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Workshops and Presentations
All of the following workshops and presentations are during the Saturday of Fiddlers Convention.
Beginners Jam Session
Come jam out in a friendly and welcoming environment. All skill levels and bluegrass instruments are welcome. Award winning mandolin player Jonathan Boerger will be leading the session and offering instructions to help any new players who want to learn how to jam out with others! This is a drop in drop out style event so feel free to show up for any amount of time!
Lead by Chatham Rabbits!
Known for old time style lyrics and nodding to traditions Chatham Rabbits will be joining us on Saturday to lead a workshop on how to write old time lyrical tunes and the thought process behind some of their lyrics. This workshop will be free but a ticket will be required to attend. Information on how to obtain the ticket will be given at the convention.
Calling and Dancing Square Dance Workshop
Want to work on your calling vocabulary? Want to learn how to call a square dance? Want to brush up on your dancing moves before that nights square dance? Come on over to the Blueridge Room where Rodney Sutton will be leading the fun for all who want to learn!
An Afternoon With the Mountain Dulcimer
Known as the "Appalachian Dulcimer" this stringed instrument claims its orgins from the Appalachian mountains, the only instrument to do so. Over the years this instrument has played an important role in Appalachian history and has evolved and changed due to region and availability. Bill and Jewel from "High Country Dulcimers" will be leading a presentation and play a few tunes on this instrument.
Meet and Greet with Chatham Rabbits!
Chatham Rabbits are gonna stick around after the songwriting workshop and have a meet and greet with a question panel! Bring your questions and your favorite Chatham Rabbits t-shirt for our friends! This event is free but requires a ticket, tickets will be passed out at the Friday Concert and the remaining tickets will be passed out Saturday at the merchandise table.
Bring your clogging shoes and come learn how to clog or work on your clogging skills! All skill levels are welcome and Dr. Julie Shepherd-Powell will be leading this workshop! Clogging shoes are not required, if you elect to wear clogging please note that they cannot be used on the vinyl flooring.
Want to learn some easy mandolin chords or improve your mandolin skills? Award winning player Jonathan Boerger will be leading this workshop, all skill levels are welcome and please bring your own mandolin.
Deciphering Doc Watson
In association with the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, Willard Watson III will be presenting on the life, legacy and styles of legendary Doc Watson. Doc Watson earned 8 Grammy's and is one of the greatest guitarists the world has ever seen. Willard Watson holds a masters degree in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University.
Faculty and students from Appalachian State University will be presenting ordinal works on the Appalachian region. These works will vary from poetry to tales of Appalachians past.