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Saturday, April 2, 2011

2011 Arkansas Fiddlers Convention

I did not get to attend this year. Nor have I ever. But! Someday I will!!

Here are some clips gathered for your enjoyment. There is nothing like this in Missouri or Kansas. This is at Harrison Ar. on the State Univ. Campus. The really good players go and you will hear some jams that will not be easily forgotten.

I still dream of the day when we can get something like this here. Or something close to it. This illustrates my contention that the heart and soul of Old Time music is centered at Northern Arkansas and Southern Missouri.

1 comment:

  1. There a lot of Old Time musicians in Montana and the Dakotas also. I lived in Livingston Montana for almost 20 years and the amount of music there was incredible. I did not play when I got there but when they found out I used to play violin, a couple musicians got a mandolin and then fiddle in my hands.
    It took 10 years to infiltrate the circle of musicians but by the time I left, there were over 100 musicians that we could call on when we wanted to play. Everything from beginners to former state and national fiddle champs to just folks that liked to play and had been playing for 60 years of more. Fred Stoneking showed up one night when he was in town, Dick and Lisa Barrett might even wander over. There were times when I was the best musician there and times when I did not even want to play because the others were so good I just wanted to listen.
    They have a fiddlers picnic that has been going strong for over 30 years. No contests, no stages, no performances, no amps, no microphones all acoustic - just friends getting together to play. Old time, Country, Celtic, Bluegrass, Cajun, all mixed in together. Some of it is excellent music some of it is pretty raw but all of it is fun.
    Check it out at
    Now that I have moved to South Dakota I am slowly but surely finding the musicians that don't want and don't need the amps and the drums and we are getting together to play. Only a group of 5 or six of us right now. But there are others. I know because now that folks know that I am looking they are starting to remember that their neighbor plays a little. Since I am not in that circle of friends it will take a while to be invited or for them to accept my invitation, but it will happen.
    The Old Time musicians are still around, still playing and still having fun. Sometimes it takes a while to find em but they are there. Maybe not at an organized event like most of your clips show, but they are there. Don't give up. Don't get discouraged. A lot of the “OLD” old time musicians won’t be drawn to a big event - they would rather play a little music with their friends. But if you start to check out the nooks and crannies, you’ll find ‘em there playing the music they love.

    Ken Nelson


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