Date: Monday, Aug 9th, 2021 - Friday, Aug 13th, 2021

Time: All Day

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We are excited to host the return of Old Time Music Week on August 9-13, 2021! Old Time Music Week is a part of the Appalachian music program at Stuart’s Opera House which reflects the rich traditions of music and storytelling of our Appalachian Foothills Region. Classes are offered in some of the common Appalachian instruments and students can participate in an old-time stringband ensemble as well as learn about the historical development of the music and culture. Scholarships are available upon request by contacting

Classes in banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, and guitar will be available. Masterclasses and workshops include flatfooting, Appalachian foodways, quilting in the Appalachian tradition, storytelling in the Appalachian tradition, instrument repair, and more! Plus, our evening concerts will feature performances from the Local Honeys, Old Seed, Hillbilly Chic, Henry Barnes and Susan Goehring, and more!


  • John Harrod, Advanced Fiddle: Being from Kentucky and living not far from the Ohio River, I knew many fiddlers along both sides of the river. My friends and I thought we could hear what we called a river style that reflected the diverse cultures that historically had followed the river to Ohio, Kentucky, and beyond. It was an elegant, sophisticated style with many tune types and was quite different from what we heard further to the south. In this class we will explore some of this music and learn tunes from Morris Allen, Forrest Pick, Jimmy Wheeler, Jim Maxwell, Harold Zimmerman and others that deserve to be remembered and played.
  • Hilarie Burhans, Beginner Banjo: Everything you need to get you started off playing clawhammer banjo… you’ll learn about the banjo and how to care for it, and how to play some great old-time tunes, in a supportive, relaxed atmosphere.
  • Montana Hobbs, Advanced Banjo: In this course we will explore tried and true banjo techniques and tricks of Southeast Kentucky. We will study lots of music from Kentucky banjo players and how their styles differ from other regions. An emphasis will be placed on banjo playing women, who’s voice and influence are still found in many styles today. Knowledge and experience with overhand (clawhammer) is required. We will also explore two finger picking, experience not required. We will also have a few singing numbers and talk about the importance of the singing banjo player in the mountains.
  • Linda Jean Stokley, Advanced Guitar: This Intermediate Flatpicking Guitar class will focus on the role of the guitar in various traditional orchestrations. We will explore the many roles in which you can utilize traditional guitar as a lead and accompaniment instrument. There will be focus on singing with the guitar as well. I will teach various walks, licks, tunes, and songs with focus on standard guitar technique. In regards to flat-picking, specifically, we will delve into how to adapt fiddle tune melodies to more guitar-specific stylings. You will take home unique tunes and songs from my old Kentucky home.
  • Zeke Hutchison, Mandolin: The mandolin class will be five choice tunes from Ryan’s Mammoth collection. The tunes are beginner/ intermediate friendly. I will be fielding questions, talking about instruments, picks, strings and setup. I will be talking about the pros and cons of different techniques.
  • Barbara Rosner, Beginner Guitar: This class will give students the basics of playing guitar in the old time guitar style. Assuming no guitar experience, students will learn how to use a pick (no finger style will be covered) and some basic chords and picking patterns used in the most popular keys (A, D, G, C). Old Time Music recordings will be used to illustrate the kinds of guitar styles that have worked for me, and tips for practicing and getting better that can be done at home. We will learn old time tunes and back up guitar parts by listening to recorded music. There may be an opportunity in class to play with other instruments or during the week apply these concepts in scheduled jams.
  • Nick Weiland, Stand Up Bass: This class is for both beginning and experienced upright bass players. We will play along with a ton of old time tunes in a variety of key signatures, reading simple charts, practicing walk-ups and walk-downs, hammer-ons and pull-offs. All the while, we will work on getting a solid bass tone, good stance and positions on the fingerboard for efficient playing. As for care of your bass, we will talk about tuning, string choice, setup, changing strings, and humidity control and, of course, bass gear. And play, play, play!
  • Tessa Dillon, Beginner Fiddle: Tessa Dillon is a champion fiddler from Saint Albans, WV and has taught at camps across the US and Australia, including The Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV and Allegheny Echoes in Marlinton, WV.



  • Square Dance Calling 101 and 102: Joe Burdock teaches an intro into calling for Old Time square dances with a follow-up class where students elaborate on what they have learned.
  • The Ohio Fiddling Tradition: Henry Barnes will join us for a talk on Ohio fiddlers and other things related to the musical traditions of our region.
  • The Patternless Pattern: John Harrod shares his take on bowing patterns for fiddlers.

More master classes to be announced!


  • Monday – No Concert
  • Tuesday – Zeke Hutchinson & Friends
  • Wednesday – Jeanie and the Dreamers
  • Thursday – Corn Doggers
  • Friday – John Harrod & Barbara Rosner


  • Monday – Local Old Time Youth Musician Showcase
  • Tuesday – Henry Barnes and Susie Goehring
  • Wednesday – The State Birds of Kanawha County – featuring some of WV best musicians
  • Thursday – Stuart’s Summer Concert Series featuring Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller, The Local Honeys
  • Friday – Old Seed followed by Hillbilly Chic



What is a day of Old Time Music Week like?

8AM-9AM: Breakfast on your own

9AM-12PM: Lessons in the instrument that you selected (fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass)

12PM-1PM: Lunch on your own

1PM-2PM: Afternoon concert

2PM-4PM: Masterclass

4PM-6PM: Open jam

This program is produced in partnership with the Athens County Public Libraries and the Southeast Ohio Instrument Lending Library.

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