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Union Grove Fiddlers Convention 1969-1973

Jeep man 04 May 01 - 03:41 PM
DancingMom 04 May 01 - 09:43 PM
Jeep man 04 May 01 - 10:41 PM
catspaw49 05 May 01 - 01:06 AM
Jeep man 05 May 01 - 12:34 PM
Armen Tanzerian 06 May 01 - 04:40 PM
Jeep man 06 May 01 - 11:12 PM
Jeep man 07 May 01 - 09:18 PM
GUEST,Bobby Adair 01 Mar 12 - 06:59 PM
GUEST,doc 10 Jan 14 - 12:40 AM
Padre 10 Jan 14 - 10:44 AM
GUEST,TSP 13 Nov 14 - 12:01 PM
GUEST,Guy WOlff 15 Mar 15 - 04:47 PM
GUEST,brian in vermont. 18 Nov 16 - 02:09 PM
GUEST,Allen Woody 20 Jun 17 - 10:41 AM
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Subject: Union Grove 1969-1973
From: Jeep man
Date: 04 May 01 - 03:41 PM

I used to attend Union Grove Fiddlers Convention for the above years and maybe more. Me and my banjo have had some high old times there. I was familiar with Demon Rum in those days and knew no strangers.

At night I used to take my banjo up to the Hippie camp(in and around a small barn on the hill), and join in. The core of these people were real hippies, the rest were weekend hippies. Everybody wanted to pick and sing, usually "Jessie James". I don' think they knew another.

I had some excellent adventures there and may tell them sometim.How many Mudcatters were there? Jeep Man


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Subject: RE: BS: Union Grove 1969-1973
From: DancingMom
Date: 04 May 01 - 09:43 PM

I was a child growing up in that area, and I remember the Union Grove Fiddlers Convention. My grandfather was a musician, and he would take me along to the fiddler's conventions in Galax and Independence, VA. My mother thought Union Grove was too wild for a kid and she wouldn't let me go. They have one in Ashe County, NC the first weekend in Aug.- I think it's still going. About a half hour drive up in the mountains form where MerleFest is held.


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Subject: RE: BS: Union Grove 1969-1973
From: Jeep man
Date: 04 May 01 - 10:41 PM

Thanks, Dance Man. Union Grove did get wild in later years and that is what finally ended it.The real outlaw motorcycle gangs started coming and they were pretty rough. They weren't there for the music. I heard that one was killed trying to ride his bike full speed up a guide wire to a phone pole. Decapitated.

I left it before it got that way and my memories are all good. All the pickin you want, anytime day or nite, sober or otherwise, it was about music. Jim


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Subject: RE: BS: Union Grove 1969-1973
From: catspaw49
Date: 05 May 01 - 01:06 AM

Geez Jeepster, I think that the ol' Demon Rum has STILL gotcha'!!! That's Danc{ing} MOM, not Danc{e} MAN.......

Still love ya' though.............

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Union Grove 1969-1973
From: Jeep man
Date: 05 May 01 - 12:34 PM

Now I can blame it on oldtimers desease.

I went to the hippie camp one night and they were having some sort of ceremony. Involved dripping hot candle wax into your hand. Don't know why but I joined right in.

Cute young lady next to me caught my attention and I was moved to speak to her. You need to understand here that the hippie girls did not bother too much in the way of clothes, she was no exception

I said something really cool like "You sure are a cute little heifer".

Too which she answered, "Thank you, please tell my old man, he's right behind you"

When I turned,banjo, drink and all, what I saw was a large expance of chest,covered with hair. He looked at me and I looked at him and I said,"You know, Jack Daniels will make a man say anything"

He just grinned, turned me back around by the shoulders and said, "Now Behave". I Did. Jeepster


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Subject: RE: BS: Union Grove 1969-1973
From: Armen Tanzerian
Date: 06 May 01 - 04:40 PM

I was fortunate enough to play Union Grove in a band that had won the year before I joined (1963). It was one of the most exhilarating experiences I have ever had in what has become 40 years of playing bluegrass. I have never, ever, before or since, played for such a hot audience. They applauded for everything, including trio-singing. Of course, the fact that the band included David Grisman and Winnie Winston didn't hurt.


