About


Alan M. Bond.
A California native, Alan picked up his first mandolin when he was 16.  It was a Gibson A model, found in a Lincoln, Nebraska house that was being torn down. In 1975, he was a founding member of the legendary Berkeley bluegrass and western swing band, Oakum. After Oakum, he played in many Bay Area bands, including Coyote Ridge, Dark Hollow, and the Backyard Party Boys. While playing in square dance bands for weddings and other dance venues, including Ashkenaz, Alan developed a love of old time music. Along the way, he started playing fiddle, writing songs, and collecting forgotten music. A shared love of these old tunes became the Fame and Glory String Band.

Rowan McCallister Growing up with his parents’ sizable collection of folk and country records, Rowan gained a serious appreciation of traditionally based music in high school, first playing guitar but soon moving on to mandolin and banjo. Rowan models his mandolin playing on the style of Bill Monroe, favoring bluesy tone and rhythm. He has been honing his craft playing in the East Bay bluegrass scene, and until its recent closing had been hosting the historic 5th String bluegrass jam in Berkeley. Rowan is available for mandolin, guitar, and claw-hammer banjo lessons in the East Bay.

Tom Diamant As a musician, record producer, radio D.J., record collector, music historian, and music archivist, Tom has lived a life of music. Growing up in Chicago during the days of the “folk revival” he soon was introduced to traditional music and learned how to play guitar at the legendary Old Town School of Folk Music. He’s been a Bluegrass guitarist and singer for years, (currently in the Bluegrass band “The Thundering Heard”), but recently has plunged head first into Old Time Music. He heard that’s where the Fame and Glory was…