Monday, August 19, 2019

The Fifth Annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival, September 5-8, 2019, Hillsdale, NY

The Fifth Annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival 2019


September 5-8, 2019 
Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 County Rt 21, North Hillsdale, NY, 12529

The 5th Annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival: Preserving American Music
Musicians and Festival Attendees Dedicated to Preservation through Participation
September 5-8, 2019
1011 Co. Rd 21, Hillsdale, NY 12529Website

HILLSDALE, NY. The Oldtone Roots Music Festival features three stages with traditional music performances, dances, workshops, contests, and children’s activities. The founders’ goal is to preserve American roots music and dance with an intimate and interactive festival that includes opportunities to engage with main stage artists in workshop settings. Jamming in the campground late into the night is encouraged. In the evenings festival goers and artists dance under a tent that perches over a spectacular view of the rolling upstate NY farm valley of Matt and Lisa Schober’s Cool Whisper Farm. It is not unusual to find main stage performers dancing in the dance tent or jamming late into the night in the camping areas. Caleb Klauder of the Foghorn String Band has this to say about Oldtone 19: “I’m going to the Oldtone Roots Music festival because their hearts are in the music and the music there has soul.”

The festival is unique amongst Roots music festivals for its popularity with the artists themselves as well as the attendees, who can often be heard talking about the “Oldtone vibe”.  Well known cajun Artist Jesse Lege (Bayou Brew) stated; “If I had to pick one best festival, and I have traveled to many, near and far....Oldtone is the biggest, most relaxed, friendliest little festival you’ll ever spend a weekend at... like having it in your own backyard.” 

The festival has a core of returning popular Oldtone veteran artists: the Foghorn String Band, Tuba Skinny, the Down Hill Strugglers, Jesse Lege & the Bayou Brew, Run Mountain, Tamar Korn, Travis Stuart, and the Russet Trio, all who have performed since 2016. This year the line up also includes well known bands and artists and exciting new acts: Alice Gerrard & the Piedmont Melody Makers, Roochie Toochie & the Ragtime Shepherd Kings, Bruce Molsky and Allison de Groot, Jerron Paxton, The Alex Leach Band, Sinner Friends, and more. The full line up and schedule can be found on the Oldtone Roots Music Festival Website. 

Oldtone is known for its family friendly atmosphere with puppet shows and interactive entertainment for children. Local food and craft vendors add to the village feel of the four day long weekend festival, and this year, local craft beers from Big Elm, Chatham Brewery, S&S Farm Brewery, and Svendale will be a highlight as well as local hard cider, and wine from Millbrook Winery

Photo from Oldtone Festival 2018 by Juris Mardwig

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The fourth annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival, September 6-9, 2018, Hillsdale, NY

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The fourth annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival
September 6-9, 2018
Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 County Rt 21, North Hillsdale, NY, 12529
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The 2018 Line-up
Anna & Elizabeth, Cedric Watson, Hubby Jenkins, Mike Bub in the Lineup for Oldtone This Year

Hillsdale, NY, April 11, 2018 The Oldtone Roots Music Festival 2018, September 6-9, 2018
Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 County Rt 21, North Hillsdale, NY, 12529.

Oldtone Productions continue their  carefully curated old-time music line up with the return of some Oldtone favorites and some exciting new folks. Roots music fans will be delighted to hear that the Appalachian Mountain duo Anna & Elizabeth (recently featured in the New Yorker) will be bringing their harmonies and their art to the Hillsdale festival. Also new this year are Oldtime Blues artist Hubby Jenkins (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Creole artist and former member of The Pine Leaf Boys Cedric Watson, well known upright bass player Mike Bub (Del McCoury band). Other new artists include Five Mile Mountain Road (bluegrass), cajun fiddlers Joel Savoy and Kelli Jones, roots trio Pete’s Posse, and the Balkan Romani Gypsy duo Eva Salina and Peter Stan.

