Paula Wheeler, our Vice President, is also in charge of booking the Old Fiddlers' Club of RI.
Please contact her via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sad news. One of our own, Doris Moon passed away just before midnight on Jan 25, 2013. As you all know, we named Doris an Honorary Member Emerita of the Old Fiddlers Club of Rhode Island in 2012. Doris’ connection to the club actually began 83 years ago when her older brother Albert Asselin joined in 1930. Her beloved husband Frank was devoted to the club throughout his life and Doris was there by his side making friends with so many in the club and attending nearly every concert not only for the 38 years of their marriage, but also for the 20 years of their long courtship. The club continued to be important to her even after Frank’s passing and she still has many close friends in the OFCRI family. She was a fun-loving, sweet and gentle lady. We will miss her.
Bob Thurston, a former member of the Old Fiddlers Club of Rhode Island, died July 17 at his home in Central Lake, Michigan. He was 74. Bob was an absolutely superb fiddler, and a creative genius. We in the Old Fiddlers Club of Rhode Island who heard his "around the world on the Orange Blossom Special" will always remember it.
Clair F. Hanlon, 1922 - Apr 16, 2012 Rest In Peace
Clair F. Hanlon, 90, of Willimantic, died Monday at home following an illness. His wife, the former Evelyn Howard, passed away in 2003.
Born in Lake Ariel PA, son of the late Bernard and Katherine Hart Hanlon, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp during WWII serving as a pilot for the 157 Liaison Squadron in the Philippines and Okinawa. He moved to Westport, CT where he was a long time resident and worked as a finisher for Ruger Firearms before moving to Willimantic.
Clair, an accomplished fiddler, enjoyed playing fiddle from an early age later going on to win regional competitions in New England and Canada. He was a respected, long-time member of various Old Time Fiddlers associations in the northeast, enjoying the camaraderie and the sharing of his knowledge and expertise with his fellow fiddlers.
Surviving are sons Dennis and Kevin, and daughters Catherine Godfrey, Evelyn Morgan, Diane Hanlon, and Patricia Patterson, 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
President Ahola had this to say of his passing, "He started playing fiddle as a youngster, played by ear, and became an accomplished fiddler winning several regional and New England fiddle contests. Clair loved playing tunes by Canadians like Graham Townsend (My Dungannon Sweetheart) and Don Messer, and especially tunes in the key of Bflat (President Garfield’s Hornpipe). I remember how he wowed a room crammed full of fiddlers at Fiddle Hell a few years ago by his rendition of The Bee’s Wing (he was about 86 and the tune was in Bflat, of course). We will all surely miss hearing his lilting melodies on the fiddle and we’ll miss his friendship."
We have added a new photo album....A Century of Fiddling in New England. This is a 4 page article prepared by our club archivist Matt McConeghy. It is an interesting story about the people and the tunes of the our club. Matt prepared it to take to Fiddle Hell Nov 5, 2011 in Massachusetts where he will be leading a jam session on Rhode Island fiddling. Take a look at it by clicking on Photo Gallery to the left.
At present the only way we can get this on the website is with jpg files, so we apologize for the small size of the print.
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Doris Moon, Frank's widow, has given the club over 2 boxes of archives from the club. The collection includes membership applications as far back as 1930. meeting minutes from the 1930s, photographs going back to 1912, copies of photographs going back to what appears to be the 19th century, and a wealth of newspaper articles about the club and fiddlers from our area. At the June meeting a Historical Committee, with Matt McConneghy as chairman was appointed to organize and evaluate the material, A new ablum, Historical Photographs, has been set up in our website Photo Gallery. Two photographs from the collection can be seen there. One is a photograph of the "Fiddlers Club" (predecesor of the Old Fidders' Culb of Rhode Island) taken at the annual renion in Harrisville RI, 6 October, 1912. The other is the Old Fiddlers' Club of Rhode Island outing at Perryville Grange Hall, 19 August 1934. In this one a young Frank Moon appears at the right of the 2nd row.
The Old Fiddlers Club of Rhode Island is a group of about 30 amateur fiddlers who perform at fairs and shows in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The following history was written in August 1999 by Frank Moon who had been secretary since 1936.
Here are 2 videos taken by Trudy at the Woodstock Fair in 2010:
For a nice collection of photos and music by photographer and member Trudy Carr go to:
This article and video was from the Valley Breeze RI Newspaper. Go to
To view these photos taken by John's wife Melissa , go to