GRANITE QUARRY – Bluegrass music will fill the halls of East Rowan High School on Saturday as the Granite Quarry Civilian Fiddlers Convention makes its comeback.
The annual event, which paused a year in 2020 due to COVID-19, starts at 11 a.m. with hot dogs, hamburgers, grill plates and desserts sold to raise money for the Civitan Club. Registration starts at 4 p.m. The youth competition starts 30 minutes later. The competition for adults is expected to start at 7 p.m.
Admission is $ 10 for adults and is free for anyone under the age of 12 attending with a paid adult. East Rowan High School is located at 175 St. Lukes Church Road.
“There is great music, a family atmosphere and there is the age-old tradition of bluegrass on,” says Vivian Hopkins, organizer.
Participants can compete in two categories, including as part of a band and as an individual. People under the age of 16 can compete in the adult categories if they are practiced. In addition to trophies and ribbons, there is a total of $ 2,400 in cash prizes. The Don and Margaret Livengood Memorial Award is given to the most outstanding young artist. The winner will receive the Ralph Pennington Memorial Master Fiddler Award and the miniature violin.
With COVID-19 forcing the Fiedler Convention to be canceled in 2020, this year’s event will honor the late David Anderson Murph Jr., who was born in Iredell County, lived in Cleveland and formed the bluegrass gospel band The Gospel Plowboys. The band’s clothing sets them apart from other ensembles – denim dungarees, white shirts, and red ties. A live a cappella version of the classic gospel song “What a Day That Will Be” received more than 6 million views on YouTube.
At 6:30 p.m. there will be a special performance by the Gospel Plowboys
This year’s winners are Steve and Penny Kilby, who married in 1999 and live in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. You have taught music camps, private workshops, and house concerts. For the past several years, they have served as jurors for Fiddler conventions, including the Granite Quarry Convention. They also founded the Alleghany Music Company. They will perform on Saturday at 8 p.m.
The award ceremony will take place around 8:30 p.m.
For more information, call 704-633-2995 or 704-267-9439. Information is also available on the Granite Quarry Civitan Fiddlers Convention Facebook page.