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The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise brings you the absolute finest in today's traditional music with a focus on American Old-Time, but also bringing a range of acoustic music based in the traditional music of North America, Ireland, and the British Isles.   We're also bringing the best of the Old-Time contest back to the Performance Stage. So bring your instruments if you got ‘em. Compete! Jam! Take a Free Workshop! And, of course, enjoy!  

The festival is one of two annual club fundraisers. It is fully staffed by volunteers. Any and all contributions are appreciated and support both traditional music and the club's local and international community service projects!


Since 1972 the festival has been home to one of the premier Old-Time music contests on the West Coast. We encourage contestants at all levels and ages to compete. Contest sign up will be on the day of event.   Early is better!


This year the advanced entrants will compete on the Performance Stage between 1:00 and 2:15 p.m. If you're in this category, let us know by emailing:  Please note! You will still be able to compete if you don't contact us or can't make this time slot!


There will also be free workshops all day, fine crafts and instruments, children's activities, hearty BBQ and beer fresh and local from the Brewhouse!


Performance Stage

  • 11:00 to 12:00            Sausage Grinder
  • 12:00 to 1:00              Rafe & Clelia Stefanini
  • 1:00 to 2:15                Advanced Contestants
  • 2:30 to 3:30                Hay Dudes with Dennis Caplinger
  • 3:30 to 4:30                The Brothers Comatose
  • 4:45 to 5:15                Contest Awards


Contest Stage

  • 10:00 to 12:00            Beginning & Intermediate Contestants
  • 12:15 to 12:45            Mason & Arcemont
  • 1:00 to 1:30                Sam ‘n Ash
  • 1:45 to 2:15                Honeysuckle Possums
  • 2:30 to completion       Beginning & Intermediate Contestants



  • 10:30 to 11:30             Modal Tease - Jam Session,
  • 11:30-12:30                 Hay Dudes - Band Dynamics
  • 1:30 to 2:30                 David Bragger - Old Time Fiddle
                                            Tunes of West Virginia
  • 1:30 to 2:30                 Chris Berry - Old Time Banjo
  • 2:30 to 3:30                 Rafe Stefanini - Advanced Old Time Fiddle
  • 3:00 to 4:00                 Ruth Alpert & Rebecca Stout-
                                            Appalachian Percussive Dance

Poster Credit

Thanks to local children's book illustrator Mike Gordon for this year's poster.  Find out more about his art at: http://www.gordonillustration.com


Proudly presented by

The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise!



     Sunday, October 13, 2013
     10 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Rancho La Patera & Stow House
     304 N. Los Carneros Road
     Goleta, California 93117
Ticket prices
     $20  General admission
     $15  Seniors (65+) and Students with ID
     Free 17 and under


FREE PARKING - Wheelchair Accessible


BBQ & Drinks Available.  Veggie burgers, too!

Dogs are not allowed



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The Fiddlers Convention and Festival is a day long celebration of Traditional American Folk Music produced by the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise.


  • It brings children and adults from the local community and beyond to share a music filled day in a beautiful park setting
  • It preserves our Old Time American Music heritage and encourages musicians to showcase their talent
  • It encourages people to learn more about our country's rich musical heritage
  • It fosters a love of music and inspires many young people to learn to play an instrument


All proceeds and sponsorship donations fund Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise local and international community service projects.

Relax & Enjoy The Music

Thanks to our Emcee and Judges

Special thanks to our Contest Emcee, Mary Katherine Aldin, and our Contest Judges.  Our contest would not be possible without their dedication. 


Doug Clegg
Marcia Harris
Ross Landry
Tom Lee
Erika Smith
Harley Tarlitz
Kate Wallace
Robert Winokur

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