The TOTFA would like to congratulate Wes Westmoreland, the 2015 Texas State Fiddle Champion (Hallettsville), on his eighth state title! Congrats to Anthony Mature, the 2015 Accompanist Champion and to Matt Hartz, the 2015 GTT Champion.

TOTFA will host its second contest of the year May 9, 2015, in Groesbeck, Texas. This is one of our longest running contests and is always a great one! We hope to see everyone down in Groesbeck. Groesbeck Update: Nasty weather predicted for this weekend. Karmen from Groesbeck said that the fiddle contest will definitely be held at the Groesbeck Civic Center, 106 East Navasota Street, Groesbeck, Texas 76642 rather than at the City Park.

Athens will host its annual fiddler’s reunion May 29, 2015, in Athens, Texas. This contest is not a TOTFA event, but it is in its eighty-third year and is a long running Texas Fiddle contest.

The board of directors is currently working on putting together several new contests for the 2015 year and we will keep the membership updated as we learn more details.

Bart Baker

 

Stay in tune,

Bart Baker

 

 

TOTFA Balance Sheet...

Opening TOTFA Account Balance as of 04/07/2015 $2,963.02
Membership Revenue (currently active members) + 0
Subtotal $2,963.02
Newsletter Printing & Mailing - 19.25
Bank Service Fee - 12.00
Ending TOTFA Account Balance as of 05/05/2015 $2,931.77

Did you know?

  • That you can now pay your TOTFA dues online? Check out our membership page.
  • That you can advertise in the TOTFA newsletter and pay online? Check out our newsletter page.
  • That TOTFA members receive the monthly newsletter by email or USPS by the 1st of each month and that the web site newsletters are posted with a month's delay?
  • That the TOTFA newsletters contain additional information about contests, birthdays, photos, teacher information, transcriptions, etc.?
  • That we would love to publish your TOTFA contest photos on this web site? Send photos to zalahopkins@gmail.com.

The Devil's Box...

The Devil's Box available for purchase here!The Devil's Box is a fast paced jam-packed look at the world of contest fiddling. Every year contestants from all over the United States flock to the town of Hallettsville, Texas, to compete for the title of best Texas-style fiddler. Featuring performances from some of the greatest legends of American roots music, The Devil’s Box explores the beginnings of the art form and showcases the rising talents that will dominate the traditional music scene for years to come. The Devil’s Box is an instant classic, filled with fantastic music and great family fun. The 3-disc set includes:

Disc 1: The Devil's Box documentary, an 84-minute look at the world of contest fiddling and all of the major players involved. Bonus features include an extended history section of Texas-style, a four-minute movie of the Hallettsville Bar-BQ Cook-Off, Song Writers Serenade featurette, and an interview with the director Jason Hammond and producer Beth Jasper

Disc 2: The Devil's Box Bonus Disc features 42 complete fiddle tunes played by contestants from around the country as well as performances by Larry Franklin, Texas Shorty, and many, many more.

Disc 3 The Lost Benny Thomasson Tapes: This disc is a wonderful hour-long interview with the master himself, Benny Thomasson. Benny tells the story of Texas-style as only he knows it and plays 19 tunes like only he can. This interview from 1976 has been cleaned up and remastered and is the ideal tutorial for any fiddler who wants to hear the tunes exactly as Benny played them and learn some fascinating fiddle history along the way.

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