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Open Old-Time Jam

When: Wed., April 16, 7 p.m. 2014

Emily Hilliard, a master's student in folklore at UNC, started organizing this monthly old-time jam during the past year, calling on her folk cohorts and the breadth of traditionally bent musicians in the area to join ranks and come trade songs. What's special about this session is that unlike open mics, it offers a chance for people of all skill levels to come play collectively, learning a few tunes in the process. You're almost guaranteed to hear an old favorite such as "Soldier's Joy" or "Cluck Old Hen"—but expect a hand-me-down tune not already in your repertoire, too. "The mix of instruments varies each month, and sometimes is a little funny," says Hilliard. "On occasion we've seemed to have a fiddle orchestra, or last month we had at least five mandolins and one guitar, which is unusual." She's also welcomed a few mountain dulcimers, upright and washtub basses, and even cloggers. —Ashley Melzer

Price: Free

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