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Festival of Texas Fiddling takes center stage at Twin Sisters Dance Hall

Twin Sisters Dance Hall event highlights diversity of fiddle playing

Twin Sisters Dance Hall near Blanco hosts the annual Festival of Texas Fiddling on Friday-Saturday, Dec. 3-4, with more than 15 bands and master fiddlers representing a wide range of styles. Several special guests are also expected to join in the live music, a fiddle symposium, and workshops.

Tickets for the two-day event are $20 and available online.

Texas fiddle playing is its own unique style, a highlight of the festival, but other genres will be on display, including Creole, Western swing, country, old-time, Tejano, Texas-Polish, Texas contest style, and son huasteco, a Mexican tradition. Listen to all on two stages and under one roof at Twin Sisters Dance Hall, 6720 U.S. 281, about 6 miles south of Blanco.

The festival kicks off with a dance featuring Kyle Nix at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. The event reopens at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, with a Texas Folklife Fiddle Symposium. Then, the fiddlers take the stages.

Musicians on tap for that Saturday include Jesse Mears, Belen Escobedo Y Panfílos Güera, Jason Andrews, Kevin Anthony & G-Town, Trio Paseador Hidalguense, Ana Lisa Portillo, Robert Riggio, Stan Renard, Ed Poullard, Valerie Ryals, and Ridge Roberts.

The Master Fiddler Awards ceremony is 12:15 p.m. that day. The festival ends with another dance featuring Josh Baca & the Hot Tamales at 8 p.m. and Brian Marshall at 9:15 p.m.

Visit the Festival of Texas Fiddling website for more information and a complete lineup and schedule.

daniel@thepicayune.com

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