Breakin’ Up Winter video created by producer Jon Grimson

Breakin’ Up Winter

Shake off the cold and rosin up your bow

NOTSBA invites you to be a part of our annual gathering of old-time music lovers from around the country who come to learn, jam, dance, sing, hike, eat, and just sit around talking about and enjoying the music we all love. Breakin’ Up Winter is NOTSBA’s annual retreat held at Cedars of Lebanon State Park the first weekend in March every year. The time there is leisurely and peaceful, the perfect opportunity to commune with Mother Nature and connect with your inner bum-ditty.

The backbone of Breakin’ Up Winter is our Roots of Old-Time Music presentation lineup. Breakin’ Up Winter attracts quality speakers every year. A team of presenters each give a talk and a tune workshop, and most lead an open jam. Presenters come from all across the country, injecting new character into old time classics and teaching new tunes for us to savor. Some presenters are fiddlers, some banjo players, others are guitar pickers or play pretty near anything that makes music. The atmosphere is always light and many laughs are heard between tunes. BUW is always fun and rewarding to attend.

NOTSBA’S Heritage Award

Each year, the NOTSBA Board of Directors selects a person or persons who are known for their lifelong dedication to teaching and passing on old time music in a traditional manner, and presents them with a plaque and small honorarium.

Heritage Award

2008 Charlie Acuff

2009 Clyde Davenport

2010 Alan Jabbour

2011 Franklin George

2012 Lester McCumbers

2013 Kerry Blech

2014 Alice Gerrard

2015 Vesta Johnson

2016 Walt Koken

2017 Paul Brown

NOTSBA’s annual Heritage Award is presented at the Roots of Old-Time Music program at Breakin’ Up Winter. Each year’s honoree is selected by the NOTSBA Board of Directors in appreciation for a lifelong contribution to traditional and old time music.

  • Friday is our Roots of Old Time Music day, with lectures and presentations along with the presentation of our annual Heritage Award
  • Workshops and performances all weekend
  • John Hatton’s immense collection of hard-to-find old-time music CDs
  • Jamming, jamming, and more jamming
  • Square Dance on Saturday night
  • And great food from our caterer, The Mad Platter

If you haven’t yet taken the opportunity to join NOTSBA and get a discount on Breakin’ Up Winter, please visit our membership page and consider joining as your way of saying thanks and to help us keep the lights on and the prices low.

Breakin’ Up Winter 2018 Chairperson is Todd Wright.

Breakin’ Up Winter is supported in part by a generous grant from

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