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Roanoke FiddleFest 2004 to feature prominent mandolin instructors

By Mike Connor
May 10, 2004 - 5:00 pm

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FiddleFest, the annual Fiddle Festival held in Roanoke, Virginia on the campus of Hollins University will host a variety of mandolin rich events and workshops of interest in addition to their regular program of concerts and contests.

Mandolin instructors for the event include Herschel Sizemore, Alan Bibee, Dempsey Young, Danny Roberts, Jesse Brock, and Jesse Cobb.

In another very interesting program, Danny Roberts, production manager for Gibson Bluegrass' Master Model, and other mandolins, will discuss the history of the legendary Gibson F-5 mandolin, designed by master luthier Lloyd Loar in the early years of the 20th century, and played by such greats as Bill Monroe, Herschel Sizemore (who'll be teaching and performing at FiddleFest) Jessie McReynolds, and Doyle Lawson. Roberts, also a fantastic mandolin player in his own right will be available as both instructor and historian.

This year's performers include Dale Ann Bradley, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Ronnie Bowman & The Committee, Acoustic Endeavors, The Jake Landers Band, Alan Bibee & Blue Ridge, Ronnie Reno & the Reno Tradition, The Lost & Found, David Parmley & Continental Divide, Herschel Sizemore, Ron Shuffler, Danny Bishop, The Bluegrass Brothers, and more.

Events will begin each day at 9 AM, and run continuously throughout the day until 11 PM, at various outdoor & indoor locations on campus. The complete schedule can be viewed on the website. Three day passes, single day passes, and evening concerts tickets are available by calling 540-366-4616, or toll free, 866-883-9466, from the event website listed below or in person at Williamson Road Service Center. You may also purchase tickets by mail, by sending your check or money order to FiddleFest, P. O. Box 5883, Roanoke, VA 24012. Proceeds from FiddleFest benefits Center in the Square, the Rotary Club of Roanoke charities, The Children's Miracle Network, and Hollins University's Scholarship programs.

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