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Appalachian Heritage Old-Time Fiddlers Convention, Luthiers Gathering Saturday on ASU Campus

Photo courtesy of www.dirkpowell.org.
Photo courtesy of www.dirkpowell.org.

Feb. 8, 2013. The Appalachian Heritage Council is hosting its 4th annual Old-Time Fiddlers Convention and Luthiers Gathering on Saturday, Feb. 9, in the ASU Plemmons Student Union.

The convention will include a day full of youth and adult music competitions, a luthiers gathering, a handmade craft market, and dance competition. Registration will open at 10:00am. The first competition will begin at 11:00 a.m. 

The day will end with an evening concert featuring Dirk Powell—a key figure in today’s thriving roots music scene. Dirk Powell combines deep-running roots in rural American tradition with an overarching artistic vision that speaks poignantly to the audiences of today.

From learning banjo and fiddle at the feet of his grandfather in Kentucky, through founding the Louisiana Cajun group Balfa Toujours, Dirk has arrived at a place all his own; a place where tradition, inspiration, and innovation meet without borders.


Dirk has worked with such artists as Jack White, Joan Baez, T-Bone Burnett, Anthony Minghella, Loretta Lynn, and Spike Lee.

The Dirk Powell concert will be held at Parkway Ballroom in the Plemmons Student Union on the campus of Appalachian State University. Advance tickets are $10 for students and $12 for guest.

Tickets at the door are $12 for students and $15 for guests. Children’s tickets ages 10-13 are $10. 

Doors will open at 7:30pm and the concert will begin at 8:00pm. For more information please visit www.fiddle.apps.appstate.edu.

The Appalachian Heritage Council is one of seven councils of the student ran entertainment organization The Appalachian Popular Programming Society (A.P.P.S.).

A.P.P.S contributes to student satisfaction and the retention of students by creating a dynamic, lively campus social environment. 

For more information, please contact Annie Baldwin or APPS at 828-262-2855.

Photos from a previous Luthier Convention at ASU:

Photos by Jesse Wood

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Luthier shows off his gourd banjo.



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The insides of a guitar.


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Herb Key, a luthier who studied with Wayne Henderson, picks a tune.



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The luthier’s tools.



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A cello and fiddle maker works on building an instrument at the convention.