Since 1981, The Maritime Fiddlers Association has been committed to promoting and preserving old time fiddling. Today, the association supports a growing membership of approximately 600 persons from across Canada, USA, UK, and Europe



The Maritime Fiddlers Association (MFA) is a non-profit organization that promotes old time fiddling in the Canadian Maritime region.  The MFA was first formed March 28, 1981, and currently has approximately 600 members from around the globe.  The MFA continues a strong tradition of supporting all ages in fiddle related events including concerts, contests, festivals, workshops, and the ever popular ‘Fiddle-Doo’.

The objectives of the Association are:

  • to preserve old time fiddling music
  • to promote informal fiddling ‘jam sessions’
  • to improve the promotion of old time fiddling such as through the media
  • to encourage public interest in old time fiddling as part of our culture
  • to keep fiddlers and interested persons informed of fiddling news and things of interest to fiddlers and fans


We aim to keep old time fiddling a part of our culture by supporting local fiddling events and encouraging our next generation of fiddlers to join in the fun.  We believe this rich tradition will continue to grow with friendly encouragement.

The MFA honours groups and individuals who help preserve and promote old time fiddling, with the presentation of awards, certificates, and life time memberships.



On March 28, 1981, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the MFA was formed.  The first executive committee consisted of President Ronald Noiles, Vice President Harry Blaxland, and Secretary/Treasurer Bill Guest.  The first board directors included Earl Mitton and Ivan Hicks, both of New Brunswick, and Robert Joudrey, Ronald Noiles, Stan Chapman, Florence Killen, Keith Ross, and Lloyd Tattrie, all of Nova Scotia.

The MFA’s first newsletter was published on May 23, 1981 by Editor Florence Killen.  The newsletter has grown into a prized periodical published quarterly and is distributed to MFA members.

Since 1981, the MFA has grown from 100 members to over 600 members from all over the world.



Today, the MFA is governed by the following executive committee:

  • President – Jack Kaulback
  • 1st Vice President – Stacey Read (NB)
  • 2nd Vice President Mary Smith (PE)
  • Secretary-Treasurer – Karen Rowlands
  • Junior Executive Member - Martha Pitre
  • Past President – Kim Jensen
  • Music Librarian – Ron Noiles

If you have questions or suggestions, we would like to hear from you.

Please leave a comment.

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  1. Hello. I thought your membership might be interested in a summer music festival in Lunenburg called Boxwood. This year’s faculty include Old Time / bluegrass / chamber grass fiddlers Tashina and Tristan Clairidge, as well as Quebec and Cape Breton fiddlers and a wide variety of other traditional musicians. This might be a good item to advertise in your newsletter. More information can be found at this link: http://www.boxwood.org/canada_register

    Thanks for your time — Jennifer

  2. Hi!,

    Ken Wood is my father-in-law and I’d like to get a copy of this quarter’s magazine that features him. My daughter, Lydia, (Ken’s granddaughter) interviewed Ken for the story. Ken had been fooled to think that he was being interviewed for Lydia’s school project!

    Our mailing address is:
    Lydia Houck
    PO Box 1087
    Martock, NS
    B0N 2T0



  3. Your request will be forwarded to the executive and someone will be in touch.
    The quickest way to get the newsletter is to apply for a membership. In addition to the newsletter you are looking for you will receive the next three newsletters and an MFA lapel pin.
    Click on “Membership” for application information.

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