Bio: Traditional Appalachian Old Time fiddle and banjo music with a hard driving sound perfect for dancing to. John Fullam on fiddle, a Buncombe County native who grew up surrounded by traditional players, and it shows in his fine playing. Mitch McConnell hailing from Oweego NY, has been playing ban...See Full Bio
"For Saturday’s competition, several people stood outside in rain coats and umbrellas to watch. At least one onlooker danced barefoot to the music in the soft, sometimes muddy ground. The competition also included the John Hardy Band, a five-man band with fiddle, banjo, wash board, bass and mandolin musicians. “I’ve played all my life,” said fiddler player John Fullam of Asheville, who said he plays using his grandfather’s fiddle. He started playing with the John Hardy Party band after meeting the other members playing informally at previous Shakori Hills festivals. People stay outside playing music together until the sun comes up, he said. “Every 20 or 30 yards, you find another lesson,” said Shawn Hagan of Charleston, S.C., who played washboard for the band. The festival showcases a wide range of music, he said, and also draws singers and songwriters who are creating original music."