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Dry and Dusty

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Download Score By downloading this music, you agree to the Terms & Conditions. Difficulty: Advanced – Beginner Genre: Old Time Dry and Dusty is a popular Old Time tune said to be from the Arkansas/Missouri Ozark area. This tune is often played in alternative fiddle tunings such as AEae (Arkansas fiddler Lon Jordan playing in […]

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From the Editor

Jean Martin passed away on October 8 […]

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District Reports

District 4

Dear Fiddlers, We are happy to report that 11 players filled the October air with our music which was well received with smiling faces and clapping hands at Sedro Woolley Sr. Ctr. and Mount Vernon Sr. center; Carol Olgebee took some pictures at S/W Sr. Ctr. to share; to our delight the players and audience […]

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District 5

Our meetings are held the 3rd Saturday of each month September through May at the Kitsap Square Dance Club in Gorst.  Tune learning begins at 10, followed by the business meeting at noon. Jamming ensues until 2pm.  The 1st Thursday evening jams take place from 6-9pm in the classroom at the Salmon Center, with the […]

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District 6

Hello again!  I’d first like to thank the people who emailed me with encouraging words after my first attempt at the newsletter.  You made my day better! Our Oct 9th meeting and jam was great with the “regulars” being joined by some kids and adults we hadn’t seen recently.  We also welcomed a few people […]

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District 8

In October we held our monthly meeting on Zoom.  We had 11 people attend.  The meeting worked out well.  There was lots of discussion about places to meet and places to jam, but nothing was finalized.  Hopefully we might be able to use our current facility by January.  We have gotten some feelers on possible […]

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District 9

Hi Everyone! Happy November, the month of brilliant Fall colors, frosty mornings and hot apple cider. For the months of November and December we will be having our meeting and jam on the first Saturday of the month to avoid as much of the holiday chaos as possible. Here are the dates: Saturday, November 6th from […]

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District 11

District 11 held their October meeting and elections on October 17th at the Moses Lake Senior Center. There were no changes in our district officers. We have been having our monthly meeting and jam for several months now, but we still do not have any play outs. Most of the facilities that we were playing […]

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District 12

We had to put off holding elections at our October meeting because we wanted to make sure that we had enough members to make sure it is a democratic process. I believe other than the reporter position everybody else is willing to give it another year. Other than that we are just going to hold […]

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District 16

Wet and windy here.  I love it! – as long as the power stays on! D16 has just held its annual chairperson election.  It did not really come as a surprise that I (Noel) was re-elected, since no one else was willing to shoulder the enormous burden.  Little did I know, when I received a […]

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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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