BOTMC Day 1: Foghorn Stringband, Del Rey & Suzy Thompson with Matt Weiner, BobbyTaylor & Kim Johnson
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention

$22 adv / $26 door*

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Foghorn Stringband

Longtime BOTMC favorites Foghorn Stringband have delighted audiences around the world for fifteen years now, with eight albums and thousands of shows to their credit. Caleb Klauder, Sammy Lind, Reeb Willms and Nadine Landry gather around one microphone, playing and singing with an intense, fiery abandon - old-time square dance tunes, Cajun waltzes, vintage honky tonk country, and classic bluegrass harmonies. After the show, they’re often found at the heart of a jam session, continuing to play late into the night.

Foghorn members will give instructional workshops at the Freight as part of the BOTMC; registration for these will open on Aug. 1st. Sammy Lind will give a fiddle workshop on Fri. Sept. 22, and on Sun. Sept. 24 Caleb Klauder will give a mandolin workshop and Reeb Willms and Caleb Klauder will give a singing workshop. Foghorn also plays the square dance at Ashkenaz on Sat. Sept. 23, and will participate in the panel discussion and jam at UC on Fri. Sept. 22. For more information, see the BOTMC website.


Del Rey & Suzy Thompson with Matt Weiner

Seattle’s resonator-guitar goddess Del Rey and BOTMC founder Suzy Thompson explore another side of old-time music: country blues and hillbilly ragtime. They have a brand new duet CD called “Communiqué.” Guitar magazine described Del Rey as “one of the greatest modern players of the metal-bodied resonator guitar.” Also renowned for her virtuosity on the resonator ukulele, she has recorded fifteen albums on her Hobemian Records label. Suzy’s fiddling has been featured on recordings by Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur, the Texas Sheiks, and Maria Muldaur. She’s recorded two solo CDs, duet projects with her husband, Eric, and with various bands including Any Old Time, Blue Flame String Band, California Cajun Orchestra, Bluegrass Intentions, and Todalo Shakers. Later this year, she’ll release “Boatsman,” an old-time CD with Thompsonia, her trio with Eric and daughter Allegra. Bassist Matt Weiner, who played on “Communiqué,” can be spotted around Seattle and other places plucking, bowing and slapping his bass with Casey MacGill Trio, the Tallboys, Wayne Horvitz, and others.

Del Rey:

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Del Rey gives a Ukulele Blues Party workshop at the Freight on Fri. Sept. 22; registration will open on Aug. 1st.

Bobby Taylor & Kim Johnson

Bobby Taylor is a fourth-generation West Virginia fiddler, who has the unique honor of being the custodian of fiddles that once belonged to Ed Haley and Clark Kessinger, two of West Virginia’s most revered old-time fiddlers. He’ll bring one of these fiddles to the BOTMC for others to try. Bobby coordinates the contests at Clifftop, West Virginia’s legendary old-time music pilgrimage, and he’s won many contests himself, including the state championship of West Virginia. Kim Johnson will accompany him on banjo. She hails from Kanawha County, West Virginia, and has backed up many iconic old-time fiddlers including Franklin George (who she accompanied at the 2014 and 2015 BOTMCs), Wilson Douglas, and Lester McCumbers. West Virginia tunes can have more twists and turns than the Elk River, and nobody can follow those twists and turns like Kim Johnson!

Bobby Taylor talks about fiddle music and Senator Robert Byrd:

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Bobby and Kim will both give instructional workshops at the Freight. Kim will give a banjo workshop on Fri. Sept. 22 and Bobby will give a fiddle workshop on Sun. Sept. 24. Registration for workshops opens on Aug. 1. In addition, Bobby and Kim will play the square dance at Ashkenaz on Sat. Sept. 23, and participate in the panel discussion and jam at UC on Fri. Sept. 22. More info on the BOTMC website.

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