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Nigel Gatherer's Old Time Workshops

Nigel Gatherer's Old Time Workshops

Old Time is really just American folk music of a type which is sometimes called "Hillbilly Music" or "String Band Music", and predates Bluegrass. I have had a great love for this music for many years, and used to perform in an Old-Time group based in Edinburgh, Clutching At Straws.

I have conducted a few old time workshops over the years, including my annual Old Time in Newburgh all-day workshop and session. The workshops particularly suit stringed instruments such as fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, bass, etc. I usually provide music in various formats before the workshop so that those who prefer to have gone through the material in advance may do so.

My next old time workshops will be:

In addition, I am planning an old time workshop in the Autumn near Peebles, south of Edinburgh. If you wish to be kept informed about this, email me).


Music

For an idea of the kind of music I explore at these workshops, have a look at some previous events (click on the links below), and you can access some notation sheets and soundfiles.


Jam Session

Part of my workshops consist of an old-time jam session, and I have prepared a booklet of common old time jam session tunes which can be downloaded:

OTIN Session Book A4 OTIN Session Book A5
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In your print dialogue control, print odd pages first, then turn paper over, choose reverse order and then print even pages. Finally, staple pages together to give you an A4 booklet.
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In your print dialogue control, print odd pages first, then turn paper over, choose reverse order and then print even pages. Finally, fold each page in half and this will give you an A5 booklet.
OTIN Session Book A4 (TAB)
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This is a version of the session book in mandolin tablature. Follow the instructions above.

Previous Years

Photos, soundfiles and music from old time workshops in previous years:


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