Bluegrass Daddy Fiddle Camp Outreach is an extension of my free summer fiddle camp in Boone, NC. It is free to children here in the high country of Western NC, funded only by donations from people like you. If you would like to donate to this outreach, please use this button. After you click,  You may set the amount at whatever value you would like.

Bluegrass Daddy Summer Fiddle Camp
Fiddling at Altapass

Everyone is invited!  Please make yourself at home and join us in spreading the love of music and particularly the beautiful music found right here in our own backyard.  The music of the Appalachian Mountains has a rich heritage - Irish, Scottish, Canadian, French and the list goes on and on.  The great hymns of old have been passed down from generation to generation, preserved in part by the voices and instruments of the mountain people.

We want the gift of music to be used to bring joy to others.  Our passion is to see families playing together, strangers enjoying a tune they both know, old and young alike enjoying this music that has been intrusted to our care.

We strive to provide opportunities for this through a variety of outlets.  In the summers, we host our annual Fiddle Camp.

Fiddle Camp meets at our home every Tuesday evening from Memorial Day through mid-August and it is free.  It is open to anyone who has a desire to learn the fiddle.  Fiddle Camp is not just fiddle lessons, though.  Our family has found that Fiddle Camp offers a wonderful environment for fun learning and real inspiration.  We just completed our sixth annual Fiddle Camp and you are welcome to peruse the blog posts below to see a glimpse of the excitement that is Fiddle Camp.  Fiddle Camp is ever changing and each summer sees something new, from guitar lessons to Canadian step-dancing lessons to camp-outs and late night jams.  If you are interested in Fiddle Camp, feel free to contact us for details or just show up!

We encourage our young folks to use their music primarily for the enjoyment and enrichment of their families and others and to see the beauty that music can bring to those around them.  Whether it's a 90th birthday party, a local nursing home or just families gathering together to make music, our fiddlers have a heart for others and a joy in their music that is contagious!


Fiddle Camp


Birthday Celebration

A special birthday celebration - 90 years!


Fiddle Camp in our front yard.

Fiddle Camp Recital

One of our Fiddle Camp families performing for the first time together at the recital.

Fiddle Camp Recital

The Beginner Fiddle Class

Fiddle Camp Recital

Playing for our local homeschool meeting

Fiddle Camp

Learning to Canadian step dance

Flash Mob

Fiddling for a birthday flash mob at our local mall.

The Kennedy girls play for the Garden tour arrival IMG_3192 IMG_3191 IMG_3185 IMG_3170 IMG_3104 Fiddle Camp IMG_2938 Old time and Gospel music

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Jones House Lessons

There was a big jam afterward - as if they hadn't already had 2 hours of music.

Fiddle Camp

Fiddle Playing at the Nursing Home

Fiddlin' at the nursing home.

Altapass Apple Orchard

Some older Fiddle Camp links:

Fiddle Camp 2015
Let the Fiddling Begin!
Fiddle Camp - June 9, 2015
Fiddle Camp - June 16, 2015
Fiddle Camp - June 23, 2015
Fiddle Camp - July 7, 2015Fiddle Camp - July 14, 2015

Fiddle Camp 2014
Welcome to Fiddle Camp - May 27, 2014

Fiddle Camp - June 3, 2014

Fiddle Camp - June 10, 2014

Fiddle Camp - June 17, 2014

Fiddle Camp - June 24, 2014

Fiddle Camp - July 1, 2014

Fiddle Camp - July 8, 2014

Fiddle Camp - July 15, 2014

Fiddle Camp - July 22, 2014

Fiddle Camp - July 29, 2014
Fiddle Camp - August 5, 2014
2014 Fiddle Camp Recital

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    John Cockman
    Keymaster is an extension of my free summer fiddle camp in Boone, NC. It is free to children here in the high country of Western NC.

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    You sir, are giving these kids an opportunity that can change their lives.   I certainly tip my hat to you for this act of service and as an example for more of us to attempt to encourage this sort of loving and giving conduct.   Our family does play at nursing homes, churches and other public places on occasion but your hands on teaching is over the top!


    John Cockman

    Thanks Ralph, that means a lot. It is a great program — eight years running! We have some good fiddlers who have been with us all eight years, but most of all I love seeing how fiddling has become such a big part of their identity. It really does help ground a person. Young people need a sense of history and tradition. Plus, it gives them a lot of self-confidence when they discover what beautiful music they can make together.

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