• Galax mandolin record confirmed

    We have learned from Tara Linhardt that the attempt to break the record for the largest mandolin ensemble at the 2012 Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax has been certified by Guinness as the new world mark. On August 7, 2012 she

  • The ACMA announces a new musical gathering

    The Appalachian Cultural Music Association (ACMA) announced the creation of the Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising at a press conference in Bristol, Virginia-Tennessee, last week. The new musical gathering, entitled ACMA’s Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising, for bluegrass, old time and Americana musicians

  • Galax 2012 retrospective

    Thanks to Carol McDuffie who sent along these many images from the 2012 Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA. If you can help identify any of the people in these photos, please contact us.

  • John Goad’s Galax video journal

    Our special bluegrass correspondent, John Goad, has assembled a video journal of his week at the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention, showing why this event has endured for 77 years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1vSOrnhvkw

  • 2012 Galax results

    The winners of the competitions at the 77th annual Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA have been announced. It's always fun to see who wins and places in the 21 vocal, instrumental and band categories at Galax, and we were especially

  • Still more from the Guinness record at Galax

    We finally caught up with Tara Linhardt, who spearheaded yesterday's successful Guinness World Record attempt for the largest mandolin ensemble at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA. She tells us that while they made it over the top, beating the

  • More from Galax mandomania

    Bluegrass Today roving correspondent John Goad was on hand for the successful attempt to break the Guinness Record for the world largest mandolin ensemble yesterday at the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention. He sent this video overview and some photos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITP-a4zMYRk    

  • Guinness record broken at Galax

    Hats off to Tara Linhardt, whose dream of breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest mandolin ensemble was realized this afternoon at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA. The previous record of 383 was held by a German aggregation,