"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 Director: Katy Bridges

Board Members
President: Mike Drayton
Vice-President: Chris Carney (web site)
District Secretary: Colleen Hogan
District Membership Secretary: Mark Hogan
District Treasurer: Doug Laurice
Advisory Council: Gus Garelick, Janette Duncan, Darren "Doc" Jekel


Saturday January 18th at 1pm at the Cloverdale Historical Society building in Cloverdale with a jam afterwards (location to be confirmed.) I will email the minutes from the Nov 3rd meeting within a week.
Also, nominations and elections of District Officers to lead our our organization in 2014 will occur in the month of November. Please look for an email from me in the next few days outlining the details of the election process.
Hope you're all doing well and enjoying the wonderful Autumn weather!
Best regards,
Colleen Hogan - District Secretary

~ Membership Form ~

~Events Page~

~ Sessions ~

The Redwood Cafe
8240 Old Redwood Hwy
  • 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.

    Coffee Catz
    6761 Sebastopol Ave., in Sebastopol
  • Old Time, Bluegrass, Country jam every Saturday from 2-5pm

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

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

    Subud Hall
    234 Hutchins Ave, Sebastopol, Ca.
  • Bluegrass Jam intermediate to advanced, 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month 7-9pm
  • SoCoFoSo Pickin' Pot Luck every 5th Sunday 1-5pm

    Mountain High Coffee and Books
    16295 Hwy. 175, Cobb, Ca.
  • Old Time Session: Second Saturday of every month 4-6pm

    Click here!for information about the Sonoma County Bluegrass and Folk Festival, Saturday, March 8th, 2014

  • Click Here to visit our new YouTube page.
    If you are a member of Dist. 10 and have a video of you or your group (performing) and would like to see it on our YouTube channel, contact me and we'll go from there. The video should not be more than ten minutes long please.

  • After meeting session at Hamburger Ranch in Cloverdale, Ca. 3/3/13
  • Sonoma County Folk Society pickin' pot luck session, 9-29-13 Subud Hall, Sebastopol, Ca.
  • Ely Stage Stop session 11/3/13
  • Lonesome Holler String Band at Studio 55, Marin Co. Ca.

  • News

  • Cajun/Creole FIDDLE WORKSHOP
    CSOTFA District 10 is holding a CAJUN / CREOLE FIDDLING WORKSHOP in Sebastopol on Saturday, November 9th starting at 2:00 PM with a jam immediately following. Net proceeds from the workshop go to support the District 10 Scholarship Program. Here's a description:
    Cajun/Creole Fiddling, taught by Gus Garelick.
    A short, hands-on survey of Cajun and Creole fiddling. We will start with the simple "Cajun Shuffle" bowing, and play a traditional tune (Bayou Teche) and a Buck Owens tune (Cajun Fiddle) using that bowing. Then, we'll look at a Cajun waltz (Love Bridge Waltz) and learn some of the ornaments that make it sound uniquely Cajun, including the backup fiddling, known as 'seconding.' We'll explore more 'seconding' techniques in a blues tune called Grande Bosco. After that, time permitting, we'll look at some Creole fiddling, including tunes by Canray Fontenot, Amede Ardoin and others.
    Gus Garelick has been playing Cajun and Zydeco music for over 25 years, including work with Queen Ida in San Francisco and, locally, with the late Jim Boggio and the Sonoma Swamp Dogs. He currently plays with the Wild Catahoulas, as well as the Italian band, Hot Frittatas.
    Cost of the workshop is $25 General / $20 for District 10 Members.
    Contact Colleen_Hogan@comcast.net / (707) 829-8012 to reserve a seat and get directions. Space is limited so reserve your space today!!
    Please feel free to forward this email to other fiddlers. It promises to be an excellent workshop for those interested in this style!!

    The newly formed District 10 (Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino counties) of the California Old-Time Fiddlers Association is sponsoring a series of Fiddle workshops in old-time fiddle styles. These workshops will be led by a variety of notable local fiddle players, focused on different styles. Proceeds from the workshops will go to sponsor fiddle students who would not otherwise have access to an instrument or lessons.
    Notables in organizing this group include: Janette Duncan, Gus Garelick, Mike Drayton, Chris Carney and Andi Skelton.
    Please join us for one or all of these wonderful and informative workshops.

    Other News

    Originally scheduled for Aug. 10th, the Ely Stage Stop fiddle jam session will be held on Nov 3rd - 1:00-3:00.
    It was an original stage stop on Hwy 29 and was moved to it's current location on Soda Bay Road by the Lake Co Historical Society. It is beautifully restored and is now a museum. They also have built a large barn on the property suitable for Contra dancing, etc. There will be more information out soon about other activities at this event.
    This is presented by Ely Stage stop and the Calif State Old Time Fiddle Assoc. Dist.10, which includes fiddlers from Lake, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Proceeds from the event will go to the Dist 10 treasury. There will be no charge for musicians to the day's activities. There will be a table for membership registration to join CSOTFA.. The event will take place in the new barn and will be a round robin style jam. This will be a chance to hear and play with some great fiddlers from other counties.
    Ely Stage Stop is on Soda Bay Rd about 1/2 mile from Hwy 29 on the left hand side. There should be a marker at the turn in.
    Any questions contact Don Coffin 995-0658
    Andi Skelton

    CSOTFA10 PICS...

    ~Other Stuff~

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

    ~State and other district links:~

  • State organization
  • District 2
  • District 3
  • District 4
  • District 5
  • District 6
  • District 7
  • District 8
  • District 9
  • Santa Clara Fiddlers