Resources for You and Your Instrument

We offer these links as a service to members and others; the existence of a link does not necessarily imply any recommendation by the SCVFA.

SCVFA members & friends – please forward suggestions for additional links or feedback on any of the sites listed here to webmaster at scvfa.org.

Well-known and well-respected Kentucky old-time fiddler J.P. Fraley passed away on February 17, 2011 at the age of 87. Here are a couple of links to his playing on YouTube, from a documentary by Shetlands fiddler Aly Bain.

  • J.P. Fraley plays his signature tune Wild Rose of the Mountain, accompanied by his wife Annadene Fraley and Shetlands fiddler Aly Bain. J.P. and Aly then talk about Kentucky fiddling.
  • J.P. Fraley plays Dusty Miller, accompanied by his wife Annadene.

Also, here’s an obituary/article about J.P. published 1/18/11 in The Independent of Ashland, Kentucky.

Long-time SCVFA member Art Deems, known especially for his “trick” fiddling, passed away on April 16, 2012. Here’s a nice YouTube video from April 2011 showing Art up to a few of those tricks.Allan French’s RailGrass page (see Resources for Musicians).

The CBA’s Calendar (California Bluegrass Association)

The NCBS’s Calendar (Northern California Bluegrass Society)

TUNES & LYRICS

OLD-TIME MUSIC

  • American Memory A production of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. Contains over seventy multimedia collections of digitized documents, photographs, recorded sound, motion pictures, and text, free to the public for educational purposes.
  • Hetzler’s Fakebook Old-time MIDIs by the score, some with PDF sheet music too.
  • Library of Congress Henry Reed pages Field recordings and some hand-written notations of West Virginia fiddler Henry Reed.
  • Old-Time Fiddle tunes A collection of fiddle tunes from old recordings and workshops transcribed by John Lamancusa. Over 370 tunes, most with PDF, MIDI and MP3.
  • Old-Time Music Home Page Old-Time Fiddlers Hall of Fame, Old-time resources on the Web.
  • Pete Showman’s Tunes Page Sheet music and MIDI files for mostly old-time tunes, particularly those played at the Fandango old-time jam (see above).
  • ZEPP Country Music Site Old-time fiddle tune MP3s.

CELTIC

BLUEGRASS

You can listen to some Internet stations through iTunes.

Planet Bluegrass Click the Bluegrass Radio link for online Bluegrass.

Sugar in the Gourd Online radio. “All old-time, all the time.”

KKUP on FM: Listener-sponsored radio formerly in Cupertino, CA – 91.5 FM Bluegrass, Celtic, local bands, and lots of other good music.

FIDDLE LINKS

BANJO LINKS

MANDOLIN LINKS

GUITAR LINKS

RESONATOR GUITAR LINKS

PERFORMERS – Old-Time and Bluegrass Groups

PERFORMERS – Fiddlers

PERFORMERS – Banjo Players

PERFORMERS – Mandolin Players

PERFORMERS – Resonator/Steel/Dobro Players

We’ve listed well known luthiers and repair shops. Still, we recommend that you ask friends and other musicians for their recommendations and experiences.

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