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.

Due to the Covid-19 shutdown, we have been unable to practice ‘live’ each week since late March, however we have instead managed to successfully run a ‘Zoom’ session each Thursday for those members who have been able to participate. It may be very limiting to our ‘wall of sound’ but it does provide some semblance of friendly socialising and music-making … whew!

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We hope to be back ‘live’ at the hall for members by late May, though with restricted numbers, with full practices allowed by later in June  (sorry, cannot accommodate visitors at present). Watch this space for updates …

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.

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… happy faces at our weekly practice night …
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… a sunny winter Saturday jam at Salamanca Place in 2018 …
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… in 2019, same place, more players, wind chill was minus 3 degrees at our planned starting time, so waited until some sun appeared … we can’t wait for a summer jam!