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On the first Sunday of each month we hold a “jam” from 1:00-5:00 that is open to all. Participants, who may play or just listen, often range in age from under 8 to over 80. A modest admission fee is charged for those 18 years and older. July and August jams, held in a local park, are FREE for all attendees.
The purpose of the organization is to carry on activities intended to revive, study and perpetuate “that traditional music that constitutes the cultural heritage of our forefathers”. We perform and teach a wide variety of styles including old-time, country music, bluegrass, western swing, Celtic, Scandinavian and other traditional styles. Our music is played on acoustic instruments such as fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, string basses, accordions and harmonicas.
The Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association is a non-profit organization.

Visit the SCVFA website at: www.Fiddlers.org

Upcoming events (5)

Harry Liedstrand Fiddle Workshop & Jam - sponsored by SCVFA

Join the group tuned up and ready to play at 3:00. Links open at 2:45 Workshop: 3:00 - 3:45 - Harry will teach 1 or 2 tunes in Cross A. If you have never cross tuned your fiddle, have no fear. It’s a wonderful experience. Tune the G string to ‘A’ and the D string to ‘E’. Your fiddle strings are now tuned to AEAE. Jam with Harry and Cindy: 3:45 Jamming will start with Cross A tunes before re-tuning to standard GDAE The Tip Jar — Supporting Independent Musicians Instead of paying us for this amazing event, we ask that you leave a generous Tip—100% will go directly to Harry. Thanks for supporting one of our local musicians. Harry Liedstrand is an accomplished fiddler and acoustic musician whose performances of American and Celtic traditional music are inspired and energetic. Able to swing gracefully between Appalachian, New England, Irish, and California styles with technical skill, Harry infuses each concert with radiant qualities that are positive and uplifting. Harry’s fiddling style has emerged from a broad range of different influences. He learned many tunes and songs from Kenny Hall. He also visited great American fiddlers like Tommy Jarrell, Burl Hammons, and Louis Beaudoin, and he learned Irish tunes from accordionist Kevin Keegan. Collecting tunes and performing traditional music eventually led to the completion of a Masters Degree in Folklore/Ethnomusicology at CSU Fresno in 1983. Besides occasional concert performances Harry uses music on a daily basis as a teacher. Students in his classes enjoy beginning each day with a happy melody. Music creates an atmosphere of harmony and delight for the rest of the day. With the understanding that music helps improve learning in all academic and social areas he often finds himself and his students whistling while they work and turning work into play. “The only thing more fun than playing fiddle is laughing.”

SCVFA Virtual Slow Jam followed by Fast Paced Jamming

NEW Zoom Monthly Jamming Slow Jam 1:00 - 2:00 Moderate to Fast jamming 2:00 - 4:00 A small gathering of socially distanced, masked musicians will meet to jam in a nearby park. The first hour will be a slow jam, followed by our usual paced jamming. The entire event will be broadcast on Zoom. Attendees may request a tune, then mute and play along with the live group. The zoom codes are listed in the SCVFA electronic announcements and our monthly member's newsletter, "The Fiddler's Rag". Email Susan at [masked] to sign up for electronic announcements. www.facebook.com/Fiddlers.org/ www.fiddlers.org

SCVFA Virtual Slow Jam followed by Fast Paced Jamming

NEW Zoom Monthly Jamming Slow Jam 1:00 - 2:00 Moderate to Fast jamming 2:00 - 4:00 A small gathering of socially distanced, masked musicians will meet to jam in a nearby park. The first hour will be a slow jam, followed by our usual paced jamming. The entire event will be broadcast on Zoom. Attendees may request a tune, then mute and play along with the live group. The zoom codes are listed in the SCVFA electronic announcements and our monthly member's newsletter, "The Fiddler's Rag". Email Susan at [masked] to sign up for electronic announcements. www.facebook.com/Fiddlers.org/ www.fiddlers.org

SCVFA Virtual Slow Jam followed by Fast Paced Jamming

NEW Zoom Monthly Jamming Slow Jam 1:00 - 2:00 Moderate to Fast jamming 2:00 - 4:00 A small gathering of socially distanced, masked musicians will meet to jam in a nearby park. The first hour will be a slow jam, followed by our usual paced jamming. The entire event will be broadcast on Zoom. Attendees may request a tune, then mute and play along with the live group. The zoom codes are listed in the SCVFA electronic announcements and our monthly member's newsletter, "The Fiddler's Rag". Email Susan at [masked] to sign up for electronic announcements. www.facebook.com/Fiddlers.org/ www.fiddlers.org

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