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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 2014 (most recent first)

December 2014 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, Richard Brooks)
  • Join Us at the Holiday Potluck Dec 7 (p1)
  • Slow(er) Beginners’ Circle / Slow Jam with Topher Heath Starts in December (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Successful Youth Fiddle Contest; Nominations for the Feb 1 (2015) Trustee Election; Lost and Found (knife) (p3, Pete Showman)
  • November Trustee Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Remembering Pat Cooksey (p4, Pete Showman)
  • Photos from the November Jam and Contest (pp4-6,8)
  • Tune: Spotted Pony (p7, Arr. Pete Showman)

November 2014 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Calling All Young Fiddlers (Fiddle Contest) (p1)
  • SCVFA Happenings: 13th Annual Youth Fiddle Contest in Nov.; Minimal Open MIc; Nov. Board Meeting Rescheduled (p3, P. Showman)
  • Highlights of Last Year’s (2013) Contest (photos) (p3)
  • Photos from the October Jam and Band Reunion (pp2,4-6)

October 2014 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Historic Reunion of Two Jack Sadler Bands in October (p1, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings: October Jam: Band Reunion; 2014 Youth Fiddle Contest; December Potluck Planned (p3, P. Showman)
  • September Trustee Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Photos from the September Jam (pp2,4,6)
  • Tune: Shelvin’ Rock (2 versions) (p7, Arr. Pete Showman)

September 2014 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings: September Jam Returns to Hoover School; Upcoming House Concerts (p3, P. Showman)
  • August Jam Photos (pp2,3,6,8)
  • The Language of Fiddling (pp4-5, By Wayne Erbsen)
  • Tune: Campbell’s Farewell to Red Gap (p7, Arr. Pete Showman)

August 2014 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Member Spotlight: Jack Sadler (part 2 of 2) (pp1,4,5, Richard Brooks)
  • Musician Jokes (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings: August Jam at the Rose Garden; 2014 Youth Fiddle Contest? Other Upcoming Events (p3, P. Showman)
  • July Trustee Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Lyrics to Jack Sadler’s "Desert Flower" (p4)
  • July Jam Photos (p6)
  • Tune: Big Eyed Rabbit (with lyrics) (p7, Arr. Pete Showman)

July 2014 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Member Spotlight: Jack Sadler (part 1 of 2) (pp1,4,5, Richard Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Next Jam at the Rose Garden; Other Upcoming Events (p3, P. Showman)
  • June Jam Photos (pp2,3,6,8)
  • Tune: Molly O’Donnell’s (p7, By Pete Showman)

June 2014 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • June Featured Performers: Grace Clark & Lisa Burns (p1, R. Brooks)
  • May Jam Photos (pp2,4,6)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Member directories; upcoming SCVFA jams (p3, P. Showman)
  • May Trustee Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Remembering Rich Pizzorno (p4, Barbara Rosner)
  • Tune: Peeler Creek (p5, Arr. Pete Showman)

May 2014 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Announcement: Workshops and Featured Performers in June (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Photos from the April jam (pp2,3,5,8)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Member Directories available; May workshops; photos (p3, P. Showman)
  • May Cross-Tuning Workshop (p3, Wes Mitchell)
  • Pernambuco — Saving Fine Bow Wood (reprinted from the May 2004 Fiddler’s Rag) (p4, Dinah Showman)
  • Pernambuco Update, 2014 (p5, Pete Showman)
  • Remembering Lee Birch (p6, Paul Clarke, Chip Curry)
  • Tune: Waltz of the LIttle Girls (p7, Arr. Pete Showman)

April 2014 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Upcoming Workshops: April and May KidFiddles; Fiddle Cross-Tuning in May (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Photos from the March jam (pp2,6)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Member Directory update; Upcoming Events (SCVFA and other) (p3, P. Showman)
  • March Trustee Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Cross Tuning a Fiddle - a Workshop at the May Jam (pp4-5, By Wes Mitchell)
  • Modal? What’s that? (p5, Pete Showman)
  • Tune: Home with the Girls in the Morning (with some lyrics) (p7, Arr. Pete Showman)

March 2014 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Youth Program: Upcoming KidFiddles (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Photos from the February Jam (pp2,6)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Member Directories available; upcoming KidFiddle workshops; Help Still Wanted (p3, P. Showman)
  • February Annual Meeting and Special Trustee Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Long-Time SCVFA Members (p4, Pete Showman)
  • Ducks on the Millpond and Emmett Lundy (p4, By Pete Showman)
  • Tune: Ducks on the Millpond (Emett Lundy and Rayna Gellert versions) (p5, Arr. Pete Showman)

February 2014 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Feb. Annual Meeting notice; Member Directory update; KidFiddle workshop planned for April (p3, P. Showman)
  • January Trustee Meeting Highlights (p3, By Dinah Showman)
  • Fiddler’s Rag Tune Index — 2001-2012 (pp4-5)
  • Some Songs we have not done (p5)
  • Photos from the December and January Jams (pp2,6,8)
  • Tunes: Liza Jane, Little Liza Jane (p7, Arr. Pete Showman)

January 2014 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Remembering Pat Maximoff (p2, By P. Showman)
  • Photo: Fiddler Paul Clarke (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Trustee Election; Candidates’ Statements (p3)
  • Acoustic Music and the Golden Globe Awards (p4, By Allan French)
  • Photos: December potluck (pp4,6)
  • Tune: Damon’s Winder (two versions) (p5, Arr. Pete Showman)

2014 list updated 05/10/15

Main news page updated 03/04/17

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