Who Are We?

This is the official web site for the
Hobart Old Time String Band.

The HOT String Band is a community band of around 20 musicians who share a passion for acoustic old time m20161107 banner finalusic and related genres. Our aim is to provide a community forum for lovers of American old time, hillbilly and related instrumental music to get together and continue to improve their musical and performance skills. Enthusiasm levels are high!

We play mostly acoustic stringed instruments and meet nearly every Thursday evening from 7:30pm in the All Saints Church lower hall, Macquarie St, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Visiting musicians and potential members are always welcome … our primary prerequisites are social distancing, satisfying the routine covid questions and sanitising.

The band was first formed in 2001 by the efforts of Mike Grant and Fred Pribac as a follow-on from Adult Education classes offered by Fred since 1999. These courses were named Hillbilly Zen, Barney Sell Your Fiddle, Diddly Per Diddly and more.
The band has recorded three CD’s. Our material is drawn from traditional and modern folk song and tune sources. Although we take our musicianship seriously, our performances must be seen to be believed! Our normal dress code includes a variety of hats, and attire to suit the occasion.

The HOT String Band performs at private functions, community events and festivals. And sometimes we just have a jam with whoever can turn up. We have a reputation for our huge wall-of-sound that gets faces smiling and toes tapping.

… and keeping up with Covid-19 news, during our short & sharp lockdown this week, practice on 21 October 2021, we ensured that masks kept appropriate social distancing … and we were separated as well.

211021 masks photo cropped

a Salamanca Market jam in February 2021

Check out our recent gigs to see what we have been able to do after Covid restrictions eased.