Author and fiddler Ron Yule will hold two performance sessions Saturday, July 21 as part of the 33rd annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival.
The first performance will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Magale Recital Hall leading up to the Louisiana State Fiddle Championship. The session will consist of an overview of the history of fiddling, its migration from Europe to America, and its presence in early rural country music. Some of the old world tunes will be performed. The various styles played in Louisiana will be briefly discussed andseveral performances in each style will be noted.
Louisiana fiddlers Buzz Salard, Fred Beavers and Emily Young plus the Medicare String Band are scheduled to perform.
Following this performance at 1 p.m., the annual Louisiana State Fiddle Championship will be held. Fiddlers from throughout the state will compete for cash prizes and ribbons in the Non-Championship and Championship division.
Fiddlers are welcome to enter in either division but not both. Those who enter the Championship Division will compete for the Grand Champion title. Those in the Non-Championship Division will not compete for the state championship. The two top fiddlers from each group in the Championship Division will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to be recognized as the state’s best fiddler.
The champion will be presented on Saturday at the Folk Festival at 5:45 p.m. on the Main Stage.
The second session featuring Yule will be held at 6 p.m. in the N-Club Room of Prather Coliseum. This narrative performance will be a general discussion of fiddle playing in Louisiana with a presentation and performance of tunes which arenative to Louisiana (with a focus on the western and north corridors.) Among the tunes to be performed are Durald Waltz, Pretty Little Widow, Old Country Dance, Mitchell’s Waltz, Bayou Derbonne, Rabbit Up a Gumstump, Walkin the Dog and Monroe Stomp.
Audience members will be able to request tunes and ask questions during the session.
Among the featured musical groups at the Folk Festival will be Richard Smith and Julie Adams, Jesus Rhythm, Briggs Brown and the Bayou Cajuns, Yvette Landry, Cajun on Demand, Max and Marcy, The LaCour Trio, Goldman Thibodeaux and theLawtell Playboys, Reverend Charley’s Patent Medicine Show, Ray Abshire, the Caddo Creek Band, Feufollet, Kenny Bill Stinson and the Ark-La Mystics, Henry Gray and the Cats, the Louisiana Purchase Bluegrass Band, Hardrick Rivers and the Rivers Revue Band and Reasonable Facsimile. The Louisiana State Fiddle champion will also perform.
Narrative sessions will feature many of the Festival’s musical acts, who will combine interviews with informal performances. The sessions will feature ReasonableFacsimile, Feufollet, Henry Gray and the Cats, the Caddo Creek Band, the Louisiana Purchase Bluegrass Band, Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys, Ray Abshire, Kenny Bill Stinson and the Ark-La Mystics.
Three dozen craftspeople have been invited to display their traditional work on Saturday and discuss their work with those attending the Festival. Craftspeople are expected to display beadwork, baskets, instruments, Pysanky eggs, bull whips, iron work, quilts and bonnet, whittling and needlework, wood carving, toys, dolls, paintings, sculpture, walking sticks and more.