“This film must be seen…. America needs to know where its music comes from.” (record producer Quincy Jones)
Every summer, musicians converge on the small Virginia city of Galax to show their skill, learn, and compete for cash prizes at the Old Fiddler’s Convention, which has been held there since 1935. It’s a heartfelt celebration of traditional music and instruments that brings fans the tunes that have been handed down from one generation to another. This lively, optimistic, and surprisingly moving film provides upfront views of some of the festival’s off-the-charts pickin’ and fiddlin’ and more than a little suspense as the finalists are announced in the ultra-competitive guitar competition. Winning awards and getting toes tapping all around the festival circuit, Fiddlin’ is a celebration of Americana, the power of artistic expression, and music’s uncanny ability to transcend time and generations.