Music related links
We offer these links as a service to members and others; 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 webmasterscvfa.org.
[Festivals & Events]
[Tunes and Learning]
[Instrument Makers & Repairers]
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
from April 2011 showing Art up to a few of those tricks.
LOCAL VENUES - live acoustic music the the Bay Area
FESTIVALS, CONTESTS, AND EVENTS
TUNES & LYRICS
- 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.
Hertzler'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.
Things are not looking good for Web radio these days, with legislation looming that would raise fees beyond the means all but those stations with corporate backing. Find out more at
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.”
Listener-sponsored radio in Cupertino, CA - 91.5 FM Bluegrass, Celtic,
and lots of other good music.
RESONATOR GUITAR LINKS
PERFORMERS - Old-Time and Bluegrass Groups
PERFORMERS - Fiddlers
PERFORMERS - Banjo Players
PERFORMERS - Mandolin Players
PERFORMERS - Resonator/Steel/Dobro Players
INSTRUMENT MAKERS and REPAIRERS
AcuTab “Accurate, artist-reviewed banjo tablature.”
County Sales “World's largest selection of Bluegrass and
old-time music.” CDs, videos, and more!
- Elderly Instruments
Wonderful source of new and used instruments, strings, books, etc.
- Gruhn Guitars
Gryphon Stringed Instruments In Palo Alto, CA.
Hatfield Music Catalog Banjo supplies, books with banjo tablature.
Highland Studios Work with Joe Weed, one of the country's best independent
Homespun Tapes Great source for instructional books, tapes, CD's and videos.
Jack and Ruby's Guitar Shop Rare and unique acoustic guitars and mandolins
Janet Davis Music Good discounts on strings
Kamimoto String Instruments San Jose, CA — great supporters of the SCVFA!
Mandolin World Headquarters...and Guitars!
Stringed Instrument Division New and used instruments of various sorts.
Stewart-MacDonald Supplies for building and repairing stringed insturments.