Welcome to Old Time Players of Maine (OTPM)
Old Time Music Players of Maine celebrates American String band music and the cultures that brought us those traditions. Unstructured, informal and entertaining, OTPM welcomes all players to share in song, story telling and great melodies from that old time music tradition. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun this fall at the Old Time Music Campout: Songs and Tunes for All on the ocean in Searsport, Maine.
What’s this all about?
The idea for organizing the Old Time Music Players of Maine (OTMPM) gatherings came about one sunny afternoon while a group of locals were playing Irish music during a fiber festival on the Maine coast.
During a tuning break the conversation started up around bringing together musicians of every level to learn, share and play Old Time Music (OTM). The idea was to invite a few players who enjoy playing OTM along with a few players who have a deep knowledge and experience with old time string band playing and see what happens.
Well, a whole lot of wonderful players showed up for our first play around in the Studio at Searsport Shores Ocean Camping. The night went on for hours playing great songs, sharing stories, eating homemade potato chips and drinking warm adult beverages. The audience really enjoyed themselves leaving behind a healthy donation for the musicians that was given to the Shriners to use at the Children’s Hospital.
Thanks to Jim we all got together again this fall at the UU church in Belfast, Maine. The playing went on for 4 straight hours with more than 30 musicians joining the group to share in playing old-time, string-band music.
Please get in contact or send us your email so you can plan on joining us for the next OTM play around. All levels of interest and playing are welcome to join in the fun.
September 24th – 26th, 2017
Friday at 3 PM – Sunday 4 PM.
Welcomes all players and listeners that appreciate old time music to a weekend of playing, learning, sharing, and listening with some of the best old time players in New England. Events include workshops, night performances, outdoor bread oven, old style potato chip cooker, Art Studio gospel morning play around and lots of old time jamming & story telling.
This weekend is sponsored by the Old Time Music Players of Maine and is hosted by Searsport Shores Ocean Camping in Searsport, ME. Come with some friends and make new ones while your here while celebrating American String band music, stories and the cultures that brought us those traditions. All types of camping is available that week including tenters, RVers, safari and cabin rentals.
Coming this Spring: Old Time Music Play Around & Potluck
What: An evening of playing and listening to old time music played in one large group followed by smaller ensemble sessions. A short conversation will take place about next years Old Time Music of Maine weekend.
Who: all players and listeners that appreciate old time music
How much: Free, audience members are always welcome to bring snacks to share with the musicians.
Old Time Music Players of Maine
c/o Searsport Shores Ocean Camping
216 West Main St.
Searsport, Maine 04974
For more info e-mail contact Jim and Steve at
Thanks to Alice at Seeger Solutions for the wonderful photos.