Conscious Party

What: The Fiddlers of Madison County to benefit The Madison County Arts Council.

Where: The Madison County Arts Center, 90 S. Main St. in Marshall.

When: Saturday, March 10. Two shows: 4 and 8 p.m. $20. Info: or 649-1301.

Why: Fiddlers, banjo players and bluegrass-lovers alike flock to the quiet back roads of Madison County. Old-time music weaves into the topography of the region and each holler has its own take on traditional songs. The Madison County Arts Council will support the county’s musicians and celebrate the area’s favorite tunes at its upcoming fundraiser.

Renowned fiddlers including Bobby Hicks, Arvil Freeman, Roger Howell, and ensemble The Sons of Ralph and several others will take bluegrass off the back porch and onto the concert stage for this annual show. “Folks start asking us in January ‘when are you having the fiddler’s show?’ … We can hardly get everyone in the doors to hear all of this music,” says Laura Boosinger, executive director of The Madison County Arts Council. Boosinger notes that last year’s concert was standing-room only, so it’s not too early to reserve tickets.

The Fiddlers of Madison County is a unique opportunity to hear some of the area’s finest musicians on one stage for an evening of bluegrass, rich harmonies and of course, fiddling.

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