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4th Annual Festival of Texas Fiddling - December 1, 2018 - Twin Sisters Dance Hall - Blanco, Texas




Dan Margolies




The 4th Annual Festival of Texas Fiddling

December 1, 2018

Twin Sisters Dance Hall, Blanco, Texas


Austin, TX – November 19, 2018 - The 4th Annual Festival of Texas Fiddling, co-sponsored by Texas Folklife, presents all styles of Texas fiddling and all-day dancing in historic Twin Sisters Dance Hall in Blanco, Texas, on December 1, 2018. The Festival also features workshops and a fiddle symposium sponsored by Humanities Texas.


Texas music is fiddle musicTexas has the most diverse fiddle traditions of any state. Along with all that fiddling comes some of the best dance traditions anywhere—with the polka right in the heart of it all.  The Festival of Texas Fiddling is the first and only festival that brings all of the great traditions of fiddling in the state together in a truly historic Texas dance hall.


From Old Time to Country, Western Swing, Cajun, Creole, Tejano to Son Huasteco--all the styles of fiddling in the state are presented at the Festival of Texas Fiddling.


Ticket Information:
Tickets are only $10 for the day Festival and $20 advance ($25 door) for the Bobby Flores dance. 
Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of the event.  

Tickets are available at:


Artist Line-Up:

Festival master fiddler concerts include Texas legend Jesse Mears (contest style), world renowned Ed Poullard (Creole), the singular Brian Marshall (Texas Polish), Neo-traditional fiddlers Carolyn Kendrick and Phoebe Hunt, the incredible Belen Escobedo y Panfilo’s Güera (Tejano), Jack Phillips (Western Swing), the vivaciousDan Foster and the Shinbone Alley Stringband (East Texas Old Time), the Raul Orduña y Los Trovadores (Son Huasteco and Huapango Arribeño), Charles Thibodeaux and The Austin Cajun Aces (Cajun), and Brandon Janes (Argentine-Texas).  Symposium discussion sections on a variety of topics about Texas fiddling will feature Alex Chavez PhD, Dan Margolies PhD, and more.  The Festival of Texas Fiddling ends with an extraordinary evening dance by Grammy Award Winner and Western Swing Hall of Fame Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band.


Historic Twin Sisters Dance Hall

The Twin Sisters Hall, built by German immigrants, opened in January 1879 and continues today to host a public dance on the first Saturday of the month and also continues to serve as a community center for weddings, family functions, educational workshops and fund raisers.  Twin Sisters Hall maintains these traditional uses and activities to preserve the historic dance hall structure and a way of life in the Hill Country of Texas. 

6720 U.S. 281 South

Blanco, Texas 78606

(830) 833-5773


Media Information:
Dan Margolies


Texas Folklife
1708 Houston St
Austin, TX 78756


For more Festival information, visit our webpage at or Texas Folklife at