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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 2012 (most recent first)

December 2012 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, Richard Brooks)
  • Thanks to Contest Volunteers (p2)
  • Brother and Sister Act: Chip & Connie Curry (photo) (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings: December Potluck, Feb. Trustee Election, Trustee Appointee Needed (p3, Pete Showman)
  • November Board Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • 11th Annual Fiddle Contest - Winners and Photos (pp4-5)
  • The Secret Signals of Musicians (pp6-7, Wayne Erbsen)

November 2012 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Successful October KidFiddle Workshop (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Youth Fiddle Contest, Special Trustee Meeting, Playout at Prusch Farm Park, Dec. Potluck, ’bout Time Performs (p3, P. Showman)
  • Photos from the October Jam and Playout (p4)
  • Tune: Snouts and Ears of America (by Sarah Armstrong) (p5, Dave Barton)

October 2012 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • KidFiddle workshop with Luke Abbott in October (p1)
  • September Board Meeting Highlights (p2, Dinah Showman)
  • Paul Clarke takes 2nd Place, Senior Div. in Fiddletown Fiddle Contest (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings: November Youth Fiddle Contest, Trustee Nominations, Open Officer Positions, Oct. 6 Playout (p3, P. Showman)
  • Teaching a Tune in the Beginners’ Circle (p4, Tom Clausen)
  • Youth Fiddle Contest (flyer and entry form) (pp5-6, Pete Showman)

September 2012 (ed. Mary Larsen)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Featured Performer for October: ’bout Time (p2)
  • CSOTFA’s New North Bay District 10 (p3, Mark Hogan)
  • August Jam at the Rose Garden (photos) (pp3-4)
  • Some Pioneer Fiddlers of Parker County, Texas, Part II (continued from July) (p5, T.U. Taylor)

August 2012 (ed. Mary Larsen)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • August Events: Missouri Fiddling Workshop, Benefit for Young at Heart project (p2, Chip Curry)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Dulcimer Workshop (p3, P. Showman)
  • July Board Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Fun with the Mountain Dulcimer (p4, Peter Tommerup)
  • Redwood Dulcimer Day announcement (p4, Peter Tommerup)
  • Fiddles and Roses: playing for the Bay Area Costumers Guild at the Rose Garden (p5, Paul Clarke)
  • Scenes from the July Rose Garden Jam (photos) (p6, R. Brooks, G. Gibson)
  • Archiving Old Tapes (In the Studio #45) (p7, Joe Weed)

July 2012 (ed. Mary Larsen)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Obituary: "Banjo" Bob Cohen (p2, Dennis Gale)
  • Upcoming Playout to Celebrate Ro Dinkey’s life (p2)
  • Some Pioneer Fiddlers of Parker County, Texas, Part I (continued in Sept.) (p3, T.U. Taylor)
  • Highlights of the June Jam (photos) (p5)

June 2012 (ed. Mary Larsen)

  • President’s Note (June KidFiddle with Pete Hicks; volunteers needed) (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Hillbrook School Playout (May 21, 2012) (p2, Paul Clarke)
  • May Board Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Tune: June Apple (p3, Transcr. by Jody Stecher (as played by Benton Flippen))
  • Footprints in the Snow (pp4-5, Wayne Erbsen)
  • Highlights of the May Jam (photos) (pp6-7)

May 2012 (ed. Mary Larsen)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Art Deems: Rest in Peace (pp1&5, Pete Showman)
  • March Board Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Tune: Tic e Tic e Toc (for fiddle and guitar) (p4, Arr. Gorden Gibson)
  • Highlights of the April Jam (p6, Richard Brooks)
  • Results of the California State Old-Time Fiddle Contest (p7)
  • Kitchen Help: Featured Performers at the May jam (p8)

April 2012 (ed. Mary Larsen)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • In the Spotlight: Fritz and Marge Buell (interview) (pp1, 4-6, Richard Brooks)
  • Valentine’s Day playout at Lincoln Glen (report) (p2, Paul Clarke)
  • SCVFA Happenings (p3, P. Showman)
  • Spell Checker (a poem) (p3, Author unknown; submitted by Gorden Gibson)
  • Tune: The Girl I Left Behind Me (p3, Arr. Pete Showman)

March 2012 (ed. Mary Larsen)

  • President’s Note (new Tom Mitchell CD available) (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Jack Tuttle KidFiddle workshop & concert (p1)
  • SCVFA Happenings; Obituary: Bob Maximoff (p3, P. Showman)
  • Highlights of Annual Association Meeting (Feb 2012) (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Tune: Fiddlers DNA (p4, by Joe Weed)
  • Arsie Bigby’s 90th birthday (photo) (p5)
  • “Thicker ’n Fiddlers in Hell” (pp6-7, Wayne Erbsen)

February 2012 (ed. Mary Larsen)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • DVD of May 6, 2001 SCVFA jam (donation award) (p2)
  • Svend Asmussen (pp2&4, Richard Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings (March KidFiddle workshop with Jack Tuttle; surplus PA gear) (p3, P. Showman)
  • January Board Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Tune: Golden Anniversary Rag (1999) (p5, By Dave Barton; transcr. P. Showman)

January 2012 (ed. Mary Larsen)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Notice: Gibson Open Mic (Gilroy, guitar) (p2, Gorden Gibson)
  • The “Mummering” Tradition (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings (annual membership meeting, Trustee candidates’ statements (Dave Williams & Tom Clausen), youth programs) (p3, P. Showman)
  • Robert Burns and Scots Fiddling (p4, David Johnson (reprinted with permission from Fiddler Magazine, Fall 2005))
  • Tune: Jimmy in the Swamp (p5, Arr. Dave Barton; from John Hartford)
  • Obituary: Shirley Tudor (p5, Gail Reese)
  • Photos: December 2011 Jam and Potluck (p6)

2012 list updated 05/10/15

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