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Subject: RE: Union Grove Fiddlers Convention 1969-1973
From: Jeep man
Date: 06 May 01 - 11:12 PM

Armen, I knew there were more of us out there.It was a wild ride if you wanted that sort of thing.

I stuck to my banjo and picked with anybody and everbody. I especially remember a big old boy witha sack full of mouth harps. He was good.We played the blues with, banjo, guitar and harps. It sounded really right. The more Black Jack, the better it sounded.

Anyone remenber the porta Johns? There was one for about every 1000 people, and standing in line was expected any time of day or night. Needless to say the johns got very,very ripe.

Jman


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Subject: RE: Union Grove Fiddlers Convention 1969-1973
From: Jeep man
Date: 07 May 01 - 09:18 PM

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Subject: RE: Union Grove Fiddlers Convention 1969-1973
From: GUEST,Bobby Adair
Date: 01 Mar 12 - 06:59 PM

Sang on stage in '72 with The Rabbit Hash Ramblers from Big Bone, Kentucky. Remember the year all those people showed up. Some people say there were over a quarter of a million folks there.
The year the car went through the eight seater out house, we were the folks that did the totem pole. Those were good times.


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Subject: RE: Union Grove Fiddlers Convention 1969-1973
From: GUEST,doc
Date: 10 Jan 14 - 12:40 AM

I was there from '72 thru '79. Is anybody still reading this thread?
Hope to hear from ya !!!


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Subject: RE: Union Grove Fiddlers Convention 1969-1973
From: Padre
Date: 10 Jan 14 - 10:44 AM

I was there in 1971-1975 with a band variously called "Harper's Ferry Porcupine" and then "None of the Above."


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Subject: RE: Union Grove Fiddlers Convention 1969-1973
From: GUEST,TSP
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 12:01 PM

I visited in Aug. 2014 which was the first time I'd been back since my last Easter Weekend trip in 1978. I was there, from Virginia, in '75, '76, '77 and '78 with both high school friends and then college ones. I cannot believe we survived. I cannot believe we were there as teenagers. Luckily, our parents never heard the stories of those 3 day weekends. The property is still beautiful--that North Carolina rolling hills. But then, in Aug.'14, unlike the 140,000 people who camped there in the late 70s for the convention, it was bare--just green grass and quiet. I loved seeing the arena and having the memories of great music, great dancin' and a lot of messed up but very friendly folks flood back. I drove to the local store and talked with some guys about those old days--even apologized for being one of those wild teenage hippies that came through back then. We didn't hurt anything while there and it instilled in me a lifelong love of bluegrass music. I've got photos stored in albums someplace in my house--going to look for them now and settle in with a glass of wine to relive the memories again!


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Subject: RE: Union Grove Fiddlers Convention 1969-1973
From: GUEST,Guy WOlff
Date: 15 Mar 15 - 04:47 PM

I was there in 72 73 & 74 ..(I think ) we were the kids from Connecticut and were just down hill from the tent near the trees... We can early and helped with set up .It was the best way to meet locals ... I played mostly clawhammer.. George Pegram was a blast .. Our local banjo player Roger Sprung won (I think 73) .. As it got bigger we stopped coming but if you played you got your $10..00 back .. We played to 40,000 people the last year if I remember right ... I wasny there for the sign up and when they called us up the PA blasted out will you welcome "Clay Wolff and His Ugly Mugs" We played Hickery Wind . When I sang" Down South Carolina" half the crowd stud up screaming ... Crazy crazy moment ..


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Subject: RE: Union Grove Fiddlers Convention 1969-1973
From: GUEST,brian in vermont.
Date: 18 Nov 16 - 02:09 PM

I went in 71,72,73....Great Great times..as I recall it was a dry county...


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Subject: RE: Union Grove Fiddlers Convention 1969-1973
From: GUEST,Allen Woody
Date: 20 Jun 17 - 10:41 AM

I am from the neighboring county of Wilkes, about 20 miles away from Union Grove. I went every year from 1971 to 1974. The H---- Angels got so thick at the end that the whole vibe changed, saw my first Angel from Germany there. But what a great time, I was 17 yrs old in 1971, I will never forget those halcyon days. I still have a key chain and other memorabilia, but mostly I have those memories of friends I went with, and friends I made. I met a guy named Randy there in about 1973 and again about 6 months later in Fayetteville, NC in a pool hall, Randy if you are out say high.


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