The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention is a five day music gathering featuring a lovingly curated roster of local and national old-time music acts, with concert sets, rollicking square dances (and a Cajun dance too!), workshops, jams, an online crankie showcase, and the illustrious
string band contest in venues throughout Berkeley.
Can't make it to the evening concert? Free livestream!
NOTE: We are sorry that Ed Poullard is not able to come to the BOTMC this year due to health problems in his family. Instead, Steve Riley will be coming from Mamou, Louisiana to play the dance and teach the Cajun fiddle workshop.
Sept. 20-25, 2023
the 20th anniversary of the BOTMC
(Richard & Barbara Bowman
Ivy & David Sheppard)
Hubby Jenkins & Jackson Lynch
Sheila Kay Adams
Nokosee Fields Trio
Caleb Klauder & Reeb WiLlms
SLO COUNTY Stumblers
Thompsonia Cajun Band
René y Familia
Black Banjo & Fiddle Fellows
David Bragger & Susan Platz
The BOTMC is delighted to announce the launching of the Black Banjo & Fiddle Fellowship, a project of the Oakland Conservatory of Music in collaboration with the BOTMC. Click HERE for more info.
Berkeley Old Time Music COnvention
As appreciators and torch bearers of early American traditional music, the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention actively questions what it means to share this music in the context of systemic racism. We wish to acknowledge the immense contribution of Black and Indigenous musicians to the music presented by the BOTMC, in the past and in the present. We acknowledge the forces that have historically denied these contributions and that worked to sever their living connections to this music. We also acknowledge our own complicity in this oppression. As we play this music, we are reckoning with our history and present condition. We hope to build a road toward reparation.
Adapted (with permission) from the Plaid Strangers (Thomas Angell, Maxine Gerber, Karen Heil and Allegra Yellin)