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OUR FUNDERS:  We greatly appreciate the generous support of Ed Littlefield, Jr.; Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA), in partnership with the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation; the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission; the Alameda County Art Commission; Lagunitas Brewing Company; and the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation. 

 Thanks also to our nonprofit sponsors:  Freight & SalvageKPFA-FMAshkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, and the California Bluegrass Association

 

Extra-special thanks to our Valiant Volunteer Coordinator, Lael Sigal, and of course to all our volunteers – they make the BOTMC possible!

 

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history

The first stringband contest was held in Provo Park in 1968. It was called the 35th Annual. The following year the 17th Annual was held and 22nd Annual the year after that. These contests were put on by a loose-knit group of volunteers, musicians organizing a good time for themselves, other musicians and the public.

Notes by Rita Weill on the Berkeley Old Time Fiddler's Convention 1968-70 (Folkways LP "Berkeley Farms")

Willie Winston's account of the 1968 Convention

Rolling Stones report on the 1968 Convention