Old-time strings. The Tallboys String Band performs at the Old-Time Music Celebration on Saturday. Photo courtesy of The Tallboys String Band

Old-time strings.
The Tallboys String Band performs at the Old-Time Music Celebration on Saturday. Photo courtesy of The Tallboys String Band

By Laurelle Walsh

Cascadia’s Old-time Music Celebration, a day-long tribute to traditional American music including workshops, performances and a community dance, comes to the Methow Valley on Saturday (Aug. 9). 

The festivities begin at Winthrop’s Shafer Historical Museum at 10 a.m. and move to the TwispWorks campus for evening revelry starting at 7 p.m.

The four-piece acoustic combo The Tallboys String Band is the centerpiece of the celebration.

The band hails from Seattle, where they may be found busking in Pike Place Market or providing music and calling at the Tractor Tavern’s twice-monthly square dances.

The group has been performing old-time, early country and blues music at venues and festivals around the Pacific Northwest since 2003.

In addition to performing, all four band members are devoted educators of traditional American music from the late 1800s through the 1930s. Band members will be providing instruction in guitar, banjo, fiddle, bass and mandolin in workshops at the Shafer Museum on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Workshop participants should have at least one year of private instruction on their instrument, said event organizer Pam Hunt.

From 3 – 4 p.m. workshop participants will perform pieces they learned, followed by an  exhibition performance by the Tallboys. Both are free and open to the public. 

On Saturday evening the Old-time Music Celebration moves to the TwispWorks campus, where the Tallboys will provide the accompaniment and calling at a community square dance from 7 – 9 p.m. Entry to the dance is $5.

“This is a great time for community bonding after the fires,” said Hunt. “I’d love to see the community come together through music and dance.”

Performances are free and workshops are $20. Call 997-0222 or 997-9344 for more information or to register for a workshop.