The Old Time Wasters

Rip-roaring, foot-stomping, knee-slapping, rib-tickling Old Time music (with an English accent)

The Old Time Wasters play and sing American traditional old-time music and songs drawn from the dark and dusty corners of the 20s and 30s string band repertoire, with the occasional detour into English music-hall. Their often eccentric and amusing selections are complemented with rock-solid rhythm and infectious three-part harmonies.

You can book them to play at your festival, wedding, barn dance, club…

Upcoming Gigs

14 Feb 2020 - 17 Feb 2020 Gainsborough Festival, The Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough


You can check out our YouTube channel here. Here are some highlights:

The Nick Nack Song

Taken from our performance at the Richmond Old-Time Music Gathering 2018. This was originally recorded by Ridgel’s Fountain Citians in 1930.

Jamming at Goren festival

In 2018 we played at Goren festival in Devon. In the evenings there was lots of jamming in the bar. Here’s us leading a jam with our friends Stomping Dave on banjo and Joe Buirski on bass.

Calico in the library

We played a fun show at Steve’s local library/arts centre. Here the kids are throwing down to Calico from Bruce Greene.

Sing Song Siddy

We recorded a bunch of tunes in a park in Peckham in the hottest June temperatures for 20 years. This is an English nonsense song which is related to the American song King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Mi-O.

Islington Folk Club

In June 2018 we played at Islington Folk Club. You can watch the entire performance on YouTube here (set one) and here (set two).


Sound Out on Resonance FM

In April 2017 we went on Resonance FM, and you can listen to the whole set here. Thanks to Carol for having us on.

A Quiet Night In with the Old Time Wasters

In May 2016 Paul and Steve spent an afternoon recording a bunch of fiddle tunes. These are the results.

The Band

Jo Cooper

Jo plays fiddle and banjo, and sings.

Steve Blake

Steve plays fiddle, banjo, a little guitar, and sings.

Paul Martin

Paul plays guitar, mandolin and sings.


For bookings please contact Steve via email at, or you can call him on 07941 740083.

We’re also on Facebook.