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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 2016 (most recent first)

December 2016 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, by Susan Goodis)
  • Violin Memory (faked Caller IDs) (p2, by Allan French)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Slow Jam tune list; December Potluck reminder. (p3)
  • Charlie Walden and Patt Plunkett (pp3,7, by Susan Goodis)
  • Highlights of the Trustee Meeting held on November 2, 2016 (p3, by Anne Raphael, Secretary)
  • Photos and description of the November 2016 Jam, with Harry and Cindy Liedstrand and Terry Barrett (p4)
  • Tunes: Cottonwood Reel and Texas Barbed Wire (from Kenny Hall, taught by Harry Liedstrand) (p5, arr. by Pete Showman)
  • Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) (pp6,7, by Dovie Wylie)

November 2016 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, by Susan Goodis)
  • Walker Creek Music Camp (October 2015) (p2, by Susan Goodis)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Slow Jam tune list; December Potluck announcement; upcoming concerts: Front Country, Lonely Heartstring Band and California Banjo Extravaganza. (p3)
  • Photos from the October 2016 jam (p4)
  • Flyer: upcoming (November) Harry Liedstrand workshop and mini-concert (p5)
  • And the Music Will Stop ... (Briefly) (solar eclipse will include Nashville) (p6, by Pat Tanti)
  • Tunes: Jaybird and Mississippi Sawyer (p7, arr. by Pete Showman)

October 2016 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, by Susan Goodis)
  • Photos from the September jam (p2, Paul Barnett)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Slow Jam description and tune list (p3, by Topher Heath)
  • Highlights of the Board Meeting on September 7, 2016 (p3, by Anne Raphael, Secretary)
  • Upcoming house concerts: Megan Lynch Chowning and Adam Hurt and Stuart Mason & John Weed. (p3)
  • Tune and Article: The Big Scioty (pp4,5, by Bob Palasek)
  • Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains (p6, compiled by Susan Goodis)
  • Tune: Whiskey Before Breakfast (2 versions) (p7, arr. by Pete Showman)

September 2016 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, by Susan Goodis)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Slow Jam; upcoming event (p3)
  • Highlights of the SCVFA Board meeting on July 13, 2016 (p3, Anne Raphael, Secretary)
  • A Fiddle-Filled Summer (pp4-6, by Maria and Chris Quale)
  • Ad: KidFiddle workshop and mini-concert at the October Jam (p7)

August 2016 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, by Susan Goodis)
  • SCVFA Happenings: October Slow Jam and KidFiddle Workshop & Mini-Concert; upcoming events (p3)
  • July Jam Photos (p4)
  • Article: “Fiddle Tunes” 2016 (p5, by Dorian Martinka and David Barton)
  • Article: American Dance and Music Week (p5, by Lee Anne Welch)
  • Celtic Traditional Music, Here We Come! (p6, by Liz Alsop and Patti Bossert)
  • Tune: June Apple (p8, arr. by Pete Showman)

July 2016 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, by Susan Goodis)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Slow Jam (p3)
  • Some Musical Events (p3, Allan French)
  • June Jam Photos (pp4-6)
  • Tune: Red Wing (p7, by Kerry Mills & Thurland Chattaway; arr. by Pete Showman)

June 2016 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, S. Goodis)
  • Highlights of the Board Meeting on May 5, 2016 (p1, Anne Raphael, Secretary)
  • Our Friends at Kamimoto String Instruments (pp2,4, by Dave Williams)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Slow Jam tune list; upcoming events; ’Thank You’ to the performers at SIR Branch 21 in San Jose (p3)
  • Rodney Miller is an Inspiration to Me and is One of My Favorite Fiddlers (and concert announcement) (p4, by Susan Goodis)
  • May Jam photos (p5)
  • Tune 1: Sail Away Ladies (John Hartford et al. song — “Sally Ann” version) (p6, arr. by Pete Showman)
  • Tune 2: Sail Away Ladies (JP Fraley instrumental version) (p7, arr. Pete Showman)

May 2016 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, S. Goodis)
  • Spring Report (music camps) (p1, by Patrice Tanti)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Slow Jam tune list; T-shirts available; member directories; upcoming events (p3)
  • Photos: April jam, SCVFA performance at Huff Elementary School (p4)
  • SCVFA performance at Los Altos Hills County Fire Commissioner’s event (photos and notes) (p5)
  • Photos: Walker Creel Music Camp (p6)
  • Event flyer (for May 1): Concert and KidFiddle workshop with Carol Spiker (p7)

April 2016 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, S. Goodis)
  • “Bold Bluegrass Banjo Blend” (pp1, 6, Allan French)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Slow Jam tune list; member directories; upcoming events (p3)
  • Photos: March jam, workshop and concert with Erik Hoffman (pp4-5)
  • Tune: Squirrel Hunters (p7, arr. by Pete Showman)

March 2016 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, S. Goodis)
  • I Don’t Remember a Time When I Didn’t Love Music (pp1-2, by Topher Heath)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Slow Jam info., Upcoming Events (p3)
  • Highlights of the Annual meeting and Special Trustee Meeting (at the February 2016 jam) (p3, by Dinah Showman, Secretary)
  • Trip to the Portland Old Time Music Gathering (pp4-5, Élan Alford)
  • Announcement / flyer: March 6 KidFiddle Workshop and Mini-concert with Erik Hoffman (p6)
  • Tune: Wildwood Flower (corrected) (p7, arr. by Pete Showman)

February 2016 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, Richard Brooks)
  • KidFiddle workshop and concert with Erik Hoffman in March (announcement) (p1)
  • Glenn Raphael’s performance at the January jam (photo) (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings: February Annual Meeting & Election; call for review of members’ information; KidFiddle announcement; Slow Jam time change and tune list (p3)
  • Highlights of the Trustee Meeting on November 17, 2015 (p3, Dinah Showman, Secretary)
  • Thankful for a Banjo in Baltimore (pp4-5, by Élan Alford)
  • The Story Behind the Tune Mary’s Wedding (p6, by Patrice Tanti)
  • Tune: Mary’s Wedding (p7, by David M. Barton)
  • 2016 Fiddler’s Rag Submission Calendar (p8)
  • The 2015 SCVFA Board (photo) (p8)

January 2016 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, Richard Brooks)
  • Lost and Found notice (p2)
  • Nick Hendershot et al., stage performance (photo) (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Trustee Election notice, Candidate Statements for Bert Raphael and Wes Mitchell (p3)
  • (Legal notice about Bylaws revision omitted) (pp4-5)
  • Farewell to David E. Wunsch (obituary) (p6)
  • Tune: Will the Circle Be Unbroken (p7, arr. by Pete Showman)

2016 list updated 02/28/17

Main news page updated 03/04/17

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