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And the Cat Came Back

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Download Score By downloading this music, you agree to the Terms & Conditions. Difficulty: Advanced, Intermediate Genre: Old Time This transcription of “And The Cat Came Back” is from the playing of Greg Canote on the Canote Brothers’ album “Dogs in the Dishes”. The tune comes from a 1927 recording of Doc Roberts, although on […]

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From the Editor

Jean Martin passed away on October 8 […]

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District Reports

District 2

It’s kind of like that joke that used to run on The Muppet Show, where a guy in glasses and a plaid sports coat comes out to the lectern and steps up to the microphone and looks into the camera and says, “There’s no news tonight!” and then goes hopping off camera to wherever Muppets […]

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District 4

Dear District 4 Fiddlers, Joyous upcoming Holiday season Fiddlers! Sarah reports, “We had such a such a good play out in Sedro Woolley today, and a big surprise Debbie and Duwayne Stixrud came, and 9 Fiddlers, Peggy Carol, Gary, Danny, Frank and Sarah, and the audience is getting a little larger each time we go! […]

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District 5

It is with great sadness that I have to report the loss of a long time District 5 member.  Gus Lester passed away the morning of November 5th from complications of a long illness.  He participated in all of our district playouts for many years.  He played flatpick guitar and spent many hours practicing at […]

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District 6

As I write this Dec. newsletter, it seems like it’s been raining nonstop.  We did need the rain, but not all at once!  However, like the song, Keep on the Sunnyside of Life, there have been some bright spots.  Those included a few sun breaks in the weather and regular jamming again.  Also, we have been to […]

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District 8

Happy Holidays to you all! District 8 did host the monthly meeting and jam on Sunday Nov 21 at the Fred Oldfield Heritage Center located at the Puyallup fairgrounds. It was really nice to see folks in person and start playing those great tunes again. Sometimes it was hard to recall the names of tunes […]

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District 12

Elections were held at our November meeting with the Chair,(Joe Gunter), Vice-Chair (Jim Harter) and Treasurer (Daryl Wuennecke) remaining the same. We still need a Secretary. Due to poor attendance at our recent meetings, we decided to do away with our traditional December holiday turkey dinner and we will continue with finger foods only. Coffee […]

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District 16

 The turn of the year approaches with its short days and long nights; the Holiday Season is upon us.  There will not be another newsletter until February.  Be sure to renew your memberships, y’all! D16 continues with masked jams every 2nd and 4th Friday evening.  THE EXCEPTION is Christmas Eve, when we will NOT be […]

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From the Editor

Welcome again to the Evergreen Fiddler Newsletter. Since we’ve began this e-mailed paperless version of the newsletter there have been many additions, repairs and upgrades due in no small part to member feedback and technical imagination. There is much to see and to share now: courses on music theory, fiddle and banjo, newsletter archives, events […]

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District 5

District 5 is an active district, encompassing 4 counties: Grays Harbor, Pacific, Mason, and Kitsap.  Covering a total of 2,840 square miles. Current membership base of 105 members. Meetings are held at the Kitsap Square Dance Club the third Saturday of each month beginning at 11:00AM with a tune learning session, followed by a finger […]

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Membership Renewal Time is Coming!

It is that time of year, folks […]

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From the Secretary

Happy Autumn and Happy WOTFA Election month to everyone! With the start of our “new year” of the Old Time Fiddlers, I have made it one of my personal missions to help start the recovery process on our membership. As I’m sure everyone has noticed, our membership numbers have taken a pretty sharp decline in […]

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Board Elects New Officers

The WOTFA board of directors elected two new officers at their Summer board meeting on August 12, 2021. […]

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WOTFA Summer Board Meeting

Summer Board Meeting […]

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Fiddle Camp Cancelled

It is with a huge lump in the back of my throat that I tell you, Fiddle Camp 2021 has been cancelled.  I want to thank each and every one of you that registered and got your hopes up for camp this year.  All the notes of hope that were sent, truly were appreciated. With […]

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Washington Old Time Fiddlers Front Porch Jam

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WOTFA Front Porch Jam

Click here to register for the WOTFA Front Porch Jam. […]

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Jam Reviews

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Requested Tunes

Ships are Sailing Kitchen Girl Cold Frosty Morning Eli’s Green’s cakewalk Shove the Pig’s Foot further in the Fire Hangman’s Reel Roscoe Ookpik Waltz Winter Wonderland Eighth of January Ice on the road Sarah Armstrong’s (old reel) Blackberry blossom Devils Dream Jenny’s Chickens Long Journey Home You are my Sunshine Seven Forty (or “7:40 PM”) […]

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Tune of the Month Workshop

Join us for the Tune of the Month workshop featuring Deb Collins. […]

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Online Learning comes to WOTFA

