Mr Roger Sprung - word champion banjo player (2013)

Mr Roger Sprung - word champion banjo player (2013)

Before the second weekend in August each year, lovers of country and mountain music leave their homes and head to Galax, Virginia for the Annual Old Fiddler's Convention.  The Old Fiddler's Convention originated in the spring of 1935.  A unique aspect of the convention is the camping area where the musicians rehearse.  Some listeners and onlookers follow these bands around and lose contact with what's happening on the stage.  Contestants come from distant states and at times from foreign countries.  The Annual Old Fiddler's Convention is fast becoming a tradition in country and mountain musical circles.

Roger Sprung (Banjo, Vocals & Comedy) at Galax, Virginia August 6, 2013.

Unidentified Musicians, Galax, Virginia, 2013.

The Ellis family tarp, featuring Laura Ellis on fiddle along with Joe Troop, Jack Dunlap on mandolin, Jacob Bly on guitar, Josh Meade on banjo and Mr Ricky Ellis on base.  Special thanks to Amy Ellis.

Evening entertainment with Roger Sprung and friends behind the main stage at Galax. 

Unidentified Musicians performing Lonesome Pine at Galax, Virginia, August 8, 2013.

78th Fiddlers Convention, Galax Virginia.

Fred Swedberg (Vocals and Guitar) performing a song he wrote for his daughter Kristen at Galax, Virginia. August 9, 2013.

Nunn Brothers at 78th Old Fiddler's Convention, Galax, Virginia. 2013

Kristen Bearfield (Mandolin) performing with "The Loose Strings Band" Daniel Greeson (Fiddle) and Caden Miller (Guitar) at Galax, Virginia.  August 9, 2013.

Judy Cox-Pagter (Vocals and Auto-Harp) performing with Carl Pagter (Banjo) & Roger Sprung (Banjo) at Galax, Virginia. August 10, 2013.

Unidentified Musicians Performing. Galax, Virginia.  August 9, 2013.

Unidentified Musicians Performing. Galax, Virginia.  August 9, 2013.

Judy Cox-Pagter (Auto-Harp & Vocals), Carl Pagter (Banjo & Vocals) & Roger Sprung (Banjo) at Galax, Virginia.  August 10, 2013.

Judy Cox-Pagter (Auto-Harp & Vocals), Carl Pagter (Banjo & Vocals), Roger Sprung (Banjo) & Hal Wylie (Guitar) at Galax, Virginia.  August 10, 2013.

Kristen Bearfield (Mandolin) performing with "The Loose Strings Band" Daniel Greeson (Fiddle) at Galax, Virginia.  August 9, 2013.

William "Wild Bill" Jones (Vocals Guitar) performing "Runaround Sue" Rich Hawthorn (Bass Fiddle) & Roger Sprung (Backing Vocals), Galax, Virginia 2013.