ATHENS–The annual Fiddlers’ Reunion is so much more than a host of very skillful fiddlers from all over East Texas descending on the Courthouse Square in Athens, sawing out tunes at a ferocious pace, or lulling listeners to nostalgic memories as they compete with one another for the title of Grand Champion. No. It’s a picture of “Our Town.” What small communities once were and are again on the last weekend in May.
It gets us out of our airconditioned isolation and throws us together with strangers, who share a love for music – acoustic music at that. No overamplified string of notes assaulting our ears and sensibilities, the Reunion causes folks to lean in and listen, and see the sound being created as bow draws across strings.
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