"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

Web Site admin:
Chris Carney


~ Membership Form ~

*The 43rd Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle festival*

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*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

  • Cloverdale Fiddle Festival Results 2015

    Cloverdale Fiddle Festival Results 2017

    Cloverdale Fiddle Festival Results 2018

    CBA Bluegrass Breakdown!

    New Clendenon Barn Concert

    We're excited to welcome back Kalos!
    Thursday, March 30th, 2023 & Friday, March 31st
    7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:30PM.
    Suggested donation: $30 per seat
    Kalos is made up of three innovative interpreters and composers of Celtic roots music: Eric McDonald, Ryan McKasson and Jeremiah McLane. They are masters of tradition who purposefully explore the dark corners floating on its edges, delivering an alluring musical complexity full of spontaneity and joyful exuberance. They set the standard for traditional repertoire with an underlying drive and pulse charged with rhythmic electricity and integrity.
    An additional plus...there will be a jam session following the Friday night concert. Interested musicians, please bring your instruments. Any Questions? Contact Kathy Clendenon

    The Walker Creek Music Camp! April 13-16 2023

    The Hackberry Ramblers

    Ben Sandmel

    From 1933 to 2005, the Hackberry Ramblers played a blend of Cajun music, western swing, Gulf Coast swamp pop, early rock and roll, and classic country. The band was cofounded by fiddler Luderin Darbone and multi-instrumentalist Edwin Duhon, the duo who led the group for the next seventy-two years. Beyond their remarkably long run, the Hackberry Ramblers are known for several important innovations. They were the first band to combine Cajun music, sung in French, with Anglo-American country music, sung in English; previously the two traditions were separate. Besides country music, especially the jazz-influenced country style known as western swing. The Hackberry Ramblers also played blues, traditional jazz standards, a wide range of miscellaneous popular songs, and novelty material. Whatever the genre, the band's sole intent was to make people dance.
    In addition, the Hackberry Ramblers were the first band in southern Louisiana to bring electronic amplification to area dancehalls. Many of these venues still did not have electricity, and the Ramblers powered their primitive Sears-Roebuck PA system from the battery of Darbone's idling Model-T Ford. The advent of amplification profoundly changed the local music scene. Until then only the accordion could cut through the noise of a crowd. Stringed instruments such as fiddle and guitar were barely audible and thus relegated to simple accompanying roles playing rhythm parts. Once they could be heard clearly, however, musicians who played these instruments were inspired to take solos and generally improve their technique, thus elevating the prevailing standards of musicianship.
    Cultural Context
    These stylistic and technological changes reflect deep social transformations that Louisiana experienced during the 1930s. The oil business expanded dramatically, bringing in workers from outside the state. Many of them arrived via a brand-new network of roads leading to once-isolated areas; much of this highway construction was implemented by Governor Huey P. Long. Meanwhile, increased access to electricity broadened the reach of radio and all the outside cultural influences it disseminated. When Darbone and Duhon met in the far-flung village of Hackberry in Cameron Parish, where their fathers had moved to work in the oil fields, much of their early repertoire consisted of songs heard on radio. They listened to the latest hits, especially country music, and learned how to play them.
    At first Darbone played fiddle while Duhon played acoustic guitar. This mirrored a trend of the time whereby the accordion temporarily fell from favor. (These roughly fifteen years are known as Cajun music's string-band era; the accordion regained popularity after World War II.) After adding a second guitarist, Darbone named his trio the Hackberry Ramblers and began making live radio broadcasts in Lake Charles. Radio exposure led to engagements at dance halls all over southwestern Louisiana and eastern Texas at a time when driving to such jobs meant traveling on dirt roads at a top speed of 35 miles per hour. Back then, as Darbone once remarked, it took longer to drive from Hackberry to Basile than to fly to New York from Lake Charles in the 1990s.
    History and Career Highlights
    In 1935 the Hackberry Ramblers burgeoning reputation led to a recording contract with the prestigious company RCA. Signed to RCA's Bluebird subsidiary label, the band's prolific recordings included the first version of "Jolie Blonde" under that title. (It had previously been recorded as "Ma Blonde Est Parti") In addition to this song, which has come to be known informally as "the Cajun national anthem," the Ramblers 78 rpm records encompassed the eclecticism of their live performance repertoire, with vocals in both French and English. When Darbone secured a sponsorship deal from the Montgomery Ward department store chain to promote a new brand of tires known as Riverside, the band started recording all English selections as the Riverside Ramblers. Under this name the group scored a country hit with "Wondering," which was successfully reprised in 1951 by the Louisiana-born country star Webb Pierce.
    By the late 1940s the Hackberry Ramblers had evolved from a small string band into a large western swing ensemble, complete with a horn section. Duhon now played acoustic bass, piano, or accordion, as the moment demanded, all the while working in the oilfields. The group made some fine recordings with this configuration for the Deluxe label. By the early 1960s, however, demand for the Ramblers sound dwindled, along with general interest in Cajun music. Luderin Darbone considered disbanding the group, but Chris Strachwitz, the guiding force behind Arhoolie Records, who has documented a wealth of Louisiana music, encouraged the Hackberry Ramblers to stay active. Strachwitz recorded the Ramblers in 1963 and also reissued some of their Bluebird classics.
    For the next quarter-century the band members worked various day jobs and played only on occasion. A 1987 performance at the Louisiana Folklife Festival in Baton Rouge led to an association with Ben Sandmel as the band's drummer, manager, and producer. The year 1993 saw the release of Cajun Boogie, the band's first album in 30 years. A dozen years of touring followed, including an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, several performances in Europe, and annual sets at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In 1997 the Hackberry Ramblers second latter-era album, Deep Water, garnered a Grammy nomination in the traditional/folk category. The band traveled to New York to attend the ceremony and perform live on MTV. Besides Darbone and Duhon, the personnel at this point consisted of electric guitarist Glen Croker, bassist Johnny Faulk, and drummer Ben Sandmel. Singer and acoustic guitarist Johnny Farque played on Deep Water but died before the group received the nomination.
    In 2002, Darbone and Duhon jointly received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. In 2004, the documentary film "Make 'Em Dance", The Hackberry Ramblers Story, directed by John Whitehead, was nationally broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens. The band's final out-of-state appearance took place at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, in October of 2004, with its very last performance at the Manship Theater in Baton Rouge in November of the following year. At this writing the Hackberry Ramblers legacy is lovingly maintained by such young Cajun bands such as the Lost Bayou Ramblers, the Red Stick Ramblers, and the Pine Leaf Boys.
    The Hackberry Ramblers

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