The 12th Annual Georgia String Band Festival and Gordon County Fiddlers’ Convention is Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28 at the Harris Arts Center in Downtown Calhoun. The event, held in conjunction with BBQ Boogie & Blues, is an annual celebration of Gordon County’s heritage music, honoring the legacy of the Georgia Yellow Hammers and the Baxter Brothers, pioneers of pre-WWII Old Time music.
This year’s Friday night kick-off concert features the Down Hill Strugglers – an old-time string band trio from Brooklyn, New York. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online or by calling HAC at (706) 629-2599.
Saturday is filled with competitions in string band, fiddle, banjo, buck dance and singing. Any performer, age 15 or older, may enter. Monetary prizes totaling $1,900 are awarded. Competition judges are Old Time musicians themselves, and have judged at similar festivals throughout the Southeast. Performances, historical presentations and free educational components round out this celebration of local cultural history.
Entry fee for the competitions is only $10 per person, with children aged 12 and under free.
2017 String Band Winners:
Betty Jo Bailey
Griddle Lickers (Mick Kinney)
Grimm Cadets (Jason Cade)
Evan Kinney & His Dixieland Squirrel Skinners