2021 Jams have been temporarily suspended in accordance with COVID-19 provincial health standards.

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

We will have organized jams twice monthly and all jams will be held at:

Amigos Cantina

806 Dufferin Ave, Saskatoon, SK S7H 0G9

All Jams beginning at 7 PM

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Click the link to Paul’s dropbox for material

Click the link to Michael’s Drop Box for materials

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. 

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.