Old Time Music on Video
Here you will find information and links to OTM concerts and documentary types of video. Some of these videos may be out of print. If an item is out of print, I would suggest checking amazon.com or abesbooks.com for a used copy. For suggestions, additions, or reviews for OTM videos pages, please send me an email Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org
click on name or individual title below to link to the resource.
All About the Music - Short documentary on 71st Annual Fiddler’s Convention at Galax, Virginina on YouTube. I haven’t found this on DVD or VHS. Please let me know if you know anything about the production of this documentary or if it exists on media.
-All About the Music Part 1
-All About the Music Part 2
-All About the Music Part 3
Always Been a Rambler - is an hour-long documentary by Yasha Aginsky that celebrates fifty years of the New Lost City Ramblers (Mike Seeger, John Cohen and Tracy Schwarz.) Among the first urban musicians to seriously pursue the old-time music traditions of the American south, the New Lost City Ramblers became stars of the 1960s folk revival, appearing at Newport Folk Festival and touring widely in the U.S. and Europe. They inspired generations of younger musicians to explore America’s traditional music, from elder statesman Bob Dylan to banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck to the contemporary African-American string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, all of whom participated in the film.
American Folk & Country Music - Sadly out of print. You might find a used copy on Amazon. This Bear Family Records DVD is a video a 1960’s German TV show with dialog in German (songs sung in English) featuring a variety of American “folk” musicians. For OTM friends and fans there are performances by the New Lost City Ramblers, Roscoe Holcomb, and Cousin Emmy. Also great performances by the Stanley Brothers and Cyprien Landreneau and his Band.
Appalachian Journey - 1998 Vestapol 13079. Out of print. This video is part of Alan Lomax’s American Patchwork series of documentary video covering American Roots/Folk music. This segment covers the development of OTM from its earliest US origins to the begininng of Bluegrass. An excellent video with great music performances. Call Stefan Grossman’s Guitar workshop -> http://www.guitarvideos.com and ask them why this is not back in print on DVD.
Bluegrass Roots - Bluegrass Roots is a 1964 documentary hosted by Bascom Lamar Lunsford as he travels about looking for talent for his Asheville Mountain Music Festival. The musical content is primarily OTM in nature.
The Complete Bascom Lamar Lunsford Story - The title says it all.
Dr. Horsehair’s Old-Time Minstrels – Live at the Opry House
Fiddle Masters Concert Series - Concert videos of various fiddle masters (warning: limited OTM content) all recorded live at The Violin Shop in Nashville, Tennessee. Three volumes are available.
Four American Roots Music Films - The Homemade American Music is an OTM documentary made by Mike Seeger and Alice Gerrard.
Henry Reed Legacy - Documentary about the legendary Henry Reed who was discovered by Alan Jabbour in the 1960’s.
Hiram Stamper - Hiram (born in 1892) fiddles through his repertoire at his home Knott County, Kentucky. Filmed in the Summer of 1985 by Marynell Young.
Legends of Old Time Music - Featuring: Clarence Ashley, Roscoe Holcomb, Tommy Jarrell, Doc Watson, Clint Howard, Fred Price, Pete Steele, Sam McGee, Jean Ritchie and Others
Mike Seeger - Fret n’ Fiddle - 1994, Vestapol 13008 Out of print. Mike provides a potpourri overview of OTM played on a variety of instruments from quills to guitar. Excellent music, performance, and video. Mostly a performance video. Call Stefan Grossman’s Guitar workshop -> http://www.guitarvideos.com and ask them why this is not back in print on DVD.
Music for the Sky - Documentary video of covering the personalities of eight New England OTM musicians - contact Nikolai Fox to order.
Pete Seeger ‘s Rainbow Quest - Rainbow Quest is short lived “folk” music show from the 1960’s hosted by Pete Seeger. There are six Rainbow Quest DVDs available. They are all great. The are two shows that will be of interest to OTM friends and fans: The episode with Roscoe Holcomb and the episode with The New Lost City Ramblers.
Portland Oregon Square Dance - An excellent short documentary on Bill Martin and Portland Oregon Square Dance Scene. Features music by and interviews with the Foghorn Stringband.
Roan Mountain Hilltoppers - A documentary/performance video of the Birhfield family’s OTM group known as the Roan Mountain Hilltopers. The video was made in July 1987 by Ray Alden.
Shady Grove - Old Time Music from Kentucky, North Carolina & Virginia with Kilby Snow, Dock Boggs, Tommy Jarrell, and Roscoe Holcomb
That High Lonesome Sound - Three documentary films shot by John Cohen in the 1960’s. The three films are "The High Lonesome Sound," with Kentucky singer- guitarist Roscoe Holcomb. The second film, "The End of an Old Song," features balladeer Dillard Chandler. And the last film in the collection is titled "Sara and Maybelle" which features a reunion of two (Maybelle and Sarah Carter) of the original members of the Carter Family. Click here -> John Cohen’s film work for information on John Cohen’s film work.
Talking Feet - Solo Southern Dance: Flatfoot, Buck, and Tap - Talking Feet is the first documentary of flatfoot, buck, hoedown, and rural tap dancing, the styles of solo Southern dancing which are a companion to traditional old-time music and on which modern clog dancing is based. Featuring 24 traditional dancers filmed on location in WV, KY,VA, & NC. While the video is not strictly about OTM, there is of course lots of OTM as part of the video. Another fine production by Mike Seeger.
Times Ain’t Like They Use To Be: Early American Rural and Pop Music - TALTUTB is a collection of films featuring American music (Blues, Country, Jazz, Jug Band, and OTM) from the late 1920’s and early 1930’s (there is one clip from 1951 with Bob Willis’ Texas Playboys). While not strictly a set of OTM videos, there is OTM related footage featuring musicians like Jimmie Rodgers (now I’m in trouble), Whistler’s Jug Band (I’m digging the hole deeper), Bascom Lumar Lunsford (that’s a little better), and some other fiddlin’ type of music. I think it’s a worthwhile video to see or own for any friend or fan of OTM and early commercially recorded American music.
West Virginia Public Radio Clifftop Documentary - A look at Clifftop on West Virginia Public Broadcasting YouTube Channel.
Why Old Time - Soon to be released (as 26 February 2009) documentary that crosses the nation interviewing contemporary Old-Time Musicians about their passion and love for Old-Time Music and the community around it. Looks cool!
The Volo Bogtrotters on Iowa Public Television’s Old Time Country Music - Sadly out of print. You might be able to find a use VHS copy of it. Steve Rosen my have a copy or two still around. Excellent performance and production! Classic Bogtrotters performance with Chirps Smith, Fred Campeau, Steve Rosen, Paul Tyler, and Tony Scarimbolo
Voyager Records YouTube Page - Vivian and Phil Williams of the excellent Voyager Records company have a bunch OTM videos featuring a variety of fiddlers and a lot of Old Time Music.