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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 2015 (most recent first)

December 2015 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, Richard Brooks)
  • Holiday Potluck (announcement) (p1)
  • News from the Youth Fiddlers (where are they now?) (pp2,6, by Allan French)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Slow Jam tunes for December, Share your Photos, Potluck Help Needed. (p3)
  • Megan Lynch Chowning workshop and house concert (announcement) (p3, by Susan Goodis)
  • Photos: Hillbillies from Mars November 2015 Concert (pp4-5)
  • Slow Jam Tune: Worried Man Blues (p7, arr. Pete Showman)

November 2015 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Burning Man (pp1-3, by Susan Goodis)
  • SCVFA Happenings (Slow Jam Tunes, Potluck Help Needed, Lost and Found) (p3)
  • Upcoming Concerts: Silicon Valley House Concerts, Mountain View (Yes M’am, Megan Lynch Chowning) (p3, by Susan Goodis)
  • Photos from the October 2015 Jam (Jeanne Sawyer and Anders Holtsberg concert, et al.) (pp4-5)
  • A Dispatch from the Fall 2015 Walker Creek Music Camp (p6, by Élan Alford)
  • Slow Jam Tune: Over the Waterfall (2 versions) (p7, Arr. Pete Showman)

October 2015 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Make Mistakes, Take Risks and Have Fun (improvising) (pp1,6, by Scott Houston)
  • Upcoming SCVFA Jams (October - December 2015) (p2)
  • SCVFA Cancels the Youth Fiddle Contest for 2015 (p3, by Dave Williams)
  • September Trustee Meeting Highlights (p3, by Dinah Showman, Secretary)
  • Photos from the September 2015 Jam (pp4,5)
  • Slow Jam Tune: Mountain Dew (p7, Arr. Pete Showman)
  • Instrument Cases Have Stories (photos) (p8, Pat Tanti)

September 2015 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Slow Jam (p1, by Topher Heath)
  • SCVFA Happenings: September Events in the Area (p3, by Allan French)
  • Featured Performers at the October jam: Scandinavian music with Jeanne Sawyer, Anders Holtsberg (pp3,6)
  • Photos from the August 2015 Jam (pp4-5)
  • Slow Jam Tune: Hot Corn, Cold Corn (p7, Arr, Pete Showman)

August 2015 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Violins at a Fiddle Contest (p1, by Allan French)
  • SCVFA Happenings: August Events, Slow Jam Tunes, Lost and Found (p3, Pat Tanti, Topher Heath)
  • July Trustee Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman, Secretary)
  • SCVFA Worldwide — Island Hopping in Greece, and ... (p4)
  • Fiddling in Ireland (p5, by Ethan Dickson)
  • Slow Jam Tune: Cripple Creek (p6, Arr. Pete Showman)
  • Slow Jam Tunes: The Girl I Left Behind Me and Liberty (p7, Arr. Pete Showman)

July 2015 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note; photo of Pete & Dinah Showman dancing to Dinah’s Waltz (p1, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Coming Soon (events); Slow Jam Tunes for July (p3, Pat Tanti)
  • May Trustee Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman, Secretary)
  • The Dang Kids (p4, by Allan French)
  • Photos from the June 2015 Jam (pp2, 5-6)
  • Slow Jam Tune: Arkansas Traveler (p7, Arr. Pete Showman)

June 2015 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Johnny Gimble obituary (p1, Richard Brooks)
  • Citizen Schools (p2, Patrice Tanti)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Upcoming house concerts (Canotes, Megan Lynch Chowning); Slow Jam Tunes for June; Marin County Fair (p3, P. Tanti)
  • A Special Occasion (Pete & Dinah Showman’s 50th wedding anniversary) (p4, Susan Goodis et al.)
  • Tune: Dinah’s Waltz (p5, by Pete Showman)
  • Photos from the May 2015 Jam (pp6-7)

May 2015 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • You Don’t Want to Read about Bow Bugs While You’re Eating (pp1,6, by Diane Bruce)
  • Walker Creek Music Camp (pp2,3, by Dave Williams)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Snacks for the Jam; Slow Jam Tunes for May; Thanks to Pete Showman (for typesetting Roxanne’s Waltz) (p3, P. Tanti)
  • Photos from the April 2015 Jam (pp4-5)
  • Tunes: Billy in the Lowground, Billy in the Low Land (p7, Arr. Pete Showman)

April 2015 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • The Ten Jammandment (p1, by Larry Carlin)
  • SCVFA Community Performances (pp2-3, by Dave Williams)
  • SCVFA Happenings: March Board Meeting; Slow Jam Tunes for April (p3, P. Tanti)
  • March Trustee Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman, Secretary)
  • Blaine Hits the Mark (Review of Workshop and Concert) (p4, by Patrice Tanti)
  • Photos from the March 2015 Concert and Jam (p5)
  • Roxanne’s Waltz (pp6-7, by Kenny Baker;, Arr. by Blaine Sprouse)

March 2015 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Blaine Sprouse Concert and Workshop (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Flying with a Musical Instrument (pp2,3, by Pete Showman)
  • SCVFA Happenings: March Board Meeting, Slow Jam Tunes for March (p3, P. Tanti)
  • Highlights of the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting and the February Special Board Meeting (p3, Dinah Showman, Secretary)
  • Routing the String’s Energy to the Belly (pp4-5, by Roger Siminoff)
  • Walker Creek Music Camp (Review) (p6, by Dave Williams)
  • Rag New Editor Introduction (p6, by Pat Tanti)
  • Photos from the February Jam (pp7-8)

February 2015 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Coming March 1: Blaine Sprouse (p1, R. Brooks)
  • RBA Concert News (p2, Pat Tanti)
  • SCVFA Happenings: New Fiddler’s Rag Editor; Annual Meeting and Trustee Election; Slow Jam Tunes for February; New Members: Got a Directory? (p3, Pete Showman)
  • January Trustee Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman, Secretary)
  • Flyer: Blaine Sprouse Concert (p4)
  • Fiddles and Other Sounds: Upcoming Events (p5, by Allan French)
  • Photos from the January Jam (pp5,6,8)
  • Tune: Fly Around my Pretty Little Miss (Susannah Gal) (p7, Arr. Pete Showman)

January 2015 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Note (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Newsletter Editor Urgently Needed (p1, Pete Showman)
  • New "Slower" Jam Group in December (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Trustee Election in February; Candidates’ Statements; Lost and Found (p3, P. Showman)
  • Photos from the December Jam and Potluck (pp4-6)

2015 list updated 03/05/16

Main news page updated 03/04/17

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