This is a site dedicated to Old Time Music in and around Boise Idaho.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

April 2015 Hokum Hoedown!!

Check out this modern take on the old-time hootenanny, featuring the infectious swing of the Hokum Hi-Flyers. At each Hoedown, the band performs a diverse assortment of traditional folk-dance and string-band tunes while a cast of colorful callers teaches and directs the dances. It's a come-as-you-are, hand-clappin’ good time for all.
Square dance at Mardi Gras Boise.  Friday April 3rd.  Doors 7:00, music 7:30, $7.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

2015 Weiser Clawhammer Banjo Camp April 16th-19th

2015 Clawhammer Banjo Camp at Weiser, Idaho: April 16-19

Are you just starting out on clawhammer banjo? Are you an intermediate player who has gotten stuck? Are you a more advanced player who wants to firm up his chops? If so, this camp might be for you.

Join old-time banjo instructors Jason Homey and Scott Knickerbocker for a fun-filled weekend of hands on instruction, concerts, and jamming. Camp opens Thursday afternoon with registration and an informal evening kickoff session. Classes will occur all day Friday and Saturday, with concerts and jamming in the evenings and a wrap up session on Sunday morning.

Student enrollment will be limited to twenty-five on a first come, first served basis. Tuition is $200. A $50 deposit will hold your space. Please register soon as we expect the student slots to fill rapidly. If you have questions or want to register, please contact Jason Homey (, 208-585-1637). Deposit checks can be sent to Jason Homey, 5145 W Camas Lane, Boise ID, 83705.

About the instructors:

Jason Homey has been playing 5-string banjo (both clawhammer and 3 finger style) since 1989. He is a two-time first place winner of the Western Canadian Banjo Championships and a long-term member of the Celtic/Old-Time/Bluegrass/Rock-band 'The Clumsy Lovers'. Since moving to Boise in the Fall of 2011, Jason has kept busy with an increasingly full schedule of banjo, mandolin, and guitar students. He has many years of experience teaching banjo workshops. Since March of 2012, Jason has been leading a well attended weekly beginner jam for the Idaho Bluegrass Association . For samples of Jason's playing (which includes Clawhammer, Scruggs-style and more), check out

Scott Knickerbocker has played clawhammer banjo for 20 years. He plays banjo, fiddle, and guitar both solo and with the Hokum Hi-Flyers, an old-time string band that performs regularly in Boise and beyond, including their regular "Hokum Hoedown" square dance series. Their album "The Original Hokum Hi-Flyers" is available for sale at The Record Exchange in Boise and at any of their gigs. For more information, see their Facebook page: Scott is Associate Professor of English and Environmental Studies at The College of Idaho. His book Ecopoetics: The Language of Nature, the Nature of Language was published in 2012 by the University of Massachusetts Press, and his essay "Green Banjo: The Ecoformalism of Old-Time Music" was published in The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism in 2014. Scott is currently writing a book about old-time music.


at our new venue:
The Mardi Gras Ballroom
615 S 9th St, Boise, ID 83702

This month's band will have Jonah Shue on fiddle, Ryan Blizzard on bass, Bernie Reilly on Guitar and Jim Williams on banjo.
The usual cast of caller will be there to teach every dance.
No Experience or Partners needed!
Doors will open at 7, music from 7:30-8:00
Dancing from 8:00-10:00
$7 at the door, all ages welcome
Full bar with ID

Friday, February 6, 2015

January 2015 Events!! Second Chance Dance, Caleb Klauder Country, Erin Marshal and Carl Jones

Monday 12/29/14
Old Time Fiddle Virtuosos 
Erin Marshall and Carl Jones in Concert
Monday, December 29th at 7:30 PM
Phil Lansing's Home
743 E. Santa Paula Court, Boise
$10 at the door
Limited Seating
A concert not to be missed!
Questions:  Email Robin Davis Harren:

Friday 1/2/15
Boise Old Time’s Square Dance 
with the Second Chance Band
at Mardi Gras
615 South 9th Street, Boise
The same great old time square dance at a new venue!
No experience or partner needed.  Fun for all ages.
All dances taught!  Full bar.
$7 at the door
Doors at 7:00, concert at 7:30 and dance from 8:00-10:00

Saturday 1/3/15

It's My Birthday!
I’m tickled to announce that the 
Caleb Klauder Country Band from Portland Oregon
will be playing at the Neurolux 
111 North 11th Street, Boise
with local friends and favorites, Country Club!
Music will start at 7:30 and will continue until 11:00
$10 at the door.  CD’s will be for sale from both bands!
Come out and help me celebrate the new year!!

