13th Annual Hoppin’ John Fiddlers’ Convention

13th Annual Hoppin’ John Fiddlers’ Convention

September 12- 14, 9:30 AM – 11:30 PM

@ Shakori Hills Venue in Silk Hope NC. 

1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Come out to this 100% volunteer run event for an ode to bluegrass and folk music!

In its 13thyear, the Hopping John has a plethora of activities for the family with musical hay rides, family square dancing, cake walk, musical fun and more. 

The meat of the event includes workshops, the Fiddle Showcase, the Ballad Singing Workshop, a cook-off and of course dancing!!!

The artists aren’t there just to play but also to compete. There are several contests that include bragging rights and prizes. These are broken down by type including Old Time, Bluegrass and Non-traditional but also by the instrument; Fiddle, Mandolin, etc. Youth competitions exist as well. And of course the event wouldn’t be complete without the Hoppin John Cooking Competition- this will take place at 5:30 pm Saturday, September 14th and the winner takes $50!  The cook-off is a play on the event’s name, because most everyone knows a tasty version of the dish. 

Other events include; 

 A facilitated old-timey Gypsy (SWING) Jazz Jam, with Gabriel Pelli of the Onyx Club Boys– Friday at 3pm. 

An quilt raffle will be going on silently in the background. 

Shape Note singing of hymns from the Sacred Harp on Sat morning

And LOTS of dancing- clogging, square dancing, flatfooting, two stepping and family style.


Just for the kids will be: 

Hootenanny Hayrides, Saturday 12pm – 3pm

Songs & Stories with Tim Wells, Saturday 10am- best for kids 3-5

Family Square Dance & Cake Walk, Saturday 6pm

Children’s Fiddle & Guitar Workshop, Friday 6pm

Kids’ Clogging with Kendall Harkey, Saturday 11am- ages 5 and up

Kids’ Activities Tent with face painting, instrument making and more- Sat 10-4

Here’s the Schedule!


Come on in and set up camp, play a few tunes and hang out with old and new friends…
Dance Tent
7pm: Square Dance with The Hoppin’ Johnnies; Caller Nancy Mamlin


Carson’s Grove
4pm: Adult Individual Contests: Guitar, Mandolin and Other Stringed Instrument
8pm: Band Contest
Dance Tent
4:30pm: Freestyle Flat-footing Workshop
6pm: Ballad Singing Workshop with Sheila Kay Adams
7pm: Generations Showcase with Emily & Martha Spencer
8:30pm: Square Dance with the Reed Island Rounders & Caller, Nancy Mamlin
Late Night: Open Tent — make your own square dance!
Old Coffee Barn
6pm: Kids Instrument Workshop


Carson’s Grove Stage
11:30am–1pm: Youth Individual Competitions (ages 15 and under): Youth Fiddle, Youth Banjo, Youth Other Instrument
1pm: Youth Dance Contest
12noon – 3pm: Hootenanny Hayride (picks up on the stage road)
1:30pm til Finished: Adult Individual Contests: Folk Song, Old-Time Fiddle, Bluegrass Fiddle, Old-Time Banjo, Bluegrass Banjo
5:30pm: Hoppin’ John Cook-Off
7pm: Clogging Performance with The Green Grass Cloggers
7:30pm: Concert with Richie Stearns & Friends
9pm: Band Contest Finale
End of Band Contest: Adult Dance Competition
Dance Tent
10am: Songs & Stories with Tim Wells
11am: Kids Clogging Workshop
11:45am: Clogging Workshop with the Green Grass Cloggers
1pm: Singing Showcase w/ Sheila Kay AdamsTim Wells & Eliza Meyer
2:30pm: Banjo Players’ Showcase w/ Richie StearnsHilary Dirlam & Trish Kilby Fore
4pm: Fiddle Players’ Showcase w/ Tatiana Hargraeves, Betty Vornbrock & Aila Wildman
6pm: Family Square Dance & CAKE WALK with the Hoppin’ Johnnies & Caller, Anna Lena Phillips Bell
8:15pm: Country Two-Step Dance with Cliff Hale & The Grand Ol’ Ospreys
9:30pm: Rowdy Square Dance with Hoot and Holler (and Friends) & Caller, Anna Lena Phillips Bell
Late Night: Open Tent — make your own square dance!
Old Coffee Barn
10:00am: Shape Note Singing – Everyone Welcome to Join in!
12pm: Banjo Workshop with Richie Stearns
1:30pm: Fiddle Workshop with Tatiana Hargraeves
3:30pm:  Bass Workshop with Andrew Small

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