January 27, 2012

The Morning Call

has selected The Druckenmillers as



Old-Time Music
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
every Wednesday
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
broadcast locally
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 available here).

For online ordering information, please visit our merchandise page.

  Upcoming Events
  • October 10-11, 2015 — 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Quiet Valley Fall Harvest Festival, near Stroudsburg, PA

    Traditional skills and heritage crafts demonstrations: spinning, weaving, broom making, scrapple making, apple butter making, basket making, candle making. There will also be plenty of folk entertainment, good country food, children's activities, pumpkin decorating, a quilt raffle, pony rides, horse drawn wagon rides, one room schoolhouse presentation, outdoor brick bake oven and much more. The New Jersey Frontier Guard will portray French and Indian War soldiers trekking through the farm. The 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Co. G Re-enactors will portray the drill and everyday life of soldiers in the 19th century. Bring a camera — photo ops everywhere you look!

  • October 23-25, 2015
    Fiddler's Reunion, Davis and Elkins College, Elkins WV

    Scores of West Virginia's master fiddlers, pickers, and singers gather, along with hundreds of local folks and visitors for a weekend of fun, packed with jam sessions throughout the weekend, informal concerts, and renewal of friendships. On Friday night the Reunion kicks off with a Halloween Square Dance. On Saturday the events center around a concert stage in Myles Center for the Arts. From 10:00am to 4:00pm you will be able to enjoy performances by dozens of invited old-time musicians from all over West Virginia. A flatfooting contest will be held on the stage around 4:00pm. Cash prizes will be awarded. Exhibits and sales by instrument vendors will be nearby, and food will be available. The weekend concludes with a Gospel Sing in the Chapel on Sunday morning.

  • November 8, 2015 — 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Emmaus Farmers' Market, Emmaus

    Bundle up! Cider, apples, bread, pumpkins, honey — stock up for the long winter months. Celebrate harvest with old-time tunes!

  • December 5-6 & 12-13, 2015 — 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Quiet Valley Farm Old-time Christmas

    Come experience a winter evening on the Farm. Guides in period clothing will lead guests on their journey into the past guided by candles, lanterns and the stars in the sky above. A living Nativity, carols in the schoolhouse, a Belschnikel — you can look that one up! Tours leave from the pasture gate every 15 minutes. A lovely part of Christmas tradition — see you in the Schoolhouse!

  • December 13, 2015 — 4:00 pm
    Godfrey Daniels, 7 East 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA

    Tentatively, our Christmas celebration at Godfrey's. With Norm Williams, Charles Kiernan, and players to be named later.

   We also host these old-time jams each month:
  • First Tuesday of each month at Godfrey Daniels 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.