Thanks to everyone who came out and made our 1st Annual Fiddler's Convention a HUGE SUCCESS!

The Northeast Fiddlers' Convention at the Hancock Shaker Village

Congratulations to the 2018 NEFC Contest Winners! 

1) Ambrose Verdibella,
2) Sarah Michel, Southhampton, MA, 
3) Patrick Peters, New Lebanon, NY, 

1) G Rockwell, Bridgeport, CT, 
2) Norman Plankey, Oxford, CT,
3) Mat Cherkus, Collinsville, CT

1) John Benjamin, Brattleboro, VT,
2) Ambrose Verdibello
3) Norman Plankey, Oxford, CT,

1) Maggie Shar, Easthampton, MA,
2) G Rockwell, Bridgeport, CT, 
3) Andy Lundeen, Cornwall Bridge, CT,


Oldtone and Hancock Shaker Village aspire to create a beacon in the Berkshires for Old-time enthusiasts. The first-ever Northeast Fiddlers’ Convention is inspired by the great Southern Old-time music conventions. Participants are invited to jam, learn, compete, eat, dance and celebrate together in an atmosphere of participation. We envision a new annual tradition in the preservation of the rich Old-Time music culture in the Northeast.    

This year’s convention featured instrument and historical workshops by Bill & the Belles, Nils Fredland, and Tara Linhardt.  In addition, there was picking & singing in the historic round stone barn, instrument contests, jamming, and a square dance with live music from Bill and the Belles, one of the most popular roots bands on the scene today. The Square Dance was called by renown caller and the Artistic Director of Revels North; Nils Fredland. Historic demonstrations were available all day from Hancock Shaker Village.

2018 Prizes for each category

1st PRIZE: $100 cash! 1 Full Camping ticket to the 2018 Oldtone Roots Music Festival
1 ticket to the 2019 N.E. Fiddlers’ Convention
2 tickets to Supertone Music Festival
Fiddlers’ Merch Bag

2nd PRIZE: $50 CASH!
A ticket to the 2019 N.E. Fiddlers’ Convention
Fiddlers’ Merch Bag

3rd-PRIZE: Fiddlers’ Merch Bag!


The NE Fiddlers’ Convention featured workshops by Kris Truelsen, Grace Van’t Hof, Kalia Yeagle, Karl Zerfas, Nils Fredland and Tara Linhardt.  Hands-on, all skill-level inclusives in Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Bass, Voice, Dance and History were featured throughout the Shaker Village campus.  The beautiful buildings and settings were the classrooms for each workshop. for the workshops, and reservations are not accepted.


Tara Linhardt: Mandolin: “Monroe and Beyond”

Kris Truelsen: Guitar &  Band Styles: "Evolutions from the 20s & 30s”

Grace Van’t Hof: Banjo: “Bluegrass Drive to Old-Time”

Kalia Yeagle: Fiddle: “All Things Fiddle”

Karl Zerfas: “The Bass”

Nils Fredland: "Square Dance History Through Your Feet"