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Old-time Fiddlers’ Convention held Feb. 20-21 at Appalachian

AppRootsPorch_t.jpgBOONE—The Appalachian Heritage Council at Appalachian State University will host an old-time fiddlers’ convention and luthier gathering Feb. 20-21 in Plemmons Student Union on campus.

The event will feature performances and workshops by Bruce Molsky, Ira Bernstein, Riley Baugus and Chester MacMillian.

All events are free for Appalachian students with a university I.D. Admission to the concerts is $5 for all others. Tickets are available at the student union information desk. Admission to the convention on Feb. 21 is free.

Bruce Molsky.jpgBruce Molsky is one of the featured performers during an old-time fiddlers’ convention at Appalachian State University.Ira Bernstein and Riley Baugaus_t2.jpgIra Bernstein and Riley Baugaus bring their performance of Appalachian Roots to Appalachian State University Feb 20. The duo performs a mix of traditional dance, song and instrumental music from the southern Appalachian region.

The Appalachian Roots in Concert performance will begin Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. in the student union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Appalachian Roots is a show by Ira Bernstein and Riley Baugus. Their performances are a mix of traditional dance, song and instrumental music from the southern Appalachian region.

Registration for the convention runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21. Competitions are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and workshops will be presented from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Competitions will be held in old-time fiddle, banjo and guitar, old-time band, kids fiddle/banjo, novice fiddle, banjo and guitar, folk-singing and flatfoot-dancing.

Riley Baugus will lead a banjo workshop, Bruce Molsky will lead a fiddle workshop, Ira Bernstein will lead a flatfoot-dancing workshop and Chester MacMillian will lead a guitar workshop.

Bruce Molsky will perform Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Ballroom. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Molsky has been exploring traditional music from a variety of cultures for more than two decades. His influences range from the Appalachian soul of Tommy Jarrell to the haunting modal strains of Irish music and the rhythmically nimble music of Eastern Europe.

Visit for more information about the competitions, workshops, concerts, prizes and rules.

For more information about the fiddlers’ convention, e-mail Connie Carringer at