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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 2017 (most recent first)

June 2017 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (pp1,2, by Susan Goodis)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Slow Jam tune list; upcoming June, July and August events (p3)
  • Highlights of the Board Meeting held on May 9, 2017 (p3, by Anne Raphael, Secretary)
  • Play On Stage for the SCVFA Open Mic (p4, by Patrice Tanti)
  • Notice: Redwood Music Camp (June 2017) (p4)
  • Notice: Paul Anastasio and Tony Marcus at the June Jam: improv. workshop and mini-concert (p5)
  • Photos from the May 2017 Jam (p6)
  • Tune: Bonaparte’s Retreat (p7, arr. by Pete Showman)

May 2017 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, by Susan Goodis)
  • Article: Lack of Joy from Music ... (p2, by Allan French)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Slow Jam tune list; various May events; upcoming May Board meeting, etc. (p3)
  • Notice: at the May 7 jam: KidFiddle workshoop and Mini-Concert by Dinah Stroe (p4)
  • Notice: at the June 4 jam: Improv. Workshop and Mini-Concert by Paul Anastasio and Tony Marcus (p5)
  • Photos from the April 2017 Jam (p6)
  • Keys to the Highway ... Adventures in Music Theory (p6, by Roger Goodman; reprinted with permission from FolkWorks, April 2001)
  • Tunes: Barlow Knife and Buck Mountain (p7, arr. by Pete Showman)

April 2017 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, by Susan Goodis)
  • Humor: New Music Terms (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Slow Jam tune list, April events, etc. (p3)
  • Photos from March 2017 Events (pp4,5)
  • Notice: KidFiddle Workshop with Erik Hoffman (p6)
  • Tunes: Johny, Johnny, Don’t Get Drunk and Step Around Johnny (p7)

March 2017 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, by Susan Goodis)
  • Welcome to new members (p1)
  • Trustees, Officers and Chairs for 2017 (p2)
  • Reminder: KidFiddle workshop at the March jam with Gary Breitbard (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Slow Jam tune list; various March events; upcoming KidFiddle workshops (March and April) (p3)
  • Upcoming house concert: Evie Laden Band (p3)
  • Highlights of the annual Membership Meeting and the Special Trustee Meeting (at the Feb. jam) (p3, by Anne Raphael, Secretary)
  • Photos from the February 2017 jam (pp4,5,8)
  • Some posts from the SCVFA Facebook page (p6)
  • Tunes: Out on the Ocean and The Rose in the Heather (taught by Cindy Dinga at the January jam) (p7, arr. by Pete Showman)

February 2017 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, by Susan Goodis)
  • Announcement: KidFiddle workshop at the March jam with Gary Breitbard (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Membership meeting reminder; Slow Jam tune list; upcoming special SCVFA events; upcoming house concert: Evie Laden band; SCVFA’s Facebook page (p3)
  • Highlights of the Board meeting held on January 22, 2017 (p3, by Anne Raphael, Secretary)
  • Photos: January 2017 jam (pp4,5)
  • Thank-you note for SCVFA performances (p5, by Ali Barekat, Director, "Sunday Friends")
  • Farewell, Alan Jabbour (p6, by Pete Showman)
  • To the Best of Our Knowledge (p6, by Allan French)
  • RBA is Relevant to SCVFA (with link to article about RBA discontinuing) (p6, by Richard Brooks)
  • Tune: Sandy (My Little Dog ...) (from Kenny Hall, taught by Harry Liedstrand) (p7, arr. by Pete Showman)
  • Some New Year’s resolutions for SCVFA supporters (p8)

January 2017 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, by Susan Goodis)
  • Some New Year’s resolutions for SCVFA supporters (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Slow Jam tune list; annual SCVFA Membership Meeting announcement; new SCVFA Facebook page (p3)
  • Upcoming events: concert with Janie Rothfield Trio; “Janie’s Jumpstart” Weekend Camp (p3)
  • The Calm and the Quiet (p3, by Allan French)
  • Trustee Election in February; Candidates’ statements (Pete Showman & Élan Alford) (p4)
  • Fritz and Marge Buell (former SCVFA President and News Editor) (p5, by Pete Showman)
  • Sunday Friends (p5, by Pat Tanti)
  • Photos: December jam and potluck (pp6,8)
  • Tune: Varsovienne (taught at the January Tune Builder circle), & photo (p7, arr. by David Barton)

2017 list updated 08/09/17


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


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


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


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


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


Newsletters from 2011 (most recent first)

December 2011 (ed. Mary Larsen)

  • President’s message - welcome new Editor Mary Larsen (p1, Richard Brooks)
  • “Silent Night” for Twin Fiddles (pp1&6, Jim Wood)
  • November Board Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • SCVFA Happenings (Trustee nomination process, Holiday Potluck announcement) (p3, Pete Showman)
  • News: Hear Dave Barton’s “Too Late Schottische” on YouTube; Cloverdale Fiddle Contest in Jan. (p3)
  • SCVFA’s 10th Youth Fiddle Contest (Nov. 2011): results & photos (pp4-5, Pete Showman)
  • Tune: Silent Night (twin fiddle arrangement) (p6, Jim Wood)
  • Recipe: It’s Gingerbread Cookie Time! (p7, Mary Larsen)

