OLD TIME TRADITIONAL MUSIC JAMS
We have been gathering around the Valley sharing tunes and songs for over 20 years. We play a mix of traditional fiddle tunes, Appalachian Mountain music, Canadian, Irish & Scottish tunes (jigs, polkas, reels, waltzes, hornpipes) and more.
Click here to see some of these tunes.
All are welcome
Please join us for our open Old-Time Jam Sessions. Players of all ages and ability come together in the time-honored tradition of gathering and playing music.
We encourage acoustical instruments to share in these traditional tunes. Fiddles, dulcimers, banjos, guitars, harps, accordions, mandolins, dobros, zithers, upright bass, Irish whistles, flutes, bodhrans, rhythm bones, spoons, and more.
FEATURED HIGHLIGHT | MADISON CENTER JAM
Glendale Foothills Library
19055 N. 57th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308
10:30am - 12:30pm
(Pre-jam set-up and tuning from 10-10:30am)
Click here for directions and more information.
A small group of our members performed at the Madison Center for the Arts. The event was held in honor of the Madison School District Volunteer Tutors, who give of their time to help students improve their learning. The response to the music was wonderful, and we were even asked to play a little longer.
OLD TIME VS BLUEGRASS | ARE THEY DIFFERENT?
Musicians in an Old-Time Jam Session play together from start to finish, without any solos. In a typical Bluegrass Jam Session, each musician performs a solo during the tune, also referred to as "taking a break". Additionally, Bluegrass music is played much faster.
Our sessions are played at a moderate tempo, allowing for each musician to practice and improve their skills. Each player has an opportunity to choose (and/or lead) a song, ideally from our tune book so that everyone can participate.
WHAT IS THAT INSTRUMENT?
Originating from Greece in the early 1900s, this instrument is called a Bouzouki. The name may sound funny, but the sound it produces is beautiful and similar to a 12-string guitar. One of our Society Members, Jim Anderson, is the proud owner of this bouzouki.
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