Ray Alden (July 2, 1942 - September 19, 2009) was active in the Old Time Music community for nearly 40 years. He had taught at The Tennessee Banjo Institute, Augusta Folk Heritage Institute, Banjo Camp North, appeared in concerts, workshops, and on recordings. He was best known for his pioneering work recording traditional and second generation Appalachian banjo and fiddle players and styles, for which he received many awards, including a Grammy nomination. They include "Tommy And Fred - North Carolina Master Fiddle-Banjo Duets", "MountAiry USA", "The Young Fogies", and "The American Fogies". His publications include "Advanced Speaker Systems", "Music From Round Peak" and numerous articles and photographs.
Ray Alden was the founder of and frequent contributor to The Field Recorder's Collective.
Earlier in life Ray worked as a counselor at Trywoodie Camp in Hyde Park, NY. He also taught mathematics at Styversant High School in New York City for 25 years.