Galax Old Fiddlers Convention

Folklife Program

Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013 - Photo by Pat Jarrett/The Virginia Folklife Program

Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013 – Photo by Pat Jarrett/The Virginia Folklife Program

August 4-9, 2014
Felts Park
Galax, VA

The granddaddy of them all – the country’s largest Fiddlers Convention, now in its seventy-ninth year.

There will be contests in old time and bluegrass fiddle and banjo, guitar, dobro, mandolin, and flatfoot dance. But perhaps the real action is out among the campsites, where musicians of all ages and levels jam until the wee hours of the night.

Be sure to visit the Chestnut Creek School for the Arts at the corner of Main and Grayson streets in downtown Galax. VFH’s Virginia Folklife Program takes center stage at the school with free public programs and an opening reception for a photographic exhibit of the work of the Folklife Apprenticeship Program.

Highlights include:

  • Showcase on Old-time and Bluegrass singing styles
  • Showcase on fiddle styles
  • Discussion on the art of making, restoring and repairing stringed instruments with several well-known luthiers
  • Panel on the importance of place, community and family to help give context to the collection of tunes, recordings and photos by field scholars

On Wednesday, join photographer Pat Jarrett and Jon Lohman, Director of the Virginia Folklife Program, for an opening reception for the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program Exhibit. Master Artists and Apprentices who have participated in the program will be featured guests.

To check out the full list of programming, visit the Chestnut Creek School for the Arts website, look for the VFH logo for special Virginia Folklife activities. Visit http://www.chestnutcreekarts.org/about-us/visit-us/ for directions to the School.

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