Welcome to the Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Time Music Society’s Jam Page

 

SASKATOON JAMS

The following bluegrass jam sessions in Saskatoon will be held from 1:30 pm – 3:30pm at The Bassment (202 4th Ave N)

Please note – the doors to the venue will be locked starting at 2 PM. If you show up late and want to gain access, you will need to message Michael directly at (306)321-5340

 
December – 11
January – 15 (workshop followed by a jam) , 29
February – 12, 26
March – 12, 26
April – 9, 23
May – 7, 21
June – 4, 18 
July – 2, 16


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Click the link to Paul’s Oldtimey Tunebook

Click the link to Michael’s Bluegrass and Jam songs Tunebook

REGINA JAMS

We are excited to announce the addition of a second 
jamming venue in Regina, and more frequent jamming in 

2023! 

Jams at the Eastview Community Centre will be masking 

optional, while jams at the Artesian will continue to follow the 

Artesian’s covid policy. 

 

 December 4 – 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Eastview Community Centre 

All jams in the new year will be on Sundays from 1:00-3:00pm

Jan 8, 2023 Eastview

Jan 22  Eastview

Feb 5 Artesian

Feb 19 Eastview

Mar 5 Artesian

Mar 19 Eastview

Apr 9 Eastview

Apr 23  Artesian

May 7 Eastview

May 21 Artesian

June 18  Artesian

July 2 Eastview

 

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How It Works

Most of us play by ear, and we encourage new players to learn how to play, and to learn new tunes, that way.

  • If you do need music that’s OK but please put your stand where it won’t be in the way.
  • Recognize that (a) you may not always hear the tune name before it starts, and (b) the group won’t be waiting for you to find the page.

Choosing and Starting Tunes: Each person takes a turn naming a tune to be played, in deference to banjo players who need to retune, it is preferably in the current key  .The tune list will have a guide as to the key.

-Whoever chooses the tune will start it off (setting the tempo, which we’re then supposed to maintain) — or may ask someone else to start it.

-It’s also helpful to set the tempo by starting with a couple of measures of “potatoes” (shuffle bowing on fiddle) or strumming to lead into the tune.

Stopping: Whoever chose the tune should always indicate when to stop.

-This is usually done by raising a foot as we approach the end of the tune (preferably part-way through the last part of the tune, a few measures before we are to stop).

-Calling out “one more time” or “last time” at the start of the last time can help too, especially if you can’t raise your foot, or it can’t easily be seen by the group. 

Here is Some Old Tyme History

Old-time is a genre of North American folk music. It developed along with various North American folk dances such as square dancing, clogging and buck dancing. It is played on acoustic instruments, generally centering on a combination of fiddle and plucked string instruments (most often the guitar and banjo) as well as the mandolin.

Learn more about North American folk music HERE.
Learn more about North American folk dances HERE.

Appalachian old-time music is itself made up of regional traditions. Some of the most prominent traditions include those of:

This music is also found all over the US and Canada with each region having their own styles. Loads of modern composition is being added to the repertoire.