Meet the Judges
Dale Morris has been playing and judging at our region’s fiddlers conventions for almost forty years. He also has been serving as a festival emcee for over a dozen years, and his experience as a musician, convention judge, and music historian gives him a unique background as a Master of Ceremonies.
Trevor McKenzie is a multi-instrumentalist and singer originally from southwest Virginia. Encouraged initially by family and church music, his formal musical training began at Jim Lloyd’s Barbershop in Rural Retreat, Virginia. Trevor currently lives in western North Carolina where he performs as a sideman with several regional acts including the Elkville String Band and the Laurel Creek String Band. On weekdays, he puts his historical knowledge and dusting skills to work in the archives of the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection at Appalachian State University
Instrumental Specialty: fiddle
Tom has been playing guitar for over 50 years as well as old time banjo and mandolin. He first played at the Ashe County Fiddler’s Convention as a member of Kyle Creed’s Camp Creek Boys in the 70’s. Tom’s banjo playing has won first prizes in numerous Fiddlers Conventions including the old Union Grove, Mt. Airy, Grayson County and even Ashe County. Additionally, Tom received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to study with Master Musician, Kyle Creed, and is the owner of an oldtime/bluegrass record label, Old Blue Records. www.OldBlueRecords.com.
Instrumental Specialty: mandolin, guitar
Matt has lived in North Carolina many years, but is originally from up north. He’s an experienced judge, and a clawhammer (old time) banjo player with a deep interest in old time music and old time music history.
Instrumental Specialty: Banjo
Lead Dance Judge
John Turner is from Boone and has performed and participated in all levels of competition for over twenty years. His specialty is a cross between flat foot dancing and buck dancing. John is also a familiar caller of dances in the area. You can find him at the Todd Mercantile for their community dances on the ‘teenth Friday of each month. He conducts workshops and teaches freshmen classes in traditional dance at ASU.