Music related links
We offer these links as a service to members and others; existence
of a link does not necessarily imply any recommendation by the SCVFA.
SCVFA members & friends - please forward suggestions for additional links or feedback on any of the sites listed here to webmasterfiddlers.org.
[Festivals & Events]
[Tunes and Learning]
[Instrument Makers & Repairers]
Well-known and well-respected Kentucky old-time fiddler J.P. Fraley passed away
on February 17, 2011 at the age of 87. Here are a couple of links to his playing
on YouTube, from a documentary by Shetlands fiddler Aly Bain.
- J.P. Fraley plays his signature tune
Wild Rose of the Mountain, accompanied by his wife Annadene Fraley
and Shetlands fiddler Aly Bain. J.P. and Aly then talk about Kentucky fiddling.
- J.P. Fraley plays
Dusty Miller, accompanied by his wife Annadene.
Also, here's an
obituary/article about J.P. published 1/18/11 in
The Independent of Ashland, Kentucky.
Long-time SCVFA member Art Deems, known especially for his "trick" fiddling,
passed away on April 16, 2012. Here's a nice
from April 2011 showing Art up to a few of those tricks.
LOCAL VENUES - live acoustic music the the Bay Area
FESTIVALS, CONTESTS, AND EVENTS
TUNES & LEARNING
The ABC tune collection — several hundred thousand tunes, in ABC notation,
including ABC versions of many published collections.
John Chambers' ABC Tune Finder, with hundreds of tunes (in ABC notation).
New (2018) version of the collection formerly on the trillian server at MIT.
Folklife The Library of Congress's online folk music collections,
including a special section “California Gold” on Northern California music of the 30's.
Mudcat Café / Digital Tradition Folk Song Database Search the DT
database for words to 6500 songs.
The National Institutes of Health has lyrics to various songs, especially kid-oriented songs.
North Atlantic Tune List (wait for it!):
“The site focuses on dance and fiddle tunes from
several regions around the North Atlantic”
(and beyond). It generally provides PDFs, MIDIs and MP3 clips
for the tunes.
A Resource page of links to sites with (mostly) nursery rhymes and
information about them. (Suggested by children at Goodwin Community Center.)
Roughstock Lyrics Archive of Country & Western words and chords.
The Session Mostly Celtic fiddle tunes, with standard and ABC notations available.
- Sing Out!
Online site of one of the best magazines dedicated to preserving Folk Music.
- Slippery Hill
A wonderful site with many often rare, mostly old recordings of fiddle music.
If you like it, donate to them!
- American Memory
A production of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. Contains over
seventy multimedia collections of digitized documents, photographs, recorded sound,
motion pictures, and text, free to the public for educational purposes.
Hetzler's Fakebook Old-time MIDIs by the score, some with PDF sheet music too.
Library of Congress Henry Reed pages Field recordings and some hand-written
notations of West Virginia fiddler Henry Reed.
Old-Time Fiddle tunes A collection of fiddle tunes from old recordings and workshops
transcribed by John Lamancusa. Over 370 tunes, most with PDF, MIDI and MP3.
- Old-Time Music Home Page
Old-Time Fiddlers Hall of Fame, Old-time resources on the Web.
Pete Showman's Tunes Page Sheet music and MIDI files for mostly old-time
tunes, particularly those played at the South Bay Old-Time Jam (see above).
- ZEPP Country Music Site
Old-time fiddle tune MP3s.
FM and INTERNET RADIO
You can listen to some Internet stations through iTunes.
- Sugar in the Gourd
Online radio. Formerly all old-time; it apparently has been
somewhat erratic. It now seems to be a mix of old-time, country,
bluegrass, blues, folk, etc.
- KKUP on FM:
Listener-sponsored radio formerly in Cupertino, CA - 91.5 FM
Bluegrass, Celtic, local bandss, and lots of other good music.
RESONATOR GUITAR LINKS
OTHER INSTRUMENT LINKS
PERFORMERS - Old-Time and Bluegrass Groups
PERFORMERS - Fiddlers
PERFORMERS - Banjo Players
PERFORMERS - Mandolin Players
PERFORMERS - Resonator/Steel/Dobro Players
INSTRUMENT MAKERS and REPAIRERS
County Sales “World's largest selection of Bluegrass and
old-time music.” CDs, videos, and more!
Wonderful source of new and used instruments, strings, books, etc.
Gryphon Stringed Instruments In Palo Alto, CA.
Hatfield Music Catalog Banjo supplies, books with banjo tablature.
Highland Studios Work with Joe Weed, one of the country's best independent
Homespun Tapes Great source for instructional books, tapes, CD's and videos.
Jack and Ruby's Guitar Shop Rare and unique acoustic guitars and mandolins
Kamimoto String Instruments San Jose, CA — great supporters of the SCVFA!
Mandolin World Headquarters...and Guitars!
Stringed Instrument Division New and used instruments of various sorts.
Stewart-MacDonald Supplies for building and repairing stringed insturments.
(Now apparently renamed StewMac.)