Online learning is coming to WOTFA. Beginning November 2nd, WOTFA will begin hosting online workshops the first Monday of each month.  A new Learning site has been created for this feature and will require you to set up a separate account. The new site uses the same account login as wotfa.org. https://lms.wotfa.org   […]

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Membership Application and Renewal Form

Click here to get a printable application form […]

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Officers

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Membership Renewal Begins

Membership dues for 2021 can be renewed starting October 1st. To renew your dues, login to the website, scroll over the My Account menu option, then select Pay My Dues. Follow the online instructions to update your membership for 2021. […]

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The “Missing Fiddle Camp” hidden meanings

Here are the meanings that went into the original design: The two musicians are wearing masks to keep each other safe They are socially distanced by 6 measures (6 feet apart) Although they’re separated, they’re still connected by music The tune they are sharing is called “The Reunion” – since everyone is longing to get […]

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District 15 Scholarship Program

WASHINGTON OLD TIME FIDDLERS, DISTRICT 15 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM PLAN   Revised 3/5/2012 PUROSE: Perpetuate the organization know as Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association and old time fiddle music. The biggest expense of the Scholarship Program will be directed at young people who will need assistance in funding for fiddle lessons. The Youth Scholarship Program will […]

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District 15 Welcome

About WOTFA District 15, Washington Old Time Fiddlers of Clallam and Jefferson Counties, is a part of the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and perpetuating the art of traditional old time fiddling and associated arts and skills. WOTFA has about 1,100 members statewide. Members belong to geographic districts. […]

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Summer Board Meeting 2020

Well this has certainly been an interesting year so far.  With not much happening in the fiddle world, at least here in Washington.  I hope this finds you all well and looking forward to getting back together soon. The WOTFA Board of Directors held their Summer Meeting on August 4, 2020.  Following Social Gathering Guidelines, […]

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August – 2020

Download Newsletter This is a really interesting article READ IT!! […]

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$1000+ Raised for Fiddle Camp 2021

Thank you for your generous support of Fiddle Camp.  With your help, we raised over one thousand dollars for Fiddle Camp 2021! Shirts, mugs, and tote bags just went to print and should be mailed out in the next couple of weeks. If you decide you want more shirts, mugs or tote bags, you can […]

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June – 2020

Washington, slowly returning to normal. […]

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May – 2020

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Meeting Help Page

Audio and Video Issues in Zoom Meeting Please note that iPhone, mac, safari browser and Firefox currently do not fully support Audio/Video from web and the plugin will not work on these browsers/devices. If you are using any of these then you must switch to Chrome or use Zoom App to join the meeting. The […]

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Restricted content

This page is restricted to logged in users only. Please login in or join the Washington Old Time Fiddlers.     […]

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Restricted content

This page is restricted to logged in users only. Please login in or join the Washington Old Time Fiddlers.     […]

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Meeting Etiquette

To help you keep your meetings productive and professional, follow these seven simple virtual meeting etiquette rules and tips. 1. Leave the keyboard alone The sound of your typing is distracting. It’s not only distracting everyone else in the meeting (because your laptop’s internal microphone is inches away from your keyboard), it’s also preventing you […]

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April – 2020

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March – 2020

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February 2020

Another year is well underway again.  I hope that this posting finds everyone in fiddling fashion.  As the New Year gets underway, I want to remind everyone to get your membership dues paid.  Those that have not paid their dues by January 31st will not be receiving a newsletter in February.  Don’t miss out on […]

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Dec 2019/January – 2020

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December 2019

“May you never be too grown-up to search the skies on Christmas eve.” […]

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November 2019

I would like to start out by apologizing for missing the submission for October.  It was a busy month for me and not enough hours in the day. Officer elections for districts should be just about completed.  And the 2020 Board of directors should be gearing up for another fiddle filled year.  I don’t have […]

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October – 2019

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Tune of the Month

Christmas Eve […]

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September 2019

With the new year looming in front of us, the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association is gearing up for some really exciting things to come your way. First of all the new wotfa.org website is up and running, with lots of cool features available to our members. New features are in the planning stages for […]

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Officers

President Bill Crabtree […]

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District 2 – 2019

Ferry, Lincoln, Pend O’Reille, Spokane & Stevens Counties
Monthly Meeting: To be announced […]

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District 3 Report September 2019

Chelan, Douglas & Okanogan Counties
Monthly Meeting: 4th Sunday Calvary Crossroads Church

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District 4 Report September 2019

Skagit, Whatcom, Island and San Juan Counties […]

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District 5 Report September 2019

Kitsap, Mason, Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties […]

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District 6 Report September 2019

King County […]

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District 7 Report September 2019

Yakima, Kittitas, & Klickitat Counties […]

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District 8 Report September 2019

Pierce County […]

