We’re very happy to announce the 46th Annual Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention & Festival. This will be the 2nd year with fiddle/banjo instructor David Bragger as the artistic director. On October 8th, old-time musicians from all over the country will be converging at this newly re-imagined (and restored) old-time festival. Kirk Sutphin (NC), Travis Stuart (NC), Kevin Fore (NC), Tom Sauber (CA), Tricia Spencer (KS), Howard Rains (TX), Clarke Buehling (AR), Echo Mountain (CA) and the Hi-O Revelers (WA) will be performing and teaching along with other great old-time musicians.
There will be jamming all over the grounds as well as organized jams with great hosts.
Serving as the backbone of the festival, the CONTEST will feature many instrument categories (fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, band, singing, etc.) and cash prizes too!
Last year we introduced the Instrument Petting Zoo. It’s intention was to expose children to the wonders of traditional music by allowing them to touch, play and investigate a variety of instruments. It turns out that the adults had as much fun as the kids! It was one of the big hits of the festival last year. This year it will be even bigger.
This year’s raffle will feature two banjos, two guitars and original artwork by Texas fiddler/artist Howard Rains!
You can pre-purchase festival tickets HERE.
Contest pre-registration is now available HERE!
We surpassed our goal! We are now in the process of assembling the booklet and creating the artwork! Thank you to all of our supporters and backers!
David Bragger & Susan Platz are recording the 1st double fiddle CD in old-time music! Drawing from many inspirations such as Dan Gellert & Brad Leftwich, Rafe & Clelia Stefanini, Spencer & Rains, Joel Savoy & Linzay Young and Dennis McGee & Sady Courville, the Bragger & Platz duo decided to make this album. They bring the rich rhythms and harmonies, often found in Cajun fiddling, to some rare and classic tunes from the old-time fiddle canon. They are asking for help from the old-time music community to make it happen.