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CSOTFA Dist. 1

Oroville, CA

CSOTFA Dist. 2

Fresno, CA

CSOTFA Dist. 3
Tehachapi, CA

CSOTFA Dist. 5

Orangevale, CA

CSOTFA  Dist. 6

Redbluff, CA

CSOTFA Dist. 7
San Diego, CA

CSOTFA Dist. 8

Ventura, CA

CSOTFA Dist. 9

Castro Valley, CA

CSOTFA Dist. 10

Cloverdale, CA




San Diego Bluegrass Society
San Diego Folk Heritage
San Diego Folk Song Society
San Diego North County Bluegrass and Folk Club


Special District 7 Jam Meeting

Sunday, 2017-April-02


Tex Ash and CSOTFA President Sharon Barret

are visiting, and we have decided to honor

our special guests with an additional old time fiddle jam.


From 12:00NOON to 3:00PM at the

Rancho San Diego Library Community Room

11555 Via Rancho San Diego

El Cajon  CA  92019


This meeting is at our usual 4th-Sunday location,

and it is IN ADDITION to the regular monthly

meetings held there and in Spring Valley.


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Fiddle Contest

Saturday, 2017-May-20


With workshop on Friday, 2017-May-19.


Julian Old Town Hall

Julian, CA / USA


See also the


section for more details.



While a common joke suggests this "depends on whether you're buying or selling", the fact is the "fiddle" and "violin" are, for all practical purposes, the same instrument, with the distinction being the kind of music being played.   Indeed, most people agree that fiddle music is primarily dance music, whereas violin pieces can be for listening and playing, but don't necessarily give a call to one's feet.  While either can be simple or extremely complex tunes to play, the music's danceability is no minor distinction, for the playing of the fiddle is first and foremost a social experience, and something meant to be enjoyed not only by the player, but by others who participate in accompanying the music and/or dancing to it.  Its no surprise, then, that playing the fiddle - and fiddle music in general - is a big part of our cultural heritage, and something that continues to be enjoyed by young and old alike. 


Most of the old-time fiddle music we hear in the US today originated in England, Ireland and Scotland.  The fiddle is a small and relatively inexpensive instrument, easy to carry and great for playing simple dance tunes.  With fiddlers ever-present in wagon trains and around campfires, their music not only broke the tedium of long journeys across the prairies and mountains to California and Oregon, it quite naturally found its way to western homesteads and was heard at barn raisings, community gatherings, dances and ... gopher stomps.

CSOTFA District 7

The California State Old Time Fiddlers Association (CSOTFA) is a 501(C)(3)nonprofit organization that began informally in the early ‘50’s, and eventually incorporated in 1969. It is comprised of nine active districts, all of which seek, in both common and/or distinct ways, to preserve, perpetuate and promote the appeal and tradition of playing old time fiddle music. CSOTFA’s District 7 is primarily comprised of residents of the San Diego County area, and in addition to meeting four Sundays a month for jamming, we also co-sponsor an annual fiddle contest in Julian, CA. Members are available to provide entertainment for a variety of events. We welcome "fiddlephiles" young, old and everything in between, to join us in any and all of our activities and to preserve and perpetuate old-time fiddle music in our community as a truly American art form and cultural treasure.