"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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District Representative: Tim Rued

Board Members
President: Chris Carney
Vice-President: Don Coffin
Secretary: Judith Jones
District Treasurer: Mike Drayton
Membership Secretary: Judith Jones
Advisory Council: Janette Duncan ~ Andi Skelton ~ John Clendenen

Web Site admin:
Chris Carney


~ Membership Form ~

*The 43rd Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle festival*

Check it out here for all the infomation!!!

*Friends of the Festival 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

    Church of the Oaks
    175 Page St, Cotati, CA 94931
  • Old Time Session: 1st Sunday of the Month 3-5pm
    Contact:Janette Duncan or Chris Carney for more info.

    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 1
  • District 3
  • District 4
  • District 5
  • District 6
  • District 7
  • District 8
  • District 9
  • Santa Clara Fiddlers

  • Things to do...

    *October 6th ~ Crooked Holler String Band at the Aqus Cafe, Petaluma from 6 to 8 pm.
    Crooked Holler String Band will be taking over for the incomparable Buckeye Boys, just for this Friday. One of their members has COVID so we're going to be there in their place. Hope y'all can come out and join us and have a great time. Great food, sweet atmosphere, good folks and some snazzy old time music. Buckeye Boys FaceBook
    *October 8th ~ Crooked Holler String Band ~ Taste of Rome Pizza, Sausalito from 6-8pm.
    Crooked Holler String Band ~ Chris Carney, Mike Southworth, Ernie Noyes, Evan Morgan. A transitional old time string band with some Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, etc. in the mix!
    *October 9-13 ~ CBA Fall Campout Lodi Grape Festival & Harvest Fairgrounds
    *October 14th ~ Saturday, Old Time Jam - 11 to 1pm. Rotary Valley Senior Village Community Center, 10 Jeannette Prandi Way, San Rafael, Pat Palmer or 415 305-4250
    *October 14th-15th ~ Sturgeons Mill Historic Steam Sawmill Demonstration Run 10-3pm, Break 12-1pm, 2150 Green Hill Rd, Sebastopol
    *October 15th Sunday ~ Old Time Jam; 1- 3:30 pm at the Way Station (Fairfax) 2001 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.BBQ and beer, a lovely outdoor patio. Bring your instrument, a chair, wear layers, sunscreen dinahbeatrice@gmail.com
    *October 19th Thursday ~ Bloomfield Bluegrass Band, 5 to 8pm, Brewsters Beer Garden, Petaluma
    *October 21st Saturday ~ Old Time jam; slow 1-2 pm, up-tempo 2-4:30 pm. 42 Charles St. (clubhouse) Cotati. Heidi Chesney 510-846-7642.
    *October 22nd Bloomfield Bluegrass Band,Limerick Winery, 11:00am, Healdsburg
    *October 24th ~ Swing Fling St Helena Public Library - 1492 Library Lane, St. Helena, 4:30pm-5:30pm.
    Swing Fling plays music ranging from American Songbook standards to Django Reinhardt inspired Jazz Manouche. Rhonda Berney, mandolin and vocals, Karol Kopley, keyboard and vocals, Jan Kahdeman, guitar and vocals, and Steven Radice, bass and vocals.
    *October 28th ~ The Maile Swing Hawaiian Band is participating in this fundraiser:
    Maui Fires Fundraiser Sat. 10/24/23 ~ 12-4pm
    The Memorial Hall at Enmanji ~ 1200 Gravenstein Hwy South, Sebastopol ~ $30.00 Suggested Donation ~ Lunch and Entertainment
    Faith Ako with additional performances by:
    Bill Rhyne ~ Hula Mai ~ Halau Ka Lehua O Nalani ~ Kehaulani Hula Studio ~ The Maile Swing Band ~ Sonoma County Taiko
    Proceeds will be donated to: The Maui strong Fund and The Lahaina Hongwanji Mission
    *November 12th ~ Crooked Holler String Band at the Hopmonk Beer Garden Sebastopol 12:30pm
    Come on down for an old time Sunday brunch! Ya might hear some Carter Family, Ola Bell Reed, etc. or some Stanley Brothers or Bill Monroe even.
    Like I say, Great food, Great atmosphere, Great drinks, Great folks and oh yeah, some snazzy old time music!

