Old-Timey Ukulele Workshop

Special Class for Uke Players interested in Old-Time Music

  • Friday, March 1, 2019 at 1:00-2:00pm
  • $10 for this single workshop; pay at the door
  • Assembly Hall, Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Lebanon, TN

NOTSBA would like to extend a special invitation to our 24th Annual Breakin’ Up Winter Old-Time Music Retreat to ukulele players in Middle Tennessee who might enjoy learning about the role of the uke in old-time music. We are happy to announce that we will have Charlie and Nancy Hartness joining us for the weekend, and they are preparing a one-hour Old-Timey Ukulele workshop on Friday afternoon.

Old-time music is a lot different than other traditional music forms. It’s goal is not perfection but unity. While bands will form for dance accompaniment and stage acts, the largest percentage of old time players are happy just to attend local acoustic jams. Old-time is mostly made up of fiddle tunes. It’s not played fast like Bluegrass and there are no solos. All melody players play together in one voice and rhythm players stick together too. Old-time is largely instrumental music, though you’ll hear a few lyrics thrown in now and then. While it’s not as entertaining as some genres are for spectators, old-time is personally very satisfying to the player. Charlie and Nancy will guide you through some songs and explain the techniques most suitable for old-time jamming.

Though our full registration is $55, we have a special ticket price of $10 per person for just this one single workshop. Bring a uke. Recording devices are okay. You can pay at the door. The location is the Assembly Hall at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. Please be on time.

Charlie and Nancy hail from Athens, Georgia, and teach numerous instruments at old-time folk schools around the South. Ukulele is one of their most popular courses everywhere and their followers are many. They have appeared on numerous CDs — the newest with the Skeleton Keys — and co-wrote a ukulele songbook with Susie Coleman called “Fabulous Folksongs Every Girl Should Know: Uke Chicks.” For more information on these two, check out their website:


Charlie and Nancy are well known for their silly wit and crazy songs. Don’t miss this wonderful hour of ukulele fun. You’ll laugh til you drop! 

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