12th Annual Hoppin’ John Fiddlers’ Convention:
October 18th – 20th, 2018
The arrival of Hurricane Florence forced us to reschedule this year’s event! The new dates are October 18 – 20. We hope you can all still make it, and maybe a few who wouldn’t have been able to come this weekend will be able to join in the fun. All ticket purchases will automatically transfer to the new date, or to next year if you are unable to make the change. Hope to see you next month!
We’ve had a few tweaks and schedule changes: The Saturday night Two-Step Dance will now be played by Surry Line, who will be pulling out their old country numbers from their diverse repertoire; the Banjo Players’ Showcase will now feature Gail Gillespie, and Frank Lee & Allie Burbrink who will also be teaching a two-part banjo workshop for beginners through advanced players; and Friday’s fiddle workshop will now be taught by Erynn Marshall. You can find some time shifts, including Tony Williamson’s mandolin workshop on the schedule.
There is something for everyone at Hoppin’ John, whether you’re seven years old or 70, a music master, novice, or just looking for something fun to do on a weekend. While Hoppin’ John veterans know that the real action is in the campground jams, we have also put together an outstanding program of musician showcases and instructional workshops, and we think you will agree!
We are honored and delighted to present a Masters Showcase with musician, composer and violin maker, Joe Thrift, on Friday evening. Joe will be joined by his friends, playing all original fiddle tunes, and will teach one or two at his workshop on Saturday afternoon.
NC Bluegrass icons, The Williamson Brothers will be playing Saturday’s concert just before the band contest finale, with Tony featured in our first-ever mandolin showcase earlier in the day.
Tatiana Hargreaves will grace us with a showcase presence and workshop as well, along with mandolin veteran Jerry Stuart, lightning fast fiddler Dave Bass and women of the banjo, Hilary Dirlam and Marsha Bowman Todd.
The dancing will be hot, and as always, it’s a fun way for your family to spend a Saturday afternoon, with our Hootenanny Hayrides, Family Square Dance with Cake Walk, Hoppin’ John Cook-off and all the little touches that make this weekend special. Click HERE for times and the full listing of activities.
The word is out — folks are looking forward to wrapping up their fiddle festival season on the beautiful grounds of Shakori Hills, at the 12th Annual Hoppin’ John Fiddlers’ Convention! It’s the perfect blend of campground music and scheduled programs… hope to see you next week!
****All proceeds from Hoppin’ John go to benefit the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center, a NC not-for-profit corporation. Shakori Hills is a proud administrator and sponsor of the Chatham County Junior Appalachian Musicians.****