The returning lineup makes up Oldtone’s core, with some of the most exciting roots artists today. The Oldtone host band, is the well-known Foghorn String Band from Portland, OR, Oldtone’s favorite Cajun band Jesse Lege and the Bayou Brew will be returning to the Main and Dance Stages, as will the old time darlings Bill and the Belles. Bill and the Belles are the house band for Farm & Fun Time which is hosted by Radio Bristol producer and house band-leader Kris Truelsen, (the show is hot in the Roots music world right now). The Down Hill Strugglers are also making waves, and band member Jackson Lynch recently played the Half Moon with his band Jackson and the Janks, the Hudson hot spot that Oldtone partners with for their SuperTone promotional shows. Nora Brown, the young up and coming roots banjo player captured the festival’s hearts and minds last year with her appearance on the “tweener” stage and has a place on the Main Stage for 2018.

Oldtone organizer Kip Beacco stated; “I can’t begin to tell you about all the amazing artists we’ve got coming this, year, it’s breathtaking.”

“Oldtone is the good ol’ days. I have never had such fun playing music as I did in the dancing tent in the Oldtone Country Revue - the smell of sawdust from the freshly built stage, the twinkling lights, and the warm summer air on our skin as dancers twirled and two-stepped by. Oldtone is a dream.” stated singer Lauren Ambrose. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Northeast Fiddlers Convention, June 9, Hancock Shaker Village

This Saturday!

Oldtone Productions and Hancock Shaker Village present:

Bill and the BellesNils Fredland, and Tara Linhardt. The day includes workshops with Bill and the Belles, Fredland, and Linhardt, jamming in historic barns, instrument contests with cash prizes (courtesy of Rock On), a concert and a Square Dance.  Hancock Shaker village demonstrations available throughout the day, included in the ticket price. Follow @northeastfiddlersconvention on instagram and Oldtone Native on FB for news and details. Pre-registration required for the instrument contests. Email to register for the contests. 

June 9th from 2pm to Midnight!
Hancock Shaker Village events available for Fiddlers' Convention ticket holders as early as 10 am.  

10am     Village opens 
(Hancock Shaker Village displays, trails, and demonstrations available to NE Fiddlers' ticket holders
2-4pm   Workshops
4-5pm   Open Jam in the Round Stone Barn
5-7pm   Fiddle & Banjo Contest
7-8pm   Open Jam
8pm-Midnight Square Dance

Contestant Sign-up is REQUIRED!   Space is limited, and walk-ins are not guaranteed a contestant spot. All signups get Oldtone & NE Fiddlers' Convention stickers at check-in!
Fill out the form below or email to register for the contests.

Judged Contests for the following categories*:
Fiddle  /  Banjo   /  Guitar  /  Mandolin  /  Dobro
2018 Prizes for each category are:
1st PRIZE: $100 cash! + 1 Full Camping ticket to the 2018 Oldtone Roots Music Festival
1 ticket to the 2019 N.E. Fiddlers’ Convention
2 tickets to Supertone Music Festival
Fiddlers’ Merch Bag
2nd PRIZE: $50 CASH!
A ticket to the 2019 N.E. Fiddlers’ Convention
Fiddlers’ Merch Bag
3rd-PRIZE: Fiddlers’ Merch Bag!
For Contest Rules CLICK HERE

We anticipate these sections to be small in class size and intimate, the leaders will assess the skill levels in the room and try to address a wide range of instruction and knowledge in their particular subjects. No sign-ups are necessary for the workshops, and reservations are not accepted.
Workshop Instructors:
Tara Linhardt: Mandolin: “Monroe and Beyond”
Kris Truelsen: Guitar & Band Styles: "Evolutions from the 20s & 30s”
Grace Van’t Hof: Banjo: “Bluegrass Drive to Old-Time”
Kalia Yeagle: Fiddle: “All Things Fiddle”
Karl Zerfas: “The Bass”
Nils Fredland: "Square Dance History Through Your Feet"

Tickets on sale here
Day tickets (10am-7pm) $20 advance/$25 day of.

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Hancock Shaker Village is located at
1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201

Friday, May 4, 2018

notloB Recommends... "NONE BUT THE BEST"

the latest production by IN GOOD COMPANY.

This musical play tells the remarkable story of a 19th century Boston Publisher and philanthropist, Daniel Sharp Ford, whose weekly periodical had the largest circulation of any periodical in the country at that time.  Unlike his contemporary business titans of the Gilded Age, he didn't build mansions in Newport.  Instead, he used his wealth to feed and clothe the poor, and to provide vocational training to enable them to support themselves during the tumultuous period between the Civil War and the end of the 19th century.

