"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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It is with profound sadness that we have to announce the passing of one of our own. Our friend and stalwart supporter of the Sonoma County folk music scene, Don Bradley, passed away from complications due to cancer on June 20th 2016.
A member of the Sonoma County Folk Society, always at the sessions and concerts, always ready to volunteer where ever needed, Don did everything he could to make sure that folk music was not forgotten. He will be sorely missed by us all.
District Representative: Mike Drayton
President: Tim Rued
Vice-President: Mark Hogan
Membership Secretary: Colleen Hogan
Secretary: Judith Jones
District Treasurer: Doug Laurice
Advisory Council: Don Coffin, Janette Duncan, Chris Carney (web site)
Saturday, May, 27th 2017 ~ 11:00am at the Cloverdale Historical Society...
215 N. Cloverdale Blvd. in Cloverdale.
~ Membership Form ~
~ Sessions ~Ely Stage Stop
9921 Soda Bay Rd. Kelseyville, CA 95451, about 1/2 mile from Hwy 29 on the left.
Contact: Don Coffin at:firstname.lastname@example.org 707-995-0658
Andi Skeltonskeltonmusic@jps.net 707-279-4336
The Redwood Cafe
8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati
Contact: Janette Duncan for more info.
Contact:Janette Duncan or Chris Carney for more info.
Sebastopol Community Market
6762 Sebastopol Ave. #100
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 407-4020 At the Barlow
Murphy's Irish Pub
464 First Street, Sonoma
189 H Street, Petaluma
Sebastopol Grange (one half mile east of Morris Street on Highway 12, east of Sebastopol, next to Weeks Drilling)
6000 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol
~State and other district links:~
Cloverdale Fiddle Festival Results 2015
Cloverdale Fiddle Festival Results 2017
The "summary statement" is just background information. The file named "Bylaws" is the complete bylaws showing deletions and additions. The file called “Errata” are last-minute errors that were discovered.
Summary Statement ByLaws Errata
Heirloom Expo “Fiddle-Off”
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, California
And Click here for rules and contest tunes!
Fred CockerhamOld-time banjo player and fiddler ~ Surry County, NC
Fred Cockerham was one of the most highly regarded musicians to come out of the Round Peak musical tradition for which the Mount Airy region is so well known. He was born in 1905 in Round Peak, in Surry County. As a child, Cockerham would sneak his older brother Pate's fiddle, and he secretly taught himself how to play. When the secret was revealed, his family encouraged his music, and would play along with him. There were also local musicians who helped Fred fine-tune his music abilities, like Mal Smith and his uncle Troy Cockerham. His main inspiration came from the banjo playing of local legend Charlie Lowe, and the fiddling of Arthur Smith, which took Southern string band music by storm in the years just before World War II.
Cockerham was one of the few Round Peak artists to become a professional musician, and in doing so he helped popularize Round Peak-style banjo and fiddle playing with a wider audience. Cockerham traveled across the mountains with the Ruby Tonic Entertainers. He won first place at the Galax Fiddler's Convention in 1935, and played on WFMR in High Point in the 1940s.
Following an injury sustained during a 1959 snowstorm, Cockerham had severe damage to his vocal abilities, and soon thereafter lost much of his already compromised eyesight during an operation for cataracts. These changes in his life were deeply jarring, but his friends worked together to lift him out of his difficulties, and in time Cockerham made an active return to the world of music. Together with Kyle Creed, Earnest East, Paul Sutphin, and Verlen Clifton, Cockerham formed the Camp Creek Boys. This band made an enormous impact on the region's musical history, winning countless contests, recording an influential self-titled album in 1967 (since reissued), and popularizing a fiercely driving variant of the Round Peak tradition.
Young people sought Cockerham out to learn his style of music, and he was tremendously giving to those who came. Fred Cockerham died at the age of 75, in 1980.