Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Spring Situation

Sunday April 7 2019



The BOTMC (Berkeley Old Time Music Convention) Spring Situation is a free open house, with concerts, workshops, jamming, and more.  It’s on Sun. April 7, from noon til 4 pm, at the Freight and ADMISSION IS FREE

Featuring Jubilee, New Vintage Revelers, Ruby Mountain, La Familia Peña-Govea, the Easy Winners, Robin Fischer & Rowan McCallister, Agi Ban & Mark Marcin, Katelyn Kimmons, David Brown, the Jailhouse String Band, Thomas Angell, Jordan Ruyle, and many others.

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Easy Winners (Nick Robinson & Zac Salem) – ragtime, tin pan alley and Mexican music on mandolin and guitar. Songs too.

Jubilee (Miles & Teo Quale, Aerie & Tuki Walker)
Jubilee consists of some of the top young, acoustic musicians in California. Ranging in age from 11-15, they bring a fresh approach to traditional bluegrass and old-time tunes.

Free Little Birds (Martha Hawthorne, Bill Foss, Lila Goering, Irene Herrmann) – oldtime stringband songs & tunes.

New Vintage Revelers (Harry Liedstrand, Dan Warrick, Paul Kotapish)  – oldtime stringband songs & tunes.

Ruby Mountain (Fazal Ahmadyar Ensemble) – Afghan music


Songs & ballads – Katelyn Kimmons (of Undone in Sorrow)

Fiddle workshop – Thomas Angell

Banjo workshop – Jordan Ruyle

Mandolin workshop – Nick Robinson & Zac Salem (of Easy Winners)

Intro to oldtime jams – Robin Fischer & Rowan McCallister (Bearcat Duo)

Cajun jam – Agi Ban & Mark Marcin (of The Midnite Ramblers)

From Ireland to Appalachia & beyond – listening session comparing audio recordings of Irish, Scottish & oldtime tunes – David Brown

Afghan music & dance – Ruby Mountain

Cello workshop – Aerie Walker (Jubilee)

Mexican fiddle music & songs –  La Familia Peña-Govea

Lobby Jams:

Bluegrass youth jam – cosponsored by the CBA
Jugband & stringband blues – Jailhouse String Band
oldtime – Leslie Kier