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The Old Beef Stringband

Old-time Stringband Music

The Old Beef Stringband is a three-piece acoustic band based in Halifax/Mi’kma‘ki, Nova Scotia. Their sound is rooted in the Appalachian mountain music of the American south. Performances include original and traditional repertoire featuring playful harmonies, compelling ballads, and driving tunes with fiddle and mandolin going head-to-head. The band weaves in the percussive rhythm of flatfoot step dancing with their tunes to create a full musical experience.

FESTIVAL & WORKSHOP SKILLS

  • Can teach Appalachian step dance, fiddle and mandolin.
  • Can play for contra/square dances

SELECTION OF PERFORMANCE HISTORY

  • White Rose Festival, NS, 2024
  • Jack Pine Folk Club, PEI, 2024
  • Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, NS, 2023
  • Halifax Contra Dances, NS, 2023
  • Helen Creighton Folk Club, NS 2023
  • Evergreen Festival, Halifax, NS 2021
  • Margaree Harvest Festival, Cape Breton, 2019
  • Full Circle Festival, Nova Scotia, 2017/2018

Contact

oldbeefstringband@gmail.com

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The Old Beef Stringband

The band members met at a weekly old-time jam in Halifax, Nova Scotia which brought together old-time musicians throughout the province. These sessions led to the formation of the Old Beef Stringband in 2017 to further explore and refine some of the repertoire for performance.

For the first few years as a band, we were primarily working with
The band members met at a weekly old-time jam in Halifax, Nova Scotia which brought together old-time musicians throughout the province. These sessions led to the formation of the Old Beef Stringband in 2017 to further explore and refine some of the repertoire for performance.

For the first few years as a band, we were primarily working with traditional material and focused on playing community events and square dances. However, the social pause in 2020 led to a new phase of our connection with one another, where we were forced to collaborate in different ways. During this time, we began to lean on one another creatively, writing songs and fiddle tunes together, and sending tracks back and forth to build upon our ideas.

Our debut EP is a small sample of both original and old-time offerings that reflect our diverse, yet common experiences, expressed through our mutual love for the sounds of old-time music and instrumentation.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we love playing them!
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