Author: Varner, Mark

Mish-Mash Monday
Dear friends,

It’s mish-mash Monday, when your brain addled correspondent (me) tries to create the image of a man with his finger on the bluegrass button. Good morning and welcome to the CBA website.

Well, I survived another CBA board of directors meeting yesterday. Nothing tremendously ground shaking to report. I’ll let Mr. Cornish tell ya about the nuts and bolts stuff. My attention perks up when they start talking about things like FDF 2009. Y’all are going to love this coming year’s headliner: Dailey and Vincent. Since we first debuted them in the CBA’s IBMA suite last year they’ve gone on to become one of the most popular bluegrass outfits in the country. Good reason, too, with vocals that come from Heaven and an instrumentally excellent band performing wonderful material.

Next up festival-wise we’ve got GOF on August 8-10 in Hollister ( It’s an enjoyable event that I haven’t missed since I attended my first one many years ago. But that same weekend there is an event that is a wee bit tangential to bluegrass and old-time music: The International Musical Saw Association’s Saw Player’s Festival. The real action takes place on Sunday, August 10, at a very beautiful spot: Roaring Camp Railroad in Felton. You may have met IMSA leader Morgan Cowin who is always at Father’s Day Festival with his little saw. Here’s what he says about the event:

For great music that’s a cut above the rest, come to the 30th annual International Musical Saw Festival, Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10, 2008, in beautiful Santa Cruz county, California.

The cutting edge music starts Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 1:00 PM, with a free acoustic jam near the world’s only life-sized bronze statue of a saw player - in front of Bookstore Santa Cruz, located at 1520 Pacific Avenue. Next comes a free potluck dinner and jam at 6:00 PM in the outer parking lot of Roaring Camp in Felton, just seven miles north of Santa Cruz.

The big event happens Sunday, August 10, at Roaring Camp when the world’s greatest saw players come out of the woodwork to join other acoustic musicians in a variety of musical performances. You’ll hear bluegrass, country, folk, gospel, blues, classical, and even show tunes (believe it or not, no heavy metal) throughout the day. Festivities start at 10:00 AM, with spontaneous acoustic jams throughout the day. There’s a Saw-Off competition from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and a Chorus of the Saws at 3:00 PM., with up to 50 saw players trying to play in unison.

And for those who want to learn how to play music that really has some teeth in it, there’s a free Musical Saw Workshop at 4:00 PM.

The entire event is free, and fun for the whole family. For more information, check out, or Held by the International Musical Saw Association, this event is sponsored in part by KUSP radio and the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County. Come to the 30th annual Musical Saw Festival, and say you saw it here first!

For more information contact:
Morgan Cowin, President
International Musical Saw Players Association
(415)459-7722 Email:
Download a Saw Festival Flyer at:


See ya at GOF, your pal,
Mark Varner
Posted:  8/4/2008

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