**For Immediate Release**
Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention & Festival!
Sunday, October 11, 10 am – 5pm
Rancho La Patera & Stow House
304 North Los Carneros, Goleta
goletahistory.org (805) 681-7216
Admission: Adults $20/ Seniors $15/ Students $5/ Children are free
The Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention & Festival, a celebration of Traditional American
Music, is held every year at Rancho La Patera & Stow House. The family-festival
features all day entertainment, one of the premier Old-Time Music contests on the West
Coast, free workshops taught by some of the best teachers in the industry, opportunity to
“jam” with other musicians, entrance to the museums and much more.
This year’s lineup includes the Old Time sound of GRAMMY winner Kathy Kallick Band,
the award-winning Bay Area group Front Country, Joe Sands Fontenot Creole Cajun
Band, along with local bluegrass favorites Ventucky String Band and the Salt Martians.
The goal of the festival is to share and preserve Old Time American Music, an important
part of our country’s rich heritage and encourage a new generation of performers locally
and beyond. Musicians of all skill levels, including singers are encouraged to participate
in the competition, which is free to enter with admission. Individual and/or group
competitors designate their entries as Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels in
the following categories:
• Old-time Fiddling
• Traditional Banjo (any pre-bluegrass style)
• Traditional Singing
• Flat-pick Guitar
• Band Performance (playing and singing in traditional styles)
• Traditional Mandolin
• Other Folk Instrument (dulcimer, autoharp, jaw harp, etc.)
• Best Backup Instrument
The festival is well-loved by the community of musicians who bond with impromptu “jam
sessions,” instrument workshops and guests who enjoy the headliners on the stages.
Local vendors and crafts will be available and food for purchase such as delicious BBQ
from Georgia’s Smokehouse, ice cream from Sugar & Salt Creamery, wine from
Windrun and Stow Hard Lemonade.
The Night Before The Big Day…October 10th
The evening before the festival, the Goodland Hotel, located at 5650 Camino Real in
Goleta, is hosting a casual kick-off with bluegrass band “Ventucky” from 6-8 pm. The
community is invited to begin the celebration of music with the no-host happy hour
The festival is now produced by Goleta Valley Historical Society, stewards of Rancho
La Patera & Stow House, with support from the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise.
Dacia Harwood, Events
Coordinator, Goleta Valley
(805) 637-6783 (Cell)
PERFORMANCE STAGE PROFILES:
VENTUCKY STRING BAND
Formed in 2010, this highly skilled multi-instrumental quartet features Matt Sayles, Dave
White, Rick Clemens, and Lauren Donahue blending three part harmonies and original
songwriting into a sound that harkens back to the golden age of country music, and the
roots of the country and western sound of the 1930’s, 1940’s and 50’s.
Members of the Band have played professionally for over 30 years, with appearances on
the Wheeling West Virginia Jamboree (WWVA), as well as performances with
Bluegrass, Country, Western Swing & Cajun legends like Merle Haggard, Dwight
Yoakam, Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, the Bellamy Brothers, Steve
Riley & the Mamou Playboys and Hot Club of Cowtown.
JOE SANDS FONTENOT CAJUN CREOLE BAND
Many Louisiana creoles came to the west coast for work after the war and formed
communities in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Band members include:
• Mr Joe “Sands” Fontenot, on accordion, was born outside of Mamou and raised
in L’Anse Grise, Louisiana and moved to Los Angeles seeking work. He brought
his music with him like many creoles. In the tradition of Danny Poullard in the bay
area and Joe Simien in Los Angeles, Mr Joe carries on the tradition of practicing
and keeping the culture alive by playing and extending the music to those that
come and sit with him in that practice room at the back of the house. Just like
those before him it is all about the feel of the music and passing it on by ear. He
will be the last to tell you but his relations are strong in the French Creole music
tradition as his cousins continue to play on stages and festivals back home.
• Guy Martin, on fiddle, was born in New Orleans to a creole mother who spoke
French first. He spent time in his early years listening to his Avoyelles Parish
born creole grandfather play the fiddle as well as learning Louisiana French from
his family. In college he was fortunate to have his ears seasoned on the live
playing of Dewey Balfa as well as Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys while
working at Mulatte’s cajun restaurant. He feels lucky to continue playing tunes
under the guidance of Mr. Joe.
