Annual Convention

FSFA ANNUAL CONVENTION FOR 2020 IS GOING TO BE ONLINE ONLY.  More details will follow. This page will be updated regularly with new information about the online convention. 

FSFA Convo Flyer 2020

FSFA’s Annual Convention is held in October each year, and usually features guest artists, workshops, concerts, camping, jamming, dancing and a stringband contest.  This year, we will be holding our convention online due to Covid.  There will be Zoom meetings and live streams.  There is an event page on facebook, but you do not need facebook to participate in the event. This event is for all old-time musicians, not just fiddlers, so invite your friends!

Throughout the weekend, we will shine a Spotlight on Florida Fiddlers by sharing videos on our FB page and YouTube channel from some of our more senior members in the Old Timers’ Showcase. We’ll also be hosting multiple lives streams by fiddlers of all ages from around the state, all through the FSFA Facebook page. Be sure to check the schedule and follow FSFA for updates.

Here are all the Zoom links.

Opening Meetup and Chance McCoy Concert Oct 9, 7:30pm

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Meeting ID: 421 135 5941

Passcode: uJQv1H

Tricia Spencer & Howard Rains Concert and Workshop

Oct 10, 2pm-4pm

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Meeting ID: 421 135 5941

Passcode: uJQv1H

Virtual Tea Party Oct 10, 4:30pm

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Meeting ID: 869 7363 2987

Passcode: 508371

Annual Award Presentation and Board Meeting Oct 10, 6:30pm

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Meeting ID: 421 135 5941

Passcode: uJQv1H

Hog-Eyed Man Concert with Jason Cade and Rob McMaken

Oct 10, 8pm

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Meeting ID: 421 135 5941

Passcode: uJQv1H

Closing Zoom Jam Oct 10, 9:30pm

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Meeting ID: 421 135 5941

Passcode: uJQv1H

The 2020 Special Guest Artists are:

Chance McCoy!   

Chance McCoy is a Grammy winning indie folk musician from West Virginia.  chance_35mm_25When he discovered old-time mountain music he fell head over heels, instantly drawn in by the raw honesty and dark beauty of it all. McCoy grabbed himself a fiddle and headed straight to the source, apprenticing under a series of master Appalachian players and going on to win the Fiddle, Banjo and Dulcimer competitions at the prestigious West Virginia State Championships and began touring the country with the newly formed “Chance McCoy and the Appalachian String Band”.

Life wasn’t all roses, though. Whatever dreams he carried in his head didn’t match up, and McCoy watched helplessly as his life began to slowly unravel around him on the road. But in 2012, an invite to join Old Crow Medicine Show changed everything— taking him from living in a rundown mountain cabin to performing at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Within a few short years, he was playing with musicians including Willie Nelson, John Prine, Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, John Prine, Ke$ha, Yelawolf and Margo Price. In 2014, his first recording with Old Crow garnered them a Grammy for Best Folk Album. Nonetheless, he continued to write his own solo material even in the midst of extensive touring. When a break appeared on the horizon, McCoy jumped at the chance to focus on his own art.

As part of our 2020 convention, FSFA is pleased to welcome you to a live stream concert with Chance McCoy Friday, October 9, 2020 at 8pm. 

Spencer & Rains 

Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains are traditional American folk music Howard & Triciamakers and visual artists who were brought up in the music of their families. Tricia Spencer is a Kansas fiddler who grew up learning traditional fiddling knee to knee from her grandparents. Howard Rains is a native Texas artist and fiddler, now living in Kansas, who comes from a musical and artistic family.

When they met in 2012, they blended their fiddle sounds into a unique voice in old time music. In these videos, you will learn the parts that make up their lush twin fiddle sound. You will also get a peak into their lives making art and music together and with family.

Tricia and Howard regularly teach fiddle, guitar, and ukulele through private instruction and at camps and festivals across the United States and in Europe and Australia.

