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 | BARN JAM SESSIONS
A handful of Phoenix Old Time Music Society members, got together to record a few music sessions. We had so much fun, it turned into a semi-regular event known as Barn Jam.
See it here >> Barn Jam | Old Time Music - YouTube
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.
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?
The Mountain Dulcimer, also known as the Appalachian Dulcimer, first appeared among Scots-Irish immigrants that settled in the Appalachian Mountains. According to history, it was an invention of musical necessity and a solution to the challenges of crafting more complex instruments. It is considered a uniquely American instrument.
This beautiful instrument belongs to member Marcia Larson.
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