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78th Galax Old Fiddlers Convention recap

Posted: 2013-08-26 | Categories: Uncategorized |

The Virginia Folklife Program’s photographer Pat Jarrett joined Jon Lohman at the 78th Galax Old Fiddlers Convention. Here’s a photo recap of the week. All photos by Pat Jarrett/The Virginia Folklife Program.

Monday

Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention 2013For 78 years, a virtual city of 10,000 descend upon Felts Park in Galax for the week-long Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention.

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Keana Dover, 10, left, of Shelby, North Carolina, practices with her sister Krissa Dover, 16, in the grandstands.

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The Fiddlers’ Convention attracts the old and young alike, including Kaden Miller of Galax.

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Legendary local pencil artist and musician Willard Gayheart, displaying his prints.

Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention 2013Children ready their instruments before the youth fiddle contest on Monday.

Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention 2013Carson Peters, 8, plays a fiddle near the big yellow tent on Monday, a week before his appearance on the Jay Leno Show!

Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention 2013The rain starts.

Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention 2013Avery Newman, 21, of Grayson County, had his left-handed mandolin signed by a cadre of musicians.

Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention 2013Chris Lundy stands outside a tent jam session

Galax_10_PJDennis Hall of the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters.

Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention 2013Eddie Bond of the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters.

Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention 2013Roger Sprung, center, jams on Monday night.

Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention 2013Youth bands rehearse under the big yellow tent on Monday.

Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention 2013Jake Johnson, 12, of Galax watches the youth band contest.

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 Tuesday

Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013Bill Birchfield competes in the fiddle contest.

Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013Eve Capeheart of Richmond, Virginia, left, and Barbara Daniels of Richwood, West Virginia, dance during the fiddle contest.

Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013Roger Poole onstage emceeing the fiddle contest on Tuesday.

Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013Brennen Ernst of Leesburg, Virginia, right, warms up on guitar.

Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013Photographer Mark Sanderford, center, put down his camera and picked up a fiddle in this jam session.

Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013Keith Williams, left, of Chuckey, Tennessee, jams with Daniel Greeson of Jamestown, North Carolina.

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Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013It’s never an easy job for the judges.

Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013Jamie Collins of Bristol plays bass while Danny “Hootenanny” Clark, left, plays fiddle in a jam in “the Ditch” on Tuesday.

Galax_25_PJZach Carter tunes his banjo.

Wednesday

Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013Bill Jones manning the grill at the notorious Roadkill Cafe. Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013Buddy Pendleton, under the big yellow tent on Wednesday. Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013Zach Carter of Blackwater, Virginia, left and John Goad of Kingsport, Tennessee, warming up.Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013B. K. Hodges of “the moonshine capital” Rocky Mount, Virginia, dances during a jam.  Galax_30_PJ

Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013Mary Edna says she travels “wherever the Lord tells me.” She runs the Soup Kitchen at the Fiddlers’ Convention, opening her doors for free soup after the contest stage closes every night of the convention.

Thursday

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Camp power.Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013

Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013Danielle Yother, 14, waits in line to compete on Thursday.  Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013Luthier Wayne Henderson warms up before the guitar contest.Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013Chloe Mylet, right, and Andy Edmonds warm up before the guitar contest.

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Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013Jared Boyd tunes his banjo before jamming with the Dry Hill Draggers. Galax_39_PJ

Waynnie Hopkins from North Carolina danced with the Patrick Henry Travelers.

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Martha Spencer and Erika Testerman hitting the dance floor.

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Hal Wylie said he met Roger Sprung in Washington Square Park in New York City in the 1960s.

Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013John Goad, second from left, reaches for the high note in a jam on Friday. Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013

Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013Kill-basa Bill performs with the Kill-basa Bill Roadshow. Galax_46_PJ

Mike “Utter Mike” Leonard of Ash County, North Carolina, poses with his Utter Bass, a dual-washtub, one-string bass that he built. Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013Bill Birchfield, center, plays fiddle in a jam at his campsite on Friday night.

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Janice Birchfield of the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers plays her washtub bass.

Saturday

The 31st Yearly International Kazoo Championship and Parade was held at 3:33 on Saturday at the Galax Fiddlers’ Convention.

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The judges are ruthless in the annual Galax Kazoo Championships.

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Rex McGee dresses for the Kazoo Championship and Parade.

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Aaron Lewis, of Special Ed and the Short Bus, riles up the crowd at the Kazoo Championships.

 

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The Kazoo Parade.

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The flatfoot dance competition.

1 Comment »

  1. Awesome pics!!!!

    Comment by marybird — January 20, 2014 @ 8:32 pm

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