Mountain music ruled at Fiddlers Jamboree

The acclaimed, award-winning fiddler Sara Milonovich was onstage late Saturday afternoon, accompanied by John Kirk and Trish Miller, who are outstanding musicians renowned for their work.

Sunday included gospel acts including Marie Monroe and Kate Seeley. A community sing-along at 5 p.m. included dozens in the crowd vocalizing on old favorites.

Event volunteer Maria Ligon said Monday the Fiddlers Jamboree was gathering a loyal following, and has been growing steadily over the past 12 years. But the tradition runs deep in Thurman, as the Jamboree was built on the success of the Fiddlers' Roundup which was held at Toad Hill Farm for many years.

These festivals draw on the rural tradition of kitchen hops, or long jam sessions in which the musicians would play and family members and friends kicked off their shoes and danced the night away - much like what happened Saturday.

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