November 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s message (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Volunteering for SCVFA; Board Meeting announcement (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings (Fiddle Contest announcement, new PA system, Holiday Potluck coming, Trustee position open in Feb.) (p3, P. Showman)
  • Youth Fiddle Contest (flyer & photo) (p4)
  • Tune: Kiowa Special (p5, Arr. Pete Showman)

October 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s message (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Trustee Election Notice (p2)
  • Trustees and Officers — a Cry for Help (for volunteers) (p2)
  • SCVFA Happenings (2011 Youth Fiddle Contest, New PA System for October, (upcoming) Playout Saturday, October 1) (p3, P. Showman)
  • September Board Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Music from Quebec and the East (p4, Joe Weed)
  • Tune: Hop Kiln Road (p5, Arr. Pete Showman)

September 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s message (p1, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings (Back to Hoover in Sept., Successful Playout at Saratoga Senior Center; Rose Garden jam photos) (p3, P. Showman)
  • Old Joe Clark Variations (p4, Pete Hicks)
  • Tune: Old Joe Clark Variations (p5, Arr. Pete Hicks; transcr. P. Showman)

August 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s message (SCVFA in the news) (p1, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings (youth fiddle program - continuing?) (p3, P. Showman)
  • July Board Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • The San Francisco Free Folk Festival (p4, Pete Showman)
  • Recording Some Bay Area Players (Tom Mitchell et al.) (p5, Joe Weed)
  • Calendar (p6, P. Showman)

July 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s message (Twin Fiddling DVD) (p1, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings (dues increase, park jam) (p2, P. Showman)
  • The Northwest Folklife Festival (p3, Pete Showman)
  • Dave Barton Tune Wins Composing Contest (p4, Pete Showman)
  • Tune: Too Late Schottische (p5, By Dave Barton)
  • Calendar (p6, P. Showman)

June 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Message (p1, R. Brooks)
  • In Memoriam: Bill Wright (p2, P. Showman)
  • SCVFA Happenings (dues increase July 1) (p3, P. Showman)
  • May Board Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Upcoming Events (p4, Pete Showman)
  • The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (p5, Joe Weed)
  • Calendar (p6, P. Showman)

May 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Message (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Ten Years Ago on May 6, 2001 (p2, R. Brooks)
  • South County Special to perform in June (p2, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings (Dues increase, new renewal form, upcoming camps and festivals) (p3, P. Showman)
  • March Board Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Silent Auction at May 1 Jam (p4)
  • Tune: Red Rockin’ Chair (p5, Arr. Pete Hicks; transcr. P. Showman)
  • Fiddling and Bicycling along the Gulf Coast (p6, Joe Weed)
  • Calendar (p6, P. Showman)

April 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Message (need help; sound system update) (p1, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings (new renewal form , dues increase) (p3, P. Showman)
  • SCVFA’s 2011 Schedule (p3)
  • A Bow-Rehairing Demonstration by Jon Li (p4, Pete Showman)
  • The Boys from North Carolina (p7, Pete Hicks)
  • Tune: The Boys from North Carolina (p7, Arr. Pete Hicks,; transcr. P. Showman)
  • Calendar (p8, P. Showman)

March 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Message (special events: Sarah Kirton, Jon Li) (p1, R. Brooks)
  • Generous Donors List (no masthead) (p2, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings (Membership changeover & Dues (p3, P. Showman)
  • February Membership Meeting summary (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • Chord Substitutions, Inversions and Alterations (p4, Gorden Gibson)
  • More Bowing Tips (p5, Joe Weed)
  • Remembering J.P. Fraley (p6, Dave Barton)
  • Tune: Wild Rose of the Mountain (p7, As played by J.P. Fraley; transcr. & arr. P. Showman)
  • Calendar (p8, P. Showman)

February 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Message (PA theft, annual meeting) (p1, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Goes All Acoustic (p2, R. Brooks)
  • SCVFA Happenings (upcoming Annual Meeting (election, bylaws vote), replacing stolen PA) (p3, P. Showman)
  • January Board Meeting Highlights (p3, Dinah Showman)
  • SCVFA Celebrates Flora’s 100th Birthday (p4, Paul Clarke)
  • Bowing With a Mirror (p5, Joe Weed)
  • One Fiddler’s Idea Pool (p6, Reid Fisher)
  • Tune: Flowers of Cahirciveen (p7, Arr. Reid Fisher; transcr. P. Showman)
  • Calendar (p8, P. Showman)

January 2011 (ed. Pete Showman)

  • President’s Message (p1, R. Brooks)
  • December (2011) Special Board Meeting Highlights (p1, Dinah Showman)
  • Annual Meeting and Trustee Election process; candidates’ statements from Gorden Gibson, Pete Showman (p2)
  • SCVFA Bylaws Revision (summary only; the Bylaws insert is not included in this posting) (p3, Pete Showman)
  • Calendar (p4, P. Showman)

2011 list updated 05/10/15


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