There are two performances
Saturday, May 5th at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 6th at 4pm First Parish in Waltham 50 Church St, Waltham, MA 02452

Monday, April 16, 2018

notloB Music presents Gatorland and Left-Right Strings, 4/16, @ Arts at the Armory

Continuing our quasi-annual collaborative with Darol Anger...

Gatorland is a Berklee acoustic string ensemble dedicated to playing the music of mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall, featuring some of the most accomplished young acoustic musicians working today.
Ethan Setiawan, mandolin & mandocello
Ben Knorr, guitar
Korey Brodsky, guitar & mandolin
Joseph Byrne, String Bass
Ella Jordan, fiddle
Audrey Budington, fiddle
Hanna Rose Baker, fiddle

Sharing the bill, The Left-Right Strings
Cecilia Vacanti – Viola
Hannah Rose Baker – Five string fiddle
Casey Murray – Cello
Emilie Rose – Fiddle

Both ensembles are coached by Prof. Darol Anger.
This Wednesday, 4/18, at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville.
The Café offers delicious espresso and other coffee drinks, Mighty Leaf teas, hearty sandwiches on artisan breads, fresh salads, savory soups, yummy baked goods, fine desserts, beer & wine, and more.
Free will offering.
More info – 978-226-8862 or

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Cantrip, Acton, April 24


Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 7:30pm
Common House, 25 Half Moon Hill, Acton, Massachusetts 01720
Tickets:  $15 in advance through and, if not sold out, $20 cash at the door.DINNER AND A SHOW - Ticket holders get 15% off dinner at Not Your Average Joe's (305 Main Street), just show your server your eventbrite ticket.
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More info: phone 978-226-8862or email

"Their music comes from wild landscapes and wild places of the spirit." -- The Orcadian

The name is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or piece of mischief and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in their musical arrangements, likewise the compelling potency of their musicianship. Originally formed as a quartet, Cantrip sprung from a local session in Edinburgh nearly twenty years ago. Their driving music immediately caught the attention of the masses, and they were quickly signed to the Foot Stompin' label. With their first album "Silver" (2001) in hand, Cantrip made its way across the water to the United States, where they were received with roars and shouts (of enjoyment). After years of significant touring, the band parted ways with Foot Stompin' and began producing albums on their own. Two albums later ("Boneshaker" in 2005 and "Piping the Fish" in 2008), Cantrip had cemented itself as a perennial figure. After a period of hiatus in which children were born and continents were left for new ones, Cantrip redefined its sound. Trimming itself to a trio, the band tightened its arrangements while expanding its influence. New inspirations began creeping into the sound, complementing the traditional foundation of the band. This more mature sound debuted on their recent release "The Crossing" (2016) and has been catching the ear of listeners and concert goers all over again. Now, in recognition of 20 years of performing the band is returning to its roots and revisiting Silver, with a live re-release slated for Autumn 2018 that looks to be as exciting and full of energy as ever.

DAN HOUGHTON (bagpipes, flute, whistles, guitar, bouzouki, vocals)

Dan was born in Ghana, but was transported to Scotland shortly thereafter, where he was surrounded by the indigenous music. He began his career with the whistle at age seven and started playing bagpipes in the early nineties, proceeding to win the Scottish Lowland and Border Pipers' Society Open Borderpipes and New Composition events (multiple times), as well as the Maitre de Cornemuse at St. Chartier. Over the years he increased his versatility as a multi-instrumentalist, becoming an accomplished player on the flute, bouzouki and DADGAD guitar. In 2010, with the help of many friends (including Jon Bews), Dan released his first solo recording entitled "The Long March Home". He is an instructor at the Vermont Institute of Celtic Arts, and in addition to Cantrip can be heard as a member of Parcel of Rogues, Prydien and Salsa Celtica. Outside of music Dan holds a BSc Hons I degree in Applied Mathematics and Geophysics from the University of Otago and an MLitt degree in Gaelic Literature and Language from the University of Edinburgh.

