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The SCVFA Newsletter — the Fiddler’s Rag

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The SCVFA monthly newsletter, the Fiddler’s Rag, features articles on fiddling, music events, people, tunes, instruments, and many other topics of interest to our members. The Fiddler's Rag is sent to each household with one or more SCVFA members.

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Newsletters from 2011 (most recent first)

December 2011 (ed. Mary Larsen)

  • President’s message - welcome new Editor Mary Larsen (p1, Richard Brooks)
  • “Silent Night” for Twin Fiddles (pp1&6, Jim Wood)
  • November Board Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • SCVFA Happenings (Trustee nomination process, Holiday Potluck announcement) (p3, Pete Showman)
  • News: Hear Dave Barton’s “Too Late Schottische” on YouTube; Cloverdale Fiddle Contest in Jan. (p3)
  • SCVFA’s 10th Youth Fiddle Contest (Nov. 2011): results & photos (pp4-5, Pete Showman)
  • Tune: Silent Night (twin fiddle arrangement) (p6, Jim Wood)
  • Recipe: It’s Gingerbread Cookie Time! (p7, Mary Larsen)

November 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s message (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Volunteering for SCVFA; Board Meeting announcement (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings (Fiddle Contest announcement, new PA system, Holiday Potluck coming, Trustee position open in Feb.) (p3, P. Showman)
  • Youth Fiddle Contest (flyer & photo) (p4)
  • Tune: Kiowa Special (p5, Arr. Pete Showman)

October 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s message (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Trustee Election Notice (p2)
  • Trustees and Officers — a Cry for Help (for volunteers) (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings (2011 Youth Fiddle Contest, New PA System for October, (upcoming) Playout Saturday, October 1) (p3, P. Showman)
  • September Board Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Music from Quebec and the East (p4, Joe Weed)
  • Tune: Hop Kiln Road (p5, Arr. Pete Showman)

September 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s message (p1, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings (Back to Hoover in Sept., Successful Playout at Saratoga Senior Center; Rose Garden jam photos) (p3, P. Showman)
  • Old Joe Clark Variations (p4, Pete Hicks)
  • Tune: Old Joe Clark Variations (p5, Arr. Pete Hicks; transcr. P. Showman)

August 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s message (SCVFA in the news) (p1, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings (youth fiddle program - continuing?) (p3, P. Showman)
  • July Board Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • The San Francisco Free Folk Festival (p4, Pete Showman)
  • Recording Some Bay Area Players (Tom Mitchell et al.) (p5, Joe Weed)
  • Calendar (p6, P. Showman)

July 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s message (Twin Fiddling DVD) (p1, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings (dues increase, park jam) (p2, P. Showman)
  • The Northwest Folklife Festival (p3, Pete Showman)
  • Dave Barton Tune Wins Composing Contest (p4, Pete Showman)
  • Tune: Too Late Schottische (p5, By Dave Barton)
  • Calendar (p6, P. Showman)

June 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Message (p1, R. Brooks)
  • In Memoriam: Bill Wright (p2, P. Showman)
  • SCVFA Happenings (dues increase July 1) (p3, P. Showman)
  • May Board Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Upcoming Events (p4, Pete Showman)
  • The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (p5, Joe Weed)
  • Calendar (p6, P. Showman)

May 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Message (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Ten Years Ago on May 6, 2001 (p2, R. Brooks)
  • South County Special to perform in June (p2, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings (Dues increase, new renewal form, upcoming camps and festivals) (p3, P. Showman)
  • March Board Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Silent Auction at May 1 Jam (p4)
  • Tune: Red Rockin’ Chair (p5, Arr. Pete Hicks; transcr. P. Showman)
  • Fiddling and Bicycling along the Gulf Coast (p6, Joe Weed)
  • Calendar (p6, P. Showman)

April 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Message (need help; sound system update) (p1, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings (new renewal form , dues increase) (p3, P. Showman)
  • SCVFA’s 2011 Schedule (p3)
  • A Bow-Rehairing Demonstration by Jon Li (p4, Pete Showman)
  • The Boys from North Carolina (p7, Pete Hicks)
  • Tune: The Boys from North Carolina (p7, Arr. Pete Hicks,; transcr. P. Showman)
  • Calendar (p8, P. Showman)

March 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Message (special events: Sarah Kirton, Jon Li) (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Generous Donors List (no masthead) (p2, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings (Membership changeover & Dues (p3, P. Showman)
  • February Membership Meeting summary (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Chord Substitutions, Inversions and Alterations (p4, Gorden Gibson)
  • More Bowing Tips (p5, Joe Weed)
  • Remembering J.P. Fraley (p6, Dave Barton)
  • Tune: Wild Rose of the Mountain (p7, As played by J.P. Fraley; transcr. & arr. P. Showman)
  • Calendar (p8, P. Showman)

February 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Message (PA theft, annual meeting) (p1, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Goes All Acoustic (p2, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings (upcoming Annual Meeting (election, bylaws vote), replacing stolen PA) (p3, P. Showman)
  • January Board Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • SCVFA Celebrates Flora’s 100th Birthday (p4, Paul Clarke)
  • Bowing With a Mirror (p5, Joe Weed)
  • One Fiddler’s Idea Pool (p6, Reid Fisher)
  • Tune: Flowers of Cahirciveen (p7, Arr. Reid Fisher; transcr. P. Showman)
  • Calendar (p8, P. Showman)

January 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Message (p1, R. Brooks)
  • December (2011) Special Board Meeting Highlights (p1, Dinah Showman)
  • Annual Meeting and Trustee Election process; candidates’ statements from Gorden Gibson, Pete Showman (p2)
  • SCVFA Bylaws Revision (summary only; the Bylaws insert is not included in this posting) (p3, Pete Showman)
  • Calendar (p4, P. Showman)

2011 list updated 05/10/15

Main news page updated 03/04/17

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