The Berkeley (California) Old-Time Music Convention is rapidly approaching. BOTMC is an annual festival that features on old-time cabaret, workshops, square dances, jamming, a movie night, concerts, a stringband contest, kid’s stuff, and more. This year’s dates are Sept. 9-13, 2009.
Old-time singer Alice Gerrard will be appearing this year. Alice is best known for her groundbreaking collaboration with Appalachian singer Hazel Dickens during the 1960s and ’70s. She was a member of the Strange Creek Singers (with Hazel, Mike Seeger, and Tracy Schwarz) and has worked closely with other old-time music giants including Tommy Jarrell, Enoch Rutherford, Otis Burris, Luther Davis and Matokie Slaughter. She’s appeared on more than 20 albums and has produced and/or written liner notes for a dozen more. In 1987, Alice founded the Old-Time Herald, and served as editor-in-chief from 1987 til 2003. She tours with Tom Sauber and Brad Leftwich (as Tom Brad & Alice), and when she can, she performs with the Herald Angels, and very occasionally with Hazel Dickens.
Alice Gerrard will perform at the Freight and Salvage on Thursday night, Sept. 10. She will also participate in the panel discussion at UC Berkeley on Friday afternoon Sept. 11, and will teach an oldtime fiddle Galax-style workshop on Sunday afternoon Sept. 13.
“I’ve Always Been a Rambler” will be screened on September 9, 2009.