We had a great turnout at the first TOTFA contest of the year, the Llano Fiddle Fest. Over fifty fiddlers/accompanists showed up to compete. The contest is always such a success and very organized. A big thanks to John Cabellero for hosting the event and always making it a great fiddle contest!

We hope everyone will join us for the annual Texas State Championship Fiddler’s Frolics. The contest will be held April 24th-26th in Hallettsville, Texas. This is always one of our favorite fiddle contests and is a highlight of the year. The TOTFA would also like to congratulate Gordon Townsend & his late father John for being the 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees. Congratulations Gordon!

Bart Baker


Stay in tune,

Bart Baker



TOTFA Balance Sheet...

Opening TOTFA Account Balance as of 03/10/2015 $3,192.76
Membership Revenue (currently active members) + 200.76
Subtotal $3,393.52
Newsletter Printing & Mailing - 330.50
Bank Service Fee - 12.00

Clip Art Settlement
The board was contacted by a clip art company on March 25,
2015. Apparently in the May 2011 issue of The Fiddler, a clip-art
cartoon was used in the content. The company had threatened
litigation, but upon a unanimous vote of the directors, we decided to
pay the $84.00 fee to end the dispute. This would prevent us from
paying significantly more in court costs, attorney fees, etc.

- 84.00
Ending TOTFA Account Balance as of 04/07/2015 $2,965.02

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.

To buy the 3-disc set, click the "Buy Now" button below. You may pay with a credit card or a PayPal account. Thank you for your support! And spread the word about The Devil's Box - the happy documentary!

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