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Posted on July 29 at 12:37 p.m.

Gene and her husband Hallock were both community resources and will be greatly missed. My condolences to their familiy.

As for "loyalty oaths", they are still being used, for example, by SB Adult Education. I used to teach music classes there in the 70s (no oaths then), but a few years ago, when a friend asked me to take over an instrument class, the work application included one! I returned it saying that I wished to reserve my choice on overturning the US Govt. on a weekly basis, thank you very much. So I haven't taught at Adult Ed for 25 years now.

On Longtime Quaker Peace Activist Dies

Posted on June 10 at 4:58 p.m.

Online tickets, $10. Visit:

On Triple Play Bluegrass

Posted on April 22 at 4:43 p.m.

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On Peter Feldmann and The Very Lonesome Boys

Posted on May 6 at 2:30 a.m.

Good coverage from the Independent, especially important are the maps. In the meantime, the News-Press website has no info at all -- if you're not a paying subscriber!

Talk about a wierd concept of community service!

On House-to-House Fire Battles Possible

Posted on April 26 at 6:20 p.m.

My first hearing of the term "old time music" came from its use by my friends John Cohen, Mike Seeger, and Tom Paley of the New Lost City Ramblers, a New York / Boston - based group of college age musicians in the 1950s who attempted to reproduce the sounds of mainly-southern string band groups and singers, as heard on 78 RPM records made commerically from 1922 through 1942 (when the war made record production impossible).

It was my impression they conjured up that name because the term "folk music" had already been made unuseable, since it became so vague that it could no longer be used as a meaningful category. I created a rule of thumb that anyone calling themselves a "folk musician" was not. That worlked pretty well, as did the new term old time music. Nothing is exact in this business, however.

Yes, some of the music in "Oh Brother" (I call it "Big Brother") could be called old time music. Contrary to public belief, there is no bluegreass in that film, which was set in a time before bluegrass had yet to be invented (by Bill Monroe, who began recording with a proto p-bluegrass band in 1939).

More info on all this here:

-Peter Feldmann

On None

Posted on April 24 at 4:26 a.m.

Byron is one of the finest bluegrass fiddlers, ever. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see him with some great, nationally-known supporting musicians.

Advance tickets are available at the Trust's offices on Canon Perdido St., and on-line at

On Byron Berline and Bluegrass, Etc. -- 05/07/09 at Presidio Chapel

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