"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."

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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

Board Members
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.
  • Old Time Session: First Sunday of the month 12-2pm
    Contact: Don Coffin at:drcoffin@att.net 707-995-0658
    Andi Skeltonskeltonmusic@jps.net 707-279-4336

    The Redwood Cafe
    8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati
  • Celtic Session: 2nd Sunday of the Month 3-5pm
    Contact: Janette Duncan for more info.
  • Old Time Session: 4th Sunday of the Month 3-5pm
    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
  • Old Time, Bluegrass, Country jam every Saturday from 2-5pm

    Murphy's Irish Pub
    464 First Street, Sonoma
  • Celtic Session: First Sunday of every month 3:30-5:30pm

    Aqus Cafe
    189 H Street, Petaluma
  • Bluegrass and Old Time Session: 4th Wednesday of every month 7-9pm

    Sebastopol Grange (one half mile east of Morris Street on Highway 12, east of Sebastopol, next to Weeks Drilling)
    6000 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol
  • SoCoFoSo Pickin' Pot Luck every 5th Sunday 1-5pm

    ~Other Stuff~

  • A brief history of District 10
  • From the SoCoFoSo "Folk Notes"
  • Konocti Fiddle Club

    CSOTFA10 PICS...

    ~State and other district links:~

  • State organization
  • District 2
  • District 3
  • District 4
  • District 5
  • District 6
  • District 7
  • District 8
  • District 9
  • Santa Clara Fiddlers

  • Cloverdale Fiddle Festival Results 2015

  • And please visit our video page where you'll find links to videos of District 10 sessions among others and interesting pages that you'll find of value.

  • Please take a look at these bylaws for the CSOTFA. We’re going to ask members to vote on them (before the end of January, I hope).

    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
    Vote here...

    What is Old Time Music?

    Old-time music is a form of North American folk music, with roots in the folk musics of many countries, including England, Scotland and Ireland, as well as the continent of Africa. This musical form developed along with various North American folk dances, such as square dance, buck dance and clogging. The genre also encompasses ballads and other types of folk songs. It is played on acoustic instruments, generally centering on a combination of fiddle and plucked string instruments (most often the guitar or banjo). Old-time music has its foundations in the family which helps to generate the human spirit through the recognition of distinguished or ancient lineage and culture. Listening to old-time music, one can experience a musical history and an understanding of an earlier era. One can also appreciate the inheritance which this form of music bequeathed to later musical traditions.
    With its origins in traditional music of Europe and Africa, old-time music represents perhaps the oldest form of North American traditional music other than Native American music, and thus the term "old-time" is an appropriate one. As a label, however, it dates back only to 1923.
    Fiddlin' John Carson made some of the first commercial recordings of traditional American country music for the Okeh label. The recordings became hits. Okeh, which had previously coined the terms "hillbilly music" to describe Appalachian and Southern fiddle-based and religious music and "race recording" to describe the music of African American recording artists, began using "old-time music" as a term to describe the music made by artists of Carson's style. The term, thus, originated as a euphemism, but proved a suitable replacement for other terms that were considered disparaging by many inhabitants of these regions. It remains the term preferred by performers and listeners of the music. It is sometimes referred to as "old-timey" or "mountain music" by long-time practitioners.

    Lowe Stokes

    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.

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