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Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention: News

DATES FOR 2016 - July 24, 2015

The dates for the 2016 convention will be April 1-2

documentary - February 26, 2015

`Jordan Nance will be showing his film on the history of WPAQ radio station in Mt Airy.  

Bands and workshops leaders - January 26, 2015

The bands for the 2015 dance on Friday March 27th will be the Round Peak Ramblers, the Slate Mountain Ramblers, and the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters.  The presenters for the free workshops on Saturday, March 28th will be Steve Kilby- guitar,  Debbie Gitlin- fiddle,  Mac Traynham- banjo, and Samantha Wilhelmi -dance.    There will be special showings of Jordan Nance's film  "Broadcast: A man and his dream", the story of Ralph Epperson and WPAQ radio station in Mt. Airy, NC.  

directions - March 5, 2014

Directions to Surry Community College, 630 Main St, Dobson, NC  27017

From I-77 North or South, Take Exit 93

Turn right on Zephyr Rd.   When you come to Dobson, Turn right on US 601/ Main St.  SCC will be on the right.  Take the 2nd entrance to the right, park behind the gym or on the street.  Look for the signs.

2013 report - March 25, 2013

Thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers, judges, emcees, workshop presenters, The Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce,  the Surry County  and Dobson Tourism Develpment Authority,  all the contestants and especially Surry Community College.  We had a very successful festival thanks to everyone, with about 150 individual competitors and 30 bands, including all youth contestants.  There was a tremendous youth attendance, many of them students in the Junior Appalachian Musicians program.   We hope everyone who attended had a wonderful time and make plans to attend next year.  We welcome your thoughts, comments or suggestions.

dance workshop - February 13, 2013

We are pleased to announce  that Samantha Wilhelmi from Floyd, VA will be our dance workshop leader this year.  She is an excellent flatfoot dancer and clogger who has been teaching children in the Junior Appalachian Musicians program in Sparta, NC, and teaching dancing at the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts in Galax, VA.   Be sure to come to the workshop if you want to get started in flatfoot dance or learn some new steps.

Workshop leaders announced! - January 8, 2013

The free workshop leaders have been decided for this year!  Paul Brown will give the fiddle workshop.  The banjo workshop will be led by Adam Hurt, and the fiddlers convention participants can learn some guitar skills from Beth Hartness. We are excited and grateful to have these excellent musicians as a part of our festival, and hope many of you will benefit from their workshops.   We also have the bands lined up and ready for the biggest dance in Surry Co!!! Take a look at the calendar page for all the details for this year's convention.  We look forward to another year of fun and fellowship and great music!

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