Fiddlers' Pilgrimage: The Weiser Legacy

Courtesy of the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest and Festival Fiddlers' Pilgrimage: The Weiser Legacy
a Western Folklife Center Tribute to the
National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest and Festival

Concert: May 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Radio Special: May 18 and May 19

View the poster (PDF).

Concert event on May 10, 2013, 7:00 pm at Boise State University Special Events Center, 1800 West University Drive.
          Tickets were $15.00 adults, $7.00 youths under 18/seniors over 65.
          Tickets could be purchased online at Idahotickets.com, by telephone;
           in person through the National Oldtime Fiddler Contest and Festival
           offices at 208-414-0255; or purchased  at the door on May 10, 2013.

Companion one-hour radio documentary of Fiddlers' Pilgrimage aired on Boise State Public Radio on May 18 at 7:00 pm, and on news station KBSX-FM 91.5 on May 19 at 8:00 pm. All of the musicians featured at the concert were included in the radio show, plus many more.


The Western Folklife Center, a regional cultural organization headquartered in Elko, Nevada, presents Fiddlers’ Pilgrimage: The Weiser Legacy, a tribute to the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest and Festival, which celebrated its 61st year in 2013. The tribute includes a concert event featuring some of the top competitors and musical groups participating at Weiser, as well as an hour-long radio documentary that was broadcast statewide on Boise State Public Radio. The May 10 concert featured Squeaky Strings, a youth fiddle group from Weiser, Idaho; Idyltime, a harmony-singing old-time quartet; Rue Frisbee,who plays old-style Northwest fiddle tunes as a solo performer and high-energy bluegrass with the group Chicken Dinner Road, which also performed; and Sedra Bistodeau, a world-class champion fiddler from Minnesota, who performed hot fiddle accompanied by Rick Youngblood.

In June 2012, Western Folklife Center producers Taki Telonidis and Hal Cannon spent 10 days at the 60th National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest and Festival recording music, interviews and sound-rich scenes for the radio special. The radio program explores the reasons that this vintage form of music is thriving in our time, and why Weiser has become the destination for fiddle enthusiasts from all over the country.

Learn more about Fiddlers' Pilgrimage.

Fiddlers' Pilgrimage is produced by Taki Telonidis and Hal Cannon of the Western Folklife Center and was made possible through the generous support of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, with assistance from the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest and Festival. Additional support was provided by the Idaho Humanities Council, a state-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by Boise State Public Radio.

For more information about the art of old-time fiddling, read the Press Release.