The Judges

2016 Judges


Dale Morris


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.

Steve Kilby


Steve Kilby is a 30-year veteran of many bands, recordings, and competitions. Steve learned much of the music he plays from his grandfather, and is honored to be part of a living musical tradition. Steve is a popular instructor with the JAM Program and also at John C. Campbell Folk School. Over the years, Steve’s guitar wizardry has earned him many honors including: Seven-time Fiddler’s Grove guitar champion, two first-place ribbons and a best all-around performer trophy from Galax convention, and North Carolina State guitar champion.

Instrumental Specialty: guitar, mandolin, bass, banjo

Trevor McKenzie


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

Lynn Worth


Lynn Worth is a native of Ashe County who now lives in Sparta. She plays old time and bluegrass on a number of instruments, performs regularly at the Alleghany Jubilee in Sparta and with several local bands, and she was one of the founders of the Alleghany County Fiddlers Convention. She is also a freelance editor.

Instrumental Specialty: bass, banjo, fiddle, a little guitar.

John Turner

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.