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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 2013 (most recent first)

December 2013 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, Richard Brooks)
  • For Music Lovers - Think Fast! (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings: upcoming potluck; contest recap; trustee candidates (p3, Pete Showman)
  • Trustee Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Contest photos (pp4-6)
  • Tune: Hammares Gånglåt (p5, Arr. Sarah Kirton & Pete Showman)

November 2013 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Barbara Ann Barnett remembered (pp1,3,4, Richard Brooks)
  • Photos: Rhythm Roundup (at the October jam); Prusch Farm playout; October jam (pp2,4)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Youth Fiddle Contest Nov 3; Holiday Potluck Dec 1; Oct 5th performance at Prusch Farm Park; Becoming an SCVFA Trustee (p3, P. Showman)
  • Tunes: Miller’s Reel in A and Miller’s Reel in G (J.P. Fraley) (p5, Pete Showman)

October 2013 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note; Rhythm Roundup to be featured at the October jam (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Announcements: October Kidfiddle with Luke Abbott; 12th Annual Youth Fiddle Contest to be held in November (p1)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Youth Fiddle Contest Nov 3; Upcoming Jams; Remembering Kenny Hall; Seeking Trustee candidates (p3, P. Showman)
  • September Board Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Two Late-2013 Movies and their Music (p4, Allan French)
  • Two "Crooked" tunes: Rose in the Mountain (John Salyer) and Santa Anna’s Retreat (p5, Pete Showman)

September 2013 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings: October KidFiddle will be with Luke Abbott; Trustee opening for Feb. election (p1, P. Showman)
  • Photos: Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival (p2, Richard Brooks)
  • Tune: Ducks on the Pond (two versions) (p3, Pete Showman)

August 2013 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Trustee opening; Redwood Dulcimer Day; Valley of the Moon concert (p1, P. Showman)
  • July Board Meeting Highlights (p2, Dinah Showman)
  • Tune: Angelina Baker (p3, Pete Showman)

July 2013 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Notes on the June jam (p1, Dave Williams)
  • SCVFA Happenings (p2, P. Showman)
  • A Visit to the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix (pp3-5, Pete Showman)
  • Tune: Chinquapin Hunting (p6, Pete Showman)

June 2013 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Photos: May 2013 jam, Almond Elementary performance (pp2,6,7)
  • SCVFA Happenings: special sale; back issues online; upcoming jams (p3, P. Showman)
  • Music Notes: Recycling instruments; music in movies) (p4, Allan French)
  • Tune: Goodbye Girls, I’m Going to Boston (two versions) (p5, Pete Showman)

May 2013 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • May KidFiddle workshop with Luke Abbott (announcement) (p1)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Meet Trustee Barbara Rosner (p2, P. Showman)
  • Learning Tunes from the Web (p2, Pete Showman)
  • Photos: April 2013 Jam (p3)
  • Tune: Fandango Pizza Jam (p5, Dave Barton)

April 2013 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • May KidFiddle workshop with Luke Abbott (announcement) (p1)
  • California State Fiddle Contest (pp2-3, Tom Clausen)
  • Music Notes: MIM’s the Word, Value of Music (p4, Allan French)
  • Tune: The Kitchen Girl (p5, Pete Showman)
  • Photos: March 2013 Jam (pp6-7)

March 2013 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • March KidFiddle workshop with Luke Abbott (announcement) (p1)
  • Young Fiddlers Perform at the Jam (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Upcoming Fiddle Contests (p3, P. Showman)
  • Annual Member Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • The Start of the SCVFA (p3, Paul Wein)
  • Tune: Hollow Poplar (p5, Pete Showman)

February 2013 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Sam Morocco - Member Spotlight (Part 2 of 2) (pp1,4-5, Richard Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Trustee election; Barbara Rosner appointed Trustee. (p2, P. Showman)
  • January Board Meeting Highlights (p2, Dinah Showman)
  • California State Fiddle Contest (announcement) (p2)
  • Photos: Dec 2012 and Jan 2013 Jams (p6, R. Brooks)
  • Tune: Cowboy Waltz (p7, Pete Showman)

January 2013 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Photos: Potluck, Colleen Lethridge (p2)
  • Sam Morocco - Member Spotlight (Part 1 of 2) (pp2,4-5, Richard Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Candidates’ statements, Seeking a trustee, Cloverdale Fiddle Contest (p3, P. Showman)

2013 list updated 05/10/15

Main news page updated 03/04/17

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