"To promote an interest in the old time American fiddle styles and to create more opportunities for interested parties to learn about the lineage of fiddle music in America, to promote activities related to old time fiddling (jams and concerts, and contests), to foster a sense of community in this shared musical treasure, and to preserve a truly American art form."

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District Representative: Mark Hogan

Board Members
President: John Clendenen
Vice-President: Don Coffin
Secretary: Judith Jones
District Treasurer: Mike Drayton
Membership Secretary: Kathy Clendenen
Advisory Council: Janette Duncan ~ Tim Rued ~ Sue Condit

Web Site admin:
Chris Carney


February 24th 10:30am ~ Cloverdale Historical Society
and March 24th 10:30am ~ Cloverdale Historical Society.

~ Membership Form ~

~ Sessions ~

Ely Stage Stop
9921 Soda Bay Rd. Kelseyville, CA 95451, about 1/2 mile from Hwy 29 on the left.
  • Old Time Session: First Sunday of the month 12-2pm
    Contact: Don Coffin at:drcoffin@att.net 707-995-0658
    Andi Skeltonskeltonmusic@jps.net 707-279-4336

    The Redwood Cafe
    8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati
  • Celtic Session: 2nd Sunday of the Month 3-5pm
    Contact: Janette Duncan for more info.
  • Old Time Session: 4th Sunday of the Month 3-5pm
    Contact:Janette Duncan or Chris Carney for more info.

    Murphy's Irish Pub
    464 First Street, Sonoma
  • Celtic Session: First Sunday of every month 3:30-5:30pm

    Aqus Cafe
    189 H Street, Petaluma
  • Bluegrass and Old Time Session: 4th Wednesday of every month 7-9pm

    Sebastopol Grange (one half mile east of Morris Street on Highway 12, east of Sebastopol, next to Weeks Drilling)
    6000 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol
  • SoCoFoSo Pickin' Pot Luck every 5th Sunday 1-5pm

    ~Other Stuff~

  • A brief history of District 10
  • From the SoCoFoSo "Folk Notes"
  • Konocti Fiddle Club

    CSOTFA10 PICS...

    ~State and other district links:~

  • State organization
  • District 1
  • District 3
  • District 4
  • District 5
  • District 6
  • District 7
  • District 8
  • District 9
  • Santa Clara Fiddlers

  • Cloverdale Fiddle Festival Results 2015

    Cloverdale Fiddle Festival Results 2017

    Cloverdale Fiddle Festival Results 2018

    ~ Last meetings minutes ~

  • Please visit our Video/Photo page where you'll find links to videos of District 10 sessions, photos of the old time campout, and other events as we go along, plus other interesting links you may find of value.

    Here are the:

    ~Approved By-Laws~

    Click here for the pdf file


    Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp ~ Aug 4th thru 11th 2019


    And don't forget the

    Fiddle-Off at the National Heirloom Expo:

    Santa Rosa Fairgrounds September 12,2019, from 2 to 5 PM


    And also the Cloverdale Fiddle Contest is back on March 7, 2020.

    The New Lost City Ramblers
  • The New Lost City Ramblers, or NLCR, is a contemporary old-time string band that formed in New York City in 1958 during the Folk Revival. Mike Seeger, John Cohen, and Tom Paley were its founding members. Tracy Schwarz replaced Paley, who left the group in 1962. Seeger died of cancer in 2009, and Paley died in 2017. NLCR participated in the old-time music revival, and continued to directly influence many later musicians.
    The Ramblers distinguished themselves by focusing on the traditional playing styles they heard on old 78rpm records of musicians recorded during the 1920s and 1930s, many of whom had earlier appeared on the Anthology of American Folk Music. The New Lost City Ramblers refused to "sanitize" these southern sounds as did other folk groups of the time, such as the Weavers or Kingston Trio. Instead, the Ramblers have always strived for an authentic sound.However, the Ramblers did not merely copy the old recordings that inspired them. Rather, they would use the various old-time styles they encountered while at the same time not becoming slaves to imitation.
    On Songs From the Depression, the New Lost City Ramblers performed a variety of popular political songs from the New Deal days, all but one of them taken from commercially issued 78s, and that one is "Keep Moving," identified in the album notes only as "from Tony Schwartz's collection ó singer unidentified" when actually it is by Agnes "Sis" Cunningham, the full title being "How Can You Keep On Moving (Unless You Migrate Too)." The omission later caused Ry Cooder, who listened to the Ramblers album, to record the song as Traditional on the first edition of his Into the Purple Valley album, an omission he gladly corrected when informed of it. Cooder also covered another song from the same New Lost City Ramblers album, which he may have heard on a poorly labeled cassette copy: "Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Us All" which the New Lost City Ramblers credit to Fiddling John Carson but which the Cooder notes still list as "traditional." The same is true of the track "Boomer's Story," covered by the RamblersóCooder credits it as "traditional," but the song was written by Carson Robison and first recorded by him in 1929 under the title "The Railroad Boomer."
    The group drifted apart during the latter half of the 60s. Schwarz and Seeger performed with different musicians and together formed the short lived Strange Creek Singers.
    The New Lost City Ramblers' extensive recordings for the Folkways label became, after the death of Moe Asch, part of the Smithsonian Institution, which reissues Folkways titles on CD.
    John Cohen is said to have inspired the titular John of the Grateful Dead's 1970 album and song, "Uncle John's Band.

    Any comments or questions about the web site, please send email to: csotfa10@yahoo.com