"To promote an interest in the old time American fiddle styles and to create more opportunities for interested parties to learn about the lineage of fiddle music in America, to promote activities related to old time fiddling (jams and concerts, and contests), to foster a sense of community in this shared musical treasure, and to preserve a truly American art form."
Sign our guest book and let us know you were here.
It is with profound sadness that we have to announce the passing of one of our own. Our friend and stalwart supporter of the Sonoma County folk music scene, Don Bradley, passed away from complications due to cancer on June 20th 2016.
A member of the Sonoma County Folk Society, always at the sessions and concerts, always ready to volunteer where ever needed, Don did everything he could to make sure that folk music was not forgotten. He will be sorely missed by us all.
District Representative: Mike Drayton
President: Tim Rued
Vice-President: Mark Hogan
Membership Secretary: Colleen Hogan
Secretary: Judith Jones
District Treasurer: Doug Laurice
Advisory Council: Don Coffin, Janette Duncan, Chris Carney (web site)
Saturday, Jan., 21st 2017 ~ 11:00am at the Cloverdale Historical Society, 215 N. Cloverdale Blvd.
215 N. Cloverdale Blvd. in Cloverdale.
~ Membership Form ~
~ Sessions ~Ely Stage Stop
9921 Soda Bay Rd. Kelseyville, CA 95451, about 1/2 mile from Hwy 29 on the left.
Contact: Don Coffin at:email@example.com 707-995-0658
Andi Skeltonskeltonmusic@jps.net 707-279-4336
The Redwood Cafe
8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati
Contact: Janette Duncan for more info.
Contact:Janette Duncan or Chris Carney for more info.
Sebastopol Community Market
6762 Sebastopol Ave. #100
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 407-4020 At the Barlow
Murphy's Irish Pub
464 First Street, Sonoma
189 H Street, Petaluma
Sebastopol Grange (one half mile east of Morris Street on Highway 12, east of Sebastopol, next to Weeks Drilling)
6000 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol
~State and other district links:~
Cloverdale Fiddle Festival Results 2015
The "summary statement" is just background information. The file named "Bylaws" is the complete bylaws showing deletions and additions. The file called “Errata” are last-minute errors that were discovered.
Summary Statement ByLaws Errata
This classic old-time fiddler is a bit of a mystery man, showing up as the senior member of a band formed in 1918 by fellow fiddle genius Clayton McMichen, one of the regular sidekicks of Lowe Stokes over the years. At first called the Lick the Skillet Band, then the Old Hometown Band, this double-fiddle group eventually morphed into Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers, one of the most famous and well-loved of old-time groups from this era that managed to be recorded. But if the saga of Stokes is to be believed, life on the road with this band was more about licking one's wounds than licking skillets.
On one tour, the trouble-bound Stokes was stabbed perilously near the heart as the nasty consequence of a love triangle, then was shot in the hand in a drunken altercation a few days later while still healing from the earlier wound. This was something of a gory preliminary to the next Skillet Lickers tour, where the poor Stokes would have his hand shot off completely. Luckily, a fellow fiddler in the outfit was a skilled engineer and was able to design a special hook that allowed Stokes to hold his bow despite the injury. This was something of a distinction obviously, with old-time music fans decades later still commenting on the wonders of seeing "a photograph of Lowe Stokes, playing one-handed" on fiddle chat rooms in cyberspace.
Stokes was mostly known as a sideman. In the Skillet Lickers, he played alongside guitarist and singer Riley Puckett and mandolinist Ted Hawkins, fiddlers Bert Layne and Gid Tanner, as well as the aforementioned McMichen. He also worked in the group Seven Foot Dilly & His Dill Pickles, led by fellow North Georgia fiddler John Dilleshaw.
There was a series of recordings Stokes did as frontman for his band, the North Georgians, including titles such as "I Wish I Had Stayed in the Wagon Yard," "Home Brew Rag," "Wave That Frame," and "Take Me to the Land of Jazz." Many of these recordings were collected for a series of reissues on the Document label. He also recorded with cowboy singer Hugh Cross. In 1925, poet Stephan Vincent Benet wrote a poem, entitled The Mountain Whipporwill, which was based on seeing Stokes win a fiddle contest in Atlanta the year before.
Not quite as timeless as a piece of poetry, Stokes nonetheless was feeling fit enough to fiddle at the 1982 Brandywine festival, leaving ecstatic fans still guessing about his exact age. He remains one of the classic icons of old-time fiddling, an important influence to all new generations of players taking on this genre.