The Old Beef String Band is an old time song and tune band based in Halifax/Mi’kma‘ki, Nova Scotia. Their sound is rooted in Appalachian mountain music of the American south. Performances include original and traditional repertoire featuring playful harmonies, compelling ballads, melodic step dancing and driving tunes with fiddle and mandolin going head-to-head. 

The social aspect of old time, jams and gatherings, are a big part of Old Beef events. Shows are usually followed by a jam session with musicians from all walks of life.

The band is Ellen Kearney (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Amy Lounder (fiddle, vocals) and Dane George (mandolin, banjo, vocals, step dance).


Debut EP album release

On May 10, 2024, the Old Beef Stringband will be releasing their first album; a collection of original and traditional songs and tunes.

Stay tuned!



Previous events

St. Paddy’s Day on a Friday! That doesn’t happen often, nor do we get a chance to see the fabulous Wendy MacIsaac on the regular, so we’re exceptionally pleased that she, along with pals Brennan MacDonald & Kolten MacDonell, will handle the musical reins at The Carleton on Friday, March 17th! Doors open at 3 PM, with Dane George & The Old Beef String Band on at 4 PM, An Quon (Irish String Session) at 5 PM and Wendy’s band’s toe-tapping will commence at 8 PM. Admission will be only $10 at the door, so come early and stay late!