TAZEWELL, VA (WVVA) The 17th annual Tazewell County Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers’ Convention kicked off a two-day event at the Crab Orchard Museum on Friday.
It’s all about preserving a heritage in Appalachia that began hundreds of years ago. “In this area, when the coal mines started up in the early 1900s, late 1800s, you brought the Irish and the Italians and the African Americans… they all got together and they all sat at the camps and they couldn’t speak each other’s languages, but they could play each others music,” said Phil Bevins, a fiddler.
It’s also an opportunity to educate the community and the younger generations about a musical genre older than country music as we now know it.
The ‘mountain music’ fun will continue Saturday at 10 a.m. with musical competitions, dancing, banjo features and more.
Day-pass tickets cost $7 and all of the proceeds go to the Crab Orchard Museum.