"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
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)
Friday, July, 15th 2016-6:00pm at the Cloverdale Historical Society, 215 N. Cloverdale Blvd.
215 N. Cloverdale Blvd. in Cloverdale.
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~ 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:firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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Cloverdale Fiddle Festival Results 2015
Fiddle Contest!Mark your calendars for the 8th of September).
The Heirloom Expo will be held again at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, September 8th, right after Labor day and right after Valley of the Moon Camp. It is a fair promoting old-time varieties of plants and seeds, and in keeping with the theme, they are again sponsoring a fiddle contest. This year the Californa State Old-Time Fiddlers' Association District 10 will be managing the contest, though it is sponsored by the Heirloom Expo.
There are no entry fees, and very generous prizes in both adult and junior categories. A total of $1000 in prizes will be awarded, as well as other prizes of merchandise. By necessity, it is held on a Thursday afternoon , so most of the contestants will be from within a few hours' drive of Santa Rosa. The rules are simple, and traditional fiddling (American Old-Time, Midwest, Northeast, Irish, and Scottish) has as much chance of winning as the "Texas style" that predominates at most Western contests.
In keeping with the purpose of CSOTFA, the preservation and promotion of traditional old-time fiddling, we have taken into consideration that the mark of a good fiddler also includes a good repertoire, besides technical skill in playing. So, to promote the building of repertoire, we have a “repertoire division”, besides the regular contest. This is conducted in a “spelling bee” format, with fiddlers drawing tunes at random, and remaining in the contest as long as they can play the chosen tune. Tune selections for the youth repertoire division will be simpler than for the adults.
Click here for rules for the contest and tune lists for the repertoire divisions are on the District 10 website:
The Heirloom Expo itself is an unexpectedly delightful event, and worth attending even without the music. (Would you like to see a sculpture made with 250 varieties of squash?) The folks who put on the Expo love tradition, and try to make everything enjoyable. Keep an eye on their website: theheirloomexpo.com
Clayton McMichen became one of the most successful and respected fiddlers to gain experience and exposure at the Georgia Old-Time Fiddlers' Conventions, held in Atlanta from 1913 to 1935. McMichen was born on January 26, 1900, at Allatoona, in Cobb County. With a father who played fiddle and a grandfather who played banjo, he showed an interest in music at an early age. By the time he was eleven years old, he was playing the fiddle and eagerly learning the ancient tunes that had been handed down in his family. His first documented appearance at the Atlanta fiddlers' conventions was in 1922, when he won second place for his rendition of "Arkansas Traveler."
On September 18, 1922, a mere six months after Atlanta's first radio station, WSB, went on the air, McMichen and a group of his musician friends, calling themselves the Home Town Boys, made their broadcast debut. They soon became one of the most frequently appearing acts on the station, and their programs, featuring a mixture of fiddle tunes, popular jazz numbers, and familiar ballads, provided entertainment for WSB listeners over the next four years.
In 1923, at a fiddlers' contest in Macon, McMichen won first place with his fiddling ability, and a newspaper reporter covering the event dubbed him "The North Georgia Wildcat." The epithet stuck, and McMichen's future fiddle bands became known as the Georgia Wildcats. Between 1926 and 1930 McMichen recorded with Gid Tanner's famous Skillet Lickers, an influential Atlanta-based old-time string band. Modern critics have given McMichen much of the credit for the success of the Skillet Lickers, citing his jazzy but polished fiddling. McMichen himself criticized some of his fellow Skillet Lickers band members for being "about thirty years" behind the times in their musical styles and repertoire.
On January 13, 1931, McMichen made what was apparently his last appearance on Atlanta radio with a broadcast over WSB. He subsequently worked on various radio stations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the Midwest, and in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was a member of the Grand Ole Opry. McMichen settled in Louisville, Kentucky, where, for many years before his retirement in 1955, he was heard regularly on local radio and television stations. During the last ten years of his professional career McMichen led his band in Dixieland jazz arrangements that met with enthusiasm among his audiences. McMichen was rediscovered during the 1960s folk music revival, and for several years he made appearances on college campuses and at bluegrass and folk festivals around the country. Although known primarily for his performances on stage, radio, and records, McMichen was a songwriter of considerable talent. Some of his compositions that gained wide acceptance among country musicians were "My Carolina Home," "Dear Old Dixie Land," "Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia," and "Georgiana Moon." He died in Battletown, Kentucky, on January 3, 1970.