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The 87th Annual Old Fiddlers Reunion, Athens, Texas - May 25 & 26, 2018. With over $5000 in cash prizes, Old Fiddlers is the longest running fiddle contest in the state of Texas and second oldest in the United States. The nostalgic and well-known event is held outdoors on the courthouse square with jam sessions, a carnival, and a Saturday night street dance after the awards. A real step back in time, folks come the day ahead to set up their lawn chairs in front on the band stand to catch all the fiddle action the next day. The fiddle contest and the carnival are the centerpiece of the weekend. Visit Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion on Facebook for details.
Nevada State Old-Time Fiddlers' Contest, Eureka Opera House, Eureka, Nevada, May 18-19, 2018. May 18: 5 p.m. dinner; 6:30 performance by "Sierra Silver Strings"; 7:30 hot fiddle contest; jam session. May 19: 8:30 a.m. registration; 9:30 contest begins. Certified by the National Old-Time Fiddlers' Contest; open to Nevada and non-Nevada residents. Free admittance to public. For information, contact Kim Russell at email@example.com or (775) 237-5347.
Paris fiddle events at the Paris Regional Conservatory with Raphaël Maillet: May 26: Introduction to oldtime music; June 2: Introduction to blues music; June 9: Introduction to music for dancing; June 16, 4 pm: "fiddle time," Mediatheque Françoise Sagan, Paris X ... and more. For information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/232870853921746/
1st Annual Northeast Fiddlers' Convention, Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA, June 9, 2018. A traditionally inspired old-time music gathering featuring workshops, an open jam, a fiddle and banjo contest, and a square dance featuring Bill & the Bells and Nils Fredland. Info: (413) 443-0188, ext. 100; oldtonemusicfestival.com/northeast-fiddlers-convention/
33rd Annual Woodstock Folk Festival, July 15, 2018, Woodstock, IL, Historic Woodstock Square. Info: woodstockfolkfestival.org.
13th Annual Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Festival, August 17-19, 2018, Ness Creek Site 20km NE of Big River, Saskatchewan. Featuring acts from across North America, the festival attracts top notch talent while maintaining a friendly, intimate atmosphere, with plenty of opportunities for jamming. A music camp taught by festival performers takes place from August 13-17 at the same gorgeous location. For more information go to www.northernlightsbluegrass.com.
Fiddle Hell Massachusetts, Westford, MA, Nov. 1-4, 2018. Fiddle styles: Bluegrass, Cajun, Cape Breton, French Canadian, Jazz, Irish, Klezmer, New England, Oldtime Southern, Scottish, Swedish, Swing, Texas, Western Swing. Instruments: Fiddle (of course!), mandolin, cello, guitar, banjo, singing, dances. Levels: Beginner through Advanced. Fourteenth annual gathering, with inexpensive rates for 2, 3, or 4 days, or even just 1 day. DIscounts for kids, young adults, seniors, and for advance payment. 85 instructors lead 450+ workshops and guided jams throughout the four days in picturesque New England Inn. Free parking all 4 days. Public concert and dance Nov 3 at 7PM, $15 at door. More info: Fiddle Hell Website, Fiddle Hell Massachusetts Facebook Group, or call (781) 367-7316.