Georgia Oldtime Jam Workshop with Max Godfrey

On January 13th, The Jon Bekoff Project for the Advancement of Georgia Oldtime Music presented musician Max Godfrey, who lead a workshop in local Georgia tunes.

Jon Bekoff was a great Oldtime fiddler in Western MA who loved GA music and encouraged folks to play it (as a result, more players in Vermont and MA play GA oldtime music than in GA!!). Jon died young in 2015 and this JB project is an attempt to keep his GA oldtime missionary spirit alive.

The goal of these free workshops is to promote by-ear learning of oldtime music native to Georgia, with the hope that in the future, participants will go forth and jam these tunes with others. 

1-2 new tunes were introduced and tunes from previous sessions were reviewed. The JB Project likes geeky participants who take the time to listen to the original tunes and practice between workshops, who are sincere about learning at least some of what is covered.

Stringed instruments only (no spoons, concertinas, penny whistles). Musicians are invited by Moonshine and need to RSVP by EMAIL to confirm a spot. Preference is given to intermediate musicians with leadership potential/who are committed to learning the local GA Oldtime repertoire. Please email fiddlerhiker if you want to propose another attendee, do not invite them yourself, please.

Georgia Oldtime Jam with Evan Kinney

On Saturday, December 8th, Evan Kinney recently led an intermediate Georgia Oldtime Jam at The Patch Works. Being our first time hosting a music workshop, we weren’t entirely sure what to expect. Suffice it to say, it was AMAZINGLY FUN! Watch this VIDEO (and remember: this group was learning the song on-the-fly and by ear).


Programming was sponsored by the Jon Bekoff Project for the Advancement of Georgia Oldtime Music, administered by the UWG Center for Public History.

This is a free event that — if all goes well — will continue to be held at The Patch Works.

For additional information, please contact Moonshine. Space is limited!


IMPORTANT: Please also note that participants should have the ability to learn music “by ear.”

Appalachian Food with Dr. Julia Skinner

What kinds of food did early Cabbagetown residents eat?

Join The Patch Works Art & History Center and food historian Dr. Julia Skinner of Root to learn about Appalachian food history, including the traditions that were brought down from the mountains by many of the residents of Cabbagetown, who moved to the neighborhood to find work.

Julia will also be doing a live demonstration of Appalachian food preservation techniques using recipes from the neighborhood. Come learn how to make chow chow, preserve peaches, and pickle beans! Each attendee will get a handout with recipes to take home and try themselves.

Saturday, August 18th
12noon to 2pm
The Patch Works Art & History Center
593 Gaskill Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

Space is limited to 20 people, so make sure to get your tickets early!

Reserve your spot ASAP!

Tickets are a suggested donation of $12. Ticket donations can be in the form of cash, check or square. Please make checks out to The Patch Works Art & History Center.

**Parking is allowed at Agave Restaurant’s lot, right next door, but you must move your car by 4pm to allow for Agave’s dinner service – thank you!**