When people think of Texas music, acoustic guitars, cowboy hats and fiddle players in cowboy boots playing on a stage in a dance hall is usually what comes to mind. From country, to Creole and Cajun, to Texas Polish, to Mexican-American, to Western swing to even Gypsy-style music, fiddles have been a key player in the musical stories told by Texans since the start of the state.
December 2nd, you’ll have a great opportunity to see this bastion of Texas music in action.
With any good music you’ll find dancing and this festival is no exception. They have Texas polkas, Texas two-step, and—of course—square dancing. Don’t worry if you can’t dance, they’ll have lessons to teach you. The festival day program includes a symposium, presentations and showcase concerts by master fiddlers from styles across Texas. The evening western swing dance features Texas favorites Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band.
Unlike any other festival, the Festival of Texas Fiddling provides a space for some of the best fiddle experts, listeners, dancers and musicians around to collaborate and share their knowledge of this incredible instrument that has shaped the way Texans share their history and stories. As a nonprofit, they raise money for various scholarship programs aimed at educating people about fiddling and the true art form that it is. The goal is to educate people about how fiddles connect people with something bigger than themselves, history and the great state of Texas.
This festival will give you memories that last for a lifetime—and keep you coming back for more for years to come.