UK Songwriting Contest Identifies Some Great Folk Songs (Including “Joan and Victor Jara”)

The UK Songwriting Contest results are in, and the folk finalist section is crammed full of great songs! Some of our favorites are Scott Cook’s “Say Can You See” (, which deservedly won the category; “Alaska,” by Anna Renae (; and “Errand Lasses and Buffer Girls,” by Pamela Ward and Paul Cherrington ( If you’re in the mood for some more fantastic folk music, check ‘em out!  

(Old-Time Pharmaceuticals song “Joan and Victor Jara” is also in the finalist mix, but you’ve already heard that one, right?)

“Roots and Honey” and Radio Charts

Contentedly filled with holiday chocolates and the last of the canned goods from the pandemic’s beginning, we bear glad tidings as 2020 sputters to a close: Roots & Honey has now spent five straight months on the Folk Alliance International Radio Charts, including a brief peek, gopher-like, into the top 40! It’s been an honor to keep company for so long with so many of our musical heroes, especially if we ignore the dates they released their albums.

Our deepest thanks go out to the surprisingly large number of folk DJs willing to open an unsolicited package stamped “Old-Time Pharmaceuticals.”

Radio Play Update #1

As people who get excited about arbitrary numbers, we’re happy to share that Roots & Honey has now gotten airplay on 10 radio shows!

-“Music in the Air” on WWOV 101.1 in West Virginia
-“Catskill’s Café” on WIOX 91.3 in New York
-“Music You Can’t Hear on the Radio” on WPBR 103.3 in New Jersey
-“Tue Am Mix” on WFHB 91.3 in Indiana
-“Womenspace” on WFHB 91.3 in Indiana
-Power Folk (Podcast)
-Mostly Folk (Podcast)
-“The I, the IV, and the V” on WJCU 88.7 in Ohio
-“Folk Odyssey” on WIOX 91.3 in New York
-Blues and Roots Radio (Podcast)

We might be pinned down by the pandemic, but the songs can travel!

First “Roots & Honey” Review Published

Bill Golembeski of wrote a fantastic and insightful review of Roots & Honey–check it out at Alongside poetic commentary on Roots & Honey, Bill offers encyclopedic knowledge of the folk music world, and his review just might introduce you to multiple great bands!

Roots & Honey Release!

The debut Old-Time Pharmaceuticals album, Roots & Honey, is officially available as of June 20, 2020! You can hear all of the tracks for free on or, and if you’d like to get a copy, you can order a CD through or download the album through iTunes–just search for “Old-Time Pharmaceuticals” in the iTunes store.

May the tunes bring you joy, tears, and the occasional goosebump.

Roots Singer-Songwriter Darryl Purpose Performing “‘Til We Come Home Strangers”

Chart-topping roots musician Darryl Purpose is now back to full-time touring, and he’s performing a song co-written with Old-Time Pharmaceuticals: “‘Til We Come Home Strangers”! Check it out at