Welcome to District 15
District 15 will hold two dances following the June 8 meeting
District 15 will hold two dances following the June 8 meeting. From 4-6 p.m., there will be a family dance, simple dances for all ages and abilities, led by Sherry Nevins of Seattle. From 7-9:30, she will call contra and square dances, and the musicians also will play some waltzes and other couple dances.
Members of District 15 will provide the music, in a band format similar to that done at the Kittitas workshops. A core group of experienced players will be closest to the dancers and anyone else who wishes to play is welcome to join in behind them. Players can come and go between dances.
The tunes on the play list are:
Angeline the Baker - D or A
Arkansas Traveler - D
Boston Two Step - D or A
Buffalo Gals - D or G
Camptown Races - D
Cuffy - G
Girl I Left Behind Me - G
Golden Slippers - A or G
Liberty - D
Nelly Bly - D
Puncheon Floor - G/D
Redwing - G
Road to Boston - D
Rose Waltz - D
St. Anne's Reel - D
Shoes and Stockings - G
Shortnin' Bread - G
Soldier's Joy - G
Turkey in the Straw - G
Walk Old Shoes - D
Westphalia Waltz - G
The caller will select the tunes from this list that are most suitable for each dance she's calling. Tunes with more than one key listed may be played in either key, depending on if they're in a medley or not. These tunes can be practiced at the upcoming meetings in Sequim and Chimacum.
Listen to what the Youth are Doing!
Please click here to listen to awesome fiddling by some of the local District 15 youths.
Washington Old Time Fiddlers of Clallam and Jefferson Counties
“The Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association (WOTFA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and perpetuating the art of traditional Old Time Fiddling and associated arts and skills.”
Who We Are
Statewide, we now have around 1700 members, arranged geographically into districts. District 15 consists of Clallam and Jefferson Counties. Talented musicians range in age from 5 up into the 90s. We welcome new members (you do not have to be a musician to join). Membership benefits include the opportunity to attend the summer Fiddle Workshop, plus monthly WOTFA newsletters, which publicize all statewide activities (including shows) and the sheet music for a selected song each month.
What We Do
We are a very active organization and perform semi-monthly, except July and August, for ourselves and the public. We also perform at various functions (nursing homes, retirement homes, senior centers, clubs, civic functions, etc.). Donations from these functions are used to help cover our operating expenses, including scholarships.
To carry on our tradition, we enthusiastically promote youth musicianship. Some districts have Junior Old Time Fiddlers groups for children ages 5 to 18. District 15 offers partial scholarships to youth who want to take Fiddle lessons and also to youth who want to attend the summer Workshop.
Campouts are weekend gatherings that several of the districts conduct each summer for all WOTFA members. They are great opportunities to jam, socialize and learn new tunes. District 15 has scheduled its campout for August 2013. It will be held at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Rd. Sequim WA. Dry camping is available for a small fee. Included in the campout are a Friday dance, Saturday workshops and performances and Sunday Gospel music.
State Convention in Kittitas, Washington
The Washington Old Time Fiddlers will hold our annual member convention during our summer Workshop. You need not attend the Workshop to participate in the convention, which will be at the Kittitas Elementary school near Ellensburg. We hope you will attend.
Research & Archives
WOTFA promotes and conducts research on old time and traditional fiddling and maintains archives and collections.