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District 9 Report September 2019

Lewis & Thurston Counties […]

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District 10 Report September 2019

Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania and Wahkiakum Counties […]

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District 11 Report September 2019

Grant and Adams Counties […]

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District 12 Report September 2019

Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla Counties […]

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District 15 Report September 2019

Jefferson and  Clallam  Counties […]

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District 16 Report September 2019

Snohomish County […]

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July – 2019

I am a little late in getting my July post up on the website.  Been crazy busy around here the last few weeks.  With the workshop fast approaching, can’t believe it is in two weeks, I have been scrambling to finish up projects around the house and prep for the upcoming meetings. I want to […]

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June – 2019

June is already here???  I know it has been said a million times that the older you get the faster time seems to move.  I hope that this post finds everyone in WOTFA doing well.  Summer is just around the corner, and that means its time to get ready for Fiddle Camp. I hope that […]

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May – 2019

As May 2019 descends upon us, I find my self reflecting on the past year in the Washington Old Time Fiddlers and my place in this world of musical history.  I am so humbled to be a part of this organization and what it represents.  Although, I am not a fiddle player and my knowledge […]

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Glenn Berry

Stuart Williams says “…one of my all-time favorite fiddlers…” […]

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April – 2019

The flowers are blooming and the robins are in my backyard, must mean that it is spring in Washington. […]

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January 2019

Welcome to 2019. Happy New All
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Washington State Fiddle Championship

Open to all states and held at the Clark County Fair. Certified winners (Age Divisions) will be top placers from Washington. Presented by District 10 with added support from many districts throughout the State. Expert judges and guitar backup, great prizes and fun for all! […]

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November 2018

It is hard to believe that 2018 is already winding down.  With the year coming to an end, it is time, once again, to focus on the new year looming ahead of us. This year the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association will be celebrating it’s 54th year. Though time continues to march forward, and change […]

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Summer Fiddling

It is hard to believe that it is already July.  The workshop is coming up fast, and soon we will all be gathering in Moses Lake for another week of jamming, learning, and meeting up with old friends. I am excited about this year’s workshop.  We will once again be holding our workshop at the […]

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Early Bluegrass in Western Washington and the Pacific Northwest

A personal account by Phil Williams […]

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JAM SESSION ETIQUETTE

One of the best and most pleasurable ways of improving your playing is to participate in jam sessions. […]

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National Old Time Fiddler's Contest and Festival

The National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest is an old-time music competition, festival, and musical gathering in the western United States, held annually during the third full week in June in Weiser, Idaho, about fifty miles (80 km) northwest of Boise. Within the fiddling community, it is often referred to simply as “Weiser,” and the contest draws musicians from across the country. Nearly 7,000 attend for the week and […]

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Fiddlers on the Peak Fiddle Contest

Named the Fiddlers on the Peak contest for its original location near the 49 North Ski resort near Chewelah, the contest has grown each year .  Players from the Spokane area and Eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana participate in our contes […]

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50th Annual Northwest Regional Fiddle Contest

Started in 1969, Spokane’s Annual Northwest Regional Fiddle Contest has been host to a variety of ages and talents. One of the largest competitions in the area, you will hear fiddlers from WA, OR, ID, MT, ND, SD, Canada and more. […]

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Evergreen Fiddler Online

The Evergreen Fiddler is WOTFA’s official newsletter and will now be available online to our membership. Members can elect to receive the newsletter in the mail as always, or via email. […]

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Forums

The WOTFA forums focus on discussions around old time fiddling and related arts. Members can post discussions and topics, ask questions, or just browse the articles. We encourage members to participate in the forums and provide content. […]

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Membership

Membership in the WOTFA is open to all musicians and non-musicians alike. If you are interested in Old Time music, and enjoy being a part of preserving this long honored American tradition, then join us on our mission. Become a member of the Washington Old Time Fiddlers. […]

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On line Lessons

As as member of WOTFA you will have access to our Tunes and Lessons Library. Lessons are posted by members and are free to our membership. […]

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Fiddle Camp & Workshop

WOTFA sponsors a week long workshop in Eastern Washington each year for members of WOTFA. When is the Fiddle Camp?  July 15-19, 2019 How much is tuition?  $75 for youth / $175 for adults (Half day classes are half price) Where is the Fiddle Camp?  Moses Lake Christian Academy 1475 Nelson Rd NE # A, Moses Lake, WA 98837 […]

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Practice Tips and Tricks

Practice. This word seems to elicit many different variations of facial expressions, especially from young fiddlers. […]

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The Circle of Fifths

Here’s a little bit of basic music theory that’s useful to know for any ensemble playing. […]

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Tendinitis Problems of Musicians – Identification, Prevention, Treatment

Tendinitis is a problem always lurking around the corner for string musicians. […]

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