2016 Hoppin’ John Fiddlers’ Convention:

September 15th – 17th

Wow – What a fabulous weekend! Thanks to everyone who came out and shared their music, tapped their toes and just generally enjoyed themselves! An extra thanks to all the volunteers who made the event happen. Here are the winners of this year’s competitions (please forgive mis-spellings – email us at hoppinjohn@shakorihills.org for corrections!):

Old-Time Band

1st – Appalachian Thunder;   2nd – Haywood Billygoats;   3rd – John Hardy Party

Non-Traditional Band

1st – Stray Local;    2nd – New Harmonic Convergence;    3rd – The Fernandez Sisters

Bluegrass Band

1st –  Bluegrass Bungaloids;   2nd – Treeline Grass

Old-Time Fiddle

1st – Joseph Decosimo;   2nd – Richard Bowman;     3rd – Erynn Marshall

Bluegrass Fiddle

1st – Gil Benson;   2nd – Clay Shelor;    3rd – Bob Campbell

Old-Time Banjo

1st – Jim Collier;   2nd – Joseph Decosimo;     3rd – Alan Julich

Bluegrass Banjo

1st – Brandon Henson;   2nd – David Thornberry;    3rd – Hugh Moore

Folk Song

1st – Kenny Jackson;   2nd – Ed Norman;    3rd – Lightnin’ Wells


1st – Zeb Gambill;   2nd – Spencer Mobley;   3rd – Zach Mondry


1st – Hiro Arakawa;   2nd – Zeb Gambill;    3rd – Cary Moskovitz


1st – Keith Sikes;    2nd – Jason King;    3rd – John Gaster

Youth Fiddle

1st – Olivia Fernandez;    2nd – Ben Bullard;    3rd – Sophia Fernandez

Youth Banjo

1st – Cage Bullard

Youth Other Instrument

1st – Ben Bullard;   2nd – Django Burgess;    3rd – Milo Moskovitz

Adult Dance

1st – Joan Levitt;   2nd – Phoebe Douthwaite;    3rd – Julie Chiles

Youth Dance

1st – Cage Bullard;   2nd – Ben Bullard;    3rd – Silven Vincent-Faris & Nightingale Pergolotti (tie)

The Cook-Off

1st – John Hoppers Team (Muriel);   2nd – (tie) Motown Mushrooms (Jason) & Hoppin’ Gabriel (Celia  & Alex)


 ****All proceeds from Hoppin’ John go to benefit the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center, a NC not-for-profit corporation.****

Check out some other great happenings:

October 8th-11th: Fall Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance

November 7th: Furry Friends Festival

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10th Annual Festival!
September 15 - 17, 2016
at Shakori Hills in
Silk Hope, NC
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1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd
Pittsboro, NC 27312

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