JON BEWS (fiddle, vocals)

A veteran of the fiddle, having started at age four, Jon came to Scots music from a classical education by way of Goth rock. But it didn't take long for him to entrench himself in the world and carve a name for himself as a fiddler. A prizewinning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 1994, he has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Malinky, James Yorkston, Mikel Urdangarin, Ranarim, Deaf Mutes and Samling. In addition to Cantrip, he currently plays with Edinburgh based bands Urvanovic, OBT and League of Regrettable Superheroes. Jon is also widely recognised as a composer and arranger. His string arrangements have been sought out by Ewan MacPherson and Fribo and his tunes have won high acclaim across the board. Jon moved to the Scottish Borders in 2003 where he spent two years as Traditional and World Music Development Worker for Scottish Borders Council. He stayed there because the view is nice and only moved back to Edinburgh because the shops are open later.
ERIC MCDONALD (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, vocals)

As a US native, Eric found his way to traditional music through the rich local music scene in his hometown Boston. Nearly a decade after studying at Berklee College of Music under world renowned musicians such as guitarist/mandolinist John McGann and cellist Eugene Friesene, he is now established as one of the USA's premier accompanists in many styles. Eric cut his teeth playing for contra dances in New England, and can still often be seen from the dance floor. Nowadays he is an active session player, regularly recording and traveling with musicians of many stripes. Touring credits include The Outside Track, Chris Norman Ensemble, Andrea Beaton, Wendy MacIsaac and Katie McNally. In addition to Cantrip, he can currently be seen touring with traditional Irish music trio Daymark, Scottish fiddle champion Ryan McKasson and award winning singer/songwriter Connor Garvey. In addition to guitar accompaniment, Eric's debut solo album "Rove" features his unique style and approach to tunes on the mandolin, as well as carefully crafted deliveries of traditional ballads on voice and guitar.

Friday, February 16, 2018

notloB Music Returns to Arts at the Armory Cafe for 7th season

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 28 and again for Wednesday, March 28 when notloB music will present at the Arts at the Armory cafe (191 Highland Avenue, Somerville) rising talent from the Berklee College of Music. Admission is by free-will offering ($5-10pp suggested). Reservations are recommended -
Two additional concerts in April and May are in the works and will be announced at a later date.

Sailbow Band (Emilie Rose & Casey Murray) and Jordan & Jordan (Minnie & Ella)

Wednesday, February 28, 7:00pm

Sailbow is a contemporary Celtic fiddle and cello duo featuring Emilie Rose and Casey Murray.
The two met at Berklee College of Music in the American Roots Music Program. They compose and arrange original fiddle tunes and enjoy combining their musical individuality to bring a fresh perspective on traditional folk music.
Both Casey and Emilie were heavily influenced by their respective musical communities on different sides of the country. Casey comes from Rochester, NY where New England Contra dancing and Contra music sparked her interest and the flame kept growing. Emilie grew up through various fiddle camps in her community in Northern California and flourished with guidance and inspiration from instructors. In combining their unique experiences that they hold very close to their hearts, Emilie and Casey are able to channel their emotional and musical sensitivity into energetic, heartfelt music.

Minnie and Ella Jordan have been playing music together for more than a decade—starting on violin, over the years they have added vocals, guitar and tenor guitar to their repertoire. They are fluent in the Jazz, Swing, Western Swing, Country, Bluegrass and Classical idioms. They have been performing publicly for many years, and play upwards of 50 gigs a year. Both are currently studying at Berklee College of Music on scholarship. Scholarships have enabled them to study eclectic string styles at numerous camps, including the Randy Elmore Fiddle Camp, Christian Howes’ Creative Strings Workshop, Dave Alexander’s Big Texas Swing Camp, Berklee Global String Intensive, and the Berklee Roots Weekend. They have been able to study privately with legendary fiddle players Billy Contreras, Mike Barnett, and Buddy Spicher, and with jazz violin master Christian Howes. They were the winners of the 2010 Old Settlers Music Festival Youth competition, and have been featured performers on SUN and KOOP radio in Austin. They were especially honored to have been the 2014 recipients of the Daniel Pearl Memorial violins. They have appeared in print in Texas Monthly, Huffington Post, the Austin Chronicle, and most recently, on the cover of Texas Polka News!

