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THE ART S


Idaho Old Time Fiddlers: New Fun


By Nicole Sharp PHOTO BY


Geoff Hadfield


Have you ever come across something and thought, “Why doesn’t everyone know about this?” That is how I feel about the Old Time Fiddlers who perform first Thursday of each month in Eagle.


I felt as if I had come across a well-kept secret; and in truth, I did. Of all places, at the Senior Center in Eagle, I found an old timey jam session with fiddles, guitars, mandolins and banjos and another assort- ment of stringed instruments. The music caused foot tapping; the high whine of a bow being drawn across a fiddle caused head nodding, my hand suddenly had a mind of its own and began keeping time with the music on my knee. All the while, a contagious smile spread across my face. And when one raucous song ended, I found myself inclined to give a hoot and an audible proclamation that went something like, “Ooh wee, that was some mighty fine a pickin’ and a singin’.”


The first Thursday of each month at the Eagle Senior Center, the Old Time Fiddlers gather together for their monthly meeting, but after, oh after, they open up the doors and invite guests in to listen to their


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jam sessions, join in playing with them and have an all-around good time.


In 1967, the Idaho Old Time Fiddlers Association (IOTFA) was established. They are a nonprofit orga- nization whose purpose is “to promote and to per- petuate old-time fiddling.” They encourage young people to develop musical talents while simultane- ously affording them opportunities to perform in public. The association offers musical entertainment to convalescent homes, retirement homes and pri- vate homes. In addition, they participate in public events and activities including local, regional and national events.


I talked to Mary Lopshire, who has served as chair- man of district 5 IOTFA for three years. My first question, of course, was, “What exactly is old time fiddle music?”


I mistakenly thought Bluegrass music was the same thing as old time music, but I learned through Lop- shire that Bluegrass developed from old-time music. Old time music was built around a group perfor- mance; Bluegrass is more oriented toward the solo performance. But they both include mainly stringed instruments — and no electrified anything.


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