Connecticut's Bristol Old Time Fiddlers Club

Fiddling Since 1972!

LEARN TO FIDDLE CLASSES!

Fiddle Classes: Adults Only 18 yrs of age and older

            May have some or no knowledge of playing the violin

7 weeks, October 5 to November 16th

Thursdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Fee:    $30 per person

Please note: Out of town residents will pay and additional fee of $15.00 to take these classes.

Register: Plainville Parks and Rec Department

 
The Connecticut's Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club (CBOTFC) will sponsor a 7 week, 1.5 hour, hands on fiddling tutorial for adults 18 yrs of age and over.  If you own a fiddle and bow bring it with you or there is a possibility one can be acquired for a $50 rental for the 7 week of classes. ($50 rental returned at end of classes in exchange for fiddle in same condition).  Students will play traditional tunes by ear, although music can be provided if requested.  The purpose of this workshop is to promote, encourage, teach and prepare fiddler players wishing to learn the traditional tunes, style and techniques and preserve the traditions of old Tyme fiddle folk music.   For more information please contact: Virginia Worrell at 860 798 4509.   

ABOUT OUR CLUB


Our Founder and President, Gerry Lagace, was impelled, as a member of the Old Fiddlers Club of Rhode Island, to start a fiddlers club in Connecticut.  And so, on December 10, 1972, Gerry invited twelve local musicians to his folk’s home in Bristol to tell them how the Rhode Island fiddlers were active in playing their fiddles and promoting the “art” of “old tyme fiddling”. 


After hearing Gerry’s idea, these musicians wanted to persuade other fiddlers in the area, to take their fiddles out of their cases, rosin up their bows, and make them useful again.  Thus was the beginning of the Connecticut’s Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club! 

We are a non profit 501(c)(3) organization.  Our purpose is to preserve and promote the art of the old tyme fiddling that has been passed down from generation to generation by ear.  The old New England Fiddle Band style of group playing by ear is what makes our club unique.


Our first appearance was in the 1973 Bristol Mum Parade. We’ve performed in Rockwell and Page Parks for the City of Bristol and the Bristol Boys Club O. M. Show. You can see us at country fairs throughout the state, perfoming on town greens and American Legion, Elks, VFW, Knights of Columbus and Masonic lodges. We’ve entertained at Senior Centers and Retirement Complexes, Medical and Alzheimer Centers, Nursing Care Facilities, Special Olympic activities, church functions, private parties and outings. We’ve performed for the Rhinebeck NY Duchess County Fair, Schenectady Niskayuna Folk Festival and as far as Madawaska, Maine.


We have about 75 members, whose age ranges from 12 to 92.  Most of our members play the fiddle.  However, to accompany the fiddlers and add variety, we have musicians who play mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo, spoons, washtub, piano, button-box, harmonica, accordion, bones, jaw’s harp and percussion instruments with wood block.


Our performances of one to three hours long include group playing and solos.  Recordings are available on LP’s, Tape Cassettes & CD’s.


HAPPY FIDDLIN!

Video courtesy of Nutmeg TV, a non profit community access television station for the communities of Avon, Berlin, Bristol, Burlington, Canton, Farmington, New Britain and Plainville, CT.  Watch the fiddler's every Saturday night at 7:00p.m. on channel 5. www.nutmegtv.org