I've been listening to a lot of Pete Seeger since he died. What other old time banjo players might I like? I'm not looking for fast rolls, finger picks, bluegrass style. I'm looking for frailing, clawhammer, and plaintive melodies. This sort of thing.
I've got a few fellow mom friends who play bluegrass and old-time, and we're starting a Ladies' Pickin' and Playdate, so we can combine childcare and playing a few tunes. Of course, we need a motto. [more inside]
I have an inordinate crush on songs like Sufjan Steven's "For the Widows of Paradise" and in general love the sound of clawhammer/frailing banjo. Can you help me find more not-strictly-traditional music featuring clawhammer banjo? [more inside]
When playing the bass for bluegrass and old-time waltzes, what do you do on the off-beats (the 2 and the 3)? [more inside]
Help me identify this [possibly movie still] photo. Pictured: gun-wielding early 20th[?] century woman. [more inside]
In the Appalachians, it's hip to be old-timey. Not so much other places. What's the deal? [more inside]
Nervous mandolinist looking for the friendliest old-time session in NYC. [more inside]
I haven't picked up my violin in years, and would like to start playing again - but I want to play Scottish and Irish fiddle, and maybe a little Appalachian old-time fiddle, too. Resources? [more inside]
Where can I find old recordings of British folk music? [more inside]
What are some old-time fonts that have a single character (one key stroke) for a fancy "the" and "of"? I've tried googling but "the" and "of" are hard search words! Thanks. [more inside]
I enjoy early American popular music (say up until the late 1920s), and especially period recordings of the same. I have about a dozen CDs compiling this music, and have downloaded other songs from alt.binaries.sounds.*. I'm looking for other sources of free mp3s of early American popular music. (Don't fret about copyright issues: the stuff I'm looking for is old enough that it's in the public domain.) I'd also love recommendations for modern(ish) recordings of these old songs. I know Garrison Keillor performs some from time-to-time (and just did on his last broadcast, for example), and I know of Joan Morris/William Bolcome and Jody Dall'Armi.
That high lonesome sound. Any recommendations for old-timey music—string bands, ballads, fiddle music, country blues, even up to orthodox bluegrass? I'll soon be surrounded by vendors of such things but I don't have much grounding—any really standout groups or recordings I should look for?