Regular, recurring and ongoing events relating to Missouri folklore and folklife:

Old-Time Fiddle Session

First and third Thursdays of the month

5.30 - 8.00 pm

Boone-Walters Historical Museum

Columbia, Missouri

Re-commencing April 3, 2014

The focus at this session is fiddle music.

All levels of experience are welcome, but we ask that everyone please observe "jam session etiquette."

Directions:  From US Hwy 63 South (southeast side of Columbia), go west at AC / Grindstone Parkway exit; turn south on Ponderosa Drive to the Museum (Nifong Park).

A community service of the Boone County Historical Society

Tel. (573) 443-8936, e-mail, website,

or contact: Dale Pauley, Columbia (573) 815-9604

The McClurg Jam takes place every Monday evening in Ailene Adams' country store.

Directions from Springfield: drive south on US-65 34 miles to US-160; go east on US-160 14 miles to MO-76; go northeast on MO-76 19 miles; turn right toward McClurg and watch for the country store [See map] (driving through Oldfield is shorter but involves more turns).  Photographs are from June 12, July 10, and July 24, 2000.

Tune into KRCU 90.9 Saturday evenings from 7:00pm - 8:00pm

and listen to Your Folk Connection (  with Barney Hartline and Terry Wright. Folks living in the Parkland area and beyond (Farmington, Bonne Terre, Park Hills and Ste. Genevieve, MO) can hear the show at the same time on our repeater station, 88.9 FM in Farmington.

1st and 3rd Thursdays, September to May: The Little Dixie Old-Time Fiddle Club meets at the Boone-Walters Historical Museum in southeast Columbia, Missouri. The sessions are held on each first and third Thursday of the month, September through May, from 5.00 to 8.00 pm. Our emphasis is on traditional fiddle music. All levels of experience are welcome, but we ask that everyone observe "jam session etiquette." The Boone-Walters museum is in Nifong Park, southeast Columbia (from US63, east off of US63 at the AC / Grindstone Parkway exit, then south on Ponderosa Drive to the Museum). Our host is the Boone County Historical Society (thank you Jennifer Flink!). Contact: Boone County Historical Society,  (573) 443-8936, email BCHS@Socket.Net (BCHS@Socket.Net) , or  Howard (Rusty) Marshall, (HMarshall@Socket.Net)

The McDowell Gold Jubilee, held in the Barry County community of McDowell, MO, and located in the SW corner of the state, is now in its 32nd year. The program, under the direction of Betty and Ben Henderson, Monett, is held every other Saturday night from October until the first of May .  It is an "entertainment-style hootenanny", with amateur and semi-professional entertainers appearing regularly onstage.   Music begins at 6:30 and continues until all the participants have been featured. The event is free to the public and concessions help with the expenses of upkeep, electricity and heating. Acoustic instruments are the preferred form of musical accompaniment for the program, which consists of bluegrass, country/western and gospel.  Performers are requested to keep their sessions to three numbers for a single and twenty minutes for a group. An old school building located on south Hwy VV midway between Monett and Aurora is the home of the program.  Seating is available, but conveniences are few.  Our outhouse, however, is most modern...electric lights...just imagine!  (And I've never seen a snake!). So y'all come, y'hear?  And experience some of our old-fashioned Ozark hospitality. Interested parties can contact Betty Craker Henderson at 417-235-3719 (cell: 417-236-4983) or by e-mail: or


Tune into KOPN's Sunday Morning Coffeehouse, broadcast weekly over community radio 89.5 FM, Columbia, Missouri. Every Sunday, from 9AM until Noon, host Steve Jerrett brings you the best in folk and acoustic music including traditional folk, bluegrass, country, Celtic and singer-songwriter expressions of the ever-evolving folk process.


Farm and Fiddle airs on KOPN Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM. with hosts Margot McMillen and Jenny Czyzewski. This is the program that explores and celebrates life on the farm and small towns in mid-Missouri with guests from our rural area and all over the world. Every week, we feature agriculture news, a "Barnyard Baffler" so our farm - and town - friends can test their knowledge, and a "Chore of the Week" to help everyone keep up with the never-ending variety of work around the place. During our breaks, we play lots of Missouri fiddling from legendary fiddlers, including those of today.


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