    A Workshop with Karen Celia Heil

    *Hosted by California State Old Time Fiddler's Association- District 10
    *Where: The Washoe House ~ 2840 Roblar Rd, Petaluma
    *When: October 22nd, Sunday
    *Workshop Time: 2pm to 3:30pm
    *Workshop fee: $30 for non-members of CSOTFA District 10 ~ $25 for members of CSOTFA District 10 ~ $20 for kids 12 & under
    *Contact: Judith Jones 707-337-3940 or jcjo555@yahoo.com for reservations and directions.
    *Covid precautions: Masks will be optional, unless the situation changes.
    Attention all jammers: After the workshop there will be a no-charge jamming session with Karen at the Washoe House from 4pm to .... Come before the jam and have lunch or have dinner after the jam.
    The menu switches from lunch to dinner at 4:30pm.
    Karen Celia Heil is an expert fiddler and guitarist with a special love of Southern American Old Time fiddle music. She is a skillful, fun, and enthusiastic teacher, creating a relaxed and fun workshop environment that emphasises learing by ear and learning how and what to practice. Attentiopn is paid to the rhythms that give old time music its distinctive sound, and to the early sources of the tunes which are usually old field recordings, current and respected fiddle players and scratchy old 78's.
    Karen performs with The Bucking Mules, KC and MooNshine Band, The Plaid Strangers and The Knuckle Knockers and she has been on the teaching staff at The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Swannanoa Gathering Old Time Week, Ashoken Southern Week, Augusta Old Time Week, NimbleFingers in Canada, Austin String Band Festival, Gainsborough Festival in the UK, Grass Valley CBA camp, The Berkeley String Band Class, Lark In The Morning Music Camp, The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Festival, The Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival, The Freight and Salvage Fiddle Kids Camp, just to name a few...
    Net proceeds benefit the District 10 Scholarship program.

    Oct. 19th - 21st ~ Western Open Fiddle Contest ~ Red Bluff
    When we reflect upon the 38 years of the Western Open Fiddle Championships, it is the people who have made it so special. Many of the members of the Western Open Committee have been on board for every contest. We've watched some of our "fiddle kids" on their journeys as they competed all the way from the Peewee through the Open Division. Many of those "kids" are now fiddle teachers, and it is with great joy that we watch the children follow in their parents' footsteps on the Western Open stage. There will be people in the audience this year who have attended every contest, as well as those who are here for the very first time. Every year there are new contestants and new audience members, all of whom we welcome to our "Fiddle Family." We say to all, "Welcome!" and we look forward to sharing the magic of old time fiddle music with you. The Western Open operates under the direction and oversight of the California State Old Time Fiddlers Association - District 6, a California non-profit and U.S. IRS 501 (c) (3) Charitable corporation, formed to educate and perpetuate the art and cultural heritage of Fiddle Music.
    CONTACT US: Mailing Address: PO Box 101, Red Bluff, CA. 96080 Phone:(530) 527-6127 Fax:(530) 528-0431.
    We are honored and humbled by the love and support of our Fiddle Family for almost four decades! We'll start the festivities on Thursday night with our Hymn Sing (renamed from the Gospel Jam we have had the past two years.) This is fast becoming a favorite community event and celebrates gospel music which has deep roots in the country tradition. We'll have various bands performing; hand out lyrics; and join all our voices in celebrating the grand old hymns. We're bringing back the ever-popular Junior Jukebox on Friday evening and then we are having a special celebration for those musicians who had their musical beginnings here in the North State, in District 6 and at the Western Open, who went on to win State and/or National Championships. We will be showcasing just a few of these homegrown success stories in our Champions in Concert. Check the complete tentative schedule elsewhere on this website and make your plans to join us at the 37th Western Open Fiddle Championships.


    Walker Creek Music Camp - November 2-5 2023.

    Several classes are already close to full.
    *Also note that registration will close 10 days before camp (on Monday Oct 23) in order to give the staff time to finalize the camp attendee roster and create a smoother setup/check-in process.* ~ Walker Creek Music Camp
    This camp focuses on bluegrass and old time music for musicians and singers of all ages.
    Walker Creek Ranch is in the rolling hills of West Marin County, between Petaluma and Tomales Bay, about one hour's drive north of San Francisco CA. It's quiet and beautiful, with an abundance of wildlife and miles of hiking trails, a swimming pond, healthy and delicious food, and various accommodation options (ranging from private rooms to RV and tent camping to nearby vacation rentals or day-commuter). Pricing is available on the Registration page.
    Band classes:
    Dave Keenan (Bluegrass Jamming) ~ Phil Jamison (Old Time String Band)
    Avram Siegel (Bluegrass Banjo) ~ Ryan Harlin (Clawhammer Banjo)
    Chris Luquette (Bluegrass Guitar) ~ Nina Gerber (Guitar: Technique, Tone & Timing) ~ Luke Price (Texas Style Guitar)
    Jack Tuttle (Bluegrass Fiddle) ~ Suzy Thompson (Old Time Fiddle) ~ Natalie Padilla (Texas Style Fiddle)
    Eric Thompson (Bluegrass & Old Time Mandolin) ~ Don Stiernberg (Swing Mandolin)
    Bass: Paul Knight (Bass)
    Dobro: Troy Brenningmeyer (Dobro)
    Singing: Rachael Price (Vocals - Delivering the Song) ~ Steve Baughman & Valerie Rose (Gospel Harmony Singing)
    Music & More (young children's program): Krishna Feeney
    WalkerCreekMusicCamp (facebook)
  • Please visit our Video/Photo page where you'll find links to videos of District 10 sessions, photos of the old time campout, and other events as we go along, plus other interesting links you may find of value.

    Here are the:

    ~Approved By-Laws~

    Click here for the pdf file

    Cloverdale Fiddle Festival Results 2015

    Cloverdale Fiddle Festival Results 2017

    Cloverdale Fiddle Festival Results 2018

    CBA Bluegrass Breakdown!

  • Any comments or questions about the web site, please send email to: csotfa10@yahoo.com