When I hear the expression "old-time" music, I think of my husband's
elderly uncles arriving with fiddles in tow..settling around an
even older aunt at the piano, and playing rather fast, but unornamented
jigs and reels. There is a very active "old-time" fiddling community in
Saskatchewan, with active fiddle camps and competitions. There are quite
a few recordings out from this community, some carried as far away as
Ottawa (in the Ottawa folklore centre). I've attended a number of
sessions in the old-time style, and found many Irish tunes, but a much
faster, yet simpler style of performance. Flutes and whistles are not
common, but guitar accompaniment is growing in popularity.(albeit still
second to keyboard).
Perhaps this style of music is what others call "country" ?