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Performance & Contest Schedules

SAVE THE DATE:
46th Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention & Festival!
Sunday, October 8, 2017

2016 Performance Stage Schedule:

10:00     Salt Martians
11:00     Darling Brothers
11:45      Echo Mountain
12:30     Sausage Grinder StringBand
1:15        Advanced Competitors
2:30       Peter Feldmann & The Very Lonesome Boys 
3:15        Thompsonia
4:00       (Old Time Music Competition Awards)
4:15        Meredith Axelrod

Mel Durham Contest Stage Schedule

10:30-12:30
Old-Time Music Contest

1:30-2:30 pm
Beginners Old-Time Jam
hosted by Pat MacSwyney

2:30 to Completion
Old-Time Music Contest

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Mel Durham Contest Stage
“When I started playing fiddle in the late 90s, there was an 88-year old fiddler playing around the Los Angeles area that mesmel durhammerized me with his stories, humor and, most of all, his fiddle tunes. Mel Durham was a fixture in the SoCal old-time music scene then and had been for many years before I came along. He played alongside countless musicians for decades as an upright bass player and an old-time fiddler. His tunes and technique helped shape my playing and my repertoire from day one. Many of the people attending the festival this year, and years past, were directly affected by his playing and music. As a fiddle instructor, I even teach a rhythmic bow pattern named after him. Mel has had an immeasurable impact on the community, my playing and my fiddle students. This is why I’ve decided to rename the competition stage to the Mel Durham Contest Stage in honor of a great man and an inspirational fiddler.

—David Bragger, Artistic Director
August 2016