2016 Fiddler's Convention

The convention is from 10:00am-5:00pm on Saturday, February 6th with an evening concert beginning at 8:00pm at Legends.

The Appalachian State Old-Time Fiddlers Convention is held on the campus of Appalachian State University and is 100% student operated. This unique event draws over 400 attendees from nine states and celebrates the rich musical and cultural history of the Appalachian region. Events include; concerts, instructional workshops, music competitions, a gathering of luthiers, as well as a handmade market featuring crafters from across the region.

All events are family friendly!

General Info & Schedule of Events:

Friday, February 5th 2016

Appalachian Old Time Square Dance

Bring a partner or find one on the dance floor, come and enjoy a night of dancing and fun. Featuring the music of the The Zephyr Lightning Bolts and caller Aaron Ratcliffe.

Where: Legends (On campus of the Appalachian State University)

When: 7:30pm (Doors/Beginner Lesson), 8:00pm (Dance)

Tickets: $3 Student, $5 Public

Children 13+ can come with a guardian!

Saturday, February 6th 2016

Main Event: Fiddlers Convention in Plemmons Student Union

Events on Saturday, February 6th include; contests throughout the day, a handmade market in the International Hallway, a luthiers gathering in Blue Ridge Ballroom,and workshops (fiddle, banjo, dance, slow jam, and storytelling) throughout the day! 

Where: Plemmons Student Union

When: 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Tickets: FREE to Students and the Public

Evening Concert Featuring: Brad Leftwich & The Hogwire String Band

Brad Leftwich & The Hogwire String Band - Check them out here!

The Hogwire Stringband presents an exciting and sophisticated brand of American roots music, blending rich vocal harmonies with superb fiddle-driven melodies backed by a dynamic rhythm section.


Where: Legends (On the campus of Appalachian State University just down the road from the student union)

When: 7:30pm (Doors), 8:00pm (Concert Starts)

Tickets: $5 Students, $10 Public

All ages are welcome (children 18 and under must come with a guardian)!


Please Note: In the event of inclement weather, the ASU Fiddlers Convention uses the University's official forcast to determine our schedule. We will make every effort to hold the event rain (snow) or shine!



The 2016 Appalachian State Old-Time Fiddler's Convention will have SET COMPETITION TIMES.

•Competitors MUST arrive ON TIME to compete in their category.

PLEASE read the schedule (Under the 2016 Fiddler's Convention tab, "Competition Schedule") to make sure that you have enough time to register and compete! We look forward to a fantastic, smooth convention this year!

**All competitors will be given the opportunity to compete if they have registered, and arrive on time to compete**

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