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. Through all this, they’ve never let the music grow cold; instead they’ve been steadily proving that American roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration.
Bruce Molsky’s latest project, Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, packs a punch with three of the most captivating performers in the most recent generation of Old-Time and American Roots music. The band features Bruce Molsky on fiddle, banjo and vocals, Stash Wyslouch of the Deadly Gentlemen on guitar and vocals and Allison de Groot on banjo and vocals.
Formed in in 2009, Tuba Skinny has steadily evolved from a loose collection of street musicians into a solid ensemble dedicated to bringing the traditional New Orleans sound to audiences around the world. Drawing on a wide range of musical influences—from spirituals to Depression-era blues, from ragtime to traditional jazz—their sound evokes the rich musical heritage of their New Orleans home.
Tony Trischka is considered to be the consummate banjo artist and perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 45 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians with the many voices he has brought to the instrument. We at Oldtone are honored to have Tony grace our stage(s)!
An irreverent duo in the tradition of Slim & Slam, The Two Man Gentlemen Band has developed a reputation as a must-see live act on the roots music circuit. Raucous original tunes inspired by pre-war Jazz and Western Swing. Currently on hiatus while songwriter Andy Bean provides music for several animated television series, the band’s Oldtone set will be it’s ONLY PUBLIC PERFORMANCE OF 2016.
Jesse Lége defines traditional Louisiana dance hall music. His unmistakeable hard driving style of accordion play and his powerful voice will get even the most staid listener up on the dance floor. Whether he is performing with Bayou Brew or his many friends, Jesse can crank up any old tune to something new and very different than you have ever heard before.
Mandolin Magazine calls him a player with “a worldwide reputation as one of the modern masters of bluegrass mandolin...one of the most recognizable and respected mandolin voices anywhere”. He’s Mike Compton—Grammy and IBMA award-winning recording artist; solo, duo and band performer; and as passionate a teacher and advocate for the mandolin as you’re ever likely to find.
Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass continue to be deeply rooted in tradition, but look to the future with enthusiasm and anticipation. This coming year brings renewed excitement! Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass released their new CD in 2012 on Patuxent Music. It is filled with all the traditional sound you would expect from a Southern Grass CD.
Heralded as “a leading light of the New York bluegrass scene” by the New York Times, Michael Daves has garnered attention for his work with Chris Thile, Steve Martin, Tony Trischka, and Rosanne Cash in addition to his solo performances. His most recent project is “Sleep With One Eye Open”, the debut album from Thile and Daves, which was recorded live to tape over four days at Jack White’s Third Man studio in Nashville.
Southern native Bradford Lee Folk works hard and plays hard, tearing it up on stage with his Bluegrass Playboys, playing the rough-edged blend of bluegrass tradition and true country grit that's his stock-in-trade. After years heading up the seminal young bluegrass band Open Road and then running a rural honky-tonk in Colorado, Bradford Folk came back to Nashville determined to make his own music his own way.
Since 2008 Raya Brass Band has energized clubs, international festivals, rooftop parties, and subway cars with its hard-driving, original brass band music. The six members of the band bring their unique voices to the group, creating a sound informed as much by their love for the fierce and seductive music of the Balkans as it is by New Orleans brass bands, punk rock, and global music. Featuring trumpet, sax, accordion, tuba, and percussion, this band wails, sweats, and shouts alongside its audience.
From early New Orleans jazz of the 20's and big band swing of the 30's and 40's, to Parisian jazz a la Django Reinhardt, The Lucky 5 infect a pure dose of heavy duty hard swing to all within earshot. The Lucky 5 writes their own, rolls their own, and rearranges others, all while minding the traditions that brought them here. Not to be missed!
Run Mountain is a high-energy trio who play some of the liveliest old time music in the Northeast - a toe-tapping, energetic romp through American old-time classic fiddle tunes, hillbilly blues, mountain gospel, comic ditties and of course, the feat of feets - Appalachian clogging. Run Mountain entertains with enthusiasm and skill and most importantly, with humor and heart. BUST DOWN!
Dave" Tex" Orlomoski and Dave Shaw make up the duo Bear Minimum performing old country and bluegrass music in the old brother duet style. An offshoot of The Bear Bridge Band, they've been playing as a duo for the past several years getting a chance to work on their Louvin Brothers, Delmore Brothers style of singing. In 2015 Bear Minimum released their first recording " The Automobile of Life " on the Open Road label.
Moonshine Holler (Paula Bradley and Bill Dillof) is a versatile husband & wife duet who play and sing traditional music of the southern mountains: heartsongs, ballads, hillbilly blues, minstrel ditties and fiddle tunes of yesteryear, with some old-time flatfooting on the side. Their repertoire reflects a wide range of traditional music styles from the plaintive singing of the Carter Family to the fast fiddle breakdowns of old-time stringbands such as the Skillet Lickers.
Based in New York’s Hudson Valley, The Russet Trio has performed for contra-dances, music festivals, weddings and parties, throughout the Northeast and beyond since 2002. They have become one of the regions most highly sought after bands for dancing. Their music has Celtic and Appalachian roots played with generous swing and effervescent energy. However one describes this music, people’s feet will move and their spirits soar.
Oldtone is excited to see a stripped down heavy acoustic set from one of our favorite regional folk-rock bands! Mail the Horse has spent the past four years synthesizing decades of influences, from Gram Parsons to Nick Cave, into powerfully executed folk-rock. Mail the Horse are in that small class of DIY bands who drag keyboards and pedal steel into punk houses. Their music has matured and swaggers with the best of them, and the new record, Planet Gates, brings their expert songcraft to the forefront.
The Farwells—Debra Clifford (of the Lonesome Sisters & Old Buck) & Becca Wintle (UK fiddler and singer)—play dreamy old time music, traditional mountain music, and old time lonesome harmony duet singing with fiddle, guitar, clawhammer banjo and mandolin. They do workshops, gospel sings, square dances, and concerts. Debra has taught singing, guitar and mandolin at many camps here and in UK. She & Bruce Molsky host the new Old Time Rollick Camp in April at the Ashokan Center.
The Down Hill Strugglers (formerly known as the Dust Busters) is an old time string band based out of Brooklyn, NY. They have released an album on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and are featured on the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers film, "Inside Llewyn Davis" produced by T-Bone Burnett. The Down Hill Strugglers band formed while hanging out at the home of their mutual friend Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders, where they also met friend and mentor John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers.
The Hayrollers from Ancramdale, NY hit hard with a stomp'in soulful bounce of bluegrass, old-timey, swing-i-fied country music, and tight pick'in and sing'in. Combining early stringband stomps and struts with the original bluegrass style of Bill Monroe, The Hayrollers are well steeped in the tradition of early country music.
The Easy Ridin' Papas play early 20th century country blues/jazz, western swing, southern gospel, jugband, ragtime, and anything else that catches the boys' fancy. This is self-proclaimed 'By Gum Music From a Bygone Era'!
Bash Bish Bluegrass Band's relaxing vibe is fun and features a wide array of special guest regional musical talent. Whether it's the guest fiddler and bass pickers or friends stopping by, there is always something unique going on for each show.
Hopalong Andrew plays interactive concerts geared for all-age enjoyment, singing the great folk songs, fireside ballads, and cowboy favorites of the silver screen. He hosts weekly concerts-for-cowpokes all over town. He'll get you to sing along, dance along, play along, and have an all-Americana good time.
Oldtone is proud to bring in Hudson-based Two Gun Man to showcase their original songs and unique sound. The band can simultaneously tug the heartstrings of the Tanglewood set and get a dance floor of crust punks sweating merrily, such is the charm of their ‘rough around the edges’ Americana.