Upcoming Events

Feb
24
Sat
10:00 am District 9 Meeting & Jam @ Adna Grange
District 9 Meeting & Jam @ Adna Grange
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Short meeting in the Grange main hall followed by jam session. Grange will have a baked potatoe lunch 11:30 – 1:30 – $7.00
Feb
25
Sun
9:30 am District 15 Meeting & Jam @ Tri-Area Community Center
District 15 Meeting & Jam @ Tri-Area Community Center
Feb 25 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Set up and open jamming begin at 9:30 am. Member performances from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. Schedule changes in the summer and December. See our website at http://www.wotfa.org/d15 for up-to-date info.  
1:30 pm District 3 Meeting & Jam @ Calvary Crossroads Church
District 3 Meeting & Jam @ Calvary Crossroads Church
Feb 25 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
4th Sundays; no meetings June, July, August . NOTE: the December meeting is the 3rd Sunday.
Mar
9
Fri
6:30 pm District 4 Meeting and Jam @ Mt. Vernon Senior Center
District 4 Meeting and Jam @ Mt. Vernon Senior Center
Mar 9 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
1401 S. Cleveland, Mt. Vernon. Note:no more 5th Friday jam sessions. The 3rd Friday is cancelled for December and January; stay tuned for news about whether it will restart in February.
Mar
10
Sat
11:00 am District 6 Meeting & Jam @ Des Moines Masonic Center
District 6 Meeting & Jam @ Des Moines Masonic Center
Mar 10 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Doors open at 11 am, jamming until 1 pm meeting, guitar and/or mandolin class by Bernie Turner during the jamming time (11:30 – 12:30); fiddle class by Bríd Nowlan 1-2 pm; meeting is followed by[...]
Mar
11
Sun
2:00 pm District 12 Meeting & Jam @ Trios Adult Day Services
District 12 Meeting & Jam @ Trios Adult Day Services
Mar 11 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Doors open at 2:00 pm for jamming, followed by a Potluck at 3:00. Short business meeting and more jamming follows the potluck.  
Mar
17
Sat
12:00 pm District 16 Meeting & Jam @ Noel Lareau
District 16 Meeting & Jam @ Noel Lareau
Mar 17 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Doors open at 12:00 pm.  2:00 pm Potluck, 3:00 pm meeting and the jam time. Meeting is short to give us time for jamming.  Please come!  
2:00 pm District 10 Meeting and Jam @ Fishers Grange Community Center
District 10 Meeting and Jam @ Fishers Grange Community Center
Mar 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
 

What is Old Time Fiddle Music?

“Old time fiddle is a genre of American folk music. “Old time fiddle tunes” derived from European folk dance tunes such as Jig, Reel, Breakdown, Schottische, Waltz, Two Step and Polka. The genre traces from the colonization of North America by immigrants from England, France, Germany, Ireland, and Scotland. It is separate and distinct from traditions which it has influenced or which may in part have evolved from it, such as bluegrass, country blues, variants of western swing and country rock. Newer traditions have grown out of old time fiddle music but it retains a separate and distinct identity from those styles. However, the positive statement of what, exactly, constitutes the true and authentic delineation of old time fiddle music is not necessarily unambiguous. Different sources draw a sharper distinction than others, and there is a good deal of overlap which purists will acknowledge to a varying degree. The areas of overlap are primarily with bluegrass, Western swing (Texas swing), country and even rock.
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The Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association (WOTFA)

a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 1965 to preserve and promote old time fiddle music and related arts.

Members of WOTFA range in age from 5 to 95. New members of all ages and skill levels are enthusiastically welcomed in the WOTFA. You don’t have to be a musician to be a member and support WOTFA activities. Membership benefits include the opportunity to attend the summer Fiddle Workshop, monthly WOTFA newsletters, which publicize all statewide activities (including shows and open jam sessions) and the sheet music for a selected song each month. Members also gain access to the Members Only part of this website, which contains all sorts of fun ways to share our enthusiasm with each other about Old Time Fiddling. The cornerstone of our mission is education. WOTFA sponsors workshops, provides scholarships, and offers tuition reimbursements to students of this traditional art form. WOTFA is also focused on public education as it relates to old time fiddle music. Throughout the year WOTFA sponsors public events such as concerts, contests, playouts and open jam sessions to increase public awareness of this truly American Tradition.