The annual convention of the Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association took place on Sunday, November 13, at the Somervell County Exposition Center in Glen Rose, Texas.

During the proceedings, Bart Baker resigned his post as president and nominated Jordan Bankston to replace him. Motion was seconded and Jordan was elected as president by majority vote.

David Walker was motioned, seconded, and elected by majority to fill the board position vacated by Jordan.

A revision to the by-laws had been proposed by Ed Carnes to exempt fiddlers who are 13 and younger from having to become TOTFA members to compete in a TOTFA contest. After discussion among members in attendance, the revision was passed by majority vote. Article VIII, General Provisions, section G. Registration was revised from: “A contestant must be a member in good standing to register for competition. A contestant must be present in order to register for a contest.” to “A contestant must be a member in good standing to register for competition; however, this requirement is waived for fiddlers 13 years of age or younger for one (1) contest per year and for any contest held in their county of residence, as an incentive to become a member. A contestant must be present in order to register for a contest.”

And finally, the following awards were presented:

  • Favorite Associate Karen McPherson
  • Favorite Accompanist Marty McPherson
  • Favorite Fiddler Noelle Nugent
  • Most Improved Fiddler Noelle Nugent
  • President’s Award John Crawford

Welcome to our new president, Jordan, to our new board member, David, and congratulations to each of the award recipients!


Happy December Everyone! As we go through the holiday season, we are blessed with opportunities to surround ourselves with family and friends. For some of us, music is in the family bloodline, and for others, we have created our own fiddle family through the fellowship of music. I have always felt that the holiday season should be filled with music and happiness.

This year, one of our happiest members, Keenan Fletcher, has been so gracious to set up another Llano Fiddle Clinic for our members benefit this musical season. I want to express my excitement and invite all the membership to sign up!

Keenan Fletcher, one of our most enthusiastic music teachers and musician members, will also be sharing her knowledge and experience during this one-day clinic. Keenan will be teaching waltz precision, STAGE FRIGHT, shifting, vibrato, double-stops, and many more technical challenges.

Joining her will be Warren Hood, from Austin, Texas. He is an accomplished fiddler and violinist. He is a top-honor graduate from Berklee School of Music and has done numerous recordings and performances with artists including Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello and many others! Warren will be focusing on new styles as a performing artist.

This is a one-day clinic, on December 29th. The cost of this clinic is $75 and will get you 6+ hours of teaching on some valuable material and a concert at the end of the day. If you are looking for a learning experience, and something to do with your musical time during the holidays, the Llano Fiddle Clinic is the place to be! Please check out page 4 for enrollment details.

On November 14th, we experienced the passing of a long-time member and supporter of the Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association. Mr. Royce Franklin was well-loved guitar player among our members. Royce was my Grandfather and I would like to express appreciation to those who sent flowers, cards, and traveled to attend his services. The love that we felt from everyone was amazing and I would like to say, on behalf of the entire family, a big “Thank You” for all the support and prayers. – Jordan Franklin Bankston

TOTFA, By the Numbers

TOTFA currently has 127 members
Bank balance, as of December 21: $3,118.85


The Devil's Box available for purchase here!The Devil's Box is a fast paced jam-packed look at the world of contest fiddling. Every year contestants from all over the United States flock to the town of Hallettsville, Texas, to compete for the title of best Texas-style fiddler. Featuring performances from some of the greatest legends of American roots music, The Devil’s Box explores the beginnings of the art form and showcases the rising talents that will dominate the traditional music scene for years to come. The Devil’s Box is an instant classic, filled with fantastic music and great family fun. The 3-disc set includes:

Disc 1: The Devil's Box documentary, an 84-minute look at the world of contest fiddling and all of the major players involved. Bonus features include an extended history section of Texas-style, a four-minute movie of the Hallettsville Bar-BQ Cook-Off, Song Writers Serenade featurette, and an interview with the director Jason Hammond and producer Beth Jasper

Disc 2: The Devil's Box Bonus Disc features 42 complete fiddle tunes played by contestants from around the country as well as performances by Larry Franklin, Texas Shorty, and many, many more.

Disc 3 The Lost Benny Thomasson Tapes: This disc is a wonderful hour-long interview with the master himself, Benny Thomasson. Benny tells the story of Texas-style as only he knows it and plays 19 tunes like only he can. This interview from 1976 has been cleaned up and remastered and is the ideal tutorial for any fiddler who wants to hear the tunes exactly as Benny played them and learn some fascinating fiddle history along the way.

To buy the 3-disc set, click the "Buy Now" button below. You may pay with a credit card or a PayPal account. Thank you for your support! And spread the word about The Devil's Box - the happy documentary!


April 2: Llano
April 23-25: Hallettsville*
May 7: Groesbeck
May 29: Athens*
September 9: Alvarado
September 25: Comanche
October 1: Bowie
October 8: Seguin
October 8-9: Greenville*
October 22: Gilmer
October 22: Crockett*
November 12-13: Glen Rose
December 29: Llano Fiddle Clinic

*non-association contest


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