Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention Celebrates The Region's Rich Music Roots

August 25, 2019

Next weekend the Caldwell Arts Council will present the 15th annual Happy Valley Fiddler's Convention, a weekend of music and fellowship aimed to promote and preserve the traditional music of the region. Located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Happy Valley is an agricultural region known for its natural beauty, fertile soil, and rich artistic traditions. Daniel Boone once lived in the valley and thirteen sites in Happy Valley are on the National Register of Historic Places.

The legendary song "Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley," made famous by The Kingston Trio, was written about Thomas Dula, an infamous Happy Valley man who was accused, convicted and executed for murdering a woman named Laura Foster.

Music history runs deep in the valley, and every year the Happy Valley Music Festival highlights  the region's old-time and bluegrass music. 

Learn more about the upcoming festival here, and check out the In The Water concert film we produced at The Chapel of Rest in Happy Valley below. 

Mary Lattimore | Come Hear North Carolina In The Water Concert