They continue to dedicate their time to learning, researching, and teaching music, raising kids, and growing together.

FSFA is pleased to offer a live online performance and workshop by these two talented artists in the practice of twin fiddling.  Join us Saurday October 10th from 2-4pm.

Hog-Eyed Man

As a youngster, Jason Cade began learning rare tunes and an older style of playing from master fiddler and tune-catcher Bruce Greene, his HogEyedMan_0051neighbor growing up in Yancey County, NC. Jason’s oldtime music is also heavily influenced by his mother’s fiddle teacher, the late Byard Ray of Madison County, NC, and the field recordings of the tremendous musicians who once lived in the Blue Ridge Mountain region of western NC, eastern TN, and north Georgia. In 2016, Jason won the prestigious fiddle contest at the Appalachian Stringband Festival in Clifftop, WV. He has also placed first in both fiddle and traditional singing at the Georgia String Band Festival & Fiddlers Convention in Calhoun, GA.

North Georgia native Rob McMaken has developed a tasteful and exciting accompaniment style on lap dulcimer, mandolin, guitar, and banjo-uke, effortlessly shifting between note-for-note melody, harmonic counterpoint, and rhythmic drones harkening back to the Old World. Before immersing himself in oldtime music, Rob traversed musical traditions from all over the world in the folk duo Dromedary and the jazz collective Kenosha Kid. hem2

Jason and Rob met in North Carolina in 2003 while recording on songwriter Jonathan Byrd’s much celebrated album, The Sea and the Sky. A decade later, Jason moved his family to Athens from Brooklyn, they reconnected, and Hog-eyed Man was born.

Hog-eyed Man’s explorations into the deep old time music of the Southern Appalachians have been documented on four critically acclaimed CD volumes thus far.

FSFA is pleased to present a live stream concert with Hog-Eyed Man Saturday October 10th at 8pm. 

These free concerts and workshop will stream via Zoom.  A link will be posted here as well as on the Facebook event page @ 2020 FSFA CONVENTION EVENT

patrons will be able to tip the artist as well as donate to the FSFA during the live stream.


Thursday, October 8, 2020
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Spotlight on Florida Fiddlers – Jarrod Ridgway
Friday, October 9, 2020
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Old Timer Showcase
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Spotlight on Florida Fiddlers – Nathan Stinnette and Leela Gershenson
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Opening Zoom Meetup
8:00 PM – 9:15 PM
Chance McCoy Live Stream Concert
Saturday, October 10, 2020
12:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Spotlight on Florida Fiddlers – Midnight spooky tunes
with David Strickland
9:30 AM – 9:50 AM
Spotlight on Florida Fiddlers – The Seely Family
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Spotlight on Florida Fiddlers – Chuck Levy and Mike Stapleton
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Spotlight on Florida Fiddlers – Kayla Williams
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Spotlight on Florida Fiddlers – Anna & David Strickland with Abigail Gruber and Madison Taylor
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Spotlight on Florida Fiddlers – Tom & Kay Van Treese, Pam & Ray Monfore, Ron & Carol Whisler live from Keystone Heights campground
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Spencer & Rains Concert – Workshop
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
FSFA Virtual ‘Tea’ Party – Zoom
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
FSFA Annual Award Presentation and Board Meeting
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Hog-Eyed Man Live Stream Concert
9:30 PM
Closing Zoom Meetup and Jam
Sunday, October 11, 2020
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Spotlight on Florida Fiddlers – Matt Holaday
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Spotlight on Florida Fiddlers – Sunday Biscuits (Hannah Cake, Bobby Lolley, Drew Thomas, Howard Pardue, Marion Lasley, Caitlin Murphy, Joe Flat Footin’ Lolley)


2019 Annual Convention

2 thoughts on “Annual Convention”

    1. Sara, we are no longer taking pre-registrations for the Convention. You can register on-site when you arrive. We’ll have a registration table set up near the large Pavilion where all of our events will be taking place. Thanks!


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