Ethan Setiawan & Ella Jordan
Wednesday, March 28, 7:00pm

ETHAN SETIAWAN is a Boston-based mandolin player who’s won such accolades as the National Mandolin Championship, the RockyGrass Mandolin Championship, and a full-ride scholarship to Berklee College of Music. An involved member of the Boston alt-bluegrass scene, his path has wended its way through traditional bluegrass, to Bach partitas, to free jazz, and his debut full-length album is made up of original tunes drawing from all these wells. The album was conceived and crafted as a whole; the tunes were written for the band, who were chosen for the tunes. To write the album, he dove deep into the compositional techniques and tunes of some of the pioneers of the current wave of bluegrass: Bela Fleck, Matt Flinner, David Grisman and Mike Marshall, to name a few. After months of writing, discarding, and editing, a body of tunes emerged as clear candidates for a record. Over several years, the community around Ethan in the Northeast and Midwest evolved into the perfect band for a project such as this. The band features Julian Pinelli and Avery Merritt on fiddles, Sam Leslie on guitar, and Jacob Warren playing bass. Skilled engineer and mandolinist Dan Bui of Twisted Pine engineered and mixed the album. The recording process took place at the Record Company in Boston, and the resulting album contains close friends and bandmates, a batch of carefully crafted tunes, and the freshest grooves in bluegrass. He has shared the stage with Julian Lage, Darrell Scott, Bryan Sutton, Mike Marshall, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, Casey Driessen, the Steel Wheels, Don Stiernberg, Matt Flinner, and Jacob Jolliff, and has performed at venues such as Savannah Music Festival, IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Streetfest, Prairie Home Companion, the Walnut Valley Festival, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Freshgrass, the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, the Red Wing Roots Music Festival, and Club Passim. He’s a member of bands Theory Expats, The Leafless, Corner House, The Harmolodic String Band, and OctoPladd (notloB Music concert #182, 3/23/16).

MINNIE JORDAN is a talented cross-genre violinist currently splitting her time between Massachusetts and Texas. Although violin is her primary instrument, she is also a skilled vocalist, mandolinist, and tenor guitar player.

Growing up on a ranch in rural Texas, Minnie was immersed in the sounds of Western Swing and Texas fiddle. She began playing publically at age 9 in a duo with her younger sister, Ella. The two busked and played Texas Oprys, honing their chops and ultimately winning the youth talent competition at the renowned Old Settlers Music Festival, where they showcased in 2011. In 2014 Minnie was awarded use of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin, made by Jonathan Cooper, and awarded at the Mark O’Connor String Conference.

Minnie continues to perform at festivals and other venues in both the Boston area and central Texas. She has also worked as a session musician, and recorded the theme song for the NYC Employees Deferred Compensation ad series. She has performed on festival stages at FreshGrass, MEOWcon, and the Texas Music Jamboree.

Minnie has actively sought to expand her musical horizons by studying with some of music’s most gifted contemporary teachers and players, including Billy Contreras, Christian Howes, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, and Buddy Spicher, among others. Her efforts led to her accepting a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. While there, she was admitted into the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute, where she receives instruction from preeminent players in the genre as well as participating in community outreach efforts.

In addition to being a talented musician, Minnie has won awards for her visual and textile art and academic achievement.

notloB Music

Since 2007, notloB Music has presented close to 200 Folk, Old-Time, Blue Grass, Progressive String, Celtic and World concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.
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Arrive as early as 6pm to enjoy the cafe's offerings, which include sandwiches/wraps, salads, coffee, teas and pastries as well as beer and wine.
Free parking in the back lot, on street (mind the signage) and two satellite lots.
Handicap accessible.

Getting there.
The cafe is located inside Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville.
Free parking in the back lot and on street, satellite lots if full.

MBTA: Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15 minute walk from Davis Square which is on the MBTA Red Line. Also served via MBTA RT 88 and RT 90 bus that can be caught either at Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop, or from Sullivan Square (Orange Line) by using the MBTA RT 90 bus. Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop.
Bicycle: Take the SomervilleCommunity Path from Davis Square to its end, then surface streets.
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