BERLIN — The Berlin Fiddlers Convention returns to Main Street for its 27th year this weekend, featuring bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, Irish and Cajun musicians from all over the country competing for thousands in prize money.
Hundreds of attendees of all ages turn out each year to cheer on their favorite competitors in full band, fiddle, banjo and mandolin categories and the Maryland State Flatpicking Guitar Championship. Renowned performers, accomplished youth and adult contestants, fantastic regional food and drink and artisans make this one of Maryland’s most fun occasions. The event is free.
Kicking off the weekend’s festivities on Friday, Sept. 20 will be a headline performance from the Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers, hailing from western Maryland and Pennsylvania.
The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers draw freely from old time, bluegrass, rockabilly and swing music to create their own brand of high energy, Appalachian Bluegrass. Gary Antol (guitar/vocals) and Libby Eddy (fiddle/vocals) founded the band in 2014 with a simple goal — write good songs, honor the music and take it to the road. In the time since, the band has appeared at festivals and clubs all across the country.