Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30pm
Stage at KDHX

If you’re a fan of Appalachia’s “good old-timey music” featured in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Fiddlin’” will exert a strong appeal. Largely focused on the 2015 Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax, Va. — which is billed as the “world’s oldest and largest” and held its 83rd edition in 2018 — the film profiles a large array of fiddlers, pickers, singers, and dancers, emphasizing a bumper crop of young players who are continuing the music’s traditions. Especially winning is jaw-dropping guitar prodigy Presley Barker, who at 11 years old won the adult guitar competition in 2015 (and repeated in 2017). Presley is pals with master luthier and guitarist Wayne Henderson, who’s more than five decades older than the youngster, and the scenes in which both are featured are particularly charming. “Fiddlin’” — made by a filmmaking team of two sisters — also emphasizes the rise of women in this traditionally male-dominated world, giving plenty of attention to such up-and-comers as fiddler Kitty Amaral and singer Dori Freeman. The film features an abundance of performance footage but deftly weaves in interviews with both musicians and fans.

$20 for film and musical performance
96 min.

Directed by

Julie Simone



Film Category

Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Music Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight


Music Youth
With director Simone, co-writer/producer Vicki Vlasic, subject Barker, and a musical performance by Barker.