Fiddlers’ Pilgrimage: The Weiser Legacy

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Fiddlers' Pilgrimage: The Weiser Legacy explores the reasons that oldtime fiddling is thriving in our time, and why Weiser, Idaho, is the western mecca for this traditional art form. Western Folklife Center producers attended the 60th National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest and Festival and joined players and their devoted fans for this defining cultural event which each June transforms this tiny community of farmers and ranchers.

Aaron Carter is the creator of Fiddle TV Photos by Hal Cannon

Aaron Carter is the creator of Fiddle TV

Photos by Hal Cannon

Retired professor Frank Metcalf drives from Vancouver, BC to jam at the Stickerville campground

Retired professor Frank Metcalf drives from Vancouver, BC to jam at the Stickerville campground

Brandon Wilson won third place in the Small Fry Division

Brandon Wilson won third place in the Small Fry Division

Jim Widner (right) competed in Weiser in the 1950s and 1960s. He brought down the house as a recent guest performer.

Jim Widner (right) competed in Weiser in the 1950s and 1960s. He brought down the house as a recent guest performer.

Enjoy fiddle tunes from the past and present:

Special thanks to:

 Banner image: Rorie Holford; Fiddlers' Pilgrimage images by Hal Cannon.