Traditional Southern music has Ulster roots. The music festival in New Albany, Mississippi features fiddle music and is an enjoyable way to reconnect with one's heritage.
The 11th Down From the Hills Heritage Music Festival and State of Mississippi Bluegrass Championships are set May 19, 2012, at the Union County Fairgrounds in New Albany, Mississippi. Cash awards in both youth and adult will total $8,000, as well as bragging rights with the state trophy.
Competitions in fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo and dobro are the individual competitions. Bluegrass band competition will determine the state bluegrass band winner for 2012. A Suzuki/Celtic fiddle workshop will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Admission on Saturday is $5 per person. Children under 6 free.
Union County Quilt Show and a Pony Pull are part of this event. Other workshops for children will be held on Friday. If area teachers would like to bring classes, they should pre register by calling 662-538-0014. For more information go to www.mississippifiddlers.com or call 662-538-0014 or 662-534-1916. Campsites with hookups are available.