It has become a tradition: every year the Fretboard Journal is holding a vintage instrument workshop in Wintergrass. A few hundred believers get up early on a Friday morning (no small feat at a busy all-night bluegrass festival) to watch some great musicians remind us why we love old instruments so much.
For 2023, Darrell Scott (guitar) and Matt Flinner (guitar/mandolin) were able to play a few dozen rare and vintage instruments on loan from our readers and friends in the area. Included were rare Martin guitars, a 1935 Bacon & Day archtop (made by Regal), Gibson mandolins signed by Loar and more. From the moment they started their first tune, Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times Come Again No More” on two 19th century period instruments, we knew it was going to be a special session.
This is the complete 90 minute set. Thanks to everyone who loaned us an instrument for this session and to our tireless contributor Mark Demaray for leading this unique workshop.
If you love old (and new) instruments, a quick reminder: Fretboard Journal is hosting a Fretboard Summit in Chicago August 24-26, 2023 at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Three days of music workshops, storytelling, hands-on exhibitions and concerts await you… and yes, there will be many old instruments passed around. Register here.
Shot and edited by Peter Hilgendorf at Lake & Pine for the Fretboard Journal.