Old time music is part of our cultural heritage, enjoyed by all ages, young and old alike. The style originated in England, Ireland and Scotland. Fiddlers were ever present in wagon trains and around campfires as the early settlers made their long journeys across the prairies and mountains bound for the west in California and Oregon. The music found its way to the western homesteads and was heard at barn raisings, community gatherings and dances.
The California State Old Time Fiddlers Association (CSOTFA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Old Time Fiddling. The organization conducts an Old Time Fiddle Contest during March each year at Oroville, California. CSOFTA District 8, in keeping with this heritage, hosts jam sessions, events, and meetings on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month (except December) from 1:30 – 4:30 PM at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Rd, Oak View, CA 93022.
The sessions are open to the public, parking and attendance are free and refreshments are available. Our club’s goal is to encourage and sponsor aspiring fiddlers of all ages. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Come enjoy the music, sing along, tap your toes, dance, and bring your instrument if you play.
There are also special functions throughout the year, including workshops, a summer barbecue, and a holiday dinner. We also fulfill many and varied requests for musical entertainment. We particularly enjoy sharing our music with schools and those who are confined to hospitals, rest homes, and convalescent centers.
The California State Old Time Fiddlers’ Association is a California non-profit corporation and is an IRS 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. Donations to this organization are deductable for income tax purposes and are greatly appreciated.