• Carolyn Russel brings her depth of experience and feel of playing with Wilfred
Latour and Joe Simien internationally. She was instrumental in bringing much of
Cajun and Creole music to Southern California and lends an authentic feel to the
KATHY KALLICK BAND
There is a tendency to think of West Coast bluegrass as being softer, jazzier, and
somehow “other” than traditional. This can be the case, but there is also a school of
bluegrass in Northern California, which has, from the beginning, been steeped in
Monroe-based tradition—as well as welcoming to women and original songs. Kathy
Kallick (guitar, vocals) has been leading bands in this traditional brand of West Coast
bluegrass since co-founding the internationally-acclaimed band, Good Ol’ Persons, in
1975. She continues to evolve as one of the music’s extraordinary composers and
vocalists, now releasing her 20th album, recordings which include over 100 of her
original songs. Along the way, she has
• Won a Grammy and two IBMA Awards for her part on True Life Blues: The
Songs Of Bill Monroe
• Had five title tracks and albums — Call Me A Taxi, Walkin’ In My Shoes, Warmer
Kind Of Blue, Between the Hollow & the High-Rise, and Time — each spend a
year in the top echelon of the national bluegrass charts …
• Performed and recorded with the Frank Wakefield Band …
• Collaborated with the country’s top acoustic musicians – including her fabulous
current band: Annie Staninec: fiddle, vocals, Tom Bekeny: mandolin, vocals,
Greg Booth: dobro, banjo, vocals, Cary Black: acoustic bass, vocals
FRONT COUNTRY BAND
Front Country isn’t your usual bluegrass band. When the fiddle and distorted acoustic
guitar come crashing into the song like roaring waves, rushing back and forth with
swelling ferocity, you’ll know that this is bluegrass unleashed, American roots music that
refuses to be constrained. Each song on the album points to traditional influences, but
it’s clear that Front Country views these traditions as a launching pad for grander
explorations. On their highly anticipated debut full-length album, Front Country blend
everything from high- lonesome mountain music to new-wave power pop, newgrass
picking, oldgrass harmonies, and just plain glorious musicality. This is Americana at its
best: music with deep roots and wide-ranging vision.
Front Country formed in 2011 from a monthly gig with friends in San Francisco’s Mission
District. They quickly found a musical rapport that was open to challenging
arrangements, unique covers and original songwriting. Meet the five powerhouse roots
musicians at the top of their game may be a lot to wrangle, but Front Country has pulled
off an album that not only showcases each artist, but also has something new to say
about what American roots music can mean today. It’s no small feat, but they do it for
the sake of the sound.
• Melody Walker brought her award—winning songwriting to the table and her
hall-shaking voice, which sounds like a mix between Bonnie Raitt and Natalie
• Mandolinist A dam Roszkiewicz was nominated for a Grammy in 2013 for his
work with the Modern Mandolin Quartet, and is a composer of new acoustic
• The offspring of a concert violinist and a geology professor, fiddler Leif Karlstrom
is an explosive mix of talent and precision, erupting like a bluegrass volcano.
• Starting out on electric bass in funk bands, Zach Sharpe plays upright bass
on-stage, and picks a mean banjo off-stage.
• Jacob Groopman is the hardest working man in Front Country, acting as both
lead guitarist and “head cat-wrangler,” while supplying sweet harmony vocals
and spiritual guidance for a crew of six.
Pre-event Interview Opportunities:
Amanda De Lucia, Executive Director about the GV Historical Society’s new role in the
Gary Jensen, Competition Manager
Andy Doerr, Art Direction
Dacia Harwood, Organizer
Photos, video footage and music samples available upon request.
Fiddlers’ Festival Organization Changes Hands, Heart of the Festival Remains!
The festival was created following the Folk Revival by renowned musician Peter
Feldmann in 1972 and was originally held at UCSB as a partnership with Arts &
In the late 1990s the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise assumed management of
the Festival and it continued to grow and attract fans from near and far. The organizers
remained dedicated to building the premier Old Time Music contests on the West Coast.
The festival is well-loved by the community of musicians who bond with impromptu “jam
sessions,” instrument workshops and guests who enjoy the headliners on the Main
The Rotary Club has worked closely with Goleta Valley Historical Society, stewards of
Rancho La Patera & Stow House for many years, and has recently transferred over the
organization of the event to GVHS.
Amanda De Lucia, director of GVHS says, “We are thrilled to continue this tradition
beloved by so many in the musical community and beyond and look forward to many
successful festivals ahead. As an organization dedicated to history and education, we
are excited to play a larger part inspiring the next generation to learn about Old Time
Music. We are also very grateful that many of the long-time volunteer organizers will
remain an integral part of the festival’s future.”
The Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention and Festival is scheduled for Sunday, October 11,
2015. The goal of the festival is to share and preserve Old Time American Music, an
important part of our country’s rich heritage and encourage a new generation of
performers locally and beyond.