We had a fantastic month of fiddling in October. Bowie was very well attended and a good time as always. A special thanks to Marty & Jana Elmore for putting on this great contest.

Another special thanks to the Harris Family for hosting an always extraordinary jam after the contest. Thank you to the fiddlers who attended the Guadalupe Fair Fiddle contest in Seguin, Texas. We had a great jam at Ray Franklin’s house after the contest! Thanks to Jesse Roy Hart for making this contest happen!

Bart BakerAnother great fiddle contest took place in Gilmer, Texas. The city of Gilmer is always welcoming to our association and we appreciate all that Charlie Walker does to keep one of our oldest fiddle contests alive.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 1st Annual Bob Wills Fiddle Festival in Greenville, Texas, October 31st thru November 2nd. Joey & Sherri McKenzie have worked with the city and the Wills family to start this contest and it is shaping up to be a great one!

We have one more TOTFA fiddle contest to wrap up this year of fiddling, the 41st Annual TOTFA Convention. All of the directors and the McPherson family have worked very hard to make this one of our biggest and best conventions yet! This year we have over $6000 in prize money, plaques for all the winners, and certificates for every placement.

We have big plans for next year and are excited to start brainstorming for new contests!

Stay in tune,
Bart Baker

TOTFA Balance Sheet...

Opening TOTFA Account Balance as of 09/29/2014 $5,326.77
Membership Revenue (202 members) + 1,149.76
Advertisement Revenue + 96.80
Subtotal $6,573.33
Seguin Contribution (Judges - 150.00
October Newsletter Printing & Mailing - 125.18
Ending TOTFA Account Balance as of 10/25/2014 $6,298.15

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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