SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR THE 12th ANNUAL HOPPIN’ JOHN OLD-TIME AND BLUEGRASS FIDDLERS’ CONVENTION
Pittsboro, NC – The Shakori Hills Community Arts Center today announced the schedule for the 12th annual Hoppin’ John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers’ Convention, taking place September 13 – 15, 2018. Hoppin’ John, the only fiddlers’ convention in the Piedmont, offers musician showcases, nightly square dances, and instrument contests and workshops.
The Friday evening Master Showcase will feature fiddler Joe Thrift, hailing from Winston-Salem, who is famed as much for his luthier skills as he is for playing abilities. Thrift is a member of the Red Hots, an old-time band with several recordings under their belt since forming in the early ‘80’s. He is also a violin luthier known for using the classic Italian methods from the 17th and 18th centuries.
“A fiddlers’ convention is a unique experience where attendees are learning from, and performing with, master musicians and dancers,“ said Festival Coordinator Julie Amani.
The first-ever Hoppin’ John mandolin showcase will feature two influential mandolin masters who hail from North Carolina, Tony Williamson and Jerry Stuart. Williamson is a 2018 recipient of the North Carolina Heritage Award and has performed with, among others, Alison Krauss, Earl Scruggs, Tony Rice, and Chris Thile. Meanwhile, Jerry Stuart has influenced the likes of David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, and Marty Stuart.
Amani continued, “We program the weekend for all interests. For instance, the Rowdy Square Dance is late Saturday night, but the more subdued crowd will enjoy the Kids Clogging Workshop and the Family Square Dance earlier in the day.”
A total of $3,500 will be awarded to bands, musicians, and dancers who compete at Hoppin’ John. Additionally, the popular Hoppin’ John Cook-off will be held Saturday with the judging being done by people’s choice. Performers wishing to register for the contests should read the rules and regulations on the website and register in advance.
View the full schedule and purchase tickets by visiting www.hoppinjohn.org.
About the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center: The Shakori Hills Community Arts Center supports local music and arts community through cultural events and outreach to our local schools, while teaching environmental awareness and sustainable living practices. The Center’s most notable events are the annual Hoppin’ John Convention and the biannual Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance, which happen the first weekend of May and October.