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).

Up Coming Release

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

Have a listen to the album's title track “Ride Home” below!

Find the whole album on Bandcamp and streaming platforms. If you like it, pass it on!

Ride Home (single)

The Old Beef Stringband

This song paints a picture of love intertwined with life in the city. Two cyclists cruise through a nighttime neighbourhood, humming tunes, hanging out, and wishing for it to never end... The song is dedicated to Mary Frances Lynch.
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Previous events

Sunday, July 7th at the Evergreen House in #dartmouthns Old Beef is having a garden party to celebrate the release of our album #Ridehome. Thanks to @musicnovascotia for their support. Bring your kids and instruments! There will be refreshments and hangs after our performance. Thanks also to @kalilhen for the poster and @bardbardbard for the artwork. Relocated inside the museum in case of rain.

$10 - kids under 12 free


"Ride Home" Single Release

Streaming platforms and Bandcamp

Release date of our single "Ride Home" the title track to our forthcoming album, recorded and engineered at Alone Stone Studios in Baxter's Harbour, Nova Scotia. Written by Dane and Ellen this song is an homage to long bike rides with your sweetheart in Halifax's North End.

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!