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