Starting tomorrow, old-timers can head to The ArtsCenter in Carrboro for the Durham-Chapel Hill-Hillsborough Old-Time Jam. The need for a new space for the twice-monthly jam came after The Depot in Hillsborough closed this December.
“Sadly, something did not work out, and they decided to shut the doors altogether,” says organizer Mike Sollins. “I posted the news that first and third Tuesdays would no longer be at the Depot on the Old Time listserv, and Art Menius volunteered The ArtsCenter. A few emails back and forth, and we were all set for meeting there except when they have shows booked.”
Wits its central location, easy parking and ample acoustics, The ArtsCenter should make a fine fit. Those interested in joining the jam need only “an interest in traditional Appalachian music. Period,” says Sollins. Beginner and experts are encouraged. Players can bring fiddles, banjos and guitars, sure, but mandolins, harmonicas, spoons, and dulcimers are welcome, too—as are flatfooters. If you want to get a jump on practice, just warm up with tunes like “Soldier's Joy,” “Mississippi Sawyers,” “Old Joe Clark,” and “Julieanne Johnson.”
“All of us Old-Time players are always happy to talk about the music,” assures Sollins.
To join in on the free Durham-Chapel Hill-Old-Time Jam
, visit ArtsCenterLive.org
for a complete schedule.