Events, Music, Southern Folklife Collection, Special Collections

Fiddle Concert and Symposium Jan. 11 and 12

Southern Folklife Collection Presents “The Fiddle”
Jan. 11-12, 2013
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

NEW Jan. 8, 2013: View event program

Update Jan. 2, 2013: Due to injury, Bobby Taylor will be unavailable. Fiddler Emily Schaad will take part in the concert and symposium.

Sounds of the fiddle will be heard Jan. 11 and 12 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Southern Folklife Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library will present free music and lectures as part of “The Fiddle,” the second in its three-part Instrument Series of lectures and concerts.

On Jan. 11, a concert showcasing the fiddle will take place in Memorial Hall at 7:30 p.m. Performers will be the Nashville Bluegrass Band; three-time national fiddle champion Byron Berline; Bobby Taylor, a fourth-generation fiddler from West Virginia; and Matt Glaser, fiddler and Artistic Director of the American Roots Program at the Berklee College of Music.

The next day, Berline, Taylor, and Glaser will again perform as part of a symposium in the Wilson Special Collections Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program will also feature lectures by Paul F. Wells, former director of the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, and Mark Wilson, producer of the North American Traditions Series at Rounder Records.

Both the concert and lecture are free and open to the public. However, the concert requires tickets, now available through the Memorial Hall Box Office, (919) 843-3333 and online at

The third and final symposium in the Southern Folklife Collection’s Instrument Series will take place March 23 at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, N.C. It will focus on the steel guitar, with performances by Cindy Cashdollar, and Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun.

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