GA String Band Festival

The 12th Annual Georgia String Band Festival
April 27 & 28, 2018
The Georgia String Band Festival and Gordon County Fiddlers’ Convention is an annual celebration of Gordon County’s heritage music, honoring the legacy of the Georgia Yellow Hammers and the Baxter Brothers, pioneers of pre-WWII Old Time music.

A two day event, the Festival consists of a Friday night kick-off concert followed by Saturday’s day-long competitions in string band, fiddle, banjo, buck dance and singing. Any performer, aged 15 or older, may enter. Monetary prizes totaling $1,900 are awarded. Competition judges are Old Time musicians themselves, and have judged at similar festivals throughout the Southeast. Performances, historical presentations and free educational components round out this celebration of local cultural history.

Entry fee for the competitions is only $10 per person, with children aged 12 and under free. The Georgia String Band Festival is held in partnership with the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development’s annual BBQ, Boogie & Blues Festival.

Grammy Award winning musician and co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons, was the featured artist at the Friday night kick-off concert last year.  52 performers competed in 2017. The festival attracts quality talent from Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina.

String Band Winners 2017


  • Camden Pugh
  • Chris Casbarro
  • Alicia Kafka

Buck Dance:

  • Andrea Smith
  • Joni Hornsby
  • Betty Jo Bailey


  • John Grimm
  • Chris Casbarro
  • Camden Pugh

String Band:

  • Griddle Lickers (Mick Kinney)
  • Grimm Cadets (Jason Cade)
  • Evan Kinney & His Dixieland Squirrel Skinners


  • Jason Cade
  • Mick Kinney
  • Michael Kinney