FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 8, 2019
Why the Old Time Fiddler’s
Festival Is More Than A Local Event
Get all the details for the 45th
annual event at www.tnfiddlers.com
CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee — Outside the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville is a historical marker proclaiming the birthplace of bluegrass music.
But anyone who knows a bit about bluegrass and folk music also knows how important one particular instrument, the fiddle, is a part of the culture and unmistakable sound.
The sound of a well-played fiddle is both an art and a craft, and the state’s best fiddlers who are writing the history and culture of bluegrass and folk music will be on stage at the State of Tennessee Old-Time Fiddlers’ Championships, Aug. 24 in Clarksville.
Time Fiddler’s Festival is the perfect blend of Tennessee culture—music and
doing good for the community,” said Jane Ondocin, president of Clarksville
Rotary Club. “It’s the perfect event for Clarksville and why the community
should make plans to be at one of the community’s longest standing musical and
This year’s event will take place at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center in Clarksville, Tennessee. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. The proceeds will benefit the Clarksville Rotary Club charities.
Children under 12 are free.
The event has been among the most popular competitive events in the state, featuring both groups and solo performances of the most skilled performers in the state.
But it’s not just fiddles you’ll hear. Dobros, mandolins, banjos and guitars — all staples of the bluegrass and folk sound — will also be among the featured performances.
you’re 3 or 93, this event has interest from all age groups and all music
abilities across Tennessee,” Ondocin says. “Yes, the competition will be
fierce, but the best part is coming to the show also helps the local and
This year’s contest will feature acclaimed judges including Boge Quinn, a Clarksville native and frequent judge at the Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival in Murfreesboro, Ed Carnes, a Grand Master fiddler, Carl Caldwell, who won the Galax Fiddler’s Convention at age 17, and Fred Duggin, who’s played the Grand Ol’ Opry with the band The New Tradition.
Prizes range from $25 in individual instrument categories to $1,500 for the Open Fiddle title and Blue Grass Band title. The state champion fiddler qualifies for the Grand Master Fiddler Championship, held in September in Nashville.
Following the award ceremony, the winners will play a one-hour concert for attendees.
Tickets can be purchased in advance on Eventbrite by searching “State of Tennessee Old-Time Fiddlers’ Championships” or visiting this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-of-tennessee-old-time-fiddlers-championships-tickets-63066508625
Learn more at www.tnfiddlers.com.