6/8-9: Henry Reed Fiddlers Convention
The 16th Annual Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018 and Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Newport Recreation Center.
This Mountains of Music Homecoming event and Crooked Road affiliated festival celebrates the life and music of the legendary fiddler Henry Reed who lived in Southwest Virginia.
Friday features old-time and bluegrass bands performing and Saturday features individual and band competitions. This is a family-friendly event that encourages the whole family to attend!
Friday Performance Line-Up (starting at 5:00 pm):
• Reed Family Band
• Route 8 Ramblers (2 sets)
• Sutphin & Levy (2 sets)
The Reed Family Band always kicks things off, followed by 2 sets each from the featured bluegrass band Route 8 Ramblers and the featured old-time band Sutphin & Levy. Individual competitions will start on Saturday at 3:00 pm followed by the band competitions.
Entry for competitors is $15.00 per competitor and competitors can get a festival t-shirt or $10.00 back after they compete. No pre-registration is necessary to compete, you can sign up on-site.
Food and craft vendors will be available on-site on both Friday and Saturday.
Camping will be available for $10.00 (primitive) or $15.00 (electric) per night and is available starting at Thursday.
The workshop is back this year! Bertram Levy, a founding member of the legendary Hollow Rock String Band with Alan Jabbour, will offer a two-day banjo workshop from 10:00 am until noon on Friday and Saturday.
The Newport Recreation Center is located at 434 Blue Grass Trail in Newport, VA.