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February 2015 Events! Hokum Hoedown, Foghorn Stringband, Clumsey Fest!!

      Wednesday, February 3rd:  Benefit for BOISE HIVE at the Sapphire Room, 6pm $10-15
Boise Hive is a non-profit music resource center founded to provide an all-ages rehearsal and recording place for local musicians and artists. This donor funded, volunteer run community space aims to provide a facility where artists come to practice and hone their craft. 
Support their cause by attending a fantastic night of music by Andy Byron & the Mighty Red Melons,  Jonathan Warren and The Billy Goats and Idyltime.
100% of ticket sales and donations benefit Boise Hive!
$15 for preferred seating and $10 for general seating.  Full food menu and bar available. This is an all-ages show.
Advance ticket sales will end 4 hours before the show. Unsold seats will be available at the door an hour before the event on February 4th.
DOORS OPEN AT 6:00pm -- see you there!

Friday, February 6th:  Hokum Hoedown 
at the Mardi Gras Ballroom, 7pm $7, all ages
The Hokum Hi-Flyers will be playing for your listening and dancing pleasure while a local cast of callers will teach you traditional square dances.
$7 at the door.  Doors at 7, concert at 7:30, dancing from 8-10.  No experience or partner needed.  All ages, full bar.
Mardi Gras 615 South 9th Boise, ID 83702

Saturday, February 7th: Foghorn Stringband Concert, 7pm $15, all ages
Coming from Portland Oregon and The Yukon Territory, Canada we proudly welcome The Foghorn Stringband!
Playing an intimate concert at the home of Phil Lansing's  743 E. Santa Paula Court, 83712 
please bring low chairs

Sunday, February 8th:  Foghorn Stringband Hands on Workshops, 
1-3pm, 3:15-5:15pm  $25 each session 
Reeb, Nadine, Sammy and Caleb will host two hands on workshops at 743 E. Santa Paula Court, 83712
Each workshop session will be 2 hours long. 
From 1-3pm featuring Mandolin, Guitar, Bass and Fiddle.
From 3:15-5:15 Harmony Singing, Melody Singing and Banjo.
Workshop sessions are $25 each or $50 for both.

If you are interested in a private lesson they will offer them for $50/hr
For full descriptions and more information please email or call 
Ava Honey of Boise Old Time at:
Bring your friends!! 

Friday, February 13th and Saturday February 14th: 
Clumsy Fest, 7pm $7
Make your plans for Valentines Weekend!! 
Clumsy Fest with the Clumsy Lovers & an All Star Cast of Friends returns to Hannah’s! 
Friday kicks off @ 7p with Square Dancing w the Last Chance Square Dance Band, followed by The Country Club, Innocent Man & two blazin’ sets with the Clumsies! 
Saturday, join the Clumsies for a Pickin’ Circle @ 7p (all pickers welcome!), followed by Chicken Dinner Road, Hillfolk Noir & two more rockin’ sets of the Clumsies!! 
Sponsored by 44° North Vodka, SinFire & MIX 106! 
More info @

Monday, November 17, 2014

November Second Chance Square Dance 2014!

Oh my...
Where has the time gone?  With a handful of festivals this year, including Hermit Music Festival, this blog has gotten a little cold with all of the happenings.  It's time to kick it up a notch.  How about this Friday night at the Linen Building with a good ole traditional Square Dance!

The Second Chance Square Dance returns at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at the Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St. in Downtown Boise’s Linen District. $7. All ages, full bar (I.D. required). Plenty of free, off-street parking is available at the Linen Building.

Modeled after the popular Hokum Hoedown and featuring many familiar faces, the Second Chance Square Dance is a modern take on the old-time hootenanny featuring the infectious swing of an authentic acoustic string band.

At each dance, a live band performs a diverse assortment of traditional folk-dance and string-band tunes while a cast of colorful callers directs the dances.

In addition to square dancing, the event features some good old-fashioned, swingin’, two-steppin’ western dancing. Young and old, couples and families, tattooed hipsters and ten-gallon cowboys ... the Second Chance Square Dance is a come-as-you-are, hand-clappin’ hootenanny for all.

Monday, June 2, 2014


Possum Livin is releasing their first studio album.
Pengilly's Saloon
 Join them Friday night, June 6th, 2014! 
 Possum Livin will play at 9pm and Hillfolk Noir will be joining them around 10pm followed by more Possum Livin! 
 "What Are We Working For" features 12 tracks of killer music. 
 Come join us, you won't regret it! Bluegrass, The Original Punk Rock! That's Possum Livin!