ASU to host Old-Time Fiddlers Convention
by Anna Oakes
Appalachian State University hosts the fifth annual Old-Time Fiddlers Convention from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Plemmons Student Union.
Admission is free and open to the public. Contestants in the instrument, song and dance competitions must pay a $5 registration fee.
Adult and youth competitions in banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, band, folk song and dance take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Whitewater Lounge and Summit Trail Solarium. Registration begins at 10 a.m.
Instrument makers showcased at the luthiers gathering include Herb Key, Bob Kogut, Lo and Cedar Mountain Banjos, Pisgah Banjos, Lyle Reedy and Chris Testerman. A handmade market will feature crafters of jewelry, pottery, quilted items, home décor, scarves, woodworks, puzzles, paper crafts, stationery, paintings and more.
In conjunction with the Fiddlers Convention, Dirk Powell will perform in the student union's Parkway Ballroom at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door for the general public, with discounts for students and children.
With deep roots in rural American musical tradition, Powell's career has included recording and film work with Jack White, Joan Baez, T-Bone Burnett, Loretta Lynn and Spike Lee.
For more information, visit http://fiddle.apps.appstate.edu or call (828) 262-2855.