September 13th – 15th
News & Updates
PURCHASING SHAKORI HILLS: How You Can Invest in Your Community
We have finally reached the $75,000 goal needed for the downpayment towards purchasing the land known as Shakori Hills, with the help of so many wonderful supporters! Now begins the process of creating the community-owned mortgage. If you’re intersted in a secure and sound investment that not only supports and stays in your community, but provides opportunity for many more years of festival fellowship, drop us a line. We’ll get an investor package out to you right away!
Hootenanny Hayride! Jump on the tractor wagon and come along with Tim Wells on a magical musical hayride around Shakori Hills. Saturday 2pm
Instructional Fiddle Workshop: Old Time Tunes - the Melody of Bowing
Hone up your fiddle playing skills in this instructional workshop with Michael Ismerio. We’ll focus on identifying, naming, slowing down and playing the rhythms, pulses, and drones that give Old Time fiddling its distinctive sound. This workshop starts with the bowing movements or rhythms of the tune, then teaches the group to replicate and play them in the context of the tune. After grasping a handle on the rhythm we’ll shift the focus to learning the melody. Any level player can join in!
Songs & Stories with Tim Wells
Saturday morning at 10am in the Dance Tent! Geared for children ages 3-5, young ones will love learning new songs, fingerplays, and stories they’ll even re-visit at home. Parents are welcome to join the circle and participate along with their children!
Tim Wells has been an early childhood educator for the past decade and has provided children's music programming with Hoppin John and the Grassroots Festival for the past several years.
Musicians’ CD Sales!
Hoppin’ John will sell your cds for you! If you have made a cd and wish to sell it at the convention, bring a box to the merchandise shack at the top of the stage field, make a $10 donation, and collect your sales and remaining cds on Saturday night.
Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance
Come on out October 4th – 7th to the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival: four days, four stages and over 40 bands! Tickets on sale now! CLICK HERE...
We’ve Gone Electric!
but don’t worry...It’s NOT for instruments -- just campers. There is now opportunity to hook into 110V power. First come, first served; 20 hooks-ups available.
2012 Hoppin’ John Old-Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers’ Convention
Thanks Everyone for a fantastic Hoppin ‘ John! Beautiful weather and beautiful smiling faces everywhere! This year’s winners are posted below. We’ll see you in 2013!
1st: The Grey Beagles
2nd: Cousin Amy
3rd: Piedmont Perennials
1st: Loose Gravel
2nd: Grass Up & Go
3rd: The Picken Band
1st: Riders in Disguise
2nd: The Milkshakes & All the Boys From the Yard
3rd: Chatham County JAM
Old-Time Fiddle Bluegrass Fiddle
1st: Kristen Harris 1st: Sophia Fernandez
2nd: Ivy Sheppherd 2nd: Logan Valleroy
3rd: Charlie Hunter 3rd: Tanner Hansen
Old-Time Banjo Bluegrass Banjo
1st: Ben Reiser 1st: Brandon Hanson
2nd: Andy Cahan 2nd: Courtney Clapp
3rd: Jason Hughes 3rd: David Thornberry
1st: Phillip Clapp 1st: Zack Mondry
2nd: Cary Moskovitz 2nd: Jon Sullivan
3rd: Glen Craver 3rd: Spencer Mobley
Folk Song Bass
1st: Micah Spence 1st: Keith Sikes
2nd: Cary Moskovitz 2nd: Adam Smith
3rd: Tim Wells 3rd: Killl-bassa Bill
Youth Musicianship Adult Dance
1st: Olivia Fernandez 1st: Linda Block
2nd: Wade Wilso 2nd: Aaron Ratcliffe
3rd: TAnner Hansen 3rd: Emolyn Liden
Youth Dance Cook-Off
1st: Johannah Schilling 01st: The Mama
2nd: Macy Henson 2nd: Muriel Magnolia
3rd: Alexander Meredith 3rd: The Feral Dogs