is the name used as long ago as the 1920's for the dance tunes, songs and solo
pieces people played for entertainment before radio and recordings caused most
people to put their instruments away.
With roots in Ireland and northern Europe, and African influences, the music
adatpted to many American environments as it was played and passed from person
to person. New tunes were "made" and became part of the tradition.
Banjos joined fiddles, and when the era of the mail-order catalog came, guitars
were added, too.
By the mid-1920's, the new recording industry in the United States became interested
in recording the traditional dance tunes. Sentimental and religious songs also
became part of the old-time music captured on heavy 78 RPM discs.
Old-time music at its best is tunes and songs and the stories that give them life.
Played from the heart, the music conveys the feelings and stories of those who
played it first.
Tom's radio program
In The Tradition
airs on WDIY 88.1 FM
from 7 to 9 pm
"American music from the
roots to the branches"
Tom is also the host of the nationally-syndicated
Sing Out! Radio Magazine
on WDIY 88.1 FM
every Sunday at 10 am
also heard on Sirius/XM
Bound to Change
Our new CD, Bound to Change, features Tom, Betty, Nate, and Norm Williams. Stacy Bechtel and Brittany Hicks
also joined us for the recording sessions, and the CD includes tunes like "Weeping Pilgrim," "The
Maidencreek Waltz," and "Shove the Pig's Foot a Little Further into the Fire" (complete song notes are
For online ordering information, please visit our merchandise page.
We also host these old-time jams each month:
- June 19, 2013 - time TBA
Radnor Memorial Library, Radnor, PA
Old time stories and songs, with Chaz Kiernan, Storyteller.
A fine selection of tales from the little town of Lost Dollar, appropriately embellished and set with fine tunes.
- June 23, 2013 - 7:00 pm
Jamboree at the Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown, PA
Doors open at 6:00 pm for a fine bar-b-que supper, with the show at 7:00 pm. Two opening acts and a main act
provide music, the regular cast provides jokes and skits, but no new jokes, we're afraid. Enjoy an old-fashioned
evening out, close to home.
- June 29, 2013 - 7:30 pm
Portable Maidencreek Old-time Music Festival, Bethlehem, PA
At Godfrey Daniels, 7 East 4th Street.A new format for our third benefit at Godfrey's — an old-time
open mic, the only one of its kind anywhere around! Bring a tune or song, or two or three, and we'll play until
everyone's had a turn. Donations benefit the Fifth Annual Maidencreek Festival — see that
information below. Don't miss this chance!
- July 13, 2013
Music in the Valley, Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg, PA
This will be the 7th Annual Music in the Valley Day, and we're pleased to have been part of them since the beginning,
thanks to Norm Williams. We'll join other musicians in the beautiful settings around the farm, and just play and sing
all day. Look for us near the farmhouse, in the barns near the geese, or at the schoolhouse where Tom and I spent
hours last year just singing in one of the best places we know for – well, just singing.
- July 14, 2013
Fifth Annual Maidencreek Old-Time Music Festival, Blandon, PA
Can't believe this will be number five — don't let yourself miss another one! Todd Clewell will present
a master class session with limited enrollment teaching Pennsylvania fiddle tunes, Dave Reber will teach old-time
repertoire for hammered dulcimer, Tom Druckenmiller will offer a ukulele workshop, and there will be much more,
too. Fiddles, vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, lap dulcimer, autoharp ... what more could you want on
one summer day? Oh, yes — a hoedown. And an onion jam, and an evening concert. You should plan on
taking Monday off from work if you can! Still on Facebook at Maidencreek Old-time Music Festival, we'll be posting
more details as we get closer. Remember the food, too!
The "Portable Maidencreek Festival" at Godfrey Daniels on June 29th benefits the festival fund.
- August 4-9, 2013
Old-time, Vocal and Dance Weeks, Elkins, WV
A Who's Who of Old-time and Vocals — try this for a start: Rafe and Clelia Stefanini, Dave Bing, Joe
Newberry, Jesse Milnes, Charlie Walden, Cathy Barton, Frank Lee, Mac Benford, Dave Para, Joebass DeJarnette, Riley
Baugus, Kathy Bullock, Emily Eagen, Val Mindel, Claudia Schmidt, and more. One of the first and the finest music
heritage programs in the country, and our home away from home, too. Not an old-time or vocal person? Check out
their Cajun Week, Early Country Week, Irish, Bluegrass, or Dance Weeks, or the crafts classes every week of the
summer. We're not exaggerating — this could change your life! Visit their website for all the
information about the summer, spring and fall offerings.
- August 9-11, 2013
Augusta Heritage Arts Festival, Elkins, WV
Finish up a glorious week with a Friday night dance, Saturday in the town park with juried crafts and multiple
music stages, an evening concert and a Sunday morning gospel sing in the Chapel. No more need be said.
- September 15, 2013 - 9:00 am - dark
30th Annual Lyons Fiddle Festival, Lyons, PA
Gospel church service, ice cream, church-made soup, ice cream, crafts, ice cream, lawn chairs and ice cream.
Music all day, including the contest in the afternoon, jamming in the back, and featured musicians including
Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass, East Side Dave, Manatawny Creek Ramblers, Ladies in the Parlor, Andrew
Roblin and Hunter Lyons.
- October 12 & 13, 2013
Harvest Festival, Quiet Valley Farm, Stroudsburg PA
Two beautiful days to celebrate farm life and the fall harvest. Lots of crafts demonstrations, with some music
here and there throughout the day. A short drive from the Lehigh Valley leads you to a different world.
- December 7-8 and 14-15, 2013
Old-Time Christmas at Quiet Valley Farm, Stroudsburg PA
Take a lantern-light tour of the farm, and visit the traditions of the people who lived there to gain a new
perspective on the Christmas season. Bundle up, and enjoy the bright stars in the sky as you walk beneath them.
Highly recommended — we often go even if we're not singing Christmas carols in the schoolhouse.
- December 15, 2013 - 4:00 pm
Brightest and Best: An Appalachian Christmas
Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, PA
Please join us for a celebration of a mountain Christmas — singing, playing and visiting in the
old-time way. It will be a family and friends time to draw us all closer against the cold of winter, and
closer to each other, too. We'll let you know more — this one's just in the planning stages. Keep
watching here and on Facebook.
- First Tuesday of each month at
in Bethlehem, an open old-time jam from 7:00 pm -9:00 pm. Admission is now FREE to all who wish to play or listen.
Fourth Friday of each month at Meadowood Music in Blandon, PA, along Route 222. 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Free.
UPDATE (March 2012):
The monthly old-time jam at Meadowood Music is going on a
vacation of sorts. We hate to say it's over, but it seems like a good time to give it a little rest. We'll let everyone
know here and on the Meadowood website if and when it will
return. Thanks to Karl, Debbie, Joe, Bill, Ed, Jim, Kay and the others who've made it fun over the years. And many thanks
to Paula and Mike for giving us their space and valuable time for so many Friday nights.