLD-TIME banjo enthusiasts (clawhammer, 2 finger etc) ? I know of none, although I know that there are a number of bluegrass festivals.

When I've asked around before (among fiddlers etc), I realized that old-time has a different meaning here. It mostly means Don Messer style fiddling etc.

Edited by - hoodoo on 11/12/2019 16:28:28

Nov 12, 2019 - 6:46:14 PM

AldenS

Canada

48 posts since 10/23/2017

Also a CH banjo player mostly located in New Brunswick these days, and hoping there's more than just us two, so very keen to hear any info as well.

I at least get to go out to Vancouver pretty often for work, and there is a pretty lively scene out there these days.

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:57:04 AM

Daive

Canada

53 posts since 7/2/2004

I moved to Annapolis Royal area 13 years ago and have not found many American old timey players that live here I do know very good multi instrument players but you can only play one instrument at a time and I have been unable to find a enough people to actually form an old timey band.I play stand up bass,
clawhammer banjo,guitar.There are bluegrass players who I play with sometimes but the old timey stringband sound has eluded me good luck if you organise something old timey let me know I may be able to travel sometimes
Dave York
Granville Ferry

Nov 13, 2019 - 4:53:30 AM
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Greg Denton

Canada

39 posts since 10/5/2014

I'm a Canadian East Coaster stranded in Ontario. But I know there's the Downeast Bluegrass and Oldtime Music Society. They may be worth contacting to see what oldtime specific gatherings or networks there are in the area.
downeastgrass.com/index.html
The Halifax Folklore Centre may have some resources too
halifaxfolklorecentre.ca/about/

Nov 13, 2019 - 6:26:38 AM

hoodoo

Canada

565 posts since 10/6/2017

quote:
Originally posted by Greg Denton

I'm a Canadian East Coaster stranded in Ontario. But I know there's the Downeast Bluegrass and Oldtime Music Society. They may be worth contacting to see what oldtime specific gatherings or networks there are in the area.
downeastgrass.com/index.html
The Halifax Folklore Centre may have some resources too
halifaxfolklorecentre.ca/about/


Buddy, I'm willing to travel. Some of my folks live in southern Ontario, so I try and head down there at least once a year. Are there any interesting events in your neck of the woods? I

Nov 13, 2019 - 7:22:09 AM
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arnie

Canada

447 posts since 2/5/2007

Kim Barlow lives in Nova Scotia and she knows a few folks who play old time. I did a house concert near Halifax and we had a bit of a Jam afterwards.

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:59:58 PM

Greg Denton

Canada

39 posts since 10/5/2014

Buddy, I'm willing to travel. Some of my folks live in southern Ontario, so I try and head down there at least once a year. Are there any interesting events in your neck of the woods? I

I'm in Guelph. There was a group that held a monthly old time jam, but I don't think they're doing regular meetings anymore.

Nov 13, 2019 - 4:01:33 PM

Greg Denton

Canada

39 posts since 10/5/2014

quote:
Originally posted by arnie

Kim Barlow lives in Nova Scotia and she knows a few folks who play old time. I did a house concert near Halifax and we had a bit of a Jam afterwards.


Kim Barlow lives in the Wolfville/Canning area I believe. She's on facebook.

Nov 13, 2019 - 9:13:25 PM

35 posts since 2/7/2014

My wife and I spent several weeks in NB and Cape Breton this summer. We had our fiddle and banjo with us and we played OT wherever we could, in campgrounds and jams. We were welcomed enthusiastically. The folks seemed transfixed by clawhammer in particular.

I wouldn't mind spending 2-3 months a summer in Cape Breton...

Nov 14, 2019 - 12:09:35 AM

Paul R

Canada

11866 posts since 1/28/2010

quote:
Originally posted by hoodoo
quote:

Buddy, I'm willing to travel. Some of my folks live in southern Ontario, so I try and head down there at least once a year. Are there any interesting events in your neck of the woods? I


I'm in Kingston (southeastern Ontario) and ready and willing to jam, if you make it out this way. "Old Time" has a different connotation for a lot of folks here. To them it's Fifties country music. There's a weekly Celtic jam and a weekly "Bluegrass" jam (that has very little Bluegrass music any more). There are some OT people (we even gave an OT workshop at the Skeleton Park Arts Festival) but nothing organized. Sheesham and Lotus were from here.

Nov 14, 2019 - 1:55:08 PM

hoodoo

Canada

565 posts since 10/6/2017

quote:
Originally posted by Paul R
quote:
Originally posted by hoodoo
quote:

Buddy, I'm willing to travel. Some of my folks live in southern Ontario, so I try and head down there at least once a year. Are there any interesting events in your neck of the woods? I


I'm in Kingston (southeastern Ontario) and ready and willing to jam, if you make it out this way. "Old Time" has a different connotation for a lot of folks here. To them it's Fifties country music. There's a weekly Celtic jam and a weekly "Bluegrass" jam (that has very little Bluegrass music any more). There are some OT people (we even gave an OT workshop at the Skeleton Park Arts Festival) but nothing organized. Sheesham and Lotus were from here.


Ok I get it. Get used to a life of being the oddball banjo guy haha. 

Yes it is in incredible isn't it? I grew up in Ontario as well, but have been out east for a decade now. Its incredible to me that bluegrass and québécois trad music here is essentially seen as being traditional, folk music of yore.

Besides Cape Breton, most regions have lost the touch with the real old-time traditional fiddle music

Nov 14, 2019 - 1:59:31 PM

hoodoo

Canada

565 posts since 10/6/2017

quote:
Originally posted by clawgrasser

My wife and I spent several weeks in NB and Cape Breton this summer. We had our fiddle and banjo with us and we played OT wherever we could, in campgrounds and jams. We were welcomed enthusiastically. The folks seemed transfixed by clawhammer in particular.

I wouldn't mind spending 2-3 months a summer in Cape Breton...


I've been to Cape breton once, i'm yearning to go back as well.

I don't disagree with your statement. Everybody that knows that I play always want to know more about it and where my interest comes from and Is that bluegrass? Sometimes the old stereotypes come out and I try to educate people on the real history. 

But I haven't yet, to my knowledge, compelled anyone to pick up the instrument and learn to play. I'd like to convert just ONE person!

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:20:44 PM

35 posts since 2/7/2014

We participated at the Wednesday jam at Cheticamp. Very friendly crowd. They used a very democratic format and everyone was invited to lead. Most of the locals chose traditional classic country songs, sometimes sung in French. My wife and I lead with a very old time rendition of Cluck Old Hen, my wife singing and fiddling and me on clawhammer. After the applause died down, the coordinator commented "You just stole the show!"

Nov 24, 2019 - 4:09:40 AM

hoodoo

Canada

565 posts since 10/6/2017

quote:
Originally posted by arnie

Kim Barlow lives in Nova Scotia and she knows a few folks who play old time. I did a house concert near Halifax and we had a bit of a Jam afterwards.


Thanks for the tip. I did contact her and although I didn't find exactly what I'm looking for right now, some interesting things might happen in 2020.

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