Presented by Hancock Shaker Village and Oldtone Productions
WORKSHOPS • INSTRUMENT & BAND CONTESTS • FARM-TO-TABLE FOOD & DRINK • SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS • ROUND THE CLOCK PICKIN’ & SINGIN’
The Northeast Fiddlers’ Convention is a family-friendly, traditionally-inspired old-time and bluegrass music gathering. Nestled in the secluded natural setting of a vast historic Shaker village, the convention invites participants and appreciators of all levels to jam, listen, compete, learn, pick, dance, and celebrate. Presented by Hancock Shaker Village and Oldtone Productions, this is a rich immersive weekend that preserves the rich old-time music culture on stage, in the barns, by the fields, and under the trees. The perfect weekend to escape daily life and let the music seep in.
This year features the Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen. Scroll down to view a complete schedule of events, workshop and contest information, and camping information.
Bring the whole family, pitch a tent if you choose, and settle in for three days of traditionally inspired old-time music. Nestled in the secluded setting of the glorious 750-acre Hancock Shaker Village, the festival welcomes anyone who wants to jam, listen, compete, pick, dance, and celebrate. Presented by Oldtone Roots Music Festival and Hancock Shaker Village, this rich immersive weekend preserves music culture on stage, in the barns, by the fields, and under the trees, with:
– The Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen of New Lost City Rambler
– Instrument workshops with Eli Smith, Jackson Lynch, Walker Shepard & John Cohen
– Band & instrument contests with cash prizes
– Square dance in the 1910 Barn
Friday, June 14
10 am Historic village opens
1pm-10pm Camping registration opens
4 pm Historic village closes for the night
6 pm Bar opens
8 pm Movie screening of “Musical Holdouts” and “Post Industrial Fiddle” followed by a Q/A
Saturday, June 15
9 am Camping registration opens
10 am Historic village opens – daily programming available
(A variety of Shaker talks and demonstrations; a farm and garden tour, a water turbine demonstration, Shaker music and dance demonstration, a tour of the historic round stone barn and a medicinal herb garden talk).
11-2pm Instrument Workshops:
Guitar – Walker Shepard
Banjo – Eli Smith
Fiddle – Jackson Lynch
Beginning fiddle (one year of experience required) – Erika Ludwig
8pm-midnight The Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen performance, followed by contest results and square dance with the Down Hill Strugglers!
Sunday, June 16
10 am Historic village opens
11 am Morning gospel concert with The Down Hill Strugglers
1 pm Curator-led tour of Jeffrey Gaskills’ While Mighty Thunders Roll: Popular Artists Sing the Shakers
4 pm Historic village and campgrounds close
Schedule subject to change
Workshops will be led by Eli Smith, Jackson Lynch, Walker Shephard, John Cohen, and Erika Ludwig. Hands-on, all skill-levels included in fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and storytelling will be featured throughout Hancock Shaker Village.
No sign-ups are necessary for the workshops, and reservations are not accepted.
Sign-ups are required for all contests, space is limited and walk-ins are not guaranteed a spot.
Camp onsite at Hancock Shaker Village during the Fiddlers’ Convention. Tent, pop-up campers, and RVs are welcome. This is festival field camping – we have no hook-ups or services other than water and bathrooms.
All access + Camping – This all-access 3-day ticket plus camping pass is for one person, for two nights (June 14+15) in our upper lot camping area, designed for tents, pop-ups, and RVs no longer than 20 ft. RV’s larger than 20 ft must note they need a “BUS” spot during registration (space is limited). Sites are first come, first served. Note: All access + Camping tickets are for the Upper Camping grounds only. See below for more details.
Premium Camping – Camping for two people for two nights in our premiere camping area, which has views of the historic Shaker village, is closest to traditional restrooms, easy access to charging station and near the campfire. Sites are 20 ft X 20 ft, tents only, and are first come, first served. Note: Tickets to the Fiddlers’ Convention must be purchased separately. Space is limited, these will sell out. See below for more details.
Campers are welcome to arrive on the grounds as early at 1 pm on Friday and stay Friday and Saturday nights. The village and the campground will close at 4 pm on Sunday. We look forward to pickin’ with you all weekend at Hancock Shaker Village!
Your all-access 3-day ticket grants you admission into the village Friday, but please note camping registration does not open until 1 pm on Friday.
More detailed information about camping will be sent to registrants closer to the date of the event.
General Festival Rules:
No smoking in concert areas, if you wish to smoke, please go to the “Designated Smoking Areas” which can be found on the map.
No pets are allowed on the festival grounds.
*All guide dogs and working service dogs will be allowed the freedom and access necessary.
The festival is not responsible for lost, stolen, or destroyed items, all sales of tickets or festival goods are final.