July 03, 2009

Old-Time in the NYT

Just a heads up if you're interested: the New York Times has a feature about Fiddler's Grove in North Carolina, including a audio slideshow.

They're pretty stingy with their media so I can't embed anything here, but check it if you're interested in learning more about that and other festivals.

Here's a little excerpt:
Old-time and bluegrass music festivals have become a summer ritual all around the country, but nowhere is the experience quite the same as in the Southern Appalachians, the music’s birthplace. Popular events in Galax, Va.; Mount Airy, N.C.; and Clifftop, W.Va., draw zealous fans and gifted musicians. Fiddler’s Grove may not be the largest or best known of the major festivals, but its claim to fame is that it’s the oldest continuously held one.

Image from Flickr user Rae Hartsock

Update from 7/10: Friends of Old Time Music blog has a link to buy or download recordings of the 1962 